NHL Draft 2011 Day 2 Open Thread & Saturday notes

It was a wild day yesterday as the 2011 NHL Entry Draft got under way, with major trades making news around the league. San Jose dealt Devon Setoguchi to Minnesota, Chicago was able to dump the Brian Campbell contract, and the Maple Leafs picked up an offensive defenseman to fill the void left by Tomas Kaberle.

Will we see anything like that today (coverage starts at 10:00 Central on NHL Network)? The Predators will finally get down to business with the 8th pick in the second round, so use this thread to follow all the action, and follow after the jump for your morning hockey notes...

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Once again, here are the picks the Preds possess right now:

Pick Player
38 (Round 2) From New Jersey (Jason Arnott Trade)  
52 (Round 2) Nashville Predators Own Pick  
82 (Round 3) Nashville Predators Own Pick  
94 (Round 4) From Florida (Mike Santorelli Trade)  
112 (Round 4) Nashville Predators Own Pick  
142 (Round 5) Nashville Predators Own Pick  
172 (Round 6) Nashville Predators Own Pick  
202 (Round 7) Nashville Predators Own Pick

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: First Round Notes and Wrap-Up at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Buddy shares the main stories from around the arena floor.

LIVE FROM THE NHL DRAFT: Poile reacts to first round | Section 303
Jeremy caught up with the GM after watching the festivities last night.

2010-11 Wrap-up: Of Blings and Strings (Part 1/2) | Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ wasn't happy to see the Predators get shut out of the major trophies in Las Vegas, but doesn't let that overshadow the positive stories coming out of the end of the season.

Nashville Predators pin hopes on today's NHL Draft picks - The Tennessean
David Poile's ready to get to work, with the #38 and #52 picks kicking things off. 

Predators have solid history in second round - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper walks through the Preds' 2nd-round success in recent years.

Around the NHL

Blackhawks escape Brian Campbell contract thanks to Panthers - Puck Daddy
Wow, Dale Tallon really bails out Chicago here. The Blackhawks gain a lot of flexibility now under the salary cap. Along with Alexander Sulzer, the Panthers will now boast one of the top red-headed blueline pairs in the NHL.

San Jose trades Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, and first round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Brent Burns - Fear The Fin
This is a bit of an odd one, as it makes you wonder if the Preds were in the running for Setoguchi. He's no All-Star, but he'd provide a real boost on the wing in Nashville, and offensive defenseman would appear to be the Preds' most abundant trade asset.

Brent Burns Trade Analysis - Hockey Wilderness
From the Minnesota perspective, Burns will be missed, but it sounds like a good deal overall for them.

Regehr agrees to waive no-move clause for deal to Sabres - TSN
Robyn Regehr is a steady force on the blueline, and appears to be headed to Buffalo.

Leafs Trade for Liles - Pension Plan Puppets
Toronto picks up a legitimate puck-moving defenseman for a 2nd-round pick? Larceny!

Video: Capitals’ George McPhee explains Troy Brouwer trade - Puck Daddy
...and the Capitals gave up a 1st rounder for this guy?

Finding a tough minutes center from the UFA pool - Broad Street Hockey
How can the Flyers replace Mike Richards? That's a tall order.

Stars part ways with assistant coach Charlie Huddy - The Dallas Morning News
With a new head coach taking over, the assistant goes out the door.

Here is the 'New' Florida Panthers Jersey - On Frozen Pond
It's back to the future for the Panthers.

Best places to buy Winnipeg Jets NHL gear | Hockey Gear HQ - news, reviews & deals
By choosing the Winnipeg Jets as their name, the relocated NHL team can tap into an existing hockey culture in Manitoba. Their new logo & colors haven't made it onto merchandise yet, but their old stuff will be in huge demand.

Save money with coupon code for Warrior & UnderArmour gear | Hockey Gear HQ - news, reviews & deals
Using this special offer code will give you an extra 15% off already-discounted Warrior and UnderArmour items found at Hockey Monkey. Even if you don't play hockey, the UnderArmour selection is pretty impressive.

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