Wednesday's Dump & Chase:Are You Ready For More Outdoor Games?

Christopher Pasatieri

So it looks like the NHL is set to have not one, not two, but SIX outdoor games next season. I like the Winter Classic, so I guess I'd like to see some expansion, but six seems like a lot. The biggest problem I can see with this plan though is the proposed game at Dodger Stadium. You know, because of the sun. The average high in Los Angeles in January is in the upper 60's, which could prove troublesome for a game played on frozen water. Making these games more inclusive of west coast teams is important, and the plan to have one of the games in Vancouver is a good one. But Los Angeles just isn't a realistic option. If you absolutely have to have it in California, moving the game north to San Francisco gets you a 10 degree temperature drop. Or hey, how about Denver? A neutral site like Seattle, or even Kansas City might work too. But if they insist on having the game in L.A., I have a great tag line...Kings vs. Ducks: When Hell Freezes Over. I don't like Los Angeles.

Nashville Predators News

The Abridged History Of The Nashville Predators As Told Through The Martin Erat For Filip Forsberg Trade | Backhand Shelf |theScore.com

If you haven't read this, do it today or lose my number. Forever.

Smashville 24/7 - Beck Making Most of Audition

It's not an audition anymore. He's on this team next year, with significant minutes. Stone Cold Lock.

Preds' Forsberg, 18, makes strong impression-foxsportstennessee.com

Ditto.

Lack Of Rest Has Nashville Predators Limping To End Of 2013 Season | Predlines

It definitely hasn't helped. Going 10-9-4 at home isn't great either.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

McKenzie: Coaches Poll predicts who'll win major NHL awards-TSN

If Ryan Suter wins the Norris, how are we going to feel about that?

The Quebec Coyotes? A Potential Move From The Desert : The Hockey Writers

It feels like if anyone thought this was happening in the near future, it would've happened before realignment.

30 Thoughts: Craig MacTavish poised to shake up Oilers | Hockey | CBC Sports

A move from Phoenix to Las Vegas on the other hand? Much easier, but would the NHL, or any pro sport ever expand to Las Vegas? I could be wrong, but there seems to be less gambling associated with hockey compared to other sports. So maybe. Just probably not this time.

NHL is Ending Its Most Historic Rivalry With the Realignment Plan-Yardbarker.com

To paraphrase Shea Weber, it's not like they died or anything. You're still gonna see them.

Rangers vs. Flyers: Brayden Schenn slashed in the groin by Carl Hagelin - SBNation.com

If we could refrain from combining "slashed" and "groin" ever, ever again, that would be awesome.

Sad announcing: Avalanche announcer Mike Haynes is a master no-seller | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

What an interesting style. Also there's a Preds game winner in there, if you're curious what one of those looks like.

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