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Tuesday Dump & Chase: Stalking the Playoff Pack

Three straight victories in regulation have the Nashville Predators back in the thick of the race for the Western Conference playoffs. Do recent developments change how the Preds should approach the Trade Deadline?

Frederick Breedon

Nashville Predators News

Playoff path opening for Preds? - Predators Insider
Do the recent trades by San Jose & Dallas mean that the Preds' competitors for the final playoff spot are discounting their chances?

Getting Erat going vital to Predators' playoff hopes -
Breaking news.

The Predcast, Episode 2: Columbus, New and Old Players, Trades, and Playoffs | The Predatorial
Trust me folks, five years from now we won't miss Columbus as a division rival (except maybe as a doormat).

MacKinnon: Edmonton Oilers, all 29 other NHL teams, chasing blue-liner Danny DeKeyser - The Province
Could Nashville possibly land the college free agent defenseman?

Shaken AND Stirred | a Miniseries | Part 4 | Predators AJenda
Hi ho, hi ho... it's off to work we go...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Sharks trade Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh for two second round picks - Fear The Fin
They're pretty much giddy in San Jose over this deal, considering the return.

Cooper promotion draws scrutiny away from Yzerman... for now - Raw Charge
Tampa Bay's hiring of Jon Cooper has bought GM Steve Yzerman some time, but he's hardly off the hook, writes Clark.

30 Thoughts: No gasoline poured on Flames' trade rumours | Hockey | CBC Sports
Elliotte Friedman provides his insight on the Jarome Iginla saga.

Carolina Hurricanes Extend Alexander Semin for Five years - Canes Country
Fan sentiment in Carolina seems strongly positive over the Canes' decision to give Semin a 5-year, $35 million contract.

Rumblings: Hold on, Pens aren't done dealing - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
It sounds like we could have a pretty busy Trade Deadline 2013 after all.

Jumpin' On Jarome: Discussing Why the Hawks Should Get Iginla - Second City Hockey
Yeah, like the Blackhawks need more talent up front.

NHL Trade Deadline: Dallas Stars Working On Jaromir Jagr Contract Extension Offer - Defending Big D
Might the Stars hold on to the aging scorer rather than deal him away as a rental?

Down Goes Brown: Ways NHL front offices are using advanced technology
Calgary Flames - Are still in excellent shape to contend for the playoffs yet again according to the high-end software they've relied on for all front office decisions over the past few years, a used PlayStation 2 copy of NHL 2005.

Lake Superior's Buddy Robinson Signs Free Agent Deal with Ottawa Senators - Western College Hockey Blog
'tis the season, to sign college free agents...

Minnesota-Duluth's Chris Casto Signs Free Agent Deal with Boston Bruins - Western College Hockey Blog
Another defenseman signs with Boston. College hockey is a good training ground for blueliners, given the practice-heavy schedule.

Alex Ovechkin ‘king of the world’ after being ‘almost in the toilet’ - Washington Post
Some rather, um, unusual quotes from Alex Ovechkin, who has found his scoring touch of late.

Mike Yeo is the right coach for the Wild - Hockey Wilderness
Remember all the speculation that he might be one of the first coaching casualties of the season?

Hey Look, Some Hockey Parents Decided To Beat The $%!& Out Of Each Other - Deadspin
Freaking ridiculous.

And lastly, as found at Puck Daddy... this is AMAZING. Highlights of Sunday's Penguins/Flyers game, cast in the mode of NHL '94: