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Jason Arnott Injury Update…

October 14, 2008

Arnott Update: The Predators are reporting that Jason Arnott has fractured one of the fingers on his right hand. He is expected to miss at least the next three games.

Preds did not release which finger it was…odd…does it matter?

Not good news for the Preds but it could have been worse. Let’s hope that the time line of three games is true.

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Gutsy

October 14, 2008

With a sold out United Center and a hungry team looking for it’s first win of the young season the Predators responded with a gutsy performance and a shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night.

The early schedule is brutal to the Preds. Having to play three different teams for their home openers is tough. Teams are up and pumped for those nights and typically they respond with an intense effort. In Chicago last night it was no different. the Hawks came out flying and jumped out to and early. Even though there were times that the Preds seemed to be chasing their tails they never really lost composure last night and kept plugging along.

Things I loved:


Physical Play
– The Preds were hitting hard. Saw many hits from Hamhuis last night that looked really good. I love when he plays his game and keeps it physical. Saw Toots line up a few guys…I love how his game has matured. I can remember his first year where he would see someone across the ice and take off charging after them…sometimes he would hit him and other times he would crash the boards. It was pretty comical. Toots plays a much more controlled game.

Defensive Play – overall the boys looked good in our end. Minus a couple breakdowns they kept Chicago’s big guns in check. Don’t know about you but every time Havlat, Sharp or Toews touched the puck I just held my breath…they are so fast and so talented but our guys kept position and shut them down pretty good.

Suter and Weber – Wow. These guys look pretty special on the PP together. They are developing quite a chemistry and could quickly develop into one of the top defesive PP pairings in the league.

What I didn’t Like:

Arnott Leaving – Didn’t like seeing Arnott leaving with an injury. It doesn’t sound too serious but you never know. If there is one thing teams are famous for it’s not telling the truth with injuries…let’s hope it’s nothing serious and we have Jason back for the next game.

Other than that there was really not much from last night that I didn’t like. A few defensive breakdowns…some ill timed penalties…nothing huge last night. This is not me being a rose colored glass guy either…what I saw last night was a solid team effort. Our boys matched their enthusiasm and got a well earned two points. While you hate to give a point to a team that you will be competing with for a playoff spot I don’t think of it that way…I think of it as taking a point from them.

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What Does The Day Hold?

July 1, 2008

Honestly when the season ended last year I didn’t think we would be sitting in such a good place right now. I didn’t think we would have signed both Suter and Weber and am a bit surprised that we were able to lock up Dan Ellis as well. Add to those pieces the resigning of Martin Erat, the resigning last year of Jordin Tootoo and the big extension given to David Legwand and these Preds are in good shape.

So that begs the question…”what will David Poile do next?” What bit of magic does he pull out of his hat next?

I really feel that Marek Zidlicky is on his way out. I cannot get anyone in the organization to confirm that but I believe that the Preds believe his salary (3.3 a year for two more years) could be better used elsewhere. Puck moving d-men are a great asset and I am sure Poile has had his phone ring on more than one occasion. I don’t foresee any of our young D going anywhere at this point unless the deal was just too good to pass up…but I don’t see that happening.

Much has been written about the Preds needing a big tough guy. I couldn’t disagree more! Take a look at the Red Wings for instance…who is their tough guy? Can you name their goon? Can you name their Hordichuk who’s sole purpose was to get out there and fight and maybe just maybe contribute a goal or two? I thinks the Preds should focus on feisty and not goons. Give us some guys with some spunk like Nichol, Tootoo, Weber…guys that will go if they need to but who will help you when they are on the ice too. I sure hope the Preds don’t waste their time trolling for one of the ‘tough guys.’

Who knows what Poile has planned…he keeps all his moves close to the vest and never seems to disappoint.

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Can’t Stop Thinking About Barry

June 25, 2008

Ever since the news of the return of Barry Melrose was announced I can’t get it out of my head. I just find it odd. I think Barry made a fine contributor to ESPN’s attempt to cover the NHL but there was something about the bloodshot eyes and the Suave hair product dripping from his mullet that have me wondering if this is the right move by Tampa.

A few questions I have:


Will the players respect Barry?
This is a question that I have pondered here in Nashville when the ‘fire Barry Trotz talk’ would surface because people would always throw Terry Crisp’s name into the ring. I wonder once a guy is away from the bench for so long and is more friend than mentor to the player can the relationship/or assumed relationship change? I think the right person can change it but it may take a while. There could be unneeded growing pains.

