Today's the day, Nashville Predators fans, to watch the NHL's general managers engage in the great horse-trading meet known as the Trade Deadline. Be sure to read up on your Fans Guide so you're prepped for the day, and I've added a countdown timer to the sidebar leading up to the 2:00 p.m. Deadline. Due to the time it takes to clear a trade with the NHL, however, we may well get our first news about deals as much as 30-45 minutes past that time.
So jump in to your morning notes already!
Nashville Predators News
David Climer: Nashville Predators shouldn't feel pressed at NHL trade deadline - The Tennessean
I think your attitude about this deadline all comes down to team expectations. If you're happy with making the playoffs and seeing if you can win a round or maybe two, then yes, they should stand pat or just make a minor move. If, on the other hand, you want to see the Preds truly give themselves a better shot at winning the Stanley Cup, something more is needed.
Smashville 24/7: Will Preds be active at today’s trade deadline?
Ryan's eager to see Poile do something bold.
Breaking down the Rick Nash to Nashville situation… | Section 303
Jeremy compares the rumored offer by the Preds for Rick Nash, with what the Blue Jackets are supposedly asking for from the Maple Leafs and Rangers, to ask whether a deal might happen. I'm not getting my hopes up.
Q&A: David Poile | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair gets some insight into how today will work for the Preds' front office.
Nashville Predators search for right deal at NHL trade deadline - The Tennessean
Whew, that's good news.
Trade deadline looms for Predators - Predators Insider
Unless a few more sellers jump in, it could be difficult to clear the market, writes Josh.
Ads Cap Good Weekend With 3-1 Win Over Rampage | Admirals Roundtable
The Admirals survived a 3-games-in-3-nights stretch with a 2-0-1 record.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
KuklasKorner - Follow Those In The Know
You don't know who to follow on Twitter for all of today's news (or you're not even on Twitter)? Paul has a widget here where you can follow many reliable people at once.
Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from St. Louis for draft pick - Silver Seven
The Blues gave up their height advantage in goal, sending the 6'7" Bishop to Ottawa.
Agent on Grabovski, Leafs: ‘Positive that we will make a deal, but we have to be patient’ | Puck Daddy
Well, it doesn't sound like he'll be on the move (and to be honest, Toronto would be dumb to let him go).
2012 NHL Trade Deadline: What To Expect Out Of The Next Two Days - Die By The Blade
Take a look at what the Sabres might be selling.
Who’s to blame for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ terrible February? | Puck Daddy
It's getting ugly in Toronto...
The Trade Deadline drinking game - Barry Melrose Rocks
For those of you who don't have to go to work.
Empty-Net Time - Arctic Ice Hockey
A curiosity for you.
Remaining Schedule Summary - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
Useful info if you're looking to make those marginal fantasy hockey pickups. Go for the guys with the most games remaining.
Video: Alain Vigneault’s hysterical laughter at Vernon Fiddler’s ‘Angry Bieksa’ impression
A rare in-game giggle fit from an NHL bench boss.
Upset at officiating, ECHL coach ejected after tirade featuring mock surrender | Puck Daddy
More bush-league nonsense.
Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Behind The Moves: NHL GMs Tell How Winners Are Built
Just 7 days until my birthday... and this is pretty much all I want.
A State That's Untouchable Like Elliot Ness: Ducks 3 - Hawks 1 - Second City Hockey
You can't count out those Ducks... and the Blackhawks can't exactly relax, either.
San Jose Sharks finish road trip 2-6-1 with a 4-3 regulation loss to the Minnesota Wild - Fear The Fin
It's been a long, difficult road for the Sharks - only once on their 9-game road trip did they hold an opponent to less than 3 goals.
Sharks' coach hit by stick, collapses behind bench - NHL.com
Cue the Radulov jokes.
Lehner leads Senators to 5-2 win over the Islanders ;) - Silver Seven
The Senators gave themselves a little bit of room ahead of the teams trying to catch up with the playoff pack.
Welcome to the NHL, Brad Thiessen. Pens shoot down Blue Jackets 4-2 - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh offense is obviously faltering, with their goal scoring dropping by 50% compared to their previous outing.