Before we get started with the Predlines Headlines for the day all of us here at Predlines want to wish Thomas Willis our best wishes as he steps down as the editor here at Predlines and begins working for the Nashville Predators as an interactive media manager.
Thomas will be missed, and we wish him the best.
With that being said, Mark Harris will be taking over the duties as editor and James Summerlin will be senior staff-writer here at Predlines.
We are now under the 50-day-count to when the puck drops in Tampa Bay for the Predators season opener against the Lightning; only 48 days away from some Predators preseason hockey.
Here are you Predlines Headlines for August 6th:
NHL 15 is to be released on September 9 and the guys over at EA Sports have started to release information, ratings, and pictures every few days now to get the public even more excited about arguably the most anticipated hockey video game of all time. Yesterday EA Sports released their ratings for the top-five defensemen on the game. Shea Weber received a 93 overall rating, the highest rating on the game for any defenseman.
The writers over at The Hockey News rank the Predators logo at number 15. Honestly, I don’t think 15 is too bad for a hockey team that hasn’t been a part of the league for more than 20-years; people seem to always be a bit biased and float towards the classic logos as the best. I’m sure Detroit’s out-dated logo and the Canadiens will be amongst the top-5. Reading through the comments of the post, people seem to like the old Predators logo more than the new one.
The Predators have a few changes coming this season when it comes to their broadcast team and the television play-by-play broadcasters. The team announced yesterday they also will be televising 75 games next season, a franchise record. More hockey is good hockey.
Stu Grimson will join long-time play-by-play broadcaster Pete Weber in the booth this season. Terry Crisp will still be a part of the festivities and co-host the pre-game and post-game shows with Mark Howard for all of the games in Smashville. Lyndsay Rowley will take over Grimson’s former position and be the rink-side reporter for the Predators this season.
The Predatorial predicts that Victor Bartley will be the odd-man out this season and be the first-pick as the healthy-scratched defenseman for most of the season. Bartley played in 50 games last season, I expect that number to be much lower next season with the signing of Anton Volchenkov this off season and the rest of the top-6 defensemen pretty much set in stone.