Wednesday afternoon notes: Girls can "Try Hockey For Free" this Saturday

According to a report out of Edmonton, the Predators were one of two teams enthusiastically pursuing a trade for Ryan Smyth.

This weekend at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville, there's a great opportunity for girls to try out the sport of hockey, as part of an effort by the Nashville Youth Hockey League. "Try Hockey For Free" takes place Saturday, February 18th, and is your daughter's chance to get out there and catch a bit of what the game of hockey is all about.

All the info can be found in the PDF document available here:

Girls Try Hockey Free 2012-02 (PDF)

And now, on to your afternoon hockey news...

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Nashville Predators News

Wings and Predators were highest on Smyth | Edmonton Journal
Jim Matheson reports that the Predators were interested in Oilers forward Ryan Smyth, who has been pulled off the trade market by Edmonton. "They were both hot to trot for Smyth, especially the Predators who are dying for a top six forward, especially one with net presence. Nashville likes Ales Hemsky, too, but liked Smyth more, in large part because coach Barry Trotz has a history with the Edmonton Oilers’ winger from the world championship when he was a coach for Canada." I could certainly believe that.

One Tough S.O.B.-The Predators Need for a Big Blue-liner | The Predatorial
Jeremy makes the case for adding beef on defense.

Replacing Hornqvist no easy task - Predators Insider
Yeah, I wasn't crazy about seeing Brandon Yip on the power play last night.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The Dark Blue Jacket: Howson 4.0
It's hard to believe Scott Howson has been with Columbus almost 5 years now. Will he get the chance to continue? I wonder if his job right now is to do the dirty deed of dealing Rick Nash, load up on future assets, and hand the keys over to someone else.

Yeo on Zidlicky: 'We want people that want to go to war for each other' | StarTribune.com
I'm guessing this will involve placing duct tape over Zid's mouth.

This Is The End? - Die By The Blade
Could Barry Trotz become the NHL's most-tenured coach pretty soon?

Red Light District Hockey: Goalies deserve fair consideration in Hart voting
By any reasonable measure a goalie is the most valuable player in the league almost every year. But since they have the Vezina, many overlook them as Hart candidates.

Canes Now - Skinner-Dwyer fight shows Canes' competitiveness | newsobserver.com blogs
The Hurricanes may be in last place, but they've got spunk!

Olie Kolzig: Alex Ovechkin needs to ‘not get wrapped up too much in the rock star status’ - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Olie the Goalie wonders if off-ice endeavors are weighing on Alex Ovechkin's game.

Daily Debate: Red Wings in record books - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
With just 12 days left in the NHL trading season, it sounds like phones are starting to ring around the league's front offices.

The Whiteboard: Positional play after a lost draw at center ice | Backhand Shelf
A handy guide for wayward hockey players.

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