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Buddy Oakes, the mastermind behind Preds on the Glass, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the NHL trade deadline as well as what the Nashville Predators may or may not do today.
PH: What are some of your general thoughts on the trades that have been made so far prior to the NHL trade deadline? Which deal do you think was the best? Why?
BO: It has obviously been surprising that things got moving as early as they did this season. We have also seen a return to real “Hockey type” trades that haven’t been seen since before the lockout. Players that have years remaining on their contract such as the Mike Fisher to Nashville trade have been different that the rental trades that have become the rule in recent years.
Two trades have really gotten my attention so far. The Alex Goligoski to Dallas for James Neal and Matt Niskanen appeared one sided on the surface but Goligoski has looked great in his first two games in Dallas.
The most surprising trade was the midnight deal of four youngsters between Colorado and St. Louis. Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart were thought to be keys to the Avalanche’s future as Erik Johnson and Jay McClement were integral pieces of the Blues stockpile of assets.
As we all know, there are many terrific hockey bloggers out there. Obviously, there are those that cover the major/well-known teams while others cover those that do not get the attention they deserve.
This e-mail interview is a case of the latter as I would like to introduce you folks (many of you may know him already) to Buddy Oakes of PredsOntheGlass.com, a blog covering the Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League.
Buddy was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into the game, how he got into blogging about the game and of course, his thoughts on the Predators:
PH: How did you get into hockey?
BO: My introduction to hockey was in the late 1960’s when I would occasionally attend Nashville Dixie Flyers games at the old Municipal Auditorium. I was a casual fan thought the years and really didn’t get bitten as a hockey fan until 1998 when the Predators came to Nashville. At that point, I gave up baseball as my life-long favorite sport and sold out to hockey.