We may be in the middle of the dog days of summer for hockey fans, but we managed to talk hockey with James "Tapeleg" Gralain for over ninety minutes last night on POTG Radio.
We covered a wide range of topics including the news of the day, hockey and social media, the Avalanche, and a bunch of other stuff. We even got to the bottom of whether Alexander Ovechkin is really a douche.
James made the transition from the high quality of The Rink Podcast to the lower tech Blog Talk Radio format and enjoyed the long form conversation.
We ask that you join us with the player below or download from iTunes to break out of the summer doldrums and enjoy a little offseason hockey talk.
In Pred Nation...
Zach Budish and Austin Watson survived the cuts at the Team USA Junior evaluation camp and will stick with the squad through this weeks games. Jim Diamond has the story. The Preds also had a post.
A new edition of the 303:30 has been released and included Kevin Weekes and Joe Nickolls of EA Sports. Jeremy did a good job with Kevin. He is really a great guy and would be a great addition to the Predators.
Two for Boarding has a long discussion about the Predators getting something out of nothing over the history of the franchise.
Chis Burton asks a question about Predators fan's patience with Barry Trotz. My response is who would be better? I don't see anyone on the horizon that is capable of working with the cards dealt to them any better than Trotz. With a limited budget, there is no one in the NHL that can get as many wins out of a team as Barry has done. Once the Preds go deep into the playoffs this year, the question will be a moot point.
PredsBlog files a formal response to the Trotz question.
Paul McCann started the week with a few notes.
Nathan at Predlines answers a fan's question with another fond memory from 2004. I remember the game they discussed. Amanda also jumps in with three memories of her own.
If you are in Milwaukee, The Admirals have all kinds of State Fair related activities going on. Check it out.
Fire and Ice reported yesterday that the Kovalchuk hearing was to begin today in Boston. It was later recanted and it will in fact begin tomorrow. Word is that all the parties involved are in Boston today. Don't be surprised if some type of compromise is worked out so that both sides save face.
From @JeffMarek: Glendale in talks w/Ice Edge + 3 other groups (including Reinsdorf) to purchase Coyotes, reports @JSportsnet. This is the saga that will never end.
Around the NHL...
Chicago officially walked away from Antti Niemi and signed veteran Marty Turco for $1 million dollars less. I'm really surprised that the Hawks didn't accept the arbitration award and trade Niemi for a draft pick. Mirtle has a good analysis of the Turco-Niemi swap. Matt Reitz really likes the move.
Puck the Media's Steve Lapore interviewed Bill Daly on media matters and he kept things close to the vest. Anyone surprised? Steve also takes a look at the return of the World Cup in the next couple of years.
The details of the Todd White trade to the Rangers came out and it looks like a salary dump for the Rangers with the Thrashers taking on Donald Brashear's contract and placing him on waivers and assuming the buyout. Atlanta also picked up Patrick Rissmiller in the deal. The Falconer seems to think that it was a slick move.
The NHL started their 30 in 30 series yesterday with the Anaheim Ducks. By the end of the month, they will be through every team. Here is the calendar that shows that the Pred's day will be the 19th.
Here's another tired annual event from @kausatoday Forsberg practices w/MoDo, tells Swe. press he wants to play again.
Expert Andy Sutton signed a two-year deal with Anaheim.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Mike Modano will sign with the Red Wings on Thursday.
Jon Jordan left Hockey Buzz a couple of months ago and has now landed at Kukla's Korner. It's good to see a return and expanded coverage from the Southeast division.
Anthony Curatolo has some fantasy prep information at Inside Hockey.
Odds and Ends...
With all the BP (Bad Press) that BP received due to the oil spill, will they rename the stations with their other company name, Amoco?
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass