Checkout your Predlines Headlines for August 7; plenty of news swirling around your Nashville Predators. Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Predlines Headlines: Another August Day

Howdy Predators fans, today is August 7, meaning we’re getting closer and closer to the end of this dreadful sports month. Seriously, what are we supposed to be watching on TV if we don’t like watching a four-hour baseball game?

We are now 47 days away from the drop of the puck in Tampa Bay for the Predators preseason opener against the Lightning.

Here are your Predlines Headlines for the day:

The Predators changing ways may take a while to get used to.

Former Predator Scott Walker is now the head coach of the OHL’s Geulph Storm. Walker played with the Predators from 1998 to 2004 under Barry Trotz, he later was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and played under new Predators head coach Peter Laviolette.

”Sometimes, it can infuse a little bit of excitement amongst the players, not because one guy is bad or good, but just because it’s different. You want to prove to the new coach, that ‘Hey, I’m a good player.’” – Former Pred; Scott Walker
Walker got a dose of both Trotz and Laviolette as a player and emphasizes the different styles and philosophies they bring to the rink.

Seeing and hearing a new face behind the bench may be just the perfect thing to light a new fire under the Predators and key players * cough cough Colin Wilson and Viktor Stalberg * to get back to the level we all want to see them at.

The most awesome plays by a Predators defesemen last season, you pick.

On The Forecheck is continuing their off-season tournament of the best of the best of the 2013-2014 season. This round features Roman Josi’s shootout winner against Philadelphia and Ryan Ellis‘ diving stick-save against Winnipeg. My vote goes to Josi for the shootout winner; the perfect icing on the cake to beat Philadelphia in the same game goalie Carter Hutton had his incredible robbery of a save.

Some reasons behind the change-up of broadcasters by the Predators

First off, not hearing Terry Crisp cut his classic jokes with Pete Weber in the play-by-play broadcast next year is going to be extremely odd; especially not hearing the classic “WOAH” after a near-goal or miscue by a Predators player. Terry Crisp is a former NHL’er that wants some down-time with his family and friends; you deserve every second of it Mr. Crisp. We’ll still be seeing Terry Crisp on our television screens and around the arena on the pre-game and post-game shows at all home games next season.

The Predatorial previews what we could possibly see out of Gabriel Bourque next season.

I want to point out that Gabriel Bourque is still a very-young hockey player, he will only be 24-years-old at the start of the season this year. I think a lot of people don’t realize that he is that young.  Bourque is also one of the best posession-driving players on the Predators roster. Bourque is a very-solid bottom-six forward that brings incredible energy to the ice.

I see Buorque playing the wing on the third-line next season; maybe with line-mates of the younger guys Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok.

 

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