Monday, September 19, 2011

POTG Monday Headlines, News and Links: Let's Play Two!

After a busy weekend at Centennial, the Nashville Predators pack up 40 players and all the coaching staff and head to Florida for a twin bill against the Florida Panthers. Here is more detail on the games from our pregame post earlier today.

There is no radio coverage of today's twin bill but George Richards of the Miami Herald will chronicle the games with a live chat. Harvey Fialkov will also have updates at the Sun Sentinel.

Make the jump for today's news and links...

In Pred Nation...

Wade Belak's parents still have few answers surrounding his death. Jeremy Gover has a note and a picture about the Preds' team tribute to Belak. Battle of the Blades kicks off their new season this week in Canada with a tribute to Belak.

Both Ryan Suter and Shea Weber chose to avoid talk of free agency and arbitration during the opening weekend of camp. Josh Cooper breaks down the battle on defense for the final roster spots. He also has a morning notes column.

Smashville 24/7 has notes and quotes from the players and coaches from over the weekend.

Inside Smashville takes a look at David Legwand's quest for the season. She also chatted with Jarred Smithson about being an"'old guy" in camp this year.

Btyam Mullen looks at the quick start to the preseason slate with a tough weekend and three quick games.

Dirk Hoag is up early with his morning roundup for Monday. He's got all the stuff that I missed.

David Boclair captures Barry Trotz's ill will toward a few veteran's after Saturday's first session. He also points out the shortage of time to prepare for today's contests.

Robby Stanley takes a look at Colin Wilson's outlook on this season.

Paul McCann gives the heads up for some big news for Slap Shot Radio as well as some weekend notes.

Sergei Kostitsyn was in shock over the loss of Ruslan Salei in the Lokomotiv plane crash.

John Manasso looks at the opening of the Preds' camp.

Predatorial has a mix of quotes from Saturday as well as a few times from Friday's testing. He also looks at Cal O'Reilly's chance at a comeback.

The Hockey Writers mention Jon Blum as a Calder possibility.

Hockey is on the rise in Baltimore, the site of tomorrow's Preds-Caps game.

Rebecca Dobrinski takes a look at another local hockey team, the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Around the NHL...

It appears that September 26 is the date when to 2012 Winter Classic is officially announced. I guess it is finally safe to book those flights.

Sidney Crosby appeared at the Penguins first day of practice and was swarmed by fans and media.

NHL Live returns today at a new time of 4-6 p.m. CDT. E.J. Hradek has a tour of the new studios.

Drew Doughty is still not in camp. Helene Elliott feels that the Kings and Doughty are both losing the longer it goes on.

Ex-Predator Steve Sullivan chats with Scott Burnside about moving to Pittsburgh.

Chuck Gormley has another ex-Pred's story. Jowl Ward made it to DC against all odds. Ward also gets kudos for his hard work from PHT.

Dmitry Chesnokov interviews the moody Alex Semin about whether he cares.

Darryl Dobbs breaks down the Western Conference camp battles from a fantasy perspective.

Sarah Baicker breaks the news that Eric Lindros was Wayne Simmonds favorite player as a child. No wonder he is considered a prototypical Flyer.

Bryce Salvador is back on the ice for the first time in almost a year in New Jersey.

Ray Emery felt good in his first scrimmage as a Blackhawk over the weekend.

The Detroit Red Wings opened camp a day later than all the other 29 teams and left physicals to go to the funeral of Brad McCrimmon on a very emotional day. Craig Custance has more.

Dustin Brown had two new linemates when he reported to camp. I'd say he should have some offensive upside as a result.

Gabriel Landeskog will answer questions from fans that are submitted to the Denver Post this week.

So is Vancouver really trying to trade Cory Schneider? Andy Strickland has more.

Steve Lapore has the final schedule of NHL preseason games available on TV in the US and Canada. He also has the broadcast pairing for the Versus telecasts.

Adam Proteau has a top ten list of players born in weird places.

Jonathan Willis asks "Can a blogger be anything other than a fanboy?"

Odds and Ends...

Drunken out of towners are causing Cocoa Beach officials to rethink their beach policy.

The Arizona Centennial stamp was revealed to be an artistic rendition of Cathedral Rock in Sedona. Very nice.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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