Back-to-back losses over the weekend to Chicago have me wondering which list Santa had the Nashville Predators on this Christmas.
As for me, Santa definitely treated me right; the big gift I got this year was an XM XpressRCi satellite radio (affiliate link), so I can finally catch hockey talk pretty much all the time. Word has it that I got this just in time to hear a certain Nashville hockey blogger's appearance on NHL Home Ice, but we'll have more on that when it breaks.
After the jump... well, you know the drill!
Sweden names Olympic roster - From The Rink
Kudos once again to Patric Hornqvist for making the Swedish Olympic Team. In this post, Mirtle points out a few big names that our man from Nashville beat out, including Mikael Samuelsson and Kristian Huselius.
Samuelsson: "They can go to hell" - Hockey Express
Run this one through the Google Translater (Swedish to English) and you'll see that Mikael Samuelsson wasn't too happy about getting left off the Olympic team in favor of Hornqvist. There are quotes in there you certainly won't see in a North American news outlet.
The View from 111: Contender or Pretender?
Mark was in a pretty surly mood after Saturday night's loss to Chicago, and I can't imagine he'll feel any better this morning...
See Puck City: Chica-go-puck-yourself: Preds Lose 4-5
Besides retching over last night's loss, SPC wants readers to submit pictures of their hockey-related Christmas gifts...
Trotz toils away in obscurity - Faceoff.com
Jim Matheson, writing for the Edmonton Journal, provides some nice back story on how Barry Trotz got into coaching in the first place, in his early 20's.
Gabriel Bourque leads Team Canada to victory in World Junior Chamionships opener - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond highlights the big day that Preds prospect Gabriel Bourque had for Team Canada at the World Juniors.
Around the NHL
Does Your Team Have The Depth It Needs? | Hockey From the Cheap Seats
Remember, right after the Olympic break comes the trade deadline. How do you feel about the Preds? Personally, I think they could use a PP QB (unlikely) and a playmaking center, but I'm guessing that unless a can't miss opportunity comes up, we might see Nashville stand pat.
Message Sending Time? (Puck-rakers)
Can the Blue Jackets pull out of their tailspin? Calling up the odd minor leaguer isn't likely to get it done, and the Columbus GM is supposedly "talking to several clubs about making a deal to help lift the club from its worst stretch in franchise history.."
Canucks trying to trade frustrated Schneider - sportsnet.ca
Meanwhile in Vancouver, veteran point man Mathieu Schneider has left the Canucks, and GM Mike Gillis is trying to find someone, anyone, to take him off their hands.
Ethan Moreau Throws Teammates Under the Bus. Again. - The Copper & Blue
Derek Zona calls for a new captain in Edmonton.