Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Go Easy on the Bandwagon Fans

Come one, come all. - Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Today's hockey notes begin by touching on a pet peeve of mine - the self-defeating habit of some hockey fans to look down their nose at others who are just getting into the sport, drawn in by their local team's recent success.

Nashville Predators News

An Open Letter to Predators Fans - Predneck Nation
I'm a BIG believer in Point #2 here. Complaining about "bandwagon" fans is misguided in general, but considering how we in Nashville have crowed about the growth of the fan base here in recent years, it's starkly hypocritical.

Injuries up front scuttle Predators' best chance for continuity | Nashville City Paper
I hope injuries aren't used as the excuse for this team's performance. Before Colin Wilson and others left the lineup in early March, the Preds were in 11th place in the West already.

Nashville Predators' former top picks have mixed futures | The Tennessean
The lesson here? Don't pick a goalie in the first round!

Centennial hockey player drafted | The Tennessean
Cheers to local product Aaron O'Neill, who was picked by the Plymouth Whalers (David Legwand's old team) in the OHL Draft.

The Secret Life Of Shea Weber, Strip Nine | Predlines
Another wee dose of weirdness to start your day...

Power Play to Lower Pro Athlete Tax Bills in Tennessee - Nashville Public Radio
Work is afoot to get rid of the privilege tax, which hits NHL & NBA players for up to $7500 per year.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Alex Ovechkin Finds His Even-Strength - Japers' Rink
A little late to save one of my fantasy hockey teams, but hey, Ovie's back.

Holy crap, Erik Karlsson skated today | Backhand Shelf
Less than two months after suffering a cut to his Achilles tendon, last year's Norris Trophy winner is on the ice.

J.S. Giguere rips Avalanche teammates ‘more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season’ | Puck Daddy
Giggy's not shy about speaking up.

With Nassau Coliseum in disarray, the Islanders are looking to bolt early | Backhand Shelf
Word has it that the Islanders would like to have the move completed 5 years ago.

Steve Mason signs one-year, $1.5 million contract extension with Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
This is rather hilarious, but hey, it's Philadelphia. They are experts at making boneheaded decisions about their goaltending.

Death, Taxes and Steve Mason Getting Paid | mc79hockey.com
Seriously, Steve Mason sucks.

Eric Wellwood injury: Flyers prospect cut by skate, undergoes surgery (graphic photo) - Broad Street Hockey
Even the picture of Wellwood's skate is not for the faint of heart.

Rangers vs. Maple Leafs: Anton Stralman's dive of the year candidate - SBNation.com
Booooooo...

Why goalies should almost never start back-to-back games - Broad Street Hockey
A good argument here for the backup to get a bit more work.

And lastly, as found at Kukla's Korner, check out this length-of-the-ice own goal executed by the Phoenix Coyotes last night:

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