Posted on 20 Apr 2010 by Mark Jasper.
Welcome to our barn Chicago! That’s right, it's Hockey Night in Smashville. For those who know me, there are three things that get me all riled up. 1) Anytime Detroit comes to town. 2) Anytime I hear or read anything negative about Nashville being a small market non-traditional hockey town. 3) Playoff home games in Smashville Tonight, Chicago comes to town for the first time in a playof...
Posted on 18 Apr 2010 by Mark Jasper.
Make Playoffs – Check Win First Franchise Playoff Road Game – Check Win First Franchise Playoff Road Series – TBD (more…)
Posted on 16 Apr 2010 by Mark Jasper.
After a year off, the Nashville Predators are back in the playoffs looking to get the proverbial monkey off their backs. (more…)
Posted on 14 Apr 2010 by Mark Jasper.
A year ago, the Nashville Predators looked at the standings and found themselves three points short of the playoffs for the first time in 4 years. Calgary, St. Louis, Columbus, Anaheim, and Minnesota were ahead of Nashville with the last 4 being separated by a mere four points. Fast forward to the present and the playoff picture looks different for the 2009/2010 season. (more…)
Posted on 9 Apr 2010 by Mark Jasper.
Nashville is a football town. Nashville loves NASCAR. Nashville is Music City USA. But today, Nashville took one gigantic step forward towards confirming that it is a HOCKEY town. (more…)
Posted on 4 Apr 2010 by Mark Jasper.
Earlier this week, I posted a comical adaptation of what the NHL would become if the next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) did not address long-term contracts. Left unchanged, teams would start offering 30, 50, and even 80-year contracts just to circumvent the salary cap. If an owner wanted to buy the Stanley Cup, they certainly could under the current CBA. (more…)
Posted on 30 Mar 2010 by Mark Jasper.
I decided to break this article into Part I and II as it got rather lengthy. There have been numerous articles written about the use of Long-term contracts and whether they are used to circumvent the salary cap. However, I wanted to dig deeper into the subject and project both a worst case scenario as well as analysis and possible solutions. Part I is my view of the worst-case scenario wi...
Posted on 28 Mar 2010 by Mark Jasper.
Today I want to take a step back from the playoff grind and cover various aspects of the Nashville Predators organization that you may not know involving its history as well as its future. (more…)
Posted on 20 Mar 2010 by Mark Jasper.
With 12 games left in the regular season, the Nashville Predators are on a role. Having won 4 straight, and 7 of their last 10, the Predators in the middle of the Western Conference playoff push. Nothing is guaranteed with so many games left to determine who makes it to the playoffs. But make no mistake, Nashville, a team most expected to finish in the bottom five of the LEAGUE, is for real....
Posted on 17 Mar 2010 by Mark Jasper.
I awakend this morning by a dream, a vision, an epiphany. (more…)
Posted on 6 Mar 2010 by Mark Jasper.
Wings Hammer PredsIts not everyday that you come home from work and contemplate finding a new career. But that is exactly what the Nashville Predators should be doing tonight. (more…)
Posted on 5 Mar 2010 by Mark Jasper.
It's that time of year when all hockey fans get excited. There are less then 20 games remaining to determine who advances to the playoffs. In a year that also includes an amazing showing of the NHL at the Olympics, the energy levels are already peaked for most fans. For the Nashville Predators, the road to the playoffs continued last evening with a 4-2 victory over the 4th place Los Angelas ...