Things never seem to settle down in Smashville. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Admirals hired Kirk Muller as their new head coach and had an eventful press conference to make the big announcement.
The Predators developmental camp opens today at Centennial SportsPlex with the first public on ice session tomorrow.
Yesterday was the deadline for qualifying RFA'a and we have a link to the complete list of who was and who wasn't.
We also have a RLD Hockey Talk show that you won't want to miss. Make the jump for this and more...
Today we will have this week's edition of RLD Hockey Talk with special guest Scott Burnside from ESPN to preview the free agent frenzy that starts this Friday. It is a show you don't want to miss and it gets going at noon CDT.
In Pred Nation...
This was one of my personal highlights of the Awards Show when Michelle Kenneth and Winter Adams met with Pekka Rinne for a Las Vegas interview as well as a post on growing up hockey at Inside Hockey.
David Boclair has the story on the Predators making qualifying offers to eight RFA's.
Josh Cooper looks at Kirk Muller's past and his call to the Preds.
Ryan Porth has some great quotes from Paul Fenton summarizing the weekend draft.
Admirals Roundtable has an interesting view from the "other" press conference that was held in Milwaukee via the phone.
The Predators announced that Steve Sullivan would not be re-signed for next season. I wrote a eulogy two years ago that never panned out. Ones by Jeremy Gover, Dirk Hoag, and James O'Brien are real. Josh Cooper adds perspective with quotes from David Poile and Sully himself.
Paul McCann had a good roundup to star the week at HockeyBuzz.
Around the NHL...
The Phoenix Business Journal reports that Matthew Hulsizer has withdrawn his offer to buy the Phoenix Coyotes.
James O'Brien at PHT has the complete list of RFA that were and were not given qualifying offers by their clubs. One of the oddest moves was the Avs not qualifying Brian Elliotte.
The committee will meet today and we expect to hear the names that will make up this year's Hockey Hall of Fame class later this afternoon at 2 p.m. CDT. NHL Network will cover it live.
Playoff star Kevin Bieksa contract signed a $23 million, five-year contract to stay in Vancouver. Max Lapierre also re-signed.
Rob Rossi reports that the Pens hope to re-sign Tyler Kennedy in spite of not qualifying him and also have Jaromir Jagr signed this week. More good news in Pittsburgh as Dan Bylsma reports that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin should bet at full speed in camp in September.
Pierre McGuire is headed to Connecticut with the family to work for Versus and NBC.
Jeff Cater finally came out of shock and spoke to Aaron Portzine yesterday.
The Avs did not qualify Brian Elliott leaving them with no goalies with NHL experience heading int free agent day.
Hockey's Future looks at the college players selected in the 2011 Entry Draft.
The Vancouver Canucks who had their AHL team booted out of Winnipeg hooked up with Atlanta's old team, the Chicago Wolves. As well as the Nucks and Hawks get along, I wonder how this will work with the fans.
Michelle Kenneth does a "tell all" with her secrets of how to succeed in the NHL media world and has news about Georges Laraque doing a little writing at her site.
Adrian Dater has the winners and losers from the weekend.
The Hockey Wife is ready to punch her husband in the face.
Video footage from hockey in 1953 has surfaced and is reported in this post at the NYT.
Steve Lapore looks at the good an bad for the Stanly Cup Playoff coverage at NBC and Versus.
Down Goes Brown has his unique look at the weekend's draft.
Odds and Ends...
A bus sized asteroid just missed Earth yesterday and few people knew it.
Folks in Japan have made a special 'dress" to simulate what it is like to be pregnant. Even men can check it out.
Are you a "Tiger Dad" and what does that do to your daughter?
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass