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LAS VEGAS - JUNE 23:  Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 23: Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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We have just one day between the NHL Awards and the Entry Draft this year, but that doesn't mean that the hockey news slows down for even 24 hours.

After the jump, Nashville bloggers had last night's festivities in Vegas covered as Barry Trotz took 2nd in the Jack Adams Award voting, while reaction still comes from the big trade made yesterday by the Chicago Blackhawks. All that, and yet another award goes to Blake Geoffrion...

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Barry Trotz Speaks with the Media at the NHL Awards
Dynamite stuff here from Vegas, in which Buddy gets the coach to talk about how he sees Ryan Parent fitting into the Predators' lineup, whether Ryan Ellis needs to go back for another year of junior hockey, and more.

Preds On The Glass: Pred's Coach Barry Trotz Finishes Second in Jack Adams Voting
Buddy highlights a solid finish for Barry Trotz, although Dave Tippet from Phoenix ran away with the coach of the year voting.

LIVE ON LOCATION: The NHL Awards at The Palms in Vegas | Section 303
Jeremy shares the experience from Las Vegas leading up to the NHL Awards last night. Let's see, it was him, the Preds on the Glass crew, and Ryan Porth from RLD Hockey representing Nashville out there. Why is it that all the Nashville podcasters made the road trip this week? Is there some juicy iTunes cash out there I'm not aware of?

Blake Geoffrion named University of Wisconsin Male Athlete of the Year - Nashville Predators Examiner
There's no question, "Little Boom Boom" has been the big man on campus this year.

Trotz not NHL's Coach of the Year, gets credit for others' successes - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair tells us how Barry Trotz kept getting thanks last night from other teams for how hard the Predators pushed them.

Metro Sports Authority considers change in financial process - The Tennessean
The Sports Authority is considering the elimination of its finance committee, allowing lease matters to be heard by the entire board.

Around the NHL

Puck Daddy's awards for the NHL Awards show - Puck Daddy
Sean Leahy sums up the best and worst from last night's big show in Las Vegas.

Red Light District: Red Carpet Quotes
Ryan caught up with several NHL luminaries on their way into the NHL Awards last night.

Rick Dudley Talks About His Big Day - The Grinder
The new Atlanta GM crows about his pickup of Dustin Byfuglien: "he’s one of the premiere power forwards in the league. He’s capable of 25-30 goals, at least." Good luck with that, bub.

Dustin Byfuglien - Overrated? Or Underrated? - Behind The Net
Chicago certainly "sold high" with Big Buff.

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish - Second City Hockey
SB Nation's Chicago blog is patting Stanley Bowman on the back for yesterday's big deal.

Thrashers Trade Vernace, Sterling and a 7th Round Pick to San Jose for future considerations - KuklasKorner
In order to make room for their new acquisitions, Atlanta had to send some contracts out the door (there's a 50-contract limit per team).

Lowetide: Oilers Acquire Colin Fraser- Edmonton Oilers
The Blackhawks send one of their pending RFA's to Edmonton, where he may help as a 3rd- or 4th-line center.

Souray to Rangers? Or Dallas? - Cult of Hockey
Will Edmonton be able to move their high-price defenseman?

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray on Spezza, Dino, Wild; Look back at dizzying Tuesday - Russo's Rants
Is Bryan Murray shopping Jason Spezza up in Ottawa? His lips say no, but his actions say yes.

Wild to name Bombardir Director of Player Development | The Hockey Writers
The former NHL defenseman who played 13 games with Nashville during the 2003-4 season takes a development job with Minnesota.

Contracts for Lombardi, others " LA Kings Insider
The leadership in Los Angeles gets two-year extensions, while former Flyers head coach John Stevens will join the Kings as an assistant as well.

Gretzky's California hockey legacy continues to grow -
Three years ago Nashville made Jonathan Blum the first native Californian to be drafted, and there are a few more players making the grade this year. That can all be traced to Wayne Gretzky's years in Los Angeles back in the 90's.

Professor critical of draft strategy - The Globe and Mail
A business professor is trying to drum up business with NHL teams by claiming to have developed a system for reviewing and analyzing draft performance over time.

2010-11 schedule analysis: Who has it the toughest, easiest? - ProHockeyTalk
James leverages my Super Schedule to assess the hardest and softest schedules around the league.

Announcement: I’m moving to ESPN Dallas - Andrew's Dallas Stars Blog
An oldie but a goodie on the hockey blogging scene joins ESPN.