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Wednesday Dump & Chase: NHL Prepares for Trading Season

NHL Trade Deadline 2013 is just two weeks away (April 3rd), and with GM's meeting in Toronto this week, speculation is rising about which teams will gear up for a playoff run. Our around-the-league hockey notes begin with a survey of the scene at those meetings...

Will Jarome Iginla play the role of hired gun this spring?
Will Jarome Iginla play the role of hired gun this spring?
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Nashville Predators News

The Predcast, Episode 1: Road Trips, Coaching, Kostitsyn, and more | The Predatorial
Kris & the gang take their podcast in a new direction.

Kelowna Rockets’ record of winning without Colton Sissons will face playoff scrutiny - Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey Blog
The Predators' draftee is pretty much out for the year, leaving his junior team in the lurch as the playoffs approach.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Rumblings: GM meetings firing up rumors - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun tosses some coal in the hot stove...

Trade Deadline - Should the Montreal Canadiens acquire Marcel Goc? - Eyes On The Prize
Sacre bleu!

On Jake Gardiner, and old-school coaches adapting to today’s young stars | Backhand Shelf
Are traditional coach/player relationships due for a change? Here's a discussion that many will find applicable to Nashville as well.

Introducing the Jeff Carter clause, which prevents extended players from being traded to Columbus | Puck Daddy
Now here's an interesting new feature of the CBA... no-trade clauses that can kick in immediately. Under the old agreement, a no-trade clause couldn't activate until a player had reached the age or experience level required for unrestricted free agency (age 27 or 7 years).

New York Hockey Journal: From NYHJ: Jessiman delivers for B-Sens
One-time Nashville Predator (or more properly, Milwaukee Admirals) Hugh Jessiman has traveled a winding road since being drafted in the 1st round back in 2003, and even though his NHL career didn't pan out, he speaks fondly of his time with the Preds organization.

Bigger nets, smaller pads? GMs will discuss - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
No and yes, please.

Watch Ronald McDonald deliver pre-game ‘Miracle’ speech to CHL’s Allen Americans [VIDEO] | Puck Daddy
Get a load of this clown...

A sure sign spring is on the way? NHL zebras swallowing their whistles | Edmonton Journal
Are power plays around the league on the decline?

NBC Sports Network Remains On Pace For Best NHL Regular-Season Viewership Yet - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global
So far, so good...

Teemu Selanne is a magical milk hockey fairy, haunting young boy in new ad (Video) | Puck Daddy
Teemu Frickin' Selanne...

Down Goes Brown: What's gone wrong with the Toronto Maple Leafs?
This is about the 45th annual edition of this series, right?