It may be the middle of the dog days but the Nashville Predators announced a pair of events that will make next Saturday (8-27) Preds Day all day in Smashville.
From Noon to 6 p.m. on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza, the Predators will host a tailgate party with the big screen set up and all the other things you would expect from a big pre-game festival. Tickets for preseason games will go on sale and anyone who has every wanted to ride the Zamboni during a game can get their chance with the purchase of season tickets that one day only.
On Saturday night, at Greer Stadium, it will be Predators night when the Sounds take on Memphis. A bunch of Preds folks will be there including the Preds Dancers that include a few new members including one of my daughter's dance instructors.
It sounds like a full day for the hockey starved folks in Predsville. Make the jump for the rest of today's news and links...
In Pred Nation...
I posted this clip of Ryan Kesler talking about playing the Preds yesterday and it was well received by fans of both teams. I have more of the same interview that I'll have to put together that involves Kesler's hatred of the Bruins, his injury, and Ryan Porth talking to him about Michael Grabner.
J.R. Lind has more on the shake-up in the Nashville radio sports talk scene. I hope 102.5 does something to boost their signal because I simply cannot get it in my car in Columbia. Thank goodness for XM Radio.
Smashville 24/7 is up to #10 Marty Erat in his preview for the coming season. I guess Leggy is next.
Jeremy Gover is up to part three and part four in his Preds forwards preview.
Paul McCann has several thoughts about the NHL TV schedule and the R and D camp.
Dan Bradley looks at a different kind of leadership that Shea Weber is showing. He also begins a three part series on the success of the Preds' franchise, starting with location.
Dirk Hoag is up to number eight and number seven on his playoff moment countdown. Seven is one of everyone's favorites.
We got a double shot of Mark Willoughby's "My View" this week as Mark explains the US Budget.
Kris Martel goes through a few rule changes and how they may affect the Predators.
Adam Proteau gives his take on the Predators "big three" issue.
Here is a hometown newspaper story about Gary Suter being inducted into the US Hockey Hall of fame as well as his son, Jake, signing to play college hockey.
Around the NHL...
It is reported that potential owner Greg Jamison will be in Glendale on Monday to look at the purchase of the Coyotes. Aaron Wood thinks it is Groundhog Day all over again. Anthony Perez makes the case that Jamison could turn the franchise around. The alleged second bidder is still unknown.
RLD Hockey's Saturday Faceoff is a debate on the best team that is furtherest from the salary cap.
Ryan Kennedy is thinking 2011-12 could be a nasty season as teams imitate what worked last season.
Nick Cotsonika indicates that Brendan Shanahan is going to bring NHL discipline into the 21st century with video explanations of each review and a few other things. This should be a hugh help for fans, media and players.
Puck Daddy gives equal time to a defender of the shootout (AKA skills competition).
Ryan Porth has more observations on windows of opportunities.
Dan Rosen has a pretty good wrap-up of the Rand D camp with the things you are likely to see next month in exhibitions and maybe beyond that.
Great quote from @mirtle: Brian Burke today on @FAN590: "I loathe the shootout. I hate it. I detest it. I despise it. I don't know if I can be clearer." I agree.
Puck Daddy has a good tribute to Chris Drury who retired yesterday. Adrian Dater has his say too.
Jonas Hiller reports that he is free of vertigo.
Mayors Manor has a discussion on the crosstown Mike Richards and Corey Perry rivalry.
The Hockey News' countdown has a couple of interesting picks at number eleven.
Here is an interesting look at the top NHL prospects from colleges produced by Denver and Minnesota.
Odds and Ends...
The Detriot Free Press has a few other sports stars who once played in the Little League World Series (other than Chris Drury). The annual event is currently underway and will end with next Sunday's championship game that will be on ABC at 2 p.m. CDT.
I'd like to do the edge walk around the CN tower in Toronto but the wife would have a heart attack from the vertigo. I guess you could say she would go all "Jonas Hiller."
Eight of the medical pot doctors in Arizona are under investigation for not following the rules. I guess they are basically pot dealers with a medical degree.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass