Thursday thoughts: Buy an autographed puck, help with flood relief

This morning's news includes the first items up for bid in the charity auction tied to next month's NHL Tweetup, reaction to the IIHF's criticism of NHL players not playing in Germany, and some major changes to the way the Florida Panthers will sell tickets next season...

Predators News

eBay Giving Works - The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Mark from The View From 111 has started posting some of the items available for auction leading up to the big NHL Tweetup on June 7 at the Tin Roof in Nashville. All proceeds go to Middle Tennessee flood relief, and one of the opening items is a signed puck from Vincent Lecavalier.

The Hypocracy of the IIHF on Full Display - Paul McCann
Paul rips the IIHF a new one for criticizing NHL players for not coming to the WC's, condemning the organization for not enforcing its rules and punishing Alexander Radulov for walking out on the Preds.

The Rink Episode 62: Time for a Tweetcast | The Rink Podcast
Buddy Oakes sat in on the latest episode of this hockey podcast...

Preds On The Glass: A Visit To The Rink Podcast, Auction Items, and Thursday Thoughts
Buddy's morning update includes a look at both the Memorial Cup and World Championships.

Curt Smith: Pete Weber is the perfect guy for the perfect job - MPNnow
A columnist from upstate New York pens an ode to Nashville's hockey icon.

Windsor Spitfires blue-liner Ryan Ellis: Small defenceman, bad beard, big goals - Winnipeg Free Press
This blue-chip prospect's only weakness is perhaps his horrifyingly nasty facial hair.

Around the NHL

WC Quarterfinals Game Day Thread - Puck Worlds
Bruce sets the table for the elimination games at the World Championships.

Score sheet doesn’t tell tale of Marian Hossa’s playoff contributions | Blackhawk Up | A Chicago Blackhawks Blog
One blogger defends Hossa from Pierre LeBrun's criticism for having just 2 goals in 14 playoff games.

What do you do when your NHL team falls out of playoffs? - From The Rink
Cassie McClellan looks at the various ways fans cope with their team being eliminated. Me? I'm gonna go float around the Caribbean for a few days.

Cox: Time is right for Habs to give Price a shot - thestar.com
Damien Cox takes an idiotic angle on the Montreal/Philly series.

European goalies becoming the rule, not the exception - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle talks with Nashville's goaltending coach, Mitch Korn, about the rise of European goaltending in the NHL.

Without a GM, Lightning lack answers to Free Agent questions - Raw Charge
Pity the fans in Tampa; they can hardly even speculate on free agency, considering they don't even have a front office assembled yet.

Cammalleri vs Malkin shooting - Behind The Net
More evidence showing that there's really not much variation in the NHL when it comes to shooting ability. Guys bounce around from high to low shooting percentages within the expected realm of randomness.

All Habs: Markov Out Until November?
Knee surgery for Montreal's best blueliner will likely cause him to miss the early weeks of next season.

Icy Bits: Parise Not Expecting Deal with Devils - The Grinder
Might New Jersey risk letting Zach Parise hit the restricted free agent market next summer? If ever a guy was a candidate for an offer sheet, you'd have to think it would be him.

SN Player of the Year: Henrik Sedin learns to stand out on his own - Sporting News
Could this be a precursor to the Hart Trophy voting?

Bruins' season defined by "too many men on the ice" - Stanley Cup of Chowder
This is pretty weird... What would you say defined the Predators' season?

Florida Panthers to Reduce Capacity in Sunrise - On Frozen Pond
Did you know that the Panthers have the 7th-largest arena in the NHL? They're going to drop that number by about 2,000 in a bid to better balance supply & demand for tickets.

Flying in Coach: Panthers Using Airlines for Ticket Pricing Model - On Frozen Pond
The most surprising move in Florida is a new pricing scheme that encourages fans to buy tickets to games well in advance; as game day approaches and tickets become more scarce, prices can rise. I'm guessing that fans won't be thrilled with this one.

Tomas Plekanec - Available Free Agent - Hockey Wilderness
Some Minnesota fans covet a Montreal forward...

And lastly, just in case you missed Brendan Shanahan's tweet last night, check out this awesome video of a little fan/player interaction from the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals...


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