Today, the SB Nation YouTube channel is finally live, a nifty new venture on our network's part, which will feature recurring shows, along with Team Reports filed by various bloggers covering all the myriad sports and teams within our community. OTF is participating in the first wave of these Team Reports, so without further ado, here's our initial foray, summing up the Preds' moves leading up this year's Trade Deadline:
And now, on to your morning hockey news...
Nashville Predators News
Featured : Out of the Darkness - TSN
TSN puts together a top-notch feature story on Jordin Tootoo's journey over the last year-plus.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Intensity still there for Preds despite cushion in standings
At this point, it's all about getting their team game going at 100% heading in to the playoffs. Look at teams like the Rangers and Canucks - they have huge division leads, but are still picking up wins consistently.
The View from 111: A Look at the Predators Acquisitions and What they Bring to the Team
Mark reviews the moves of the last two weeks, as you really have to link the Gill deal with Kostitsyn and Gaustad as part of the Predators' strategy for the stretch run.
Smashville 24/7: Josi gaining confidence with Gill by his side
A vet like Gill can play safety-net for an offensive talent like Josi.
Nashville Predators get a day off - The Tennessean
Barry Trotz looks ahead to a "mini training camp."
Early impact of trade deadline deals not what Preds expected | Nashville City Paper
It's a little early for reviews, however. I'll be interested to see how things go on Saturday, after they've had a couple practices with the new guys.
Ads FINALLY Beat A Team In Their Division! | Admirals Roundtable
Kyle Wilson scored twice to lead the Admirals to victory.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux among NHL, sports stars who smoked - Adrian Dater - SI.com
An awesome read about days gone by, the age when smoking was commonplace not just among NHL players, but even in the dressing room.
If NBC is Smart, They Will Put Milbury and JR in a Steel Cage Match - Barry Melrose Rocks
Oh, those wacky NBC Sports commentators are at it again...
Uni Watch " Auction Action
Cool old-time stuff here.
Spector on Leafs: A coaching conundrum - sportsnet.ca
The drums are growing louder in Toronto. But really, does anyone think a coaching change right now would help the Maple Leafs?
$519,272,667.00 - Pension Plan Puppets
A mind-boggling number is put into context here. Coming from this perspective, it's pretty sad.
New York Islanders: Is a Move to Brooklyn or Pilgrim a Likely Scenario? | The Hockey Writers
You'd have to think they've got to go somewhere, as Nassau County doesn't seem all that motivated to support a modern arena. Hmm... Festival Tennessee, anyone?
Cal Clutterbuck: Passionate Leader or Over the Edge? - Hockey Wilderness
These kinds of players are always polarizing, just as Jordin Tootoo is outside of Nashville.
Potential Fantasy Playoff Saviours - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
Can one of these guys return from injury to salvage your fantasy hockey campaign?
What Road Woes? Blues Win Fourth Straight Away Game - St. Louis Game Time
St. Louis got it done last night, putting up 5 goals at Edmonton.
Letang, Sullivan go down, but Penguins defeat Stars 4-3 (SO) - PensBurgh
Sully and the Penguins' top defenseman both got hurt in this one.