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Draft Day is Almost Here: Busy Day in Minney ... 2011-12 Schedule Released around 2 p.m.

2011draft MINNEAPOLIS -- Good morning from a cool and overcast Minnesota. What a nice break from the 90-plus degrees we've been enjoying the past few months.

I may even have to wear shoes today.

Going to be a busy day here as the NHL Draft weekend kicks off. 

Heading over to the media hotel in a little bit and then will be talking to various prospects the Panthers -- who currently hold the third overall pick -- may take tomorrow night in St. Paul.

Now, I know a lot of people are talking about rumors regarding the Panthers trading specifically with Edmonton either to move up to the top pick or maybe add something to the roster and move down to 19 (the Oilers hold the Kings pick in that spot).

Have spoken to a few people with the Panthers and they tell me no trade is imminent. The Panthers are not going to give up a lot to move up to the top slot. Will be speaking with Dale Tallon and Mike Santos later this afternoon so hope to have more then.

I will be trying to update this site throughout the day although it's not easy.

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It's going to be a long couple of days around here. Heck, make that weeks.

Summer vacation is over. 

-- Speaking of long summers, the Panthers and the rest of the NHL is expected to release the 2011-12 schedule around 2 p.m. today. Will have stuff on that when it comes out.