After a long, stress-filled week for Nashville Predators fans, it may be good to turn the page here and start looking ahead to the upcoming season. So in the tradition of kicking off some conversation on a summer Friday, I want to ask you - which Nashville Predator are you most bullish on for 2011-12?
Personally, I'm going with Colin Wilson. He took a step forward last season to become an effective offensive threat, and should be well positioned now to deliver on a consistent basis as he enters his third season of pro hockey. The opportunity is right there waiting for him as a Top 6 winger, and from his side, this is a contract year, so millions of dollars are potentially on the line. Who knows, maybe he disappeared from Twitter because he's off at a clandestine training base, getting bigger, stronger & faster for the upcoming campaign.
A guy can hope, right?
Chime in on who you think is ready for a big season, and follow after the jump for your morning hockey news...
Nashville Predators News
You May Call It Greed; I Call It Tough Love (Part (1/2) | Pull My (Fang)Finger
Here's an excellent observation by AJ that I don't think anyone else has considered - did a public statement by Barry Trotz start this whole mess?
You May Call It Greed; I Call It Tough Love (Part (2/2) | Pull My (Fang)Finger
...and going forward, the pressure is squarely on David Poile and the ownership to deliver, right now.
Preds On The Glass: POTG Friday Headlines, News, and Links: The Calm after the Storm
Buddy, I think, is looking forward to things settling down for a little bit before training camp in September.
Saying Kaddish in Nashville: The Predators Departed, 2011 Ed | The Hockey Writers
Jas reviews the totality of change we've seen this offseason, and in particular, the prospects for the newest generation of ex-Preds.
Caption Contest Results | Admirals Roundtable
Share a few chuckles with the gang in Milwaukee.
Nashville Predators face history lesson in attempts to sign Shea Weber - The Tennessean
Who'da thunk that the deal which looms large in David Poile's history is the one where he didn't hold on to a defenseman?
And lastly, how about some video as shared on Twitter last night by some guy with the handle @JonBlum7 (yes, he's the real deal):
Around the NHL
Twitter / @DarrenDreger: I'm told Leafs forward Mat ...
Darren Dreger reports that "Matthew Lombardi is making progress. May not be ready for start of season, but isn't far off... assuming no setbacks."
For Schenn, it’s a summer of weights, waiting - The Globe and Mail
As Luke Schenn waits on a new deal with Toronto, he's been working out with Shea Weber.
Florida Panthers offer ‘visiting fans not welcome’ section - Puck Daddy
As Greg notes, it's pretty weird for a team which actively markets in other NHL cities to then manufacture a "defend our turf" section.
New York Rangers Breaking News: Sean Avery Arrested - Blueshirt Banter
Dumb, de dumb dumb...