Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Craig Smith's Big Chance

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

I've long said the Nashville Predators need more offensive punch down the middle. Is Craig Smith the answer? At least it sounds like he's going to get a chance to prove himself there...

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators grooming Craig Smith at center | The Tennessean
I'm all in favor of leaving Craig Smith at center, even when Paul Gaustad returns to duty.

Nashville Predators find increased use for Rich Clune | The Tennessean
I'm not sold on Clune yet, but he does have courage.

Predators lead NHL with 10 overtimes in 20 games | The Tennessean
Are the Preds going to do what Florida did last season, ride a high number of overtime/shootout losses to success in the standings?

Road trip ends with 3-1 loss | Admirals Roundtable
It sounds like Magnus Hellberg didn't get much run support last night.

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Dallas Stars Acquire Erik Cole from Montreal Canadiens for Michael Ryder, 3rd Round Pick [UPDATED] - Defending Big D
Maybe it was a lefty-righty thing?

Simon Gagne traded back to Flyers (!) - Broad Street Hockey
The longtime Flyer returns to Philadelphia, in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Charlie Coyle Hit on Matt Stajan: Should He Be Suspended? - Hockey Wilderness
Stay tuned for righteous indignation from either Minnesota or Calgary depending on the NHL's ruling.

Selanne Still Turns Those Frowns Upside-Down |
A little Teemu love ahead of tonight's game.

NHL realignment proposal adds playoff wild cards, drops league to 4 divisions, source says - ESPN
10 Tons of Awesome!

An Educated Guess About Realingment And The Playoff Format |
A good discussion about the proposed playoff system here.

New NHL Draft Logo Emerges - Blog -
A tribute to New Jersey is the root of this summer's draft logo.

Many NHLers trying to shake off the Swiss effect - The Globe and Mail
No, this doesn't have to do with becoming enamored of Roman Josi's silky puckhandling.

Doug MacLean Shows His Hockey Expertise - The Copper & Blue
ROFL-tastic stuff from the former Columbus GM.

Rene Bourque isn't sick with the flu, he has a concussion - Eyes On The Prize
Distressing news out of Montreal.

Andy McDonald, Alex Steen Injury: Both Forwards Hurt In Practice Drill - St. Louis Game Time
Not a good day at all in St. Louis...

Ilya Bryzgalov turned Yoda to the Dark Side with new Flyers mask (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
Nerd Alert!

"That’s a dangerous play by Nail Yakupov" — Hawks’ broadcaster Ed Olczyk sounds off | Edmonton Journal
That danged Russian needs to take his hits like a man!

Refs’ Perspective: Authority and the Ref: How to Dodge a Hail of Cookies | Backhand Shelf
Referees have been taking a lot of heat lately, so it's probably a good time to hear from their side of the game.

Should the NHL adopt bigger nets? - Eyes On The Prize
I'd rather see them take a serious, significant swipe at reducing the size of goalie equipment.

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