Welcome to the Predlines Morning Skate – November 9, 2013 edition. Glad you could join us this morning.
Some of hockey’s greats will be heading to Toronto over the weekend for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday. This year’s class includes Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, Fred Shero and Geraldine Heaney. There are a couple of Predators’ connections to the group of inductees.
Chelios is a player Predator’s fan loved to boo when he was in Detroit. If memory serves me correctly, he was the spawn of the ‘(fill in the blank) is a sissy chant’, though I could be a little off on my Preds history. Chelios also made waves in the media by saying he might come out of retirement to play with his children overseas. While he might be able to, you kind of have to hope he is joking.
A better connection is with Fred Shero. Fred is the father of former Nashville Predators Assistant GM Ray Shero. Ray is currently the GM in Pittsburgh and is going to be at the ceremony on behalf of his father. Also, the Preds own Terry Crisp cut his coaching teeth under Fred Shero and has marvelous and hilarious things to say about Shero, as you might expect.
Many Preds’ fans are also probably big fans of Shanahan after he felt Shea Weber was not due a suspension in the playoffs two years ago for trying to clean the glass with Henrik Zetterberg‘s face. Though they might be waffling a bit after there was no supplement discipline on Jamie McGinn for his hit on Seth Jones earlier this week.
In other news around the league, Peter Horachek, the Preds former assistant coach, was hired as the interim head coach for the Florida Panthers. After being let go by Nashville over the summer, Horachek had been serving as the Head Coach for the Panther’s AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage. He will be joined on the bench by John Madden and Brian Skrudland.
Last night was full of action for Edmonton Oilers fans, and the team did not even play. Trade rumors have been circulating for the past couple of weeks and most of the names mentioned were young forwards, but that was not who moved. The Oilers sent Ladislav Smid to the Calgary Flames for prospects. The trade was designed to create the cap space necessary to sign Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract. If he doesn’t improve their goaltending, at least he will be great for the Canadian media.
Thanks for giving us a read today.