After spending the weekend at Centennial Sportsplex watching the rookies work out and go through drills in preparation for games against Tampa at 5 p.m. today and Florida at 11 a.m tomorrow, it will be a letdown to get very little news on the kids for a couple of days.
There will be no radio, local media, or Preds P.R.staff in Florida to cover the team so reports will be limited. Another thing that is interesting is that the team will be flying commercial so if you are the player stalker type, Metro airport is your place to be for the next two days.
Later this morning, we will start a five part series that takes a look at who is in the rookie camp, why they are here, and what they hope to accomplish.
The Florida Panthers' blog Litter Box Cats has the rosters and schedule for all three teams competing in the Florida rookie slate of games. They also have the story of Florida's 4-2 win over Tampa in yesterday's opener.
Another neat thing that is happening during the tournament is that the Panthers will be collecting donations for the Wade Belak kids scholarship fund. The drive will continue next week when the full team returns for a doubleheader on Monday.too.
Make the jump for the rest of today's news and links...
In Pred Nation...
Jim Diamond caught up with Terry Crisp who shared his memories of his friend Garnet Bailey who was Director of Pro Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings who dies in the 9-11 terrorist act.
In Mark Willoughby's blogger round-table, he asks if the kids are ready to play prominent roles on this year's team. Mark also relives Petey's Party with a ton of pictures.
Ryan Porth has an up close look at the mask of Atte Engren. He also looks at the next two day's games.
Amanda DiPaolo explains that rookie camp is all about first impressions. She then declares that Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis are ready to compete for NHL jobs.
Robby Stanley talked to Ryan Flynn and Ryan Ellis at rookie camp on Saturday. On Sunday, he caught up with Robert Slaney and Scott Valentine.
Patten Fuqua talks to Chet Pickard about his fresh start this season after a year that he would rather forget last season.
The first Nashville Predators scavenger hunt took place on Saturday at the Bridgestone Arena when two season tickets were on the line. Over 100 teams involving 330 people competed.
Josh Cooper has a preview of tonight's rookie game in Florida. He also has a list of five players to watch but you'll have to wait until Saturday to see Roman Josi. This morning, Josh recounts his last interview with Wade Belak a few weeks befor his death.
Admirals Roundtable have the second part of their interview with Kirk Muller.
Dirk Hoag offered up more rookie previews with Ryan Flynn, Victor Bartley, and Atte Engren.
Pred Gold looks at the possibilities who will wear the final "A." He doesn't pick my choice in his top three.
The National Post has a story on future Preds' owner, W. Brett Wilson's new show "Risky Business," that premieres tonight in Canada.
Around the NHL...
The lone player survivor from last weeks plane crash, Aleksandr Galimov, passed away in the hospital early this morning.
Adrian Dater's tribute to the heroes of 9/11 includes beers for any firefighters that he has ever met. Seriously, Adrian hits another one out of the park as he recounts that tragic day as he saw it from Stockholm where the Avalanche were holding training camp that year.
Here is a roundup of NHL player Tweets honoring the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Alex Ovechkin took the ice with the rookies on their first day of camp in Washington.
Training camp is close at hand and Drew Doughty still has not signed. Also in L.A. the injured Colin Fraser made his first appearance amid a major controversy about who knew what about the injury whe he was traded.
The North Shore News has a feature on ex-Pred Mark Dekanich who hopes to win a full time NHL job in Columbus.
Add Ryan Kesler to the list of players that will not be ready on opening day.
Patrick Hoffman looks at how 9/11 affected the Rangers ten years ago.
CanucksHockey Blog has an interview with Bill Sweatt, a Canucks prospect who has been active on Twitter and with his Agent, Scott Norton's "Make My Day Monday."
Cory Stillman announced his retirement and will take a player development post with the Florida Panthers.
The Toronto Film Festival had a hockey look to it this year with stars wearing Habs jerseys and the debut of "The Last Gladiators,' a film about the lives of enforcers.
Odds and Ends...
My piano playing buddy Joseph Akins has a new Chrsistmas CD coming out. If you buy it and are not pleased, I will buy it back from you and give it as a gift to someone with better taste. ;) Joseph's wife Unita, has a great 9/11 tribute video.
Here is a video of the launch of the GRAIL satellites on a Delta 2 on Saturday.
Mudslides between Flagstaff and Sedona caused problems over the weekend in an area that is full of tourists.
There appears to be a fine line between a "church" and a brothel in Arizona. Members allegedly give up an "offering" for "healing" from the "goddesses" who work there.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass