(a note to the Nashville haters..can you give us this day? Can you give it to us without the negative comments and Nashville bashing? Thanks)
Well...the day that Pred fans have been waiting for has arrived. A deal has been reached with the city on a new lease the guarantees that Nashville hockey fans have the Predators for at least five more years. The hard work of the local investment group, Our Team Nashville, Phil Bredesen and his wife and the Mayor of Nashville Karl Dean has paid off in a deal that protects the city and gives new ownership a real chance to make this team viable here. A crowd of about 200-300 showed up for the mid day announcement.
Let me also say publicly that George Plaster, afternoon host on the #1 sports talker in Nashville 104.5 The Zone, was a lightening rod for the support that got this deal done. Predator fans owe a great deal to the efforts of George and The Zone to keep the Preds here. Until this point I didn't have a great deal of respect for Plaster. It started back when the NHL entry draft was held here and he said that we would be lucky to have '3,000 people' there for the draft. The next day over 10,000 hockey fans poured into the then GEC and proved him wrong. From that point on I took him as a hockey hater. I guess I was wrong. Above all this guy loves Nashville and knows and understands how much this team means to it.
Blues Again: The Preds will play the back end of a home and home against the Blues in St. Louis tonight (on 104.5 The Zone at 7:30). The Blues came in an took two points in a shootout victory Saturday night. The Preds played a solid game but couldn't solve goalie Hannu Toivonen who played a great game. It's another key match up in the ultra competitive Central where these points are precious. Look for Ellis to get a spot start tonight.