Friday's Dump & Chase: Can the Preds Bounce Back Next Season?

Frederick Breedon

The Nashville Predators face a significant challenge this summer, coping with their biggest disappointment since the Great Fire Sale of 2007. How the franchise responds to that challenge is the hot topic of the day in Smashville...

Nashville Predators News

Even if they lose, as the monstrous NHL year lumbers to a close, the Predators may come out winners - Nashville Scene
J.R. likes his hockey columns sunny side up.

Boclair: For Predators, trade deadline is the end of the innocence | Nashville City Paper
In an appropriate counterpoint to J.R.'s article, David Boclair points out the PR problem the Preds may have among NHL players. For those of you who think the Predators may bring in a major veteran free agent over the summer, recall that Erat asked for a trade after discussing the team's plans with David Poile, and hearing that a youth movement was underway.

Smashville 24/7 - Reaction to Erat trade
I did not feel better about Shea Weber as captain after reading this article. Leadership is more than just denying the existence of obstacles.

Smashville 24/7 - Rinne speechless after loss to Columbus
I don't go down to the post-game locker room very often, but last night it seemed particularly subdued in there.

Mr. Latta goes to Washington | HOCKEY GAL MILWAUKEE
Stephanie pens a farewell to Michael Latta, who made a major impact in Milwaukee this season.

Marian Gaborik Finds Instant Success With Columbus |
Columbus fans couldn't be happier with how Gaborik looked last night, he challenged several Nashville defenders and showed tremendous skill, but his goal was the result of pure effort to outwork Paul Gaustad in front of the net.

Nashville wants the JVM star directly |
Filip Forsberg and his agent will decide over the weekend whether he comes over to North America right away.

Also, Pierre LeBrun joined 102.5 The Game last night for a good session discussing the fallout from the Martin Erat trade:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Why possession matters: A visual guide to Fenwick - Eyes On The Prize
An incredibly creative and elegant way to demonstrate the importance of puck possession.

Sidney Crosby not suffering from concussion-like symptoms, contrary to report | Puck Daddy
Haven't we been down this road before?

Pat Quinn named new chairman of Hockey Hall of Fame - The Globe and Mail
Quinn seems a natural choice.

Penguins’ Tanner Glass pays for fans to switch jersey numbers - Puck Drunk Love
As if you needed a reminder that hockey players are the bestest.

NHL trade deadline: Our Rumor Rater evaluates the accuracy of online reports |
How useless are figures like Eklund and HockeeeyyyyInsiddderrrr? Incredibly so.

And lastly... this is not an example to follow, young hockey players:

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