Thursday, May 26, 2011

POTG Thursday Headlines, News, and Morning Links

We are headed to game seven in the East after last night's thriller in Tampa where the Bolts avoided elimination and are going back to Boston to play on Friday.

The NHL has gotten on board to encourage fans to support the folks of Joplin. Missouri who have suffered $3 billion in damages. If you want the name of a specific person to help. I can steer you to them.

For all the news and links, go ahead and make the jump...

In Pred Nation...

Mark Willoughby has part two at his look at the economics of the NHL with a focus on revenue sharing and the salary cap and floor.

Barry Trotz throws cold water on the hopes of Detroit fans hoping to get Shea Weber promising to "match any offer" so says Craig Custance. James O'Brien at PHT adds to the story with more facts and figures on offer sheets and UFA compensation.

Dirk Hoag's countdown is down to the third best Predator moment and he has the report card for Sergei Kostitsyn. Dirk is up early today with his breakfast links.

Jay Levin is looking towards next month's draft with a list of the Preds' pick and the overall outlook.

Josh Cooper checks in with Barry Trotz and David Poile about a potential move to the Eastern Conference.

Jeremy Gover is at number nine in his top 15 countdown of Predator highlights from the last season.

WKRN reports that the Predators' ticket sales are running 20% ahead of last year at this time.

Here is the latest on Preds' prospect Zach Budish's recovery from knee surgery.

Predatorial has a few odds and ends.

Jerred Smithson will be one of the main celebrities at the Vernon Charity Golf Tournament next month.

The Northern News Service has the story of all the Tootoo clan that made it to Smashville for the playoffs.

Ryan Suter makes the list of under-appreciated players at Five Minutes for Fighting.

Tampa Bay 5 Boston 4...

The Tampa Bay Lightning played a great game in producing a 5-4 come from behind victory over Boston in an elimination game to force game seven in the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night at the TD Gardens.

Martin St. Louis and Teddy Purcell each had two goals to pace the Lightning while David Krejci had three goals for Boston to lead all scorers.

After sitting out game five, Dwayne Roloson returned to the net and stopped 16 of 20 shots to gain the win. Tim Thomas had slightly more work giving up five goals on 26 shots.

Atlanta to Winnipeg...

For all the most up to the minute news on the move, keep checking Illegal Curve for the latest news.

Gary Bettman was on Tampa radio yesterday and continued to say nothing about the Atlanta move.

Ken Campbell says that the deal is done and only waiting on an announcement.

The Winnipeg Free Press has 1,000,001 things to do before the move.

Chris Mason admits that the Thrasher's ownership has not fully backed the team. What a revelation!

Around the NHL...

Brian Rafalski announced his retirement yesterday and we had the video. Not many people leave the game in a classier way.

The Islanders signed Kyle Okposo to a five year contract for $14 million per Cap Geek.

Our friends at Pucked in the Head confront the President's Trophy curse head on.

Henril Sedin did not touch the Clarence Campbell Trophy after Tuesday's clincher. Here's the story of those who did since 2001. They were 4-5 in the finals.

It's been five years since Ray Shero left the Predators. The rest is history.

Lou Lamoriello made a statement on Rafalski's retirement.

Here is the breakdown of the odd bounce that led to the game winning goal for Vancouver on Tuesday night.

Kevin Allen looks at odd overtime goals. He also has a look at how quickly new ownership in Tampa was able to right their ship.

Chris Botta was on NHL Home Ice discussing the latest political moves in the Islanders' Arena deal. Here is an audio clip.

Ryan Porth has the postseason rewind from 2009. That was a great series that came down to a final shot by Nick Lidstrom.

Odds and Ends...

Maybe this will be the last item on Gingerbread coming to the Droid X since Verizon has said that it will be here tomorrow.

More Later...

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