On the night of the 2011Nashville Predators Skate of the Union the entire Preds management team met with the Bloggers Row group and gave us an advanced look at the new "Predator Gold" home jerseys.
They explained the process that they went through on the complete redesign of the sweaters and the goal was to have something that was distinctive and stood out from the other 29 NHL teams and that would be memorable.
They pointed to the "original six" teams that all had distinctive colors on the ice as well as in the crowd when the teams played on TV. This was something that they were seeking for the Preds and it appears that they have struck gold with the new color (horrible pun).
Last night when I turned on game three of the Canucks-Preds replay and saw Bridgestone Arena ablaze in gold, everything we were told made complete sense. In the future when highlights are shown on NHL network or Versus and fans across North America see the gold in the background, they will know the Predators are on the ice in Smashville.
When other teams come onto the ice and see the sea of gold, they will know where they are and to brace for the pounding because they will have to fight for every inch of the ice going against 60 minutes of "Predator Hockey."
Make the jump for today's news and links...
In Pred Nation...
With yesterday's formal announcement of the Predators' Rookie Camp, the time between now and the first on ice practice shrunk to 16 days with rookies taking the ice at Centennial Sportsplex at 10 a.m on September 10. It is so close that you can almost hear the pucks bouncing off the dasher boards.
In the meantime, the Predators-Canucks replay continues with game four tonight at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. CDT.
Dirk Hoag looks at five prospects in the spotlight at the Preds rookie camp. I would add Roman Josie and Mattias Ekholm as number six and seven who are both legitimate contenders for ice time in Smashville this season. He is also up early today with his morning links that has great Tim Thomas tribute and an interesting interview at the end.
Matt Reitz at PHT adds Ryan Ellis to Stu Hackel's list of ten rookies ready to make a jump to the NHL.
The CBC caught up with Ryan Ellis in this video where he discusses the upcoming season.
From @DennisTFP: Pekka Rinne on upcoming UFA status: 'been there before, more pressure performing every night than about contract situation' That's pure Pekka.
The Predators finally made their appearance in The Hockey News countdown appearing at number eight in the Western Conference.
Nick Spaling is the man in the spotlight in today's preview at Smashville 24/7. He also made it home in time to participate in the local hockey camp.
Robby Stanley picks his All-Central Division Team. The defense looks strong!
Jeremy Gover has a bold pairing for this third line in part three of his defensive previews.
The tension is mounting as Dirk Hoag is down to the number three moment in the Predators 2011 playoffs.
New Nashville sports voice, 102.5 The Game is now on Twitter at @1025TheGame and a website at 1025TheGame.com. Darren McFarland and Brad Hopkins's new show, First Quarter can be found at @1stQuarter and indicates that The Game will begin on Monday, August 29 at 6 a.m.
Stephanie Muraro checks out the locals of all the former Admiral players that are active around the world.
Around the NHL...
City of Glendale officials are optimistic that a deal for a new owner will be in place by the end of the year.
Tim Thomas had his day with he Stanley Cup as well as the Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy yesterday. Dan Rosen followed him around Davison, Michigan and filed reports. Nick Cotsonika also covered the event.
The latest news on Sidney Crosby shows that he is visiting leading specialists to get a grip on his concussion injury. I guess a daily speculation about Sid will be the ongoing saga of the year.
Kevin Burgundy at Stay Classy has an excellent post about Sidney Crosby's concussion and how it is being handled.
Ryan Porth picks his top five fantasy impact rookies.
My favorite Duck, Corey Perry, heads the list at RLD Hockey's Right Wing Fantasy Preview.
Chris Johnston discusses higher expectations with Calder Cup winner Jeff Skinner.
Predatorial has a look at Saturday night games in the NHL.
Adam Proteau picks his top ten games to watch in the coming season.
Kurtenblog takes a trip down memory lane for Nashvillians as they look at Ryan Kesler's selection at #23 at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and the Bridgestoone Arena. It is interesting to watch the crawl on the video at the others taken early in the draft.
Ex-NHLer is ready to give it his best shot at an NHL retun.
Sports Business Journal takes a look at how Versus/NBC Sports Network can chip away at ESPN's dominance.
Chris Withers take a rather dim stance on the Islanders new third jersey.
Odds and Ends...
There is a documentary on the Nahville RollerGirls being made by one of the skaters that looks to be a highly professional production. Check out the preview here.
Google is taking over the world and Android is up to 61% in the OS battle with Apple and RIM who are dropping each month.
I had no idea that the Roku Player had "private channels."
When we were in Lake Tahoe a couple of weeks ago, we were treated to a "free" concert from Steve Miller Band and Dave Mason on our balcony at the hotel from a neighboring outdoor casino music venue. It is amazing that much of the material Miller played was also included in this 1975 concert from Wolfgang's Vault.
Here is a pretty good video showing some interesting things in Sedona, Arizona, especially at Slide Rock.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass