Is this the year the Predators have all of Nashville a buzz again in April, May, or maybe even June?
I am very excited for the second half of the season to start. I already have tix for Saturdays game vs the Blues and i have the greatest wife in the world who said she wanted to go to the Preds/Hawks game for Valentines Day. Of coarse i got tix for that game as well. (Smart fella)
Or do you think the Predators youth and contract issues will show its ugly self and the Predators fall short of an improvement from last year? Someone in the Central has to take a slide, will it be the Preds,Hawks,Blues, or will the wings age finally burn them?
Like other topics have mentioned. The Nashville Predators are at a crossroads.
I hope Poile backs up what he has said in the Press and to the Pred's family. With that said i just want honesty from are players and in return great fan support for a wonderful hockey city and team.
I think the Predators have managed to get the city buzzing early this season, and it should not be a surprise to anyone who has been around since at least 2007. Will that continue to grow as the play off race heats up? I can only imagine that it will, though there exists the possibility that the Preds have been playing over their heads and it catches up to them. As far as a team in the division taking a slide is concerned, I don't think it is a foregone conclusion. Every team except Columbus is looking good to make the play offs. Unless by slide you mean one of the teams falls to 8th.
Contract negotiations shouldn't impede the buzz as Suter has already shelved discussions until after the season and Weber will more than likely be dealt with after Suter.
The City of Nashville's Preds awareness has improved immensely since I first moved there in 2003, but it's still got a ways to go. A WCF-type run would go a long way towards reducing the awareness gap with the Titans as far as your average Nashville layperson goes. Not bashing Nashville fans at all, just takes time for people who didn't grow up around hockey (for the most part) to truly start loving it.