It was amazing to sit and watch the NHL Network's presentation of the Predators-Ducks game one of their opening round Stanley Cup series last night and hear Pete Weber and Terry Crisp on the call almost four months after the live action.
It really brought home the fact that this year's Predators team will have a new look with plenty of new faces in key roles. It is going to be interesting to watch Jon Blum and Blake Geoffrion try to improve upon their debuts last year as they still will be eligible as rookies this season.
Others will have to fill the rolls of Steve Sullivan, Joel Ward, Shane O'Brien, and Cody Franson who were key players during the playoff run. Game two of the series will be tonight on the NHL Network as the series continues nightly through Saturday.
Make the Jump for today's news and links...
Ryan Porth's RLD Hockey Talk will feature the voice of the Predators, Pete Weber today at the usual time of noon CDT on BlogTalkRadio.
In Pred Nation...
Big news of the day was the Preds signing defenseman Jack Hillen. Section 303 had a couple of comments from Isles writer Dee Karl about Hillen.
Paul McCann opens up the discussion on who to keep if the Preds can only have two of the "big three".
Here's a new video from Preds.com with Mike Smith discussing his pro debut.
There's plenty of speculation as to whether the Preds can or cannot buy out Brett Lebda after he cleared waivers yesterday.
Dirk Hoag's morning links includes the MP3 of Elliotte Friedman's visit to The Zone yesterday. I'm going to dig into that this morning.
Kurtenblog dreams of Shea Weber joining the Vancouver Canucks at some point.
Aaron Sims has a few quick hitters from Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Admirals announced their two game preseason slate.
Around the NHL...
Adam Jahns has a neat story about family man Brent Sopel who is headed to the KHL to play this season. He also has comments from Dan Carcillo who thinks Mike Richards has gotten a raw deal in the "dry island" saga.
In a separate post from PHT, Dan Carcillo is making nice with Blackhawk fans by bashing the Canucks. Here's the video from Hawks.com.
After choosing St. Louis as his sleeper team in the west, Kevin Allen takes the Islanders in the East. That is a real surprise.
Ryan Porth looks at the five best and worst jerseys that are no longer used.
Here is the latest from Chris Pronger from Chuck Gormley.
Randy Carlyle had his contract extended through the 2013-14 season from the Anaheim Ducks. Bob Murray also commented on Teemu Selanne and Jonas Hiller.
The NHLPA put out a release on Mike Comrie's rehabilitation of his hip which leaves the door open for a return when healed.
Our friend Jason Kurylo from Pucked in the Head made Jef Marek's readers profile at Sportsnet.
Scotty Wazz's Face Off Hockey Show celebrates ten years. Congrats on the journey.
Michael Langlois advises folks not to forget about Jonas Gustavsson in the Toronto goalie picture this season.
NucksMisconduct is finally coming to grips with the past season.
Randy Hahn is the latest study in Puck Daddy's guilty pleasure series.
Kingscast looks back 23 years at the trade of the century.
Down Goes Brown has a handy form for GM's to use when buying out a player.
Odds and Ends...
Atlanta Spirit appears to be ready to dump the Hawks now that their Thrasher debacle ended.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass