As we get ready for the final day of NHL trading madness, the Nashville Predators will be in the spotlight just as much as any team. Will they acquire that coveted Top 6 forward (even, dare we say it, Rick Nash?). If so, what might that cost from the current roster, and will that kind of move convince Ryan Suter and Shea Weber to sign those "happily ever after" contract extensions?
Jump on in to your morning hockey notes, as there is plenty to chew on today...
Nashville Predators News
Predators whip Sharks, but might lose top trade target to them | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair reports that the Preds have indeed made an offer to Columbus for Rick Nash. He doesn't get into the details of that offer, however, such as the rumors flying around yesterday of Wilson-Ellis-Laakso and a 1st-round draft choice.
Why we aren’t predicting Nashville’s regression: Five theories | Backhand Shelf
Some of these points might help explain how the Preds have enjoyed such success this season while getting out-shot repeatedly.
Driving Play: Driving Play Podcast - Take Three & Fore(checker)
The guys here had me on to talk about the Preds' approach to the Trade Deadline.
IceHogs Score Late, Then Win In Shootout | Admirals Roundtable
Atte Engren did his best, but it wasn't quite enough.
Smashville 24/7: One more thing: Rinne sets new career-high in win
For those of you who love Wins as a goalie stat.
Saturday Night Fights: Yip Has First Home Tilt At Bridgestone Arena | PuckScene.com
Does Patten have a Yip fetish?
Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh wonders how the feel-good vibe in the room last night might change over the coming days and months.
Listen in to last night's Satellite Hot Stove from Hockey Night in Canada, and Glenn Healy's #1 recommendation on who the Maple Leafs should pursue for goaltending help:
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
What Rick Nash wants vs. what the Columbus Blue Jackets need | Puck Daddy
Somebody get moving with the Jedi mind tricks and make this happen.
Hockey World: Feb. 26 - Edmonton Journal
Take a long walk around the league with Jim Matheson.
Breaking News: Wojtek Wolski Traded To Florida Panthers For Third Round Pick - Blueshirt Banter
Wolski has only played 9 games this season due to injury. Seems like an odd pickup for the Panthers, really.
Puck Daddy chats with ‘Goon’ star Liev Schreiber about honoring Bob Probert, politics of hockey fighting | Puck Daddy
This movie doesn't look like it's intended for every hockey fan, but I'm looking forward to it.
VIDEO: Evgeni Malkin Channels Mario Lemieux, Finds Quick Solution For Lightning Trap - SBNation.com
Yeah, this is pretty ridiculous.
R Niedermayer, JP Dumont, J Tambellini And C Huet: Where Are They Now? - The Hockey Writers
It sounds like our old pal J.P. is doing well for Bern.
Sunday's Daily Dosage - Brown, Karlsson, Downie... - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
A daily fix for you fantasy hockey junkies.
The Anaheim Ducks are on the verge of making history | Backhand Shelf
6 points out of the playoffs with a game in hand... do they have a chance?
Jimmy Howard didn’t enjoy losing to the Canucks because he thinks they have "got a bunch of idiots" | Backhand Shelf
Last week I did a segment on the Thom Abraham Show and we talked about the recent player poll which cited Vancouver as the most overrated team in the league. I disagreed, saying that's probably the result of widespread dislike for the Canucks around the NHL, and here's one such indication.
Darryl Boyce ‘excited’ to be a Blue Jacket - The Globe and Mail
A clear example of why we need stiffer drug testing in the NHL.
Disastrous start costs Sharks in loss to Nashville - Fear The Fin
From the San Jose side, things got off to a bad start and went downhill from there.
Quincey Eats Crow, Avs Down Detroit 4-3 - Mile High Hockey
The Colorado Avalanche stuck it to their former teammate by beating the Red Wings in Denver.
Blues get outplayed in Winnipeg, steal two points from the Jets - St. Louis Game Time
St. Louis manages to keep one step ahead.
Panthers top Hurricanes on Weiss shootout winner - Litter Box Cats
The Florida Panthers are undefeated in the Jerred Smithson era.
Bruins 5, Senators 3: Boston Holds Off Late Ottawa Surge To Grow Division Lead - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Bruins seem destined for the #2 slot in the East, cruising atop the Northeast but not likely to catch the Rangers.
Rangers Vs. Sabres: Ryan Callahan's Dazzling Move Gives Rangers 3-2 OT Win Over The Sabres - Blueshirt Banter
Meanwhile, the Rangers continue to cruise along atop the Atlantic.
Evgeni Malkin, MVP. Pens destroy Bolts 8-1 - PensBurgh
That Malkin goal was just one highlight as the Pens stomped Tampa Bay.