Monday, August 30, 2010

Kariya Out For This Year

Former Pred Paul Kariya will not play during the 2010-11 season. He's suffering from "post-concussion syndrome". So, for now, the speculated reunion with Teemu Selanne is on hold. While most speculated that he would make a return to Anaheim, rumors were circulating a couple of weeks ago about a possible return to Nashville.

While I never put much merit in him returning to Nashville,(although I hoped he would) it saddens me to here this news. Kariya still holds the franchise records for points in a season with 85. He is one of the greatest players in Preds history.

Having said all this, the season is a long haul. He may decide to give it a shot in January. Stranger things have happened. So whether or not he'll be out the whole season, we'll have to see. But the NHL is a better place when #9 is on the ice.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Opening Night

I talked with Jeremy of section303.com last night, and we've agreed on a pretty great idea. We're wanting to get as many fans as possible to show up for the warm ups on opening night. Just imagine how much it would pump the guys up to see a packed house for WARM UPS! It would set the tone of the season right from the start and I think it would really fire the guys up.

So if there's any way that you can possibly make it to warm ups on opening night agains Anaheim, make sure you're there. Let's make this season an unforgettable one right from the very start.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Preds Re-sign Patric Hornqvist

The wait is finally over! The Nashville Predators re-signed Patric Hornqvist today to a 3 year deal worth $9.25 million. Hornqvist had 30 goals last year and I hope to see the same sort of production, if not more, from him.

If he continues to produce the way he did this year, or he improves, I think the money that will be paid to him is worth it. If he falls back and becomes a 10-15 goal scorer, then the Preds look a little bad.

Either way, I'm impressed with the Preds organization. The Preds have never been known for taking any risks whatsoever on a player. This shows an agressive side of the organization, which could end up paying big dividends this year.

Great day for Patric Hornqvist, and hopefully a great day for the Preds. Hockey Night in Nashville's predictions for the upcoming season will be coming soon. Phillip, myself, and Josh will all have their own respective posts for their predictions. It should be interesting to see how it goes!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

No Respect

It's getting to be that time of year when the so-called "experts" are beginning to make predictions for the upcoming NHL season. By most accounts from Nashville fans, the Predators had a good off-season. By most accounts from Nashville fans, the Predators have gotten better this off-season. We seem to be the only ones who think so.

The Hockey News is picking the Predators to come in 10th this year in the Western Conference. 10th. After the off-season we had, we're apparently supposed to drop 3 spots. The reasoning behind their prediction is because the Preds apparently are cutting costs, losing Arnott, Hamhuis, and Ellis, and they've only replaced them with Lombardi, Kostitsyn, and Ryan Parent.

First off, I wouldn't neccisarily say we're cutting costs. I would say that we're clearing cap space so we can re-sign Shea Weber after, or during, this season. As for losing Arnott, Hamhuis, and Ellis: Really? Losing Arnott was bad? Arnott was the laziest player in the history of the franchise. He was a terrible captain. Replacing him with Lombardi was one of the greatest moves that David Poile has ever made. As far as Hamhuis, I really don't even have to say anything. If you're a Preds fan, you'll already know how much we'll miss Hamhuis............Ellis, while a solid goaltender and a good guy, is gone for a reason. Pekka is simply better. That's why we signed him and not Ellis. The best part of the entire prediction was when they said "You can never underestimate the Predators, but this edition will find the Western Conference a tough trek." Right. You can never underestimate us, as you put us 3 spots behind what we finished last year.

Is there a solution to all of this? Yes, and a simple one at that. Win. Win during the season, and into the post-season and you'll be surprised how much respect is gained in such a short period of time. There is always going to be doubters and cynics when it comes to Nashville and hockey, both on the ice and off. Winning will shut all of them up very quickly though.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Hornqvist, O'Sullivan, and Winter Classic

The Hornqvist situation is starting to make me a little uneasy. I know the Preds still have plenty of time to get the deal done, but I'm trying to figure out why it's taking so long. Sources say that the Preds are Hornqvist are "close" to making a deal. The thing is, they've been saying that for about a month now. It'll be interesting to see how this thing plays out. I still expect the Hornqvist deal to get done pretty soon. My only guesses as to why it's taking this long is that the Preds must be trying to find the right price for a Hornqvist-type player. It's also been speculated on that the Preds aren't looking to sign him for more than a 2 year deal. Maybe Patric is looking for more of a long term signing. Either way, it should play out during the course of the next few weeks and he should be back in a Predator uniform.

Hockeybuzz.com has an interesting rumor going regarding the Predators. It has the Preds as potentially trying to sign Patrick O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan is a pretty decent player and his veteran qualities would certainly be a help to the organization. Two things here that could prevent this from happening though. I'd think the Preds would probably want to get Hornqvist signed before signing O'Sullivan, and who knows how long that's going to take. The other is that the Preds have a certain defenseman that will be a RFA next year (aka Shea Weber), and they might try to save up a little cap space for The Beast. So do I expect O'Sullivan to get signed by Nashville? I'll give it about a 40% chance. Besides, between O'Sullivan and Sullivan, it might get a little confusing for the fans.

The Winter Classic will be held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh this year on New Year's Day. The NHL is trying to pull out all the stops this time as they have matched Crosby's Penguins against Ovechkin's Capitals in the game. While I do think this will be a great game to watch and the T.V. ratings will probably be astronomical, I also think the NHL is overselling the rivalry of Ovechkin Vs. Crosby. Every time they play each other that game becomes bigger than the league itself, and I don't know whether or not that's healthy for the game in the long run. People don't realize that you can turn on an NHL game on any given night and still see the same intense action on a nightly basis that you do when those two teams play. But, superstars sell the game and they always have. If Crosby vs. Ovechkin in the Winter Classic brings more and more fans to the NHL then, hey, I'm all for it. Although, it wasn't much of a rivalry last year as Washington won every game.......just sayin.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Score for Four!

Good news today for all you frosty lovers! The Nashville Predators and local Wendy's establishments have once again come to a deal. However, the "Drive for Five" has now become the "Score for Four".

This year, when the Predators score four goals or more in a game, take your ticket to participating local Wendy's establishments and receive your free frosty! To put into perspective how much of a difference the five goal to four goal requirement makes, just look at last year. The Predators had 41 home games last year in the regular season. They scored five or more goals in 3 of them. They scored four goals 15 times if you include the shootout.

With the expectations that are brewing for the Predators this season, you can pretty much take it to the bank that you'll be going to Wendy's after a game a lot more this season than you did last season. And I, for one, am very happy about that. We want Frosty's!