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Judging by the internet chatter among the mainstream hockey media, you'd think we approaching Trade Deadline Day rather than the 2012 NHL Draft, which gets underway with the first round tonight (6:00 p.m. Central on NBC Sports). Perhaps due to the dearth of quality free agents available this summer, it sounds like a number of big-name players are being dangled on the trade market, with the latest being Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle...

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Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7 - Predators draft primer
A handy guide as to what picks the Preds have available tonight.

Former assistant Dean Evason on his seven years with Caps | WashingtonExaminer.com
The new Milwaukee Admirals head coach was disappointed not to get the Washington job, but still has the NHL in mind.

More From Coach Evason | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan surveys the beginning of the Dean Evason era in Milwaukee.

Nashville Predators look toward future as draft day arrives | The Tennessean
This is the amateur scouting staff's time to shine.

Predators plan for a double take in second round of NHL draft | Nashville City Paper
A pair of second round picks is nice, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Preds do something to trade up.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Draft Day Preview: Should the Philadelphia Flyers Go After Weber, Nash, Ryan, or Suter? " The Hockey Guys
Dustin Leed argues that the Flyers should hold off from targeting a big name, at the expense of some of their young talent.

Rumblings: Flyers interested in Bobby Ryan - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Judging from all the chatter, this weekend could be super busy on the trade market, and the reappearance of Bobby Ryan on the scene has added an extra sense of chaos.

The salary’s not the thing for enlightened GMs - The Globe and Mail
I think the real point is that, given how younger players' salaries are kept below market value due to RFA status, it's OK to overpay a few key players if they provide specific skills that can't otherwise be found.

Jordan Staal "Not Prepared" To Sign Extension with Penguins at this time - PensBurgh
10 years and $60 million weren't enough to get Staal to the altar...

The Peerless Prognosticator: And then there was one...
Now that LeBron James has won a title, does the pressure get amped up on Alex Ovechkin?