Last night was an unusual one for the NHL, to say the least. First came news that the All-Star Game coming up in just a couple months is undergoing some major changes, then New York's uber-goon Derek Boogard scored a goal, his first in over 200 NHL games.
Preds Radio Note: Tonight at 6:00, Paul McCann's SlapShot Radio features the author of The Making of Slap Shot: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Hockey Movie Ever Made (which just went on sale yesterday), Jonathan Jackson, as well one of the Hanson Brothers, Steve Carlson.
While you're reading this morning's news & notes, catch Barry Trotz's segment on the Thom Abraham Show from late yesterday afternoon, in which he talks about passing the legendary Toe Blake in the record book, and how he plans on pulling the team out of this current losing streak:
The Preds return to Bridgestone Arena Saturday against the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, so take advantage of the OtF discount and save money on Nashville Predators tickets for this, or any other home game.
Video: Rangers’ Boogaard ends 234-game goal drought - Puck Daddy
Nashville's Wade Belak now owns the NHL's longest goalless streak at 121 games, as Derek Boogaard hit the jackpot for the Rangers last night. Check it out...
Red Light District: Nashville Must Rebound Quickly
Does their quick fall require a quick recovery? I'm not so sure.
Preds On The Glass: Will A Backyard Selection Format Revive the NHL All-Star Game and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy gives a tentative thumbs-up to the proposed All-Star Game changes for this year.
Lisa's Lounge: Guest Column: An Unlikely Friendship
The story of how one local showed some Southern Hospitality to a "pompous Habs fan".
Hockey Night in Nashville: Wednesday Notes
Robby calls tomorrow's game in St. Louis a "must win". I guess if they lose, we can just pack things in.
Missing games while injured has Predators' defenseman losing sleep | Nashville City Paper
Ryan Suter's not used to missing action, as he's played all 82 games in recent years.
Effort is there for the Predators, just not the results - Nashville Predators Examiner
The coach wants the Preds to work smarter, not harder.
Fan's plea results in help on Predators' traffic exodus - The Tennessean
Let's give it up for Predators fan Florence White, and The Tennessean's Jenny Upchurch, for making the trip home after a Preds game a little bit easier.
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Around the NHL
Dreger: NHL considering full-scale overhaul of All-Star game - TSN
Darren Dreger writes that an idea being considered would have "appointed captains for each conference draft a team from the players selected from the larger group assembled by Hockey Operations." I still find it hard to believe that players, who are fundamental conditioned not to comment on each other, are now going to pick sides like this. If this happens, however, it could be pretty entertaining - and you just know that fans of other major sports will be jealous.
Central Division always tough on Jackets | The Columbus Dispatch
The game to watch tonight is in Columbus, where the Blue Jackets take on St. Louis. Tom Reed says the BJ's need to start making headway against their divisional rivals if they hope to take a step forward.
Avalanche getting lots of injuries in NHL | All Things Avs
Guys are dropping all over the league, not just here in Nashville.
Giguere speaks out: "We didn't compete" - The Globe and Mail
Unlike Barry Trotz's assessment of the Preds' effort above, J.S. Giguere ripped into his fellow Toronto Maple Leafs after a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay.
Big man in land of prehistoric giants - The Globe and Mail
Meet Sean Sanford of the Drumheller Dragons. He's a quarter-inch taller than Zdeno Chara, and just turned 18.
Source: Lenders are pondering hiring an interim president for Stars - The Dallas Morning News
The sale of the Dallas Stars will likely drag on for a long, long time, and the lenders currently in control appear content with that. I would think it might be worth waiting to see what happens with the NHL's next TV contract anyways, considering how that might affect the financial situation.
Down Goes Brown: A look at the agenda for today's NHL general managers meeting
DGB brings the funny once again...
Bloge Salming: The Television Deal That Wasn't
Forget ESPN, forget Versus...