11:45 AM UPDATE: Dan Ellis will start in goal tonight for the Predators...whether or not this is a spot start remains to be seen.
Thought I would throw out some game day quick hits:
<strong>The City</strong> is requesting that the new ownership group commits to staying in Nashville for five years if lease concessions are made. I think the city is right on the money requesting this. I do think, however, that Freeman and company will not go five but the deal may end up looking closer to three years.
<strong>Preds GM David Poile</strong> said in the paper today that he is not planning any significant roster changes. The way he sees it right now the Preds are not playing to potential. I agree with not making deals when your guys are not playing as good as they can. Poile did say that he would be "comfortable" with Dan Ellis starting in net instead of Chris Mason. This has got to serve as a wake up call for Mason...your job as number one is not safe.
<strong>A tale of two teams:</strong>Yes the Atlanta Thrashers find their way to town with Bob Hartley...wait he got fired...with Don Waddell behind the bench. The guy who is a coach at heart needed only a six game slide from Hartley and company to jump at the chance to coach the Thrashers. They have won two out of three and I am sure smell blood in the water here in Nashville.
<strong>Just had an argument</strong> <strong>with a co-worker </strong>friend of mine who said that Calgary drew 19k to their mid week game last night and Nashville will be hurting tonight to get to 10k. I agree that Nashville is struggling right now but to compare Nashville and Calgary is almost like comparing the Montreal Expos and New York Yankees attendance figures. I am sick of people bashing the Predators and all but calling them dead. Are we in trouble? Abso-freakin-lutely! Are we dead? Not yet!
For a video the exemplifies the situation here in Nashville visit www.predjoe.wordpress.com
and have a watch!