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Thursday Dump & Chase: David Poile For Team USA GM?

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Nashville Predators News

First off, TSN's Bob McKenzie writes that Nashville's own David Poile may have the inside track for the Team USA general manager's position for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia:

Until the NHL signs off on their participation in the Games, however, nothing will be announced. Poile has had a long involvement with USA Hockey's teams at the Olympics and World Championships, but this would be his first opportunity to be GM of the Olympic squad.

Nashville Predators' Roman Josi feasts on bigger role | The Tennessean
No Bacon-On-A-Stick for this guy, apparently a change in diet is getting credit for his strong season.

Nashville Predators' Martin Erat can't shake his slump | The Tennessean
At least he's shooting the puck somewhat.

Odds And Ends | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan gives a cheer for Chris Mueller's first NHL goal, which came Tuesday night at Columbus (can't believe I forgot to note that in the recap, that's two minutes in the box for me).

Also, here's last night's 102.5 Player Show, in four parts:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The Answerman fans flames of Iginla’s future - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek ponders the Jarome Iginla question from all sides.

Blues by the Numbers: Even Strength Shot Results - St. Louis Game Time
Who cares about the analysis, the visualization tool used here is beautiful.

Zeitgeist: NHL General Managers Meeting Includes Epic Magic: The Gathering Tournament - Lighthouse Hockey
Now this is something I'd love to see...

Five NHL rule changes GMs should recommend at their fancy meeting | Puck Daddy
No, Yes, Yes, No, and Yes.

GMs make progress at shortened meetings - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
It sounds like momentum is building towards a grandfathered visor requirement.

Francis Bouillon extended for one year by the Montreal Canadiens - Eyes On The Prize
Cube's strong relationship with head coach Michel Therrien pays off in spades.

Philadelphia Flyers Sign College Free Agent Kyle Flanagan | The Hockey Guys
With college hockey season coming to a close, undrafted players are starting to sign with NHL teams.

AHLer Andre Deveaux stepped on the face by teammate -
Scary, scary stuff.

Gwinnett Daily Post | Cops: Visiting pro hockey player groped waitress
Beware the Zoltan... Zoltan Hetenyi, that is, former Nashville Predators prospect.

Hockey's troubling relationship with women - The Hockey News
Ryan Kennedy points out a disturbing aspect of hockey culture, in light of the high-profile case involving high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio.