Tuesday morning was setting up like any other non-game day here in Nashville, with a steady dose of hockey news from around town and around the league.
All it took was one tweet from Jim Balsillie to set tongues wagging, however...
Mike Fisher (Mr. Carrie Underwood) and the Ottawa Senators come into Smashville on Thursday, so make sure to use our coupon code for discount Nashville Predators tickets. Remember, if you're looking to finish up your Christmas shopping, hockey tickets can make a great gift!
Twitter / @Jim Balsillie: Hi again, social friends! ...
A Twitter account supposedly tied to Jim Balsillie and his "Make It Seven" campaign made its first post in months this morning, saying that the RIM CEO is coming to Nashville today. What does this mean? Who knows. We should remember that during the whole franchise sale drama of 2007, he never once showed his face here.
UPDATE: Bob McKenzie says the account is "not legit", so don't sweat it.
Preds On The Glass: POTG Radio Featuring Travis Hair is Up On Podcast and Tuesday Thoughts
Buddy's show featured Phoenix Coyotes blogger Travis Hair last night.
Pair of Predators put injury issues in the past, look forward to playing again | Nashville City Paper
It sounds like Pekka Rinne and Patric Hornqvist are ready to play tomorrow in Chicago.
Nashville Predators finally are starting to feel healthy - The Tennessean
Might the Preds get closer to fielding a full lineup, finally? Well... closer at least.
We're all about staying hot - Predators Insider
Colin Wilson's winning goal against San Jose has his confidence riding high.
We're winning and hitting the road - Predators Insider
...meanwhile in Milwaukee, it's Chris Mueller who's scorching.
Around the NHL
The Guardian Project
The NHL is getting ready to unveil "The Guardian Project", a partnership with comic book legend Stan Lee to develop a team of superheroes, each based on an NHL team. I can tell you my sons think this is all kind of awesome, so head over to the project's Facebook page, and vote for which hero you'd like to see unveiled first. The Predator is leading The Blue in head-to-head voting.
Down Goes Brown: NHL letters to Santa
DGB's in the holiday mood...
More musings on Fehr, plus 30 thoughts - Elliotte Friedman
Elliotte says that Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman need to start working sooner, rather than later, on CBA negotiations.
Nine years between NHL games - Toronto Sun
Jonas Andersson, who came back to North America this fall and was traded by the Preds to Vancouver for Shane O`Brien, got called up for a Canucks game recently, almost 9 years since his previous appearance in the NHL.
Paul Bissonnette's 33 Top Twitter Hits - PensBurgh
He's the NHL's MVP of Twitter...
Connecting With Fans All Over The World - The Copper & Blue
Derek opens up the discussion for Oilers fans from all sorts of places who follow the game remotely... we'll have to do something similar over here sometime soon.
If your NHL team's losing after 2 periods, it's basically screwed - Puck Daddy
Last week's 3rd period comeback against San Jose was really special, when you consider how rarely such games actually occur around the league.
Sharks Goaltender Antti Niemi Remembers Nashville Playoff Series - Predlines
Amanda chatted up Antti Niemi when he was in town last week.
Worst Hockey Cards: Superimposed Rogie Vachon is Super Deformed - Houses of the Hockey
Gads, did they actually sell these???
U20 World Junior Championships Preview: Team Norway - Puck Worlds
The World Juniors are rapidly approaching, so Bruce introduces you to some of the prominent teams.
U20 World Junior Championships Preview: Team Sweden - Puck Worlds
Here come the Swedes, one of the contenders for gold.
Team Sweden forced to go shopping - The Globe and Mail
...and when they got here, they had to scramble to get some hockey equipment.
Stamkos reaches 100 career NHL goal milestone - Raw Charge
When grinder Darren McCarty finally hit this mark on a Red Wings team loaded with Hall-of-Famers, they jokingly gave him a stick wrapped in aluminum foil to mark the occassion. Stamkos hit this one in no time, though.
Video: Flying waffles cause delay in Maple Leafs game - Puck Daddy
Now things are getting really stupid in Toronto.
The League of Extraordinary Statisticians: The Eras - Behind The Net
Dividing hockey history into handy, easy-to-digest chunks.