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Weekend notes: Reaction to the Kessel trade, and a sour Predators prediction

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It's a good time to look forward, Preds fans - sure, it would have been nice to add a dynamic sniper to the wing in Phil Kessel, but tonight brings another preseason game at home (against Columbus, no less), and there is plenty of reason to get excited about the guys currently in uniform.

After the jump, we've got a boatload of Predators and NHL news for you; including some reaction to the big trade, an opportunity to break into the Sports & Entertainment industry hosted by the Preds, and one national columnists overly dour forecast for Nashville hockey this fall. It'll get your blood boiling here on a soggy Saturday morning!

Predators News

Red Light District: Thoughts on the Kessel trade
Ryan shares his disappointment over Phil Kessel's trade to Toronto.

Canes Drop "Practice Game" to Predators, 4-2 - Canes Country
Here's the Carolina perspective on last night's exhibition win by the Preds.

2nd Annual "Breaking Into Sports" Workshop and Career/University Fair
The Nashville Predators are hosting another "Breaking Into Sports" workshop, designed for individuals interested in joining the sports & entertainment industry. It takes place at the Sommet Center on Saturday, November 14, and GM David Poile will be one of the speakers.

Predators try to do more with less - Yahoo! Sports
Ross McKeon thinks the Preds are headed into the NHL's toilet. Don't worry, he already predicted the team would finish 29th in the overall standings, so that tells all you need to know about his "expertise".


Better Know a Blogger:'s Chris Mottram - Blog Huddle
Get to know the editorial force behind the new, and how it will help bring together this vast network of sports blogs in an exciting, innovative way.

Lester Patrick Trophy Recipients Announced - KuklasKorner
Mark Messier, Mike Richter, and Jimmy Devellano are the latest recipients of the Lester Patrick Trophy, awarded for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Future Is Bright: East's Top Prospects -- NHL FanHouse
Bruce Ciskie takes us on a tour of the Eastern Conference's top prospects, including Tampa Bay's Dustin Tokarski, who was a big rival of Nashville's Chet Pickard in the Western Hockey League.

Future Is Bright: West's Top Prospects -- NHL FanHouse
Bruce Ciskie reviews the top prospects for Western Conference teams, saying of Colin Wilson"the Predators are so starved for offensive depth that it makes practically no sense to stash him in the AHL for any part of the season."

Howe about that Fleury? -
Jean Lefebvre sets the Theo Fleury comeback in context with greats like Gordie Howe, Guy Lafleur, and Michael Jordan.

QMJHL player convicted of on-ice assault - The Globe and Mail
In what is always a touchy subject (when does on-ice violence cross the line of legality), a teenage hockey player has been convicted for assault after cross-checking an opponent in the face.

Melnyk offers more thoughts on Balsillie - From The Rink
The Ottawa Senators owner offers up more criticism of Jim Balsillie, and drops the tidbit that Balsillie's legal representative, Richard Rodier asked about buying and relocating the Senators back in 2003.