ARLINGTON, VA -- This week the focus at USA Hockey's Olympic Orientation Camp is only on USA Hockey and the Olympics early next year in Sochi, Russia. But let's not forget that these guys are mostly all in the NHL and have their own teams and situation from those teams to deal with.
Which makes things like this so interesting ... and potentially awkward. Seth Jones, the No. 4 overall draft pick this summer by the Nashville Predators, has himself a roomate here outside Washington like everybody else. His roomate? Former Predators star defenseman Ryan Suter, a man Jones is more or less going to be tasked with replacing.
"He played in Nashville for quite a long time and was obviously a pretty good defenseman there," Jones said Monday of his temporary roomate. "I like to ask him questions. I haven't really had a chance yet because we just got here yesterday but it's nice getting to know him and ask him quesitons about Nashville."
("Say Ryan, any tips on how to not upset the fan base forever?")
Not necessarily music to the ears of those in Music City. In Nashville they probably didn't know whether to laugh or cry with the idea of what could have been hanging tantilizingly over their heads.
Bear in mind that the GM for USA Hockey is David Poile, who also happens to be Nashville's GM. The odds he made this room arrangement happen are high, an interesting angle to an already interesting week. Consider that Predators coach Barry Trotz was remarking last week how he wants to beat Minnesota because of Ryan Suter being with the Wild and it's a nice little subplot this week in Arlington.