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Friday's Dump & Chase: Where Have All the Villains Gone?

If professional sports is fundamentally an entertainment business, then why is it that so few players are willing to contribute to the drama? Our hockey notes begin with a meditation on former Nashville Predator Ryan Suter, and how we all missed out on a bit of fun.

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Hannah Foslien

Nashville Predators News

Man up, Ryan Suter, and be the bad guy your jilted Predators fans deserve - Nashville Scene
J.R. would have preferred a little more theater from Tuesday's game at Minnesota.

Images show street-activated Bridgestone Arena |
Yesterday's Sports Authority meeting featured visuals of what the redesigned south entrance (5th & Demonbreun) might look like.

The Weekly Edition of Lighting The Lamp: The Birth Of The Predators - St. Louis Game Time
Here's a view from the St. Louis side of how the Preds began.

A Warren Zevon Hockey Song For Rich Clune - Predlines
Will Clune's tune take an upbeat swing? I have my doubts.

Barry Trotz Hates Turnovers, With Good Reason - Predlines
Turnovers & giveaways are recorded so differently in various NHL arenas as to be completely meaningless as stats. I would bet that teams are keeping their own tallies, though.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Dallas Stars Sign Jamie Benn to Five-Year Contract Worth $5.25 Million Per Season - Defending Big D
As Eric Duhatschek observed on Twitter, this is basically the same type of contract that 29-year-old Joffrey Lupul got in Toronto. Stars fans should be pumped.

Nail Yakupov's Clutch Goal Celebration - The Copper & Blue
#1 overall draft pick Nail Yakupov scored with just 5 seconds left to get Edmonton to overtime, where they beat the L.A. Kings. Incoming criticism of his celebration from the hockey media arriving in 3... 2... 1...

Chicago Blackhawks Dominant in 3-2 Overtime Win Over Dallas Stars - Defending Big D
The Blackhawks look like the class of the league so far.

Game 4 Recap: Buried Beneath The Ice - The Cannon
The Blue Jackets took a 4-0 beating on the road at Colorado.

Recap: Canucks 3, Flames 2 (SO) - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Vancouver earns its first win of the season.

Marleau and Thornton are still awesome, lead Sharks to 3-0 start - Fear The Fin
No, this isn't a recycled post from 4 years ago.

Flyers vs. Rangers recap: VICTORY IS SWEET - Broad Street Hockey
Both Atlantic Division rivals are 1-3-0 after this one.

Extended Game Recap: Montreal Canadiens win 4-1 again, this time against the Washington Capitals - Eyes On The Prize
The Canadiens kept Washington winless.

Game 3 Recap: Hurricanes 6, Sabres 3 - Canes Country
A hat trick for Eric Staal and a pair of goals for Jeff Skinner? Things may be heating up in Carolina.

Islanders 7, Maple Leafs 4: Isles keep focus, come back from 2 goal deficit - Lighthouse Hockey
Touchdown, Islanders!

Recap: Florida Panthers Continue to Struggle; Fall to Ottawa Senators 3-1 - Litter Box Cats
Don't blame Jose Threeorfour for this one, writes Ryan.

The economics of sports insurance: Claim game | The Economist
The Best Magazine In The World provides a basic primer on how various pro leagues protect themselves financially in the event of player injury.

Hearsay: No hard feelings, says Wild's Leipold -
It reads like he said this while lighting a cigar with a $100 bill.

"That's a hockey player" | All Things Avalanche — The Denver Post
Yup, he sure looks like one.

College Hockey Inc. Releases New Stat Tool - Western College Hockey Blog
Nice fodder for collegiate stats students, right?

Scott Hartnell out four-to-eight weeks - Broad Street Hockey
A broken foot has the former Predator on the shelf.

How Tomas Vokoun Makes this a Critical Season for Marc-Andre Fleury - PensBurgh
You might have forgotten about this move from last summer, in which the Penguins added Tomas Vokoun as MAF's backup.

Buffalo Sabres set incredible merchandise record one week into 2013 - Puck Drunk Love
Sabres gear is in high demand...

Puke on ice: Rapid City Rush’s beer-chugging promotion leads to bile from fans | Puck Daddy
Yeah, I don't think we'll see this during intermission at Bridgestone Arena.

Puck Daddy chats with Bates Battaglia about ‘The Amazing Race’ and being the dumb hockey playing brothers team | Puck Daddy
For you Amazing Race fans, there's now a hockey angle to look forward to.

Shannon on NHL: Olympic issues at hand -
Oh goodie, new stuff for various parties to argue about.

Rangers News: Rangers Trade Chad Kolarik to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Benn Ferriero - Blueshirt Banter

New York Rangers Schedule Infographic | The Hockey Writers
Here's a very clever spin on the information contained in my NHL Super Schedule. Now Josh needs to get to work on the other 29 teams around the league...