Plenty of folks thought today would be the day when the official announcement would be made that the Atlanta Thrashers were moving to Winnipeg but as you will see below that will not happen.
Oddly enough, we are to the point where the Conference Championships could be decided within the next 36 hours leaving us with the possibility of only four hockey games left in the season should one team sweep in the Stanley Cup finals. Could this really be the earliest end to a season in the recent past.
Last night late, we had the post with the update on Alexander Radulov's KHL post-season awards and our thoughts on a return to Nashville.
Make the jump for all today's headlines, news and links..
In Pred Nation...
Amanda DiPaolo has her Central Division Shakedown with a look at every team in the division.
Dirk Hoag commented on the potential retirement of Brian Rafalski and the effects it could have on the Central Division. Folks around the Twitterverse used the news as a stepping stone to indicate that Detroit may come after Shea Weber or Ryan Suter with the $6 million that Rafalski would forfeit by not playing next season.
Dirk also had the number five moment of the season for the Predators in his countdown.
Josh Cooper continues to follow the story of the four ex-Predators with a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup in a couple of weeks.
Chris Burton has the report card out on Patric Hornqvist looking for this year's grade.
AJ in Nashville has his season post-mortem, part two.
Robby Stanley says that it is imperative for the Predators to sign Shea Weber.
Yesterday we received further work on Victor Bartley from @tomppaaax: Victor Bartley (D) from Djurgården to Nashville Predators. He gave the following link to Elite Prospects which sourced this site.
Aaron Sims has an interesting discussion about the difference between young goalies and veterans in the AHL playoffs.
Atlanta to Winnipeg...
The deal in Winnipeg appears so close that now folks are debating when the announcement will be made. It appears that it won't be today.
The last hope for a buyer in Atlanta appears to have "expired."
Jeff Schultz say's Gary Bettman is in hiding.
The updated "Jets Meter" at TSN has them almost ready to drop the puck.
Laura Astorian has the 10 most memorable moments in Thrasher history. You have to hand it to the Bird Watcher Anonymous crew who is doing great work in spite of the impending doom of the Thrashers.
Here is an audio clip from NHL Home Ice of Virginia Flowers who was at the Atlanta fan rally on Saturday.
Here is an interesting post from the Illegal Curve that gives you a who's who synopsis of all the players in the move.
Here is an opposing view to having the Wings move to the Eastern Conference.
Boston 3 Tampa Bay 1...
Tim Thomas was back in his Vezina nominee form last night as he fended off all but one of the Lightning's 34 shots in route to a 3-1 victory that wasn't decided until Rich Peverly's empty net goal with less than 13 seconds left in the game.
Simon Gagne opened the game with a quick goal 69 seconds into the first period to give the Bolts a 1-0 lead that carried into the second period when Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand scored goals to put Boston in the lead for good.
Mike Smith was somewhat of a surprise starter for Tampa and stopped 17 of 19 shots. Game six will be back in Tampa on Wednesday night when Boston will try to wrap up the Eastern Conference Championship on the road.
Sharks at Canucks...
The Vancouver Canucks have a good chance to wrap up their Western Division Conference title tonight at home against the Sharks. With the exception of game three when the Sharks won in San Jose, Vancouver has clearly been a better team. The Sharks will bring everything they have tonight as they try to force the Canucks back to the Shark tank for a game six on Thursday night. The game will be on Versus at 8p.m. CDT.
Around the NHL...
Mark Spector looks at the recent evolution of the NHL game.
The LA Timnes looks at why anyone would want to own a pro sports team.
Adam Kimelman looks at the available coaches in the NHL this summer.
Ken Campbell looks at the absence of stellar goaltending in this year's playoffs. I guess he forgot about the previous rounds.
Time Warner is hoping to become more of a player in the sports market by hiring David Rone.
Rangers Blog has some suggestions for uniform patches for the New York Rangers.
Adrian Dater expects things to pick up for the Avalanche in the near future.
Odds and Ends...
The Wall Street Journal has obtained records of private plane usage by the rich and famous. Here is the tracker. It must be nice to be able to jet around unencumbered by the TSA.
The fine print at Twitpic can be damming for someone wanting to control their own pictures. Just ask Stephanie Gordon who's shuttle pictures went viral on the internet.
Americans get less vacation than almost anyone.
Here are the best night sky pictures of 2011. I like the one from Mono Lake at the end.
Has there been a cure for cancer that no one wants because the drug companies can make money off of it?
Last night the undocking of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station produced a once in history chance to take pictures of the Space Shuttle docked to the ISS. This story gives detail and an animation of the planned event/
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass