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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Opportunity Awaits Young Predators

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Now that we've had time to let the shock from the Martin Erat trade wear off, our focus turns to the opportunity which lies ahead for the remaining Nashville Predators. Who will take advantage of the new opening at the top of the winger depth chart? Ponder that question while reading your morning hockey notes...

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators ink Zach Budish, their 2009 second-round draft choice, to two-year contract - NHL.com
It will be interesting to see how Budish fares in Milwaukee.

Nick Spaling diary: Every game, every point is huge now | The Tennessean
Spals sounds like he'll need fantasy baseball help this summer.

Nashville Predators taking more shots, but not always winning | The Tennessean

Outshooting an opponent (particularly when the game is close) doesn't guarantee victory, but it does give you a better chance. Results over an 11-game span don't change that.

David Poile vs. Edmonton's Management Team - The Copper & Blue

Things could be a whole lot worse, folks.

Leksands IF General Manager Tommy Salo is Lobbying to Keep Filip Forsberg for One More Season

Will Filip Forsberg come over to North America for next season? That's open to question.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Trade Deadline Day Winner - Columbus Blue Jackets - The Cannon
They're pretty much giddy in Columbus, and with good reason.

Minnesota Wild trade for Jason Pominville - Hockey Wilderness
Minnesota landed perhaps the top center available on deadline day, as they make their run at the Northwest Division title.

Edmonton Oilers Acquire Trash Bag of Moldy Hamburgers Named "Jerred Smithson" - The Copper & Blue
They're not exactly