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NHL spotlight moves from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh : Thursday's notes

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Only one winner, but four snappy dressers.
Only one winner, but four snappy dressers.

While the players who got to participate in the NHL Awards can now head off for a well-deserved rest, league executives and hockey operations staff from all 30 teams headed to Pittsburgh today for the 2012 NHL Draft, which begins tomorrow evening with the 1st Round and concludes Saturday.

NOTE: This Saturday, 104.5 is hosting their annual SportsFest downtown at the Convention Center, which has grown into an impressive event with lots to do for sports fans of all stripes, young & old. As part of their Speaker Series, Brent Peterson and Pete Weber from the Nashville Predators will conduct a panel discussion at 3:00 p.m. Check 104.5 The Zone's website for details on tickets.

Follow on for a quick shot of daily hockey notes, which begin with a last look at what happened in Vegas, and move on to the upcoming Draft...

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Nashville Predators News

NHLnumbers Podcast: Jacob Trouba, Gabe Desjardins and Dirk Hoag |
Thanks to the gang here for having me on!

Inside Smashville " ‘The right guy got the Vezina’ – Rinne on Lundqvist and EA Sports NHL 13
Amanda caught up with the Predators after the big show.

Nashville nervous it could lose Suter, then Weber -
Nervous? (wipes brow) Who's nervous?

Preds On The Glass: David Poile speaks before the 2012 NHL Awards Show (video)
It looks like Buddy jumped Poile in a dark alley on his way to last night's event.

Smashville 24/7 - Hornqvist an example for other draft long-shots
Cling to hope, ye late-round draft picks.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

2012 NHL draft -- An inside look at an NHL draft table - ESPN
That's what this draft needs, a big spinning wheel!

45 years of jet lag: What happens when teams cross time zones? |
Here's one argument against the notion that travel across time zones make a big difference over the course of a season.

Habs File For Arbitration With Price - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Nothing could possibly go wrong here, right?

Brophy on Leafs: Burke plans to add experience -
Brian Burke's had enough time to rebuild the Maple Leafs, they need to start winning.

GM Cheveldayoff dismisses trade rumours surrounding Kane - TSN
So much for that Evander Kane talk.

Colorado Avalanche at 50-1 to win 2013 Stanley Cup - Denver Post
The Predators are listed at 12-1... how do you like them odds?

Las Vegas not Hockeytown while hosting 2012 NHL Awards - Adrian Dater -
Adrian Dater nicely sums up the scene from last night, both at the awards and afterward.