We are another week closer to the start of training camps opening and we have a fine show tonight on POTG Radio to help those in need of a hockey talk fix.
Tonight we will have Joe Yerdon of NBC's ProHockeyTalk site as well as his own site at Gross Misconduct Hockey as our guest. We will discuss a wide variety of topics including the start of today's World Hockey Summit, last week's R and D Camp, a Kovalchuk signing (probably not), and anything else that comes to mind from the world of hockey.
We'll also take a few calls from listeners if you have a burning topic or a rant that you want to get off your chest.
Please join us tonight at 7 p.m. Central at the following link or on i Tunes.
In Pred Nation...
Puck Daddy released the Mt Puckmore for the Predators yesterday as written by Dirk Hoag. I'm in full agreement with Poile, Trotz and Weber but feel like David Legwand is more of a face of the franchise than Tomas Vokoun. Leggy was the original Pred's first draft pick and holds almost every record for longevity with the team.
Dirk also was hanging out in the family van doing a video and asking the question about where Colin Wilson will fit in in the line situation in the coming season.
Jas Faulkner starts a series of re-introducing the Nashville Predators to to the world. She is a great writer that always is an interesting read.
Jim Diamond takes a look at what is available at the Predators store at NHL.com and finds several curious items.
Codey at Section 303 reviews the demo from NHL 11 that came out last week. Jackson is chomping at the bit for the September 11 release.
David Singleton makes an extensive argument for Marty Erat to start taking one more shot per period in order to produce points up to expectations.
Chris Burton has the preseason preview of Wade Belak and includes the video of the beat down that Belak gave Donald Brashear a couple of years ago. Brashear was never the same after that.
New guy, Anthony Neal, has five questions with a Sabres blogger at OnTheForecheck.
Rachel at What The Puck went for Slapshot last night as her summer hockey movie selection.
Paul Nicholson put up a few pictures from last week's Tweet-up at Otters. Make plans to attend the Tweet-Up at the Sounds game this Thursday.
Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy puts a bow on the Dan Ellis "specialist" twitter-sation last week.
The Predators have been reaching out to the kids at the Boys and Girls Club with their "Kids on Ice" program.
Tick, Tick, Tick... I guess the status remains quo.
Around the NHL...
The World Hockey Summit gets underway this morning in Toronto. This is the perfect made for dog days event that will bring hockey folks from around the world together to mull over topics that they have no specific authority to change. At least it should generate some press and some discussion during a very dead time of the year.
Ryan Porth caught up with Ryan Kessler for an wide ranging interview at RLD Hockey.
The NHL held a conference call with several ladies last week to discuss the issue of women's clothing available through the NHL. Courtney Beckham has a summary of the proceedings. The league is to be complemented for listening to the fans on this one.
One of the more interesting things to come up in a while is Cam Janssen calling out Krys Barch on Twitter. Barch responded and it appears to be on for October 16th. Janssen also has a bloodied Barch on his background just to raise the level a knot or two.
The NHL is considering a change in calculating the first tie breaker to sort out standings at season's end. Instead of overall wins, they will now use wins in regulation added to overtime wins. Shoot out wins will not count in the tiebreaker.
From @reporterchris: Canadian Tire has signed a five-year sponsorship deal with the NHL. They'll present the Heritage Classic outdoor game. From @NHLschuylerb: Welcome Canadian Tire -- the League's new partner and Official Sporting Goods Retailer of the NHL in Canada. They also announced the launch of Canadian Tire Hockey School.
Chris also posts a story about Jonathan Toews being ready to drop the puck again ion spite of the short summer.
The Hockey News sorts out the winners and losers of the off season. I'm surprised that they have the Blackhawks as the most improved. I don't get it.
Bruce Ciskie has a bost about the feud between the NCAA and the CHL. Maybe they'll sort things out at the World Hockey Summit this week.
After all the discussion about Tomas Kaberle and his no trade clause kicking in, now based on this TSN piece, he may be ready for a trade anyway.
It seems too early to talk about the 2011 Entry Draft but having all the prospects in for the R and D Camp has Ryan Kennedy looking at the top three at this time.
Cult of Hockey has some interesting numbers on a list of news folks and their Twitter followers. Other than Forechecker, they miss the other Nashville Tweeps with formidable numbers.
Nordique Nation is on the rise looking for the NHL's return to Quebec.
Adrian Dater has his early division winners and stirs the pot by picking Phoenix to win the Pacific.
Patric Hoffman has an email interview with Dee Karl, the Isles Seventh Woman.
Music City RollerGirls...
Bad news for the Nashville Roller Girls over the weekend in Pittsburgh. The Steel City Squad beat the All-Stars 182-69 while the Brawl Stars also lost 54-46. In a pick up bout in Bowling Green this Saturday, the Nashville Lower Broads will play the Vette City women at 6:30.
Odds and Ends...
If you have a dog, keep him muzzled. Dog bite claims are skyrocketing and you will probably get canceled if your dog nips someone. Also, if you own a trampoline and your insurance company finds out you may also be in line for cancellation.
The Nashville Sounds will face trouble in the future holding on the AAA status unless they find a new stadium in the next few years. It looks like the Brewers will change to Oklahoma City art the end of the year. We have been to the stadium in Oklahoma and it is very nice.
The oil spill in the gulf is now invisible and a half mile underwater.
For implosion buffs, here is the end of an era for the FLP smokestacks and power plant in Port St. John, Florida.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass