Gameday Preview: Nashville Predators

Kent Wilson
October 19 2010 11:36AM

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 23: Sergie Samsonov  of the Carolina Hurricanes fights Jonathon Blum  of the Nasville Predators in front of Predators goalie Pekka Rinne  at Bridgestone Arena on September 23, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)


I always find the Predators an interesting study. Perpetually hampered by budgetary concerns, the duo of David Poile and Barry Trotz nevertheless consistently manage to squeeze blood from a stone and keep the club competitive. They may dwell in a realm between the elite and the underclass forever, but it's probably prefereable to the never-ending rebuilds other "less fortunate" franchises in the NHL seem to endlessly engage in *cough* Atlanta *cough*.

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Flames Claim Mikkelson off of Waivers

Kent Wilson
October 19 2010 11:00AM

SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: John McCarthy  of the San Jose Sharks and Brendan Mikkelson  of the Anaheim Ducks go for the puck during their preseason game at HP Pavilion on September 24, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


I promise a gameday preview of the Predators is on it's way...

For now, we'll deal with the Flames latest "huh?" roster move: plucking the Ducks Brendan Mikkelson off of waivers. Before we get into why a team with a forward roster hampered by injury and back-end stuffed to bursting with defenders would add another one to the mix, we'll take a look at the player in question...

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Brodie Sent Down

Kent Wilson
October 19 2010 10:35AM

Vancouver Canucks' Shawn Weller (R) knocks down Calgary Flames TJ Brodie during the first period of their NHL pre-season hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia September 21,2010.     REUTERS/Andy Clark   (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


Lots of reports on twitter right now saying TJ Brodie has been sent down to Abbotsford. It's the right move from a number of angles, not least of which is the fact that sitting in the pressbox doesn't make sense for a 20 year-old defender just starting out his career. If the club has decided that the vets are the better bet going forward, then it makes sense for the kid to see ice time at the AHL level. It certainly isn't going to hurt him to be a big wheel in Abbotsford.

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Bourque's Back

Pat Steinberg
October 18 2010 02:21PM

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 20: Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames celebrates his second-period goal with teammate Jim Vandermeer #4 against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

The theme of good news continues on your Monday at FlamesNation.  First we're giving away bar money, second we're talking about 14 goals in nine games, and now we're talking about the return of Rene Bourque to Flames practice this morning.

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More Good News - He's a Brick Howse

Kent Wilson
October 18 2010 11:49AM


Don't look now but the Flames have a prospect putting up stupidly good offensive numbers. It's a situation so rare in Flamesville that it merits attention, even at this early juncture.

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