Wednesday, July 20, 2011

POTG Wednesday Headlines, News, and Links

After my allegations that it had turned into a slow summer for hockey news, Tuesday hit the jackpot with a trifecta of major news stories.

Chris Osgood officially retired in the morning, setting off a debate whether the goaltender who has 401 regular season wins and ranks tenth on the all-time win list is hall of fame worthy.

In the afternoon, the Devils finally announced that Peter DeBoer would be their coach and then Steven Stamkos finally brought peace to Tampa fans (as well as the NHL 12 folks) by re-signing with the Lighting.

Make the jump for these stories and more...

In Pred Nation...

Josh Cooper talked to Shea Weber's agent who said that things appeared to be at a stalemate in their negotiations with the team.

Ryan Porth analyzes whether or not the "Predator way" brand of hockey can win a Stanley Cup.

Dirk Hoag hopes that he bar is now set for the Shea Weber deal to get his deal done with the Predators. He also gives details as to how the process works if it makes it to arbitration.

Hockey's Future analyzes the Predators 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Aaron Sims speculates on who will be at the forward position in Milwaukee next season.

Paul McCann takes a look at the coverage that the Shea Weber arbitration has been getting from the major media outlets and the misinformation that is being said.

Mark Willoughby celebrates his friends on his birthday. We celebrate you too Mark.

George Scoville celebrated his birthday yesterday and asks that anyone who is inclined to offer presents should make a donation to the Predators Foundation. That is a great idea.

Around the NHL...

Salary Arbitration hearings begin today. Here is the lowdown.

Steve Stamkos finally ended all the offer speculation by signing a five-year $37.5 million contract with the Lightning.

After waiting for an eternity, the New Jersey Devils signed Peter DeBoer to lead their team for the coming season.  He was fired from the Florida Panthers in April after failing to make the playoffs for the past three seasons.

Somewhat of a mild surprise (to me at least) was Chris Osgood's retirement announcement yesterday. The debate started immediately as to whether he is a hall of famer. I say yest (but not necessarily on the first ballot). Puck Daddy has a poll. Here are a few numbers to consider.

Here is an oddity. As it stands now, Osgood and Dominik Hasek would be up for the HOF in the same year.

The latest report is that the Wings will sign Ty Conklin later today as their back up goalie.

Elliotte Freedman has his thirty thoughts including salary projections for the Predator's big three.

Jim Gintonio reports that Dave Strader is leaving his position in Phoenix to go to work full time with NBC/Versus. The Coyotes are now looking for a replacement.

The rarely dependable Forbes magazine claims that the Dallas Stars are losing $1 million a week but the team denies the story.

Should the Canucks look at picking up Chris Drury?

Patrick Kane's wrist surgery was said to be "successful" on Tuesday. When do they ever say anything else?

Puck Daddy rates how the worst power play teams did during the offseason. Guess what grade the Preds get.

Three of our friends get together for the ESPN Hockey Today podcast featuring Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, and Chris Johnston.

Here is your chance to produce a video with a chance to win a trip from Upper Deck to the NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto on August 30.

Odds and Ends...

It appears that baby boomers are worried about dying from the wrong diseases.

Joplin, Missouri's Little League team is excelling in spite of the devastation from May's tragic tornado.

Is it possible that Netflix's plan is to kill off the physical DVD and move consumers to streaming video?

More Later...

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