Predlines Morning Skate: Rise and Shine

It’s finally the weekend. Grab a cup a coffee, and check out today’s Morning Skate.

Cross your fingers. The Nashville Predators are hoping to host an NHL All-Star game within the next three years. “During the audience Q&A session at Wednesday’s Skate of the Union event, Nashville  Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran was asked when the city would finally get an NHL All-Star Game.” This could be a very big deal for the Predators. With some of the NHL still thinking they don’t matter an All-Star game could be just what Nashville needs to catch the eyes of these teams and fans.  Section 303

More thoughts on an All-Star  game: Bring it on. While I am not a big fan of the All-Star game itself; there is no doubt that this event is a great chance for NHL fans to see some of the leagues best players. It is also  a chance for Nashville to show the country how Smashville does hockey.

The Buffalo Sabres have a big name defenseman, and some big concerns. Tyler Myers has an up and down career to say the least. After last years sub par performance, and injury look for Myers to try to put doubters out of his mind. “”I’ll be the first one to say, that’s not me as a player. I have to be better,” Myers said. ”You have a year like you did last year, you want to change things.”

Alex Pietrangelo is set for life. After reports swirled that he would not attend St. Louis Blues camp a deal has been reached. “It’s possible that the Blues could have shaved this down a bit with more time, but doing so likely would have required letting him miss the rest of training camp and, potentially, the beginning of the season.”

Our partners at SenShot have compared Jason Spezza to Steve Yzerman. Does that sound odd? Well checkout their thoughts and you may just changed your mind.

Here’s a NHL Fact for the weekend.

There are three versions of the Stanley Cup – the original, presentation, and replica. The original Cup was given to the winning championship team until 1970. After that, the original cup was replaced by a presentation cup and placed in a vault at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The presentation cup is now awarded to the winning team. A replica of the cup was also created to stand in for the presentation cup when it is not available for display.