Obviously Shea Weber doesn't have the puck here. (PHOTO: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

Predlines: A new beginning

Thanks for reading my work at Predlines

With the resigning of Jason Kirk, there was a big void left for Predlines to fill. I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be taking over the editor role for the Predlines site starting immediately.  First I would like to thank Jason, who provided a great amount of writing to the site over his time here.  He pushed this rock up a hill, and made it a very enjoyable site to be a part of.  I am hoping I can carry on the Predlines tradition that he started.  Any time you’d like to come in and write for us Jason, it would be an honor to have you around.

Now that we got that bit out-of-the-way, I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is Seth Luttrell, and I’m from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which is just south of Nashville itself.  I’ve been a Tennessee boy most of my life, with some odd appearances in Florida here and there.  So like most of you, I got to see the Predators for the first time in 1998 and haven’t looked back since.  I was there for the good times, the bad times, and the times we would all just like to forget.  I was there when were scrapping through with Greg Johnson and other outcasts that other teams didn’t really want.  I was there when we had to deal with the unfortunate Hamilton debacle of 2007.  I was there throughout the Del Biaggio fraud and ownership turmoil.  I was there before Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne became household names, and especially at a time where it was cool to leave Nashville.  I’ve seen the faces that come in, and I’ve watched them walk out the door leaving 17,130 people screaming right behind them.

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Nashville PredatorsBut that’s the past, I’m here to talk about the now and more importantly the future.  I’m hoping to continue the building that Jason has done here, and make Predlines one of the most successful blogs around.  From what I can tell, we’ve already got a fantastic group of writers together, and we’ve obviously got a rabid fan base that loves hearing about their Nashville Predators.  Throughout the summer, I hope to be bringing you guys some great stuff, including potential free agent signings, potential trades, maybe even a mock draft or two.  When the preseason rolls around, we’ll tell you who to keep an eye out for, and whose got the potential to break the mold for the Predators next season.  And when the puck finally drops on the regular season, we’ll be bringing you breakdowns of every game, as well as looking ahead to the next game.  We will also be keeping a close eye on our counterparts in Milwaukee and will try to let you know how the baby Preds are doing.  I’m hoping to keep up the live tweeting during Predator games, as well as potentially doing other cool things down the line.  That’s all I got for now, be on the lookout over the next couple of days for the first of what should be many potential posts over the summer.

Thank you everybody for reading and contributing to Predlines.  Also, thank you fansided for giving me the chance to show my passion for Smashville.  For anybody reading, don’t be a stranger, feel free to reach out to me at various social media sites.

You can find me on twitter @ZenofSeth, and you can find me on Facebook as well.  Just click on my profile and feel free to go and add me.  That’s all for now, and again thank you for being a part of Predlines!

- Seth Luttrell

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  • http://beautypersoni.livejournal.com Christopher-J Carlson

    Hey, Seth! “Canada’s #1 Predators Fan” here! (Long-distance fan from New Brunswick.) I’ll miss Jason’s work but look forward to a new perspective on the team. I’ve also followed the team from the beginning; literally from Day 1, when Nashville was awarded a team. I’d stopped following hockey with any regularity after losing my beloved Nordiques. Should be interesting if Quebec gets another team like they deserve.

    I object to your labeling of Greg Johnson as an outcast though. :^) He was one of the steals of the expansion draft. (Some teams had to make some tough decisions about who to protect.) The Predators roster turnover rate was pretty high back then though, so I guess you needed someone who stuck around to connect to that era. I’d have went with Tom Fitzgerald though. Not an outcast either, but he truly epitomized the style of play the team would become known for.


    • http://twitter.com/ZenOfSeth Seth ☯ セス

      Tom Fitzgerald is a name I’ve not heard in some years. The main reason I selected Mr. Johnson was the fact he was our very first captain. I love Greg Johnson, and I thought he was a wonderful leader for our team. I agree with you on Johnson being a steal, but I still feel like anybody who was unprotected was “outcasted” so to speak. I think we can agree though Mr. Vokoun was one of the biggest steals of said expansion draft.

      Anyways, it’s great to see you around. I’ve noticed more and more fans of the Predators are coming from places such as Canada and even Wisconsin. I dig it, I love the fact people from hockey states love the boys in Gold, and I hope that some of these fans get to experience Smashville live someday. I’m going to be bringing a lot of coverage the next couple of weeks over free agency and drafts, so make sure you stay tuned.

      • http://beautypersoni.livejournal.com Christopher-J Carlson

        Oh, my. I’m so disappointed in you, Seth. ;^) Fitzgerald was signed as a free-agent on July 6, 1998 and immediately named the Predators first team captain. Johnson became the team’s second captain when Fitzgerald was traded on March 13, 2002, at the end of the Nashville’s 5th season. Johnson was captain until the end of 2006 (4+ seasons), followed by Kimmo Timonen during his last season with Nashville, then Jason Arnott for three seasons. Shea Weber needs to play two more season to pass both Johnson and Fitzgerald and longest-serving team captain.


        • http://twitter.com/ZenOfSeth Seth ☯ セス


          Christopher doesn’t know that…oh wait.

          Actually that was a brief lapse in memory, and you are correct. I epically fail and bow to your greatness.


          • http://beautypersoni.livejournal.com Christopher-J Carlson

            I’ll be keeping you on your toes, Seth! Or skates, as it were. ;^)