Yesterday's press conference at Bridgestone Arena brought up opportunities to discuss just about every aspect of the team, and the morning links today reflect just how busy the bloggers and mainstream media were, digging into all the different storylines as to which players might be leaving, or staying, or coming back, etc.. The signature moment that will stick with me, however, came when David Poile called up Brent Peterson to acknowledge that his on-ice coaching days were coming to an end, but that he'll remain with the team in another capacity:
What doesn't get picked up by the mic there is Peterson cracking jokes off to the side, saying he'll be "getting Trotzy's coffee", as Poile and Trotz try to sum up what he's meant to the team. These guys have been through a lot together over the last decade-plus to build this franchise from scratch, and while everyone knew this day would eventually come, that doesn't make it any easier to accept.
Nashville Predators News
The View from 111: Random Thoughts at the End of the Season
Mark offers insight on a number of different subjects about the year gone by.
Gail Kerr: Predators make Nashville big winner in playoff run - The Tennessean
For those who aren't into hockey, the arena lease negotiations from 2007-8 look a lot better for the city in light of the team's success this year.
Life as a Preds Fan: A Simple Man’s Musings | Section 303
Good stuff from Justin about the feeling of community that has been strengthened this season.
Fang Finger Fever: A Look Back
At the end here, another solid testimony to the power of Twitter & blogs to help bring hockey fans together.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Could the Preds be moved to the Southeast Division?
On balance I'd be a big fan of that move. Yes, there would be change, but the positives outweigh the negatives. Ovechkin at the Bridgestone 3 times a season? Nice.
Preds On The Glass: POTG Thursday Headlines, News, and Morning Links
Buddy's got a serving of breakfast links available, too, which include some interesting tech news at the bottom.
Red Light District: Weber adamant he’s staying in Nashville
Step off, covetous big-market teams.
Marcel Goc: a section303.com exit interview… | Section 303
Goc would be my first choice to center the 4th line next season.
Music City Mindset: The Roller Coaster Season Part I: All Aboard
Harkening back to last summer...
Canucks and Predators - Series Review - The Copper & Blue
A good look at just how thoroughly the Vancouver skaters outplayed their Nashville counterparts during this series.
Rinne becomes transcendent figure during Predators' rise - Nashville City Paper
It was great to see Peks play so well on the biggest stage the franchise has yet had, the Conference Semifinals.
Poile: Radulov indicates interest in, opportunity to return to Predators - Nashville City Paper
The really interesting bit here is the talk about Lane Lambert (head coach in Milwaukee) potentially being a candidate to fill Brent Peterson's associate coach role.
Sergei Kostitsyn wants to remain a Predator - Nashville Predators Examiner
Yes, I want SK74 back, but desperately hope the Preds don't overpay here. A short-term deal under $2 million per season would seem appropriate.
Francis Bouillon still battling Post-concussion syndrome - Nashville Predators Examiner
The Cube was among the players hanging out at Bridgestone yesterday, and his recovery would really help bolster what's shaping up to be a very young defense next season.
Predators, Weber confident they will agree to contract - The Tennessean
All signs point to a deal getting done here, and there's some verbage in there towards the end about Paul Fenton challenging Alex Radulov to come back and play in the best hockey league in the world. Nice idea, but I don't see it happening.
Around the NHL
The NHL Enforcer – Costs Without Benefit - Houses of the Hockey
You know, here's an angle I don't think any of us have discussed regarding this summer. Do the Preds try to get an enforcer? If that means someone who can't play more than 3-4 minutes a game, I sure hope not.
Morning Skate: Game 7 - Do or Die, Part IV - Winging It In Motown
Can the Red Wings complete their comeback from being down 3-0 in this series? If they do, I can't imagine the reaction in San Jose, this will be crushing.
Bruins vs. Lightning: The battle of the aged netminders - Puck Daddy
Dwayne Roloson and Tim Thomas are two of the creakiest old goalies in the league, but they get the job done.
Stifled Canucks stars happy to be past Predators - The Globe and Mail
Henrik Sedin whines about getting shut down by the Preds: "The next series will be tough, but there will be more offence... We’ll be facing a team that wants to play hockey, at least, so it will be a lot different."
Cox: Beyond the brush fires, another NHL lockout looms - thestar.com
This sounds like a bit of fear-mongering, but there's no question that there are serious issues to be dealt with between the players and owners on a new CBA.
Return of the Duke - Mile High Hockey
A classic sniper of the kind that Nashville could likely use, Milan Hejduk will instead stick with his one and only NHL team.
The 10 most fascinating NHL playoff beards of 2011 (so far) - Puck Daddy
There's no doubt as to the runaway winner here.
Jaromir Jagr Scores Hat Trick Vs. USA, Teases World About NHL Return - SBNation.com
Nothing fuels that "NHL comeback" speculation like seeing Jaromir Jagr light up Team USA.
IIHF WC: Quarterfinals Day 2 Open Thread - Puck Worlds
Once (and future?) Predator Alexander Radulov leads the Russians into battle against Canada at 1:15 p.m. Central time.
The Hockey News: Coyotes staying will have huge impact across NHL
Ken Campbell's one of those guys who seems to have successfully predicted 9 of the last 2 franchise moves.
David Fleming has 50 reasons why he's hooked on all things hockey - ESPN
Much of this list is pretty lame, but I agree with his comments on the Easton EQ50 Synergy hockey stick 100%, it's an amazing piece of work.
Puck Headlines: Many loves of Patrick Kane; Jackets lose $25 million - Puck Daddy
The Blackhawks may be out of the playoffs, but Patrick Kane is still scoring.
10 Questions on Islanders/Nassau Coliseum Plan - Lighthouse Hockey
Here's the skinny on the proposal for a new arena for the Islanders. I'm a bit surprised that the capacity is just 17,500, only slightly bigger than Bridgestone Arena.
Eulogy: Remembering the 2010-11 Nashville Predators - Puck Daddy
I'm not a big fan of this series, but there ya go.
Lightning and The 1-3-1 "Tampa t" - Raw Charge
A helpful breakdown of Tampa Bay's innovative style of play.
Dan Patrick Will Host Games 5-7 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC " Puck The Media
They're bringing in the big haircut...