Yesterday was a big day for the Nashville Predators both on and off the ice, with a transition at the very top of the organization as well as on the blueline. While it will likely take weeks and months to see what the new Chairman, Tom Cigarran, will bring to the team, we get a chance to see what Denis Grebeshkov, the new defenseman, brings as he hits the ice tonight vs. his prior team, the Edmonton Oilers.
Radio Alert: The NHL Network's Brian Duff will be a guest on the Thom Abraham Show (560-AM WNSR) in the 3:00 hour this afternoon. Yesterday, Tom Cigarran went on the show to talk about the transition and how things look going forward. You can listen to his segment here:
After the jump, we've got your morning news and notes...
Given what's going on this week I think this is a good starter:
The Perils Of Writing Rumours - Hockey or Die
An excellent summary of the problems with trade rumors, as a supposed Edmonton "insider" had just about everybody getting traded by the Oilers, except Denis Grebeshkov. As an FYI, my policy is that if rumors are going to be discussed here, they are to be cited and linked; if a paper in Philly reports that a Dan Hamhuis deal is close, we'll link to it. But I'm not going to toss unsubstantiated stuff up on the wall and pretend that I have inside scoop. There are a host of fraudsters that do exactly that, unfortunately.
Preds On The Glass: Tuesday Tidbits and POTG Podcast
Buddy's morning post includes a recap of last night's podcast, and his take on the ownership situation as well.
Preds 101: So What?: Big Monday Recap
Preds 101 gives the scoop on three big stories from yesterday.
Game Night! Grebeshkov in! Hammer out? Trade deadline chaos! - Paul McCann
Paul previews tonight's game, and brings word that over 50 Preds fans are embarking on his road trip to St. Louis March 21st!
See Puck City: OMG - DEADLINE CIRCUS ROTFLMAO
SPC wades into the insanity that is the NHL Trade Deadline...
The View from 111: Freeman Steps Down as Chairman of the Predators
Mark takes the Sports Authority out to the woodshed over their treatment of David Freeman over the last several weeks.
David Freeman, Nashville Predators chairman, steps down - The Tennessean
Whether David Freeman's stepping down as chairman changes much relative to the Sports Authority is still an open question, but we hope to hear more at their meeting next week.
Around the NHL
Washington Capitals goalie Jose Theodore copes with the pain of his infant son's death - washingtonpost.com
Tarik El-Bashir has your must-read interview of the day, in which the Capitals goaltender opens up about the death of his 2-month-old son last summer.
Down Goes Brown: Deadline online: NHL GMs hit the web to look for deals
More wacky hilarity, as DGB finds a few bargains online.
McKeen's Hockey Prospects - Team Records in Second Game of Back-To-Back
Gus Katsaros takes a look at just how much playing games on back-to-back nights has affected various teams.
Marek Svatos is prepared to leave Colorado - ProHockeyTalk
Is Svatos a diamond-in-the-rough up in Colorado, who could prosper in a new environment? Or was he just a flash in the pan?
The Volchenclock: Time ticking on a contract extension for Anton Volchenkov - Silver Seven
Ottawa faces a Hamhuis-like situation with defensive stalwart Anton Volchenkov.
Trade deadline approaching, hangup in Zidlicky deal - StarTribune.com
Will the former Predators point man be on the move again?
Advanced stats, first-hand testimony sheds light on Jordan Leopold - PensBurgh
The Penguins hope they have picked up a dandy defenseman in Jordan Leopold (who, like Denis Grebeshkov, also cost a 2nd-round pick).
Postgame Avs-Red Wings – They’re just not there yet | All Things Avs
Adrian Dater isn't happy with Colorado's loss last night to Detroit; do they have what it takes to make the playoffs?
The Game : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog
This is easily the least-curmudgeonly post I've ever read from Tom!