Last night's POTG Radio podcast brought the Phoenix ownership situation full circle. Travis Hair of Five for Howling, who had visited many times in the last two years, was our special guest.
Travis and I took a trip down memory lane, going back two years to the month, when word first leaked out in Phoenix that the NHL was advancing payment to Jerry Moyes to help his financial situation.
Over the next few months the situation worsened and boiled over when in May 2009, Moyes and rouge billionaire, Jim Ballsillie cut a backroom deal to sell the team for $212.5 million that would never fly.
The entire off season was spent in court date after court date sorting through the bankruptcy and potential sale. Both Ballsillies' final bid and the NHL's bid were rejected in September.
Over time, the league finally got control of the team and it appears after the City of Glendale approved the lease with the Matthew Hulsizer group last week that the matter is finally on the verge of resolution.
Travis and I discussed the future of the franchise and how to re-grow the fan base. I also had an interesting clip from a June 15, 2009 show when the matter appeared to be resolved at the time. It was interesting to hear how Atlanta was thought to be the next team that might move then as it is now.
We also had a couple of clips from Steve Begin and Mark Dekanich before they headed back to Milwaukee on Saturday night.
You can listen to the show on the following player or download at iTunes.
In Pred Nation...
Ryan Porth has a new feature on Segei Kostitsyn at The Fourth Period.
Amanda DiPaolo spoke with Antti Niemi to get his reflections on last year's Preds-Hawks playoff series.
David Boclair looks at the returns of Pekka Rinne and Patric Hornqvist. Bryan Mullen also discusses the improving team health.
Preds Insider has the latest from Blake Geoffrion's blog and Colin Wilson's too.
Chris Burton looks at the frustration of not knowing how Matthew Lombardi's recovery is progressing.
Eklund is spreading rumors that other teams are interested in Anders Lindback and then asks if Nashville has the best goalie tandem in the league.
The Predators had the official release on Ryan Ellis being named Captain of Team Canada in the upcoming World Juniors.
Austin Watson is helping the Peterbourough Petes in a mini turnaround in midseason.
The ECHL celebrated Mark Dekanich's NHL debut as being the 455th former player to make it to the bigs.
It is no surprise that the Predators are near the top of NHL team's goals by D-Men with 15.
The Predators have added four "coin drop" machines in the Bridgestone Arena concourse to raise money for the Monroe Carrell Children's Hospital.
Robby and Phillip wish all of Pred Nation a Merry Christmas at Hockey Night in Nashville.
Around the NHL...
Kudos have to go to Evgeni Malkin this morning for his five point game last night against the Coyotes with 2 goals and 3 assists. Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to 21 game with a goal and an assist.
Steven Stamkos got his 100th NHL goal in the Bolts win over Carolina last night.
The NHL held a conference call with head NHL ice maker Dan Craig. Dan Rosen has the highlights of the ice building plans at Heinz Field.
The NHL Three Stars of the week were dominated by the Avalanche. Matt Duchene, Thomas Fleischmann, and Eric Staal got the top honors.
Steve Mason's sophomore slump has carried into the third season and several experts weigh in as to possible solutions.
From Peterbourough, comes everything you need to know about the hockey scene in Las Vegas. There are plenty of transplants to make kids hockey work in the desert.
Mike Smith went down with a "minor" knee injury and will be sidelined two weeks in Tampa. Cedrick Desjardins was recalled from from Norfolk. He was TB coach Guy Boucher's goalie in Hamilton (AHL) last season.
USA Hockey will announce the Team USA for the World Juniors on Facebook at 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Stu Hackel has insight into Donald Fehr's future by looking at his past. Sports Business Daily also has their take on the move.
Puck Daddy has an interview with ex-NHLPA head Paul Kelly who considers that the PA may try to strike a deal with ESPN.
Mirtle compares the Leafs and the Thrashers and why Atlanta has exceeded expectations before their clash last night.
I still don't quite get it but you can vote on who wins at the Guardian Project web site. I must be showing my age.
Intent to Blow has the story of Lou Lamoriello being intrigued by John MacLean's Stanley Cup strategy.
Odds and Ends...
Is LikeALittle.com the next big thing in Social Media? They are only a few weeks old and are hitting a million page views a day.
Here is an interesting piece on the fall of the once thriving Central California valley area.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass