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Our weekend hockey notes start off, of course, with reaction to yesterday's acquisition of Hal Gill by the Nashville Predators. In a special twist, we have 4 audio offerings on the subject to share, so plug in those earphones and follow after the jump!

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Nashville Predators News

I highly encourage you to go through the "More Predators Sites" box on the left sidebar of the main page today, as just about every blog in town has recaps from last night's game, and reaction to the Hal Gill trade, too.

Nashville Predators' Stanley Cup pursuit: The future is now - Yahoo! Sports
Besides the simple addition of Hal Gill to the lineup, it also sounds like making an acquisition like this gets the rest of the roster pumped up, too.

Hal Gill on 1025 2012-02-17 (mp3)

The new guy joined Willy Daunic on yesterday's pre-game show to talk about his move to the Preds.

Audio of David Poile's conference call - Nashville Predators
Listen in as the Preds GM addressed the media following the trade.

The 303:30 – Breaking Detroit’s streak?, the Hal Gill trade and Kevin Allen | Section 303
Jeremy & Codey landed a very appropriate sponsor for their podcast. I totally agree with what Kevin Allen says in here, that Columbus would be MUCH better served by trading Rick Nash after the season, when there will be more teams positioned to make such a blockbuster deal.

Smashville 24/7: Smashville On The Glass - Pete Weber featured
Buddy & Ryan talked to Pete Weber, and speculated about the Gill deal shortly before it actually happened.

The View from 111: Scenes from the Road: Boston
Mark shares snapshots from his road trip to watch the Preds play at Boston last weekend.

Sans Boomer, Ads Rally Past First Place Barons | Admirals Roundtable
The Admirals picked up another win against a West Division team, skating without Blake Geoffrion.

Danny Geoffrion discusses trade - Predators Insider
As you can imagine, Blake's dad carries a mixture of disappointment and excitement over Boomer's trade to Montreal.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Puck Daddy Reader Art Contest: Create a cheesy 1990s-style NHL Player Poster | Puck Daddy
This could be fun... OddManRush, you should really take a shot at it.

… And the Madness of Crowds | Backhand Shelf
"Class" is in session.

George McPhee discusses NHL trade deadline - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
The Capitals don't have much salary cap room to work with.

With NHL trade deadline hysteria in full swing, any deal seems possible - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek says that somebody should just dive into the dissemination of rumors, proposing So I went ahead and did it.

Down Goes Brown: Buyers and sellers at the 2012 trade deadline
"Buyer: Toronto Maple Leafs – As always Brian Burke will be looking to add size up front; ideally, a player so large that he can also play defense and goalie since that’s where the team’s actual weakness is."

Agent for Tampa Bay D Pavel Kubina said list of acceptable teams could come as soon as Saturday - Lightning Strikes | Tampa Bay Times
We don't have to worry about him coming here any more, but Kubina will still be a big story whenever he does get traded.

Woah: "team executives" say Jack Johnson is "in play" - Jewels From The Crown
The highly touted defenseman may be on the move again.

Puck Daddy chats with KHL President Alexander Medvedev about NHL negotiations; Vityaz goons; and future for Kuznetsov, Tarasenko | Puck Daddy
All the propaganda (err... information) you'd want about the latest development in the KHL.

WADA pushing for improved NHL drug testing - The Globe and Mail
Interesting stuff here, as a 3rd party makes an overture to the NHL and NHLPA.

Saturday's Injury Updates - Ward, Benn, Peverley... - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
Before setting those fantasy hockey lineups, check here for the latest injury news.

Crosby joins non-contact practice, still hopes to play -
Sidney Crosby's recovery takes a small step forward, but there's still no timetable for when he'll play for the Pens.

KuklasKorner : KK Hockey : Forget The Portrait, How About The "Real" Thing?
OK, now this is funny.

Jets have no answer for struggles in back-to-back games - The Globe and Mail
Wow, Winnipeg is 0-9 when they've played the night before. That ain't gonna fly...

Eberle: Is he one of the NHL’s rare super snipers? | Edmonton Journal
Sergei Kostitsyn gets a mention in here, too - but I'm still skeptical, given the study cited uses just two years of data.

Our Twenty-Two Beats Your Tootoo: Wings 2 - Predators 1 - Winging It In Motown
Can't blame 'em for crowing over that one.

Game 59 Recap: HOLY CRAP, A ROW AGAINST A NW TEAM! Avs 3- Oil 1 - Mile High Hockey
Colorado bullied two points out of Edmonton, a perennial Western Conference patsy.

Habs Unwanted Contribute to Win over Sabres - Habs Eyes On The Prize
This is funny - three of the Canadiens that most fans want shipped out of town scored for Montreal.

Canes Hold On And Stay Hot At Home: Hurricanes 3, Sharks 2 - Canes Country
Carolina stood tall on home ice.

Recap: Caps 2, Panthers 1 - Japers' Rink
Washington takes this battle for Southeast Division supremacy.