Wednesday, May 11, 2011

POTG Hump Day Headlines, News, and Morning Links

The Predators season ended abruptly on Monday night but we have more news on the Predators than we have seen in a while as well as the outcome of last night's Glendale City Council meeting and news from around the NHL.

We will have video and plenty of information from the season ending pressers and locker room clean out later today, tonight and over the next few days also.

As an early heads up: RLD Hockey Talk this week will be a round three preview with Kevin Allen of USA Today on Friday at Noon.

Follow the jump for all the hockey news you need to start your day...

In Preds Nation...

In spite of reinforcements from Nashville, the Milwaukee Admirals season ended with a  4-2 loss to the Houston Aeros less than 24 hours after the Predators were eliminated.

Ryan Porth looks at the legacy of this year's Nashville Predators.

Joe Yerdon has a fair assessment of what went wrong with the Preds at PHT. He also throws out his five thoughts. had a Q and A with Gary Bettman when he was in town last week.

Jim Diamond looks at the harsh realities of breaking up the "family."

Teresa Walker looks at the Predators building blocks from this season.

David Boclair looks at a Tale of Two Series. He also looks at trades that made the Preds more formidable.

Dirk Hoag looks at the Predators' salary figures for the coming season.

Part two of Mark Hollingsworth's history of Cellblock 303 has been reposted at Section 303.

The Hockey News has a CP article about the Predators' successful run.

Josh Cooper lists the Predators UFA's and RFA's that will be mulled over this summer. He also comments on Shane O'Brien's future. This morning he has a full analysis of what the Preds are up against in signing players this summer.

Robby from Hockey Night in Nashville thanks his readers at the end of their first season. Congrats on hanging in there and adding another good voice to the community.

Chris Burton has his report card for Jon Blum which is the first in a long series.

Over but not forgotten from Fang Faction.

Joe Biddle had a kind post mortem on the Predators' season. It was good to see Biddle and David Climer visit the Bridge on a regular basis during the playoffs.

Eric Francis at the Calgary Sun has a story about Brent Peterson stepping down at the end of the season.

From @GMillerTSN: With Nashville out, the books are closed on the Fisher trade.  Ottawa gets a first and a third in 2012's draft.

Gail Kerr says that Mayor Karl Dean feels that all the negotiations to keep the Preds in Nashville in 2007 and 2008 was worth it.

Annie Johnson looks at the business side of the Predators' year.

Big Ben puts the wrap on the Preds' season too.

Whale Tales...

Kurtenblog hands out their post series awards and the Preds get a few too.

The Preds-Canucks series anointed Ryan Kesler as a valid superstar. As much as I did not like what he did to the Preds, I voted him as the first star of the game for all three Preds home games. He was unbelievable.

Ryan Kesler's weakness is revealed.

Around the NHL...

The Detroit red Wings refuse to lose as they tied their series with San Jose with a 3-1 win and forced a game seven in San Jose.

Rebekah Sanders has the full story of the vote in Glendale where the city voted to commit another $25 million to to keep the Coyotes in Arizona for another season while the NHL works out the sale to Matthew Hulsizer or another entity. Hats off to Rebekah who live tweeted the entire meeting to a national audience.

James Mirtle had a round-up of opinion before last night's Glendale vote. Jerry Reinsdorf may be back in the Coyote's picture once again.

Jeremy Roenick discussed his 'gutless" remarks on NHL Home Ice's Power Play yesterday.

The World Championship Quarter finals are today and tomorrow with USA playing the Czech's at 9:15 a.m. CDT this morning. Canada and Russia play tomorrow.

The Flyers have serious issues in goal among other questions for next year.

Adrian Dater looks at the top three prospects in next month's NHL Entry Draft.

The Islanders will have a major announcement this morning on the future of the Nassau Coliseum redevelopment project. B D Gallof gives his thoughts.

Rich Hammond asks for ratings of GM Dean Lombardi.

Will Jaromir Jagr consider a return to the NHL next year?

The Hockey Wilderness panel has plenty of Preds love in their NHL Award picks.

Amanda Fortier has a look at the Calder Trophy candidates at View from My Seats.

TSN asks about integrity in the playoffs with all the diving calls.

Broadcaster Jack Edwards extended his contract with NESN.

A Lightning fan in Florida came under fire from his homeowner's association for his "Go Bolts" sign but found a way to circumvent the rules to keep his sign showing his support got the team.

Odds and Ends...

The "jetman" did finally fly across the Grand Canyon. Here is the video.

Our friend Dahlia Kurtz looks at online influence and what it is worth.

OK, one less first to shoot for. The Tweet from Mt Everest has been done.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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