Last night on POTG Radio we had a great mid-summer doldrums show. Michael Langlois, who runs the web site Vintage Leaf Memories, was with us and we covered a wide range of topics.
Michael has been a fan of the Leafs since the late fifties and shared his perspective on the changes in hockey over the last fifty years. Surprisingly, we also discussed Lane Kiffin and the bridges he has burned in his career.
Michael is also a communications adviser and we discussed coaching for individuals in how to deal with the media. Another area that Michael is involved is training couches and youth workers on how to communicate with players and parents in youth sports and activities.
If you have never checked out Vintage Leaf Memories you should spend some time at the site and read story after story about hockey from earlier times and how it relates to the headlines of today.
Please give us a listen with the following player or download the podcast at iTunes.
I will be a co-host tonight on Ryan Porth's Red Light District Radio. Guests are scheduled to be USA Today's Kevin Allen and Canada's next great sportscaster, Launy "The" Schwartz of Hockey 54.
In Pred Nation...
Big news for the Predators was yesterday's signing of Ryan Parent to a two-year deal.
Mason Raymond avoided arbitration and resigned with Vancouver and it appears to be close to what Patrick Hornqvist may want. Forechecker compares the two players.
Bryan Mullen has a note that the Predator rookies will travel to Florida on September 15 and 16 to play the Panther rookies in a couple of games. There are a few more details at the Panther's site.
The Predators will kick off a new ROI Program for local business leaders at a breakfast at the Patron Platinum Club on August 4. You need to sign up by Friday if you are interested.
From @Sullivan26: Proud to announce The Lever/Sullivan Charity Tournament raised $60,000 for KidSport Timmins. Thank you to all who attended the special day.
Predlines wonders what happened to the real Jordin Tootoo. Amanda also questions what the Parent signing means for Jon Blum.
Coach Chuck Weber is leaving the Cincinnati Cyclones for an AHL job in Rochester.
Rachel at What The Puck speculates that Fulton Reed in the Mighty Ducks movies may have been the original Shea Weber.
Winging it in Motown dives into Tennessee's "Jock Tax" and the burden it places on visiting players.
As expected, the NHLPA did file a grievance toward the NHL for ruling that the Kovalchuk contract was an attempt to circumvent the salary cap. Bill Daly responded with an appropriate statement.
Launy at Hockey54 fires up the web cam for a little Kovalchuk Kontract Kontroversy.
Kingscast continuation of "Waiting for Kovalchuk" is now available. More great stuff.
From @DarrenDreger: It will be interesting to see if the league calls the LA Kings to testify in the Kovalchuk case. Not sure, but I'm told it's a possibility. Perhaps, comparing term. Nothing is off limits in this hearing.
More this morning from @DarrenDreger: Decision on Kovalchuk is expected to be made as early as next week. Process of choosing arbitrator started last night and will cont today.
Around the NHL...
After a few rumors over the weekend of the Coyotes/Ice Edge deal falling through, Rebekah Sanders has more detail on the issues at hand. It appears that Ice Edges has not met stated deadlines in the deal. This is not good news for Phoenix fans who have been jerked around since last summer.
News of today's big off-season media event from @NHLschuylerb: Event at Heinz Field for 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. In Pitt preparing.... Expecting Mario, Sid, Talbot, Cooke, Dupuis, Knuble, Steckel among others. First look at new WC logo & retro Caps and Pens logo. Starts at Noon ET. Live on NHL Network, NHL.com, penguins web site, Caps web site, Sirius XM sat. radio & 1250 ESPN Radio in Pitt.
Derek Zona looks at the mess created by Sheldon Souray's contract in Edmonton.
Boston is well over the cap with having Blake Wheeler and Tyler Seguin signed. Matt Reitz looks at their situation. Wheeler's arbitration hearing is set for later today.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Tod Leiweke as their new CEO. He will also have ownership interest.
Blueshirt Banter takes a look at the NHL deal with Versus and a potential return to ESPN.
The Carolina Hurricanes released the logo for the 2011 All-Star game that will be held at the RBC next January 20.
Mirtle updated his top 100 UFA list. There's still plenty of average players to choose from.
A web site dedicated to the upcoming KHL-NHL exhibition games is now up.
Adrian Dater writes what sounds like a eulogy to the past year covering a wide range of topics at All Things Avs.
Intent to Blow investigated the Sami Salo injury and it appears that it wasn't "floor hockey" but a dispute over video games with the Sedin brothers. We found a video of the skirmish (or at least what it may have looked like)
Odds and Ends...
We don't talk about the Tennessee Titans much but the best news out of their camp in years is them suing Lane Kiffin and USC. Few people have burned bridges and stirred up venom better than Kiffin when he left the University of Tennessee so it was good to hear of a little more trouble going his way.
Dilbert creator Scott Adams has some ideas on how to be an active listener.
Have you ever heard of Olga, the traveling bra? There is a website as well as a travel blog for the piece of undergarment. This is really different.
According to this survey, fans of the NHL and MLB feel more connected through social media. Who knew?
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass