Friday's Dump & Chase: Predators Hit the Thrift Shop

Fresh from the NHL's thrift shop, we have two forwards off the waiver wire and a defenseman (Vic Bartley) promoted from the AHL, all set to make their Nashville Predators debut tonight. Will these bargain bin beauties help the Preds turn things around?

Nashville Predators News

Betting on the Turn: Will Nashville’s Waiver Wire Additions be a Risk or a Reward? | The Predatorial
There's basically no risk in these latest moves, but it will be interesting to see how Bobby Butler & Zach Boychuk fare tonight.

Smashville 24/7 - Clune finds ways to be effective without fighting
Rich Clune (another waiver wire acquisition) is trying his best to stay in the NHL, and his work ethic shows that.

Smashville 24/7 - Klein envious of Friday’s fan promotion
It looks like I picked a good night to bring my daughter to the game!

Smashville 24/7 - Midseason report card: Forwards
Some of these Preds are gonna get a paddling, if they bring home Robby's report cards. My review of the wingers is scheduled for later today.

Predators' playoff chances improve under NHL's proposed realignment | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair highlights a bright side of the realignment plan.

In honor of the new direction the Predators have taken this week, I think we have a theme song on our hands. "Poile's gonna pop some tags..."


Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Ronny Keller paralyzed after hit into boards in Swiss playoff game (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Terrible news out of Switzerland, providing an example of what could happen just as easily in the NHL.

Thin Air: Whatevs | Jerseys and Hockey Love
James puts himself in the shoes of the guy making a hit like that one in Switzerland... yikes.

NHL teams ready to embrace advanced statistics | Hockey | CBC Sports
Whether you like fancy stats or not, they are making more of an impact on the NHL with each passing year. Given the amount of money these teams spend on player personnel, a relatively small investment in analytics can pay HUGE dividends.

The Anaheim Ducks should trade Corey Perry and/or Ryan Getzlaf | Backhand Shelf
Ah, recall these kinds of debates we had last season?

Hitting, Shot Differentials and Variance | NHLNumbers.com
What with the Northwest Division teams arming up with sluggers?

WCHA includes Alabama-Huntsville in 2013-2014 conference schedule - Western College Hockey Blog
Next season marks the beginning of a new era for Alabama-Huntsville hockey.

What’s behind St. Louis Blues’ humbling slump? | Puck Daddy
Injuries, in part.

NHL: Midseason picks for awards - ESPN
The Preds may be without representation at this year's NHL Awards the way things are going.

Stanley Cup of women’s hockey finds a home at Hockey Hall of Fame - The Globe and Mail
I don't even want to hear what's happened to the Clarkson Cup over the years...

At what point does someone lose all credibility? | Backhand Shelf
How much stock should we put in media figures whose primary purpose is merely to provoke reaction?

Loser Points: NHL Needs to Focus on Winning | The Hockey Writers
Here's a topic I never tire of. The NHL's point system is an abomination.

Checking in on Your (Old) Favorite NHL Player - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Life hasn't exactly been a bowl of Skittles for Anders Lindback with Tampa Bay.

So, Edmonton Oilers fans, do you miss Shawn Horcoff yet? | Edmonton Journal
Bruce McCurdy recounts the ways in which the Oilers miss their captain.

The Final Buzzer Sounds For Stompin' Tom Connors | The Hockey Writers
A fine look back at the life & career of the man behind "The Hockey Song".

Dividing the NHL’s star forwards by style: Lurkers, Bombers, Long-Bodies and more | Backhand Shelf
How would you categorize the leading Preds?

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Joel Quenneville is Superstitious When it Comes to Discussing the Blackhawks’ Streak
I'd be surprised if they're not sacrificing a chicken before every game at this point.

Meet SND’s 2012 World’s Best news sites and apps: SB Nation, Lenta.ru and the Guardian and Observer iPad app – The Society for News Design – SND
A tremendous honor here for the SB Nation design crew, which does incredible work.

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