The more things change, the more they stay the same. We should probably do another one to these this year, but until then, Welcome Titans Fans! Enjoy your #2 pick! Oh, check out this more recent piece by our very own George Scoville breaking down how the Titans are screwing over season ticket holders. Good times!
Hey, that's almost now! The reason for Mike thinking about hanging up his skates was his desire to start a family...well, mission accomplished! Mike and his wife Carrie Underwood would announce they were expecting their first child a couple months later.
"For dedicated hockey fans, this 'don't make waves' style is part of what we love about these guys - they don't stir up trouble or draw attention to themselves, deflecting credit to their teammates and coaches at every opportunity. But's it's also what holds the league back from breaking new ground. Simply put, the public persona which most of these guys put out there is boring." I agree with this. However, if I were a professional athlete ( a huuuuuuuge stretch, I know), I'd go Shea Weber Style. There's just no upside to saying what you really think...even if it would be more entertaining.
Some folks here were pretty bent when this trade happened, but can we admit now that it didn't really matter? He did just get "Fight of the Year", though. That's pretty special.
Maybe so. Personally, I purchased MORE tickets last year than I did the year before, but I definitely didn't enjoy going most nights. And the tickets were basically impossible to unload at times, especially with similar seats on StubHub for $6. A quick check on secondary prices reveals a slight uptick...1/8/15 vs. Dallas has a lowest price of around $10, with an average (for upper goal zone) of around $15. But the Friday game against the Caps has a get-in price of $47 (I know, The Great Trotz returns, bobblehead night). I would expect the Preds to be a tougher ticket to get -cheap, anyway- as the playoff run continues.
Shooters, scorers, AND an elite Pekka Rinne? Now I think we're on to something.
Is Carter Hutton unfairly attacked by "haters", or is he just not very good? The debate rages on. This season, he's 0-3-1 in his 4 (!!!) starts, with a 2.74 GAA and an .895 SV% . For those who say he just needs to play more to get a rhythm, you may get your wish...the Preds have 3 back-to-backs in January alone.
Poile was hit in the face with a puck, and when he regained consciousness, his first words were "you mean to tell me I've had the same coach for FIFTEEN YEARS? That's crazy!". Pete Weber had a heart attack, but thankfully made a full recovery and is back in business this season.
I sat right in front of a guy last year who yelled "Legwand, you're a bum!" every time the Original Predator touched the puck. It takes real dedication to keep that kind of focus for an entire season, you know? This trade was a total ripoff, IMO...Legwand didn't do a whole lot for Detroit and would depart for Ottawa in the offseason. The Preds pulled down Calle Jarnkrok, the dear departed Patrick Eaves, AND a 3rd round pick. Not too shabby.
Last year, the Preds were 29th out of 30 for the surveyed period. For December of this year, it looks like they're enjoying a slight uptick...winning is good all around, I guess.
Some of you were happy with this decision, and some of you weren't. But can you argue with the results? The team is much more exciting this year, and while some of that is due to personnel, a good portion of it is a direct result of the change in philosophy. And as electric as #PrinceFilip has been this year, would he have gotten top-line minutes under Trotz? Or would he suffer the fate of Andre Burakovsky in Washington? I think we all know the answer. Trotz fans will get a chance to cheer the great man in person when the Caps come to town January 16th.
Aaaaand the winner is...suitor #3!!! Peter Laviolette was hired a little while later.
How's he doing so far? Well, the Preds are 11th in the league in goals and 3rd in shots per game. Oh, and most importantly, they lead the league in win % at .818.
Concussions are real, folks. There's some very cool research happening on this topic right in our backyard...check it out.
The second part is certainly true. This move was the first indication of what the new-look Predators would be. The players going back in exchange are good...but they're not James Neal. I'me very happy to have him.
Plus, Willy Daunic is named the official radio play-by-play dude after finishing out the season for Tom Callahan. Side note...Vince Gill was supposedly going to be involved with "select broadcasts". Have you seen (or heard) him yet?
Most days, I'm an idiot. But this wasn't most days. As you know, the Preds did sign Mike Ribeiro, and he's been nothing short of awesome, posting 30 points (9 goals, 21 assists), good for 2nd on the team. I'll start working on my "Why Mike Ribeiro Deserves 2 More Years" piece shortly.
It took two parts. And we've never needed it more.
Say what you want about Rich Clune the player, but few will question the entertainment level he brings. Probably the most outwardly interesting player on the team. When he was here, anyway. Rich was waived and sent to Milwaukee pretty early, where he has a goal and 4 assists, along with 53 penalty minutes in 22 games.
Ryan has played pretty well, but his offensive production has tapered off a bit with only 3 points in December.
Piling on the Islanders in their last season before moving to Hipster Heaven? Not cool.
Jon took some really fantastic pictures at the rookie tournament. Check 'em out if you haven't already.
Answer Key: yes, yes, and yes.
Woohoo!!! I actually kind of hate the All-Star Game, but I love parties, and this will be one heck of a party. If anybody can get their hands on the "Weekend" #6 jersey that Bettman held at the announcement...
Oh, this is just hurtful. Fair thee well, Derek.
Do you remember where you were when James Neal scored 3 at home against the stupid Blackhawks? We'll be telling our grandkids about this one.
I think we're leaving the *might be playing the best hockey of his career* portion of the program, and entering the *is definitely playing the best hockey of his career* portion of the program. NHL's 2nd Star of the Week last week, too.
NOBODY MAKES HIM BLEED HIS OWN BLOOD! Seriously, though...literally everyone who works for this team was hit in the head with a puck in 2014. It's the world's most dangerous workplace.
Yes, yes he is. Have we mentioned signing Ribs to an extension yet? It can technically happen 1/1/15...
Have you voted for the Preds for the All-Star Game? Why not? You're at the end of the article, so go ahead and do it now...look, I gave you the LINK and everything.