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Saturday's Dump & Chase: Taking Nashville Hockey to the Next Level

This morning's hockey notes begin with a question - while we thrill to see the progress that amateur hockey has made in Middle Tennessee, what will it take to launch the next level of development? With only four sheets of ice in town, things are stuck at the moment...

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Can Tennessee contribute to USA Hockey teams in future years?
Can Tennessee contribute to USA Hockey teams in future years?
Shaun Botterill

Nashville Predators News

Hockey in Tennessee in the face of social and economic change - Grantland
Buckle in for a long (overly long, in my view) look at the growth of the hockey community in Nashville over the course of the last few decades.

How Sidney Crosby turned Pittsburgh into Hockeytown - The Globe and Mail
After reading about how the hockey community has grown here in Nashville, check out what Sidney Crosby has done in Pittsburgh. WOW.

The Hippodrome: If People Don't Want To Come Out To The Ball Park, Nobody's Gonna Stop 'Em | Pith in the Wind
In the final bit, J.R. cranks up the campaign again to stop playing Gary Glitter music at Preds games, a cause I wholly support.

Nashville Predators point out need for Sergei Kostitsyn to score more | The Tennessean
SK74 has been very disappointing this season. Perhaps keeping him on Smith's wing is a good thing - SK74 is better at trailing the play, Smith at leading it.

Smashville 24/7 - Time not right for Preds to make deadline splash
I'm with Ryan, this team isn't the type that you go "all in" for to make a playoff run.

Nashville Predators Mid-Season Silver Linings Playbook | Predlines
Jason accentuates the positive.

Hellberg Named AHL Goalie of the Month - Milwaukee Admirals
All hail Magnus Hellberg, Lord of February!

Ads start March, homestand with loss | Admirals Roundtable
This month didn't get off to a good start, though.

Beyond the Bradley Center: Hellberg’s Honors, a Standings/Divisions Rant | Admirals Roundtable
Jason wonders if the NHL and AHL will ever get on the same page.

Lastly, Peter Horachek joined 102.5 The Game yesterday afternoon to talk about what the Preds are doing to right the ship:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

This story is flat-out amazing, how Calgary's Jay Feaster almost committed an all-time blunder with the Ryan O`Reilly offer sheet:

It just goes to show how complicated this stuff is. It turns out that a wrinkle in the new CBA clarifies situations like Alexander Radulov's, allowing a guy to come back from Europe after the start of the season to his own team, but if it's for another franchise, he has to go through waivers.

Ryan O'Reilly says he is happy to return to Colorado Avalanche - Denver Post
You'd say all the right things too, if you just got a $2.5 million signing bonus.

Clueless and Pointless - The Spin
Damian Cox opens up on Jay Feaster with both barrels.

Calgary Flames' bone-headed pitch to sign RFA Ryan O'Reilly backfires spectacularly - Ottawa Sun
After having a good laugh at Feaster, there's a bunch of trade discussion to get you thinking.

Duhatschek: Trade action begins heating up around the NHL - The Globe and Mail
All eyes will be on Anaheim, much as they were with Nashville and the Predators' pending free agents last season.

The problem isn’t Alex Ovechkin, it’s Mike Milbury’s expectations | Backhand Shelf
Speaking of wordy... Cam, you had me when you said Milbury was "completely full of it."

GIF: Jeff Skinner's spectacular dive against Pittsburgh - Puck Drunk Love
This is about as bad as they get!

Sweaters Worth a Million Bucks - Blog -
The Canucks are sporting some pretty sweet threads these days.

Up Close with Ken Dryden: From Goalie to Academic | All Habs Hockey Magazine
Stanley Cup-winning goalie, author, politician, professor. Ken Dryden's had a remarkable career.

Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison shatters beer mugs with voice, honoring Cubs legend (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Can Dennis Morgan top this?

Wilson’s thoughts on Sharks’ lack of scoring, energy conservation at practice — and more | Working the Corners
The Sharks, much like the Predators, are trying to work their way out of a funk.