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Do I spy Buddy Oakes of Preds on the Glass at the right here? I do!
Do I spy Buddy Oakes of Preds on the Glass at the right here? I do!

Make sure to pick your tux/dress up from the cleaners in plenty of time, the NHL Awards are tonight at 6:00 p.m. Central on NBC Sports. We'll have a "Game Thread" up for OTF readers to follow along with the festivities as the Nashville Predators contend for five different honors tonight:

  • Shea Weber, Norris Trophy as best defenseman
  • Pekka Rinne, Vezina Trophy as best goalie & EA Sports NHL13 cover
  • David Poile, GM of the Year
  • Mike Fisher, NHL Foundation Award for charitable work

The assorted hockey community must be having a good time in Las Vegas, because we have an absolute truckload of articles to share with you this morning, leading off with David Poile placing a $750,000 bet at the roulette table on #18...

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

Nashville Predators News

This one drew a solid "Meh" from me in response. He hustles and works hard, but just gets outplayed in a 4th-line role.

Interview with Martin Erat -
Run this through the Google Translator, it's an entertaining and wide-ranging interview with Martin Erat (thanks to OTF reader Dawn for passing it along).

Mitch Korn Discusses the Lindback Trade - The Goalie Guild
The teacher talks about his departed pupil.

Inside Smashville " Rinne thanks fans for making him an NHL 13 cover-vote finalist
We'll find out tonight if he beats Claude Giroux for the honor...

Post Mortem IV: "Landing Spots for Ryan" - Predlines
One factor which people underestimate around here? Detroit can actually be a pretty wonderful place to live, despite the popular perception.

Poile discusses Suter, Radulov - Predators Insider
You can pretty much write off any trade of these two for draft picks.

Cigarran: "We’re going to do what it takes" - Predators Insider
The team chairman continues to emphasize the commitment to build "an elite franchise".

Weber speaks his mind - Predators Insider
On Suter, his future with the Preds, and the betrayal of Alexander Radulov...

Quick compliments Rinne - Predators Insider
There's a lot of back-slapping going on.

Nashville Predators' Shea Weber up for Norris Trophy | The Tennessean
The Captain takes the spotlight this evening, as he probably has the best shot to win.

Poile's bid for NHL's general manager award requires perspective of peers | Nashville City Paper
The GM of the Year Award is interesting because it's the collection of GM's who do the voting.

Preds Host 2012 NHL Awards Viewing Party This Wednesday In Bridgestone Arena's Patron Platinum Club - Nashville Predators
Watch the NHL Awards in style tonight at the Patron Platinum Club down at the Arena.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Bettman says NHL contract talks to start in ‘not too distant future’ - The Globe and Mail
The storm's coming, but it's not quite here yet.

Hockey’s good critic retires after 58 years - The Globe and Mail
Ken Dryden waxes eloquent on Red Fisher: "...he found something interesting to say day after day, rarely sounding bored or jaded even through the inevitable dog days of any season, of any career, of any life, and without getting himself stuck in the past where nobody’s like the Rocket, Béliveau and Lafleur and never will be." There's a bit later on about Fisher being a good critic which is really outstanding.

Handing out the NHL’s annual hardware - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek makes his trophy picks, and shuts out Rinne & Weber.

Bobby Ryan Back on Trade Market? - Anaheim Calling
Covet away.

Trade talk pot is boiling | Red Light
Stu Hackel provides a wide-ranging look at some of the name players who could be on the move over the next few days.

Rumblings: Ryan Suter, Rick Nash and more - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun shares a buffet of trade & free agent scuttlebutt.

Parise Open to Devils Return? | TrueHockey
More fodder to chew on: "Sources very close to Suter tell me he’s had strong communication with Predators GM David Poile. Word is Suter has been told by the club of their intention to be very aggressive in free agency. Suter wants to see it before he signs and if Nashville delivers on their promises then there’s a decent chance he remains in Nashville."

Bob Hunter commentary: When Nash goes, who’s left to root for? | BlueJackets Xtra
Frustration in Columbus? "How it is that the only near-certainty for a team that finished with the worst record in the NHL is that it soon will trade its best player?"

NHL Free Agency 2012: Impact of Josh Harding's 3 Year Deal on Minnesota Wild Goalie Depth - Hockey Wilderness
It looks like the Wild have their plan for the transition once Nicklas Backstrom takes a back seat.

Trading Roberto Luongo | Bobby Holik - Holik on Hockey
Holik argues that going from Vancouver to Toronto would be an "out of the frying pan, into the fire" move for Luongo.

Victory Lap: My Day With The Cup - Battle of California
Oh, Rudy.

The title of "Coolest Outdoor Game Ever" has a new owner | Backhand Shelf

Teemu Selanne back with Anaheim Ducks next season, according to Finnish report | Puck Daddy
Excelsior! You've gotta love Teemu Selanne.

Down Goes Brown: 2012 NHL Draft Preview
This is the only Draft preview you really need.

KuklasKorner : KK Hockey : BOG Approves Two Rules
Puck fondling will NOT be tolerated!