Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Four More Years!

Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Hey, did you know that Paul Gaustad is the only Nashville Predator who is under contract for precisely four more seasons?

No, this has nothing to do with this morning's hockey notes (which lead off with some Pekka Rinne news), but I thought I'd offer that up...

Nashville Predators News

More than seven years - Finland's brightest NHL star at last in front of the home crowd | Yle Sports |
This tells the tale of Pekka Rinne finally suiting up for Finland, as the Karjala Cup gets rolling this week. As usual, Google Translate makes it a fun ride: "Season was 2004-2005, and the team Weasel."

Morning Skate With President/COO Sean Henry - Nashville Predators
One half of the Dynamic Duo talks about the approach which has led to so much progress on the business front for the Preds.

Beyond the Bradley Center: Admirals Look to Overcome Slow Start, Score More | Admirals Roundtable
Jason muses over how Milwaukee can break out the goal scoring.

Also, here's Jim Diamond, as he joined the Thom Abraham Show the other day to talk puck:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL CBA Negotiations Continue Wednesday After Marathon 7-Hour Session - Defending Big D
Wow, they met for a long time, didn't put on a show for the media, and are back at it today. If only they had taken negotiations this seriously two months ago...

Down Goes Brown: Checking in on the NHL stars playing in Europe
Zing! "Patrick Kane - Chose to accept an offer from EHC Biel in Switzerland due to the city's educational opportunities, we're assuming, since he spent the entire contract negotiation asking questions about the quality of local sororities."

Ranking hockey’s greatest photos: Wayne Gretzky’s 802nd over Bobby Orr’s leap? | Puck Daddy
Seriously, WTF Sports Illustrated? You should know better.

Hogging the Puck: Who's Doing It, and Who Should Be Doing It |
An interesting approach to identifying player tendencies, but I'm not sure if it tells us something we don't already know, about who shoots a lot (Hornqvist) and who doesn't (SK74).

As NBA succeeds, NHL struggles " National Sports Journalism Center
Regardless of how quickly the NHL gets back on the ice, it has a lot of work to do gaining the attention of sports media.

30 Thoughts: Silence is golden for NHL, players | Hockey | CBC Sports
As always, here's your weekly dose of hockey wisdom from Elliotte Friedman's assorted contacts.

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