One question that strikes hockey fans at this time of year is how their fandom is affected not just by the cool new additions to their team's lineup (Gaustad and AK46 play tonight!), but also by those players they respected and admired who got shipped out of town. For Preds fans, we'll get our first look at Jerred Smithson as an ex-Predator Saturday night in Florida.
Our afternoon hockey notes start off with a fan in Buffalo musing over Paul Gaustad...
Nashville Predators News
2012 NHL Trade Deadline: When it's More Than Just a Trade - Die By The Blade
This Buffalo fan just saw his favorite player join the Preds, and wonders what to do.
The goalie, however, is flat-out bummed.
Trade Deadline – Part 2 – Preds/Canucks | Bobby Holik - Holik on Hockey
The longtime NHL veteran is bullish on the Predators.
Canucks replace Red Wings at No. 1 in SI.com NHL Power Rankings - Adrian Dater - SI.com
The Preds keep rising in Dater's weekly rankings.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Geoffrion called-up ; Leblanc reassigned - Montréal Canadiens - News
Tonight at Tampa Bay, Blake Geoffrion suits up as a Montreal Canadien. That will be an impossibly cool moment for his family.
Jean Beliveau Honoured - Habs Eyes On The Prize
A post from five years ago is dusted off and presented for you, to provide some background on what Jean Beliveau (who suffered a stroke earlier today) means to Montreal.
KuklasKorner - Update On The Health Of Todd McLellan
The San Jose head coach is out with "concussion-like symptoms" and won't return until he gets an OK from the medical staff. Who knew the threat of concussions would leap over the boards and strike behind the bench?
ESPN Bumps NCAA Hockey Title Game off to ESPN2, Because ESPN is Heroically Unafraid of Being Stupid " Puck The Media
Steve opens up the full blast on ESPN for "demoting" the coverage of the NCAA hockey tournament in comparison to recent years. I wonder if the compressed NBA schedule this season is partly to blame.
‘Appetite’ to abolish fighting in junior exists, say Branch, Nicholson - Buzzing The Net
Are we approaching a sea-change in attitudes towards fighting in hockey? It appears so. Some, shall we say, less eloquent observers object to this trend:
hockey canada considering banning fights in junior! why not throw a fish bowl visor on like those pussys that play college!!! #gameschanged— brian mcgrattan (@bigern10) February 28, 2012
I wonder what McGrattan's teammates with college hockey experience like Ryan Suter, Craig Smith, Colin Wilson, Jack Hillen, Brandon Yip, Hal Gill, and most of the front office think about that characterization.