Thanks to all who appeared on Monday's POTG Radio show. We had Russ Cohen from Hockeyology and the Hockey Prospects show on XM, Michelle Kenneth from Inside Hockey and Ryan from the Red Light District lined up in advance and then were blessed with visits from Jeremy Gover from Section303 and Chris Wassel from The Program.
We had really good discussions about the NHL Awards with Michelle as well as a great look at the draft with Russ and Ryan.
Jeremy dropped by to plug this Friday's Predators Draft Tweetup at O'Charlies in Franklin and the live podcast that Section303 will be doing during the draft. To respond to the TwtVite go here. Obviously, you don't need to be on Twitter to attend as it is an official Predators function.
Around the Pred Nation...
The Predators have voting open now for the "Fan Awards." Go here to cast your ballot.
Forechecher was up early today with a round-up chocked full of stuff. There's a lot of links here to check out as you study Friday's draft. Dirk's interview with Preds Chief Scout Jeff Kealty was so good, I'm linking it again.
Hockey's future has their final look at the Pred's 2009 Draft needs. There's nothing really surprising as they say the Preds need offense.
Paul McCann counters fellow Hockey Bussard Brandon Felder's post from yesterday. This should make for an interesting Hockey Buzz Radio episode on Wednesday night.
Here's a link only for a picture of David Price throwing out T-shirts at a Preds game. I don't remember that. I must have been out in the hall.
Around the NHL...
The big highlight of the day in the hockey world will be this afternoon's announcement of this year's Hockey Hall of Fame class. Best bets appear to be Steve Yzerman and Bret Hull. Others with shots at inclusion are Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille, Dave Andreychuk and a variety of others. CP has a story here.
Brett Hull acknowledged that he was going to be inducted.
Craig Custance caught up with Robitaille last night to see if he was nervous.
In the hearing in Phoenix yesterday, Judge Redfield T. Baum accepted a modified version of the NHL proposal to have a duel path auction with a non-relocate bidders sale on August 5 with a secondary date for a relocate sale on September 10 if a local sale is not possible. Five for Howling attended the court session and has a wrap up here. The NHL's Bill Daly comments here.
Word from the Globe and Mail that Mile Babcock will be Canada's coach for the 2010 Olympics.
Mirtle has a story about the end of the line for Chris Chelios. I am really saddened by his retirement since seeing him during warm-ups for the Wings when they play the Preds always gave you a little burst of adrenalin as the ire got stirred up on first sight. Funny, when I saw him at the NHLPA meetings on Friday (where the Mirtle photo was taken), he seemed like a decent guy and was funny to listen to. I especially liked his shirt that said "Detroit, You wouldn't last a day here."
One of my favorite writers, Dee Karl, of Islander's Seventh Woman fame, has moved her wisdom to Hockeybuzz and her introduction is here.
On the draft front, Silver Seven has the top ten draft steals of the last 10 years, including Pekka Rinne at #5.
Here are TSN's final Rankings. They had their final draft preview show Monday night with Bob McKenzie which can be seen here with his top 30 picks.
B D Galloff has the final word on who the Islanders will take with the #1 pick.
Here's another draft preview from Bleacher Report with the Preds taking Jordan Schroeder. They also discuss the Russians being out of favor this year.
In the "something that won't happen" category, the Tampa Bay Business Journal says the Lightning could be a target for NHL contraction. Nashville is also included in the top five. As Robyn Regehr said on Friday, contraction is not something that the NHLPA even discusses.
Mirtle checks in on the Tampa situation which is at a critical point as the deadline to trade Vinny is 7/1 when his no-trade clause kicks in.
Totally Off Topic... This is a really interesting article that puts forth the premise that the overt consumerism of the 20th century is being replaced by social network skills as shaping a person's identity. If this is true, then this will totally reshape our future economy.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass
From Puck Daddy - Regarding BU/BC at Fenway, from a source: "I’m hearing college game would be in the weeks following the Winter Classic, not the same day."
The Calgary Flames scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference at 4:00 Central which we assume will be to announce Brent Sutter as the new head coach. It should not conflict with the HHOF conference call set for 2:30 Central.
Interesting perspective on why Hamilton will never get a team from a Canadian, Bob McCown.
John Glennon has a very fair approach to the Predator's dealings with Steve Sullivan. He also reports that the "Preds have made qualifying offers to seven of their eight potential restricted free agents -- Ryan Jones, Ryan Maki, Cal O'Reilly, Antti Pihlstrom, Kelsey Wilson, Matt Ellison and Denis Platonov." It's looking less and less likely that we will see Sully in a Preds uniform again which is sad from a fan's perspective but David Poile is responsible for running a business within a budget and gets paid well to make unpopular decisions when he has to.
At Calgary Flames Press Conference - Brent Sutter confirmed as new Head Coach.