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Shout Out To Smashville Fans

Greetings fans. I just wanted to make few points about some of the blogs that have run here the last couple of weeks. One, welcome back Pekka Rhenna. What a performance even in the loss to Pittsburgh, outstanding goaltending.

I have to comment and give some first person insight on a subject I'm hearing about namely the coach and management of Nashville. Ok...so we have not won a cup, plenty of teams have not but lets not go on a head hunt and start a fruit basket turnover here. I have stated before that I live in Atlanta home of the bygone era Thrashers who flew to Winnipeg. We were disgruntled about the management too believe me but we had a big reason which was they did not care about the team.

We had a chance to make something work in a no traditional hockey market and dropped the puck so to say. There were fans regardless of what you heard from non thrasher fans who were not there but we had a subpar team who in fact are still subpar in Winnipeg even now. The owners also owned the Hawks and all they really cared about were the Hawks. The thrashers were a cute little experiment to them but never took it seriously.

We lost them of course but the fans always hoped things would go better and one day we would be looked at like well...Nashville. We hoped for a huge fan base with rabid fans but that never really happened. The owners blew the money on the Hawks and threw the Thrashers scraps which led to small salaries for players and hardly any advertising for the team. I rarely saw a blue land advertisement anywhere. Nashvilles owners care. The team almost got moved a while back if it wasn't for local Nashville investors buying the team.

My point is the Predators could easily be the next Atlanta if the fan base shrinks enough or their is a lack of support for the team all because some greedy fans want a cup or nothing. I for one want a good team that gives 100 percent on the ice. If they lose, they lose but at least they tried and that is enough to keep me driving to Nashville from Atlanta. You have a team, love your team. Go for the love of your team and the love of the game.

Not everybody is going to be Chicago or Anaheim or even a St Louise but we can give them hell on the ice and show them we don't lay down for anybody. It would be foolish to believe you have to be a big budget city like Chicago to win a Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay did it and they are in the hot humid demographic of Florida. Some believe that hockey can't thrive in a city that is known for country music. Well I disagree and one day there may be a Stanley here one day to prove it.

Keep the faith fans, there was no Rome built in a day and there were no championships built that way either.......Go Preds!

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