Sunday's Dump & Chase: Can The Predators Be Fixed?

Thearon W. Henderson

After seeing the Preds' offensive attack flounder once again last night in San Jose, the question surrounding this team is obvious: can GM David Poile make a move to get things moving in the right direction? Our hockey notes begin with that quandry this morning, before moving on to a veritable film festival...

Nashville Predators News

Enough is enough. The Nashville Predators need a roster shake up… | Section 303
The trouble is, how much tinkering can you really do in the middle of a season? The Blue Jackets don't have another 1st-line forward they're willing to trade.

Smitty leads Ads to much needed win in Rockford | Admirals Roundtable
Jeremy Smith got the win for Milwaukee last night.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

First off, check out this remarkable story of a hockey player battling cancer, courtesy of CNN:

Columbus Mayor Coleman To NHL: Ready When You Are | BlueJackets Xtra
Poor, poor Columbus. Already screwed out of the 2013 All-Star Game, 2014 is likely out of the question due to the Olympics, and now it sounds like 2015 might already be awarded somewhere else?

NHL Trade Rumors 2013: Are Dallas Stars Prepared To Trade Brenden Morrow? - Defending Big D
There's not much tread left on these tires, though.

Yakupov: 'You want to out there and win games just because of Krueger' | OilersNation
2012 1st overall draft pick Nail Yakupov lead Edmonton into Nashville on Friday. Check out the drills he prefers to perform during warmups...

And look who's back in another ESPN commercial, it's New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist:

The Ryan O'Reilly Deal: So What Happens Now? - Mile High Hockey
Expect a great deal of speculation about whether the Preds and Avs might make good trade partners, now that Colorado has to deal with O'Reilly's elevated salary level.

Need some wide-ranging conversation? Last night's Hotstove segment on Hockey Night in Canada talks Ryan O'Reilly, realignment, concussions & more:

Players May Again Reject N.H.L. Realignment Plan - NYTimes.com
Booooooo...

N.H.L.’s Request for Video Rights Creates Quandary for Olympics - NYTimes.com
The negotiation going on here will be watched around the sports world, as it could have broad-reaching implications.

Larry Brooks’ Slap Shots: NHL should shorten schedule from 82 to 70 games - NYPOST.com
This report says the NHL expects to rake in $2.4 billion in this shortened season, a remarkable figure in light of the lost games & no Winter Classic.

Brian Burke, ex-Maple Leafs GM, speaks out at Sloan Conference on how firing Ron Wilson affected friendship: Feschuk | Toronto Star
I enjoy Brian Burke, but his anti-analytics rantings are a bit of a joke. Boston, Chicago & Vancouver are just three teams successfully employing #fancystats.

Michel Therrien’s Montreal renaissance: A long way from Penguins’ scapegoat | Puck Daddy
The former Pittsburgh coach is on top of the world, as a francophone coach leading the Canadiens to the top of the standings.

And lastly, as shared at Kukla's Korner, check out this piece on the original Winter Classic. Super, super cool story:


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