How is he with his X’s and O’s? Despite hearing him breakdown games I have never really thought of Barry as an X’s and O’s kind of guy. Tampa has some great young players and one incredible talent in Steven Stamkos and these players really need someone who can teach them the ins and outs of the NHL game. Maybe Barry can do that but that doesn’t strike me as his strong suit.

What does Tampa expect from him? Does Hollywood producer and new owner of the Lighting Oren Koules want to put a little star power behind the bench? Do they think they need an ESPN figure to help sell seats? If Stamkos alone doesn’t sell an extra 2,000 in season tickets then you have a problem. Yes, I know Barry has won at every level and even took the Kings to a final but does anyone else say ‘but he had Gretzky on his team’ when that is brought up?

Don’t get me wrong Tampa fans. I wish you and Barry well. I think getting some new/old blood back behind the bench is a good idea. We’ve seen the same players on the coaching carousel for a while now…bringing back someone like Melrose could be good for hockey in Tampa and might be good for some good sound bites as well.

If Eklund is right and Barry is looking at trying to bring in Ray Emery I think it’s a great idea. Ray has talent. He is a freakin head case but he has talent. I would like to take a chance on a guy who is trying to prove to the entire league that he belongs!

Now that I’ve talked about this I feel better…thanks for listening and letting me talk about something non-Preds related.

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Weber Signed

June 23, 2008

The Tennessean is reporting that Shea Weber has signed a three year 13.5 million dollar deal to remain a Predator. Great signing…David Poile continues to work his magic and get things done. This sets up our blue line for the next three years. Weber and Suter are just going to get better and better!

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No Bigger Than This

April 20, 2008

Games don’t get bigger than this. Win or go home…it will be written countless times about this game so why not one more here too! The Predators face the Red Wings in game 6 of the eastern conference quarterfinals today at 2pm CST…the Wings lead the best of seven series 3-2.

Getting Caught Up: Sorry I did not have a chance to post reactions to game 5 yet. Sometimes life with two daughters (ages 2 and seven weeks) just happens and blogging takes a backseat. I have been so out of it that I have no had a chance to check and see what others have said so I am sure this will not be ‘breaking news’ to anyone. Some reactions…

Not having Legwand and Arnott seemed to kill us before the game even started. It seemed to kill the teams will before the puck even dropped. There was very little positive play from the Preds especially in the first two periods.

Dan Ellis was unreal! Seriously he was the ONLY reason we were in this at the end. Shot after shot he was there with the big save. Sometimes impressive…sometimes routine but either way he was there. It’s sad to think that Ellis probably doesn’t figure into the Preds future plans.

I don’t want to say
it was all our fault that we lost game five because it’s not. The Wings played a great game. They were solid at both ends of the ice and Osgood gave them what they needed in net. Yes the game ended on a sloppy neutral zone turnover by us but the fact remains that the Wings executed far better than we did.

Did anyone else find it odd
that Arnott had ‘the flu’ the other night? Flu season is pretty much over down here. My guess is that it’s something else. I wouldn’t be surprised if Arnott was suffering some back or shoulder problems from the slam Radulov gave him after his goal in game three. this smells of post season trickery if you ask me.

Game Six: This is a little sad to me. Life is happening once again and I will miss my first ever Predators playoff game today (I have been at every other home playoff game). I am bummed but thank goodness for DVR.

I have not read any updates
yet but hopefully the Preds will get Arnott and Legwand back tonight. If not I fear that this could be a repeat of game 5. The Preds need to once again assert themselves and set the tone physically and do it early. A couple big hits early would be in order.

Ellis needs to continue
to wear the ‘S’ on his chest as he will, once again, be peppered with shots.

The crowd needs to do their part
and will this team (if playing without Arnott and Leggy you could say ‘under matched team’) to victory again. They will need everyone last bit of energy if they are to go all Hulk Hogan on the Wings today.

While I will not be there in person I will be there in spirit!

Go Preds…let’s get it done and go to our first game seven in franchise history. We all know that in a game seven anything can happen!

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Finished…

March 21, 2008

in more ways than one I fear. preds lose a heartbreaker to the Wings.