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Wednesday's notes: A month until the deadline, but NHL trade talk is buzzing

Last weekend's wheeling and dealing has the hockey reporters in full Trade Deadline mode these days, with speculation and rumors swirling around a number of  players and teams.

After the jump, we've got reaction to last night's shootout loss to Phoenix, some tidbits you may not know about Nashville Predators prospect Colin Wilson, and some back-and-forth between mainstream reporters and hockey bloggers as to whether the Ilya Kovalchuk-to-L.A. rumors have any merit...

Predators News

AHL names forward Colin Wilson AHL Rookie of the Month - Milwaukee Admirals Examiner
We all know that Colin Wilson's dad played in the NHL, but did you know his grandfather did, too?

thinktrain: Preds wise to leave Jokinen, Gratton for other teams to claim
Nashville fans often wish that the Preds would pick up one of the high-dollar players that gets traded around the NHL, but Rob is thankful that Olli Jokinen, for one, passed on by.

Preds On The Glass: Game Recap: Coyotes Win over Preds 1-0 in SO
Buddy's post-game report includes, as always, comments from the players and coaches.

The View from 111: Preds Drop a Ten Round Shootout to Coyotes 2-1
Last night featured to much passing for Mark's liking.

Coyotes Outlast Nashville in 10 Round Shootout to Win 1-0 - Five For Howling
Even the Phoenix players were saying that last night had some of the worst ice they'd ever played on in the NHL, thanks to the circus that was in town.

Preds 101: Ridiculous Question of the Week
Time for a little silliness over at Preds 101...

Around the NHL

Trade Rumors, Bob McKenzie and Me - Bird Watchers Anonymous
The Falconer defends his work last night, leaking a rumor that Ilya Kovalchuk is close to being traded to Los Angeles. Bob McKenzie, on Twitter, was pretty blunt in slamming it as "Total BS".

McKenzie: Whitney's an attractive offensive commodities
Ray Whitney is talked about as a hot item on the trade market, but he has a great deal of control over the situation, thanks to his no-trade clause.

Maple Leafs 3 v. Devils 0: A New Dawn? - Pension Plan Puppets
Dion Phaneuf and J.S. Giguere got off to a good start in Toronto, shutting out the Atlantic Division leaders.

Postgame Avs-CBJ – The Factor gets shorty, inside edition | All Things Avs
After watching the Avalanche beat Columbus in Denver, Adrian Dater and the Avs are on their way to Nashville. Dater's looking for a few good Civil War sites to see, so leave a comment at his column or send him a message on Twitter (@adater).

The Dark Blue Jacket: Game 58/Colorado: My Take
Is the end near for Ken Hitchcock?

Fun with sentence construction: The Witt 'rumor' - Lighthouse Hockey
Dominik debunks the insinuation that the former Nashville defenseman will be moved at the deadline again.

Trade deadline preview: A look at Paul Kariya and Keith Tkachuk's value - ESPN
Tkachuk almost went to Boston at least season's trade deadline, but the Blues ended up making a miracle run to the playoffs. He makes an enticing option for this year's market.