Preds' stars head to Las Vegas: Tuesday's notes

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators addresses the media at the 2011 NHL Awards nominee media availability at the Palms Casino Resort on June 21, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The attention of the hockey world is turning towards Las Vegas, with the NHL Awards set for tomorrow evening. Nashville's biggest hockey stars are going to be there - Buddy Oakes, Amanda DiPaolo, and Josh Cooper will all be on the scene.

Oh, and I guess guys like Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber, Mike Fisher and David Poile will attend, too...

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Nashville Predators News

Inside Smashville " Nashville stepping into the hockey spotlight: Will the Predators take home any hardware Wednesday?
David Poile, soap opera star?

Preds On The Glass: POTG Projects the 2012 NHL Awards Winners
Buddy's waving that Smashville banner with abandon!

The Contract Bachelor: Introducing Suter’s Suitors
Joe rounds up the usual suspects to court Ryan Suter.

The View from 111: All In or All Over?
Mark points out that by hanging on until the bitter end with Ryan Suter, David Poile may make the best impression on Shea Weber.

Smashville 24/7 - Ranking the Preds’ all-time draft classes
I'll give you a hint, 2003 did really well.

Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne up for Vezina Trophy again | The Tennessean
As he makes his second consecutive trip to Las Vegas, Pekka Rinne enjoys the trust of Preds management.

Predators could look to past not future for next backup goalie | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair looks at a few veteran backup candidates, including Chris Mason & Dan Ellis.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Five NHL Awards we’d like to see added, because everyone deserves a gold star | Puck Daddy
The more, the merrier, right?

The National Hockey League's board or governors will be looking at solving the Phoenix Coyotes' mess -- again - ESPN
After another sad update from Phoenix (will the money come together?), there are some interesting notes about the NHL's business prospects over the next few seasons.

Rick Nash's potential suitors plus 30 Thoughts | Hockey | CBC Sports
Bonus time! Elliotte includes #31 this week.

Five NHL Awards we’d like to see added, because everyone deserves a gold star | Puck Daddy
The more, the merrier, right?

Barret Jackman Stays in St. Louis, Signs 3-Year Deal - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues lock up a core part of their defense corps.

Sharks Sign Brad Stuart to 3-Year, $10.8 Million Deal - Fear The Fin
After trading for him last week, San Jose comes to terms with the steady vet.

So where’s the puck, Pat? " LA Kings Insider
Did Patrik Elias skate off with the final puck from the Stanley Cup-clinching win for L.A.?

Quick lunchtime rant on hockey rumours " The Active Stick
Please, folks, don't waste your time with those mysterious "insider" reports passed around via Twitter.

A Scout's Draft - The Spin
How will the Top 10 shake out at this weekend's NHL Draft? Your guess is as good as mine.

NHL Draft Questions: How Do You Measure Work Ethic? - Lighthouse Hockey
Don Cherry would probably just advise you to check a guy's passport.

Eastern Conference executive: Draft weakest in years | Puck Drunk Love
Yeah, I don't think this analysis will lead off the coverage Friday night.

Despite ratings drop, NHL, NBC and ad buyers call playoffs a success - NHL - Sporting News
Ratings were down about a third, but it's all smiles according to this report. Huh?

Cautionary Tales for Hockey Players | Backhand Shelf
Good stuff here on how it isn't Raffi Torres who serves as an example for players not to follow, but Steve Bernier.

The single crucial issue in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement | Edmonton Journal
The disparity between big- and small-market NHL teams is the one issue which I can see potentially dividing the ranks of ownership in the upcoming CBA talks.

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