Preds stars ready for NHL Awards: Wednesday afternoon notes

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 19: Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne speaks with the press at the NHL Awards nominee media availability at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort on June 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators are getting set for a big night in the NHL spotlight this evening, as the 2012 NHL Awards air at 6:00 p.m. Central, with several team members up for honors. Our afternoon hockey notes are stocked with interviews with these luminaries as they consider the possibility of bringing a major trophy back to Smashville...

Cast your daily vote for OTF in the Toast of Music City 2012!

Nashville Predators News

We start off with news that David Poile is really locking in that 2012-2013 roster, following up the report yesterday about Brandon Yip...

Predators signs Chris Mueller1 year / $550 000 (2 way)

--- Renaud Lavoie, RDS

Preds On The Glass: Mike Fisher speaks before the 2012 NHL Awards Show (video)
Buddy's working the camera again with an update from Vegas.

Smashville 24/7 - Rinne talks NHL 13 cover
Peks appreciates the support gathered here in Nashville for the cover vote, especially since he was back home in Finland at the time.

104-5 The Zone: Podcasts
Pekka Rinne came on the 3HL to talk about the NHL Awards, Ryan Suter, Alexander Radulov & more. The podcast will (at some point after the show) be posted here, so check back later. 102.5 The Game also has a slew of Predators guests this afternoon, so hockey talk is dominating the airwaves today.

The 303:30 – exclusive one-on-one with Pekka Rinne about the Vezina and the NHL13 cover | Section 303
The word "exclusive" has lost some zip, hasn't it?

Metro officials to be briefed on new Predators lease deal | The Tennessean
Slowly but surely, the new deal inches towards completion. As long as they authorize the city to make those checks out directly to Shea Weber & Ryan Suter, maybe this will all work out OK.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Rob Zombie will write, direct and produce a film about the Broad Street Bullies | Backhand Shelf
This will either be insanely great or thoroughly awful, but either way, it'll be a must-see.

At 2012 NHL Awards Pavel Datsyuk wary of life after Lidstrom - Adrian Dater - SI.com
Even if they pick up big names like Ryan Suter and/or Zach Parise this summer, it's the end of an era for Detroit.

CBJ Off-Season Update: Craig Hartsburg Joins the Coaching Staff - The Cannon
The 3-time head coach joins Todd Richards as an assistant.

Edmonton Oilers’ cupboard is stacked with blueline prospects, but is there a Ryan Murray or Justin Schultz among them? | Edmonton Journal
If they plan on contending for a playoff spot any time soon, the Oilers need help on the blueline. They shouldn't look for it at the top of this year's draft, however.

Assessing Skill, Risk and the Erik Karlsson Contract | NHLNumbers.com
Typically outstanding, unique analysis from Kent Wilson.

The Future of Jordan Staal | Overtime
He'd be dreamy in Nashville, wouldn't he?

Driving Play: The Implications Of A $70M Cap
The top of the NHL market has seemed to cool off in recent years.

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