Tuesday's notes: Poile posturing?

Forget the Stanley Cup, there's another trip to Las Vegas on the line if David Poile can pull off some magic over the next few weeks!

Chatter around the NHL is picking up now that the Trade Deadline is just 20 days away, but when you hear from general managers, it seems like things are quiet.

Too quiet, to use the old cliche? We'll see...

While reading this morning, listen in as Barry Trotz joined The Sports Revolution yesterday:

Barry Trotz on 1025 2012-02-06 (mp3)

Now, on to the news!

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Nashville Predators News

Poile prepared, pessimistic about deadline deal possibilities | Nashville City Paper
Is David Poile managing expectations here? Just as with other recent seasons, there are few confirmed "sellers" on the trade market right now, which makes landing a useful player very difficult.

Poile Looking for a Big Trade? Who Could be Out There? | The Predatorial
Kris lays out a number of possible trade targets, and has a little birdie telling him that Jeff Carter is not at all likely coming this way.

Time to Say Good-Bye to an Old Friend? | The Predatorial
Is Jerred Smithson in danger of being elbowed out of the way by some of the younger Preds?

Smashville 24/7: Fisher’s first year in Nashville has multi-dimensional impact
It's thumbs-up all around as the anniversary of the Mike Fisher trade approaches.

Hockey is Alive and Well in the South | The Hockey Writers
A St. Louis blogger visits Smashville and comes away impressed.

KHL scoring leader Alex Radulov loses teeth on post-slap shot high stick (Video) | Puck Daddy
Ouch, that's gonna leave a mark!

Nashville Predators look for playoffs payback vs. Vancouver Canucks - The Tennessean
Tonight marks the first time we've seen the Canucks in town since the 2nd round of the playoffs.

Predators' Mike Fisher sits out practice - The Tennessean
Fish apparently didn't feel well Sunday, so sat out practice just to make sure he's good for tonight.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Game 53: Canucks At Predators Preview: Can You Dig The Satisfaction? - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver fans are feeling confident as the Canucks have won their last 4 games in Nashville (including playoffs).

NHL Western Conference trade deadline outlook – USATODAY.com
Kevin Allen provides quick capsules on where the West stands.

The Jeff Carter Market (Which Teams make Sense) - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Here's a look at where Carter might (or might not) fit.

Blues moves: Trade for a goal scorer? Not so fast.... - St. Louis Game Time
Does St. Louis need a sniper, or perhaps something else?

Goal-less Gomez | The Hockey Writers
Here's an anniversary of a different sort. Scott Gomez is making $7.5 million this season in Montreal, but hasn't scored a goal since February 5, 2011.

Formerly the sure-thing, can Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hold off competition for Calder? | Puck Daddy
We could be in for a doozy of a rookie scoring race. Craig Smith is in the hunt...

Gabriel Landeskog: Colorado's Calder Case | The Hockey Writers
Can the Avs rookie get back into the mix?

Which rebuild is better: Leafs or Oilers? - The Globe and Mail
Toronto has a playoff spot in sight, while Edmonton is circling the toilet bowl once again.

Belanger’s Third Year II | mc79hockey.com
Tyler's not thrilled at all with the prospect of Steve Tambellini continuing to lead the "rebuild" in Edmonton.

History Lessons: The Ancient Mystic Society of No Eddies - Backhand Shelf
You know what's the best thing to happen in hockey blogging this season? E (formerly of Theory of Ice) getting a bigger platform for her writing.

Ralph Nader has it wrong, fighting must remain in hockey | All Things Avalanche
Sure, Ralph Nader may indeed be wrong, but this defense of fighting doesn't convince me of anything.

The Islanders' Three Goalie Monte - Lighthouse Hockey
What a mess the Islanders have on their hands.

Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury Stalking Barrasso's Franchise Records - The Hockey Writers
Just like Ryan Miller set a franchise mark in Buffalo, the Pittsburgh goalie is about to, as well.

Jordan Leopold injures Sabres coach Lindy Ruff in practice with leg sweep (Update) | Puck Daddy
Man, just reading this hurts.

Out with concussion, Bouchard practices patience - USATODAY.com
Pierre-Marc Bouchard knows how long the road back to hockey can be. He missed over 100 games from March 2009 to December 2010 with a previous concussion.

Agents of Change: Ritch Responds – More Questions on Being an Agent
Ritch Winter shares the justification for agents targeting players as young as 14.

NHL JerseyWatch 2012: Rumor Edition - icethetics.info
Interesting items here about what next season might bring.

Hockey Prospectus | Prospectus Q & A: Howard Baldwin On Bringing The NHL To Hartford
You know, I don't think the road to NHL ownership begins with an interview at Hockey Prospectus. No disrespect intended, but Baldwin sounds like a loose cannon here.

Paging Brian Rafalski. Brian Rafalski to the Power Play: Coyotes 3 - Red Wings 1 - Winging It In Motown
Talk about expectations: "I can't recall a time when a first place overall team was this maddening to watch."

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