Last night we had a great Tweetup at Riverfront Tavern in Nashville, hosted by Preds radio play-by-play man Tom Callahan (@PredsRadio). Jay Levin, who runs the Predators website, was also there, along with Codey from Section 303 and a number of fans (@jodystapley, @predsgirl, and @ericshuff among others) who are ready for hockey season to get underway. With almost a month to go before the first home preseason game, the only good way to vent our energy these days is to defend the team's honor against insane predictions and snide articles written by "experts".
After the jump, we've got a look at Ryan Suter's "legacy" role on Team USA, a new set of budget constraints for a Western Conference rival, the question of whether David Legwand will ever don the red, white & blue, and your chance to work alongside Tom Callahan on Preds radio broadcasts...
Another Suter, another 'Miracle'? - ESPN
Scott Burnside outlines Ryan Suter's pedigree for representing Team USA in the Winter Olympics. As the son of a "Miracle On Ice" player, will Ryan follow in those footsteps?
Confessions of a Predators Fanatic: Being a Preds Fan 101
Kelly brings you Preds newbies up to date on who sucks in the NHL, and who you really need to hate.
Radio Broadcasting internship, Nashville Predators - The National Hockey League's Official Job Board
Here's a college internship opportunity that could put you alongside Preds radio man Tom Callahan. Can someone explain to me how a kid's supposed to do an unpaid internship? I had to work my way through school.
Will Leggy ever play for good ol' USA? - Inside Predators
John Glennon asks an interesting question, in light of the 8 other centers invited to the US Olympic camp, and the fact that David Legwand will be 33 by the time the 2014 Olympics are held.
Around the NHL
Dallas Stars won't be affected by financial troubles, source says - Dallas Morning News
While Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks works through financial problems related to other sports holdings (such as the Liverpool soccer team), the message communicated is that the Stars should be OK, and that they'll continue to operate as normal. The following quote from the tail end of the article, however, sounds quite different: "For the first time in the NHL salary cap era, Dallas will spend significantly under the cap, as the Stars have an estimated budget of $45 million for next season with an NHL salary cap of $56.8 million."
Pass or Fail: USA Hockey's Nike 2010 Olympic jerseys - Puck Daddy
Team USA's hockey jerseys are revealed - are they as cool as Canada's?
Team USA staffer Chelios, 47, still looking for ice time - USATODAY.com
It sounds like Nashville's favorite villain, Chris Chelios, is set on playing hockey again this fall. The only question is, will it be in the NHL, or the AARP?
"East vs. West" is not the best -- NHL Re-Alignment - Raw Charge
Firing up the old debate about NHL realignment; what do you think, Preds fans; how about being in a division with Detroit, St. Louis, Toronto, and Tampa Bay?
Brodeur, Lidstrom lead the NHL's over-35 club - NHL.com
John Kreiser assembles an impressive roster of hockey's graybeards.