Tonight we have a very special guest on PredsOnTheGlass Radio that I have been anticipating for several weeks. Adam Sherlip AKA The Hockey Volunteer who runs the Hockey Foundation will be our only scheduled guest for the evening.
Adam recently returned from several months in Kashmir, India where he taught the fundamentals of hockey to the local people high in the mountains at 12,000 feet. He previously was an employee of the New York Islanders where he took part in a similar venture in China as a part of Project Hope along with Olympian Angela Ruggiero.
This should be a very special hour of conversation and we invite your calls. For more information on Adam, our friend Chasta at Love the Game did an interview with him last week that really peaked my interest. Please join us for what promises to be one of our best episodes.
In Pred Nation...
John Glennon takes a look around the improving Central Division to see how the Preds stack up. He also brings up Nikolai Zherdev as a potential Predator since the Rangers probably won't pay him the $3.9 million he got in arbitration. The guy is a classic under-achiever and doesn't need to be seen anywhere near the Sommet Center.
Jeremy at Section 303 has the fourth segment in the Making the Case series. This time Vaclav Prospal is the subject. I agree that he would make an excellent addition to the team, but I don't see the Preds laying out the cash it will take to bring him into the fold.
A bit of news that Derek Perez is leaving a 13 year career at Nvida to become the Chief Marketing officer of the Predators. This is from a random blog and there is nothing official on the Pred's site yet. We'll see if they confirm it.
Paul McCann has a few notes to start the week at HockeyBuzz.
The Milwaukee Admirals confirm what Admirals Short Shifts told us yesterday, that Ian Herbers will be the new Assistant Coach for the Ads.
Forechecker adds his Monday Breakfast Links.
For a little Preds cheesecake, the Girls of the Preds Blog is up and will cover the upcoming swimsuit calendar shoot in Destin next week. Going back to last weeks ratings on of "perky but slutty", they will have to be re-evaluated once the new look is out.
Around the NHL...
The most pressing issue in the NHL today will be another hearing in the desert where Judge Baum will decide whether to postpone Wednesday's hearing to give the two bidders more time to get their plans in place to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix.
Mirtle has a round up of problems that are starting to crop up in Jerry Reinsdorf's bid.
NHL.com continues with its 30 teams in 30 days previews and are up to day 3 with Boston. Anaheim and Atlanta were over the weekend.
Now that the Oilers have written off Dany Heatley (about 3 weeks too late) there are rumors that he may be headed for San Jose.
From Smilin Like a Butcher's Dog comes news that the Pens website will have the radio broadcast of the 12 wins from the first 3 rounds of last year's playoffs then all 7 of the finals. This is a great way to survive #hockeywithdrawel.
Matt Reitz says it's time for the NHL Network to move to the next level and improve it's product. I've been complaining that it is not available 24/7 over the internet but I think I understand why after reading his article.
Brian Costello at The Hockey News writes about free agent Todd Bertuzzi still being on the market for perhaps as cheap as $1,5 million. Jeremy should add big Bert to his making the case series.
Tripp Mickle and John Ourand have an extensive discussion about the US Olympic Channel at Sports Business Journal.
Michelle Kenneth's second part in her series about her rookie year as a beat writer for the Devils is up on her site. She did more in one year than many long timers do in several, especially with all the cutbacks at newspapers.
Psycho Puck Lady has another gem, this time with details of her worst road trip ever, going to see the Florida Panthers. I have become a big fan of her blog recently.
Tim Rosenthal of Inside Hockey tipped me off to a major story that broke over the weekend in his home town of Easton, Mass (also home of Jim Craig) where Freddie the Turkey was killed by police allegedly for terrorizing motorcyclists. Here is the account in the Enterprise News along with a video of the turkey that folks adored. Freddie also has a facebook page with over 1000 fans.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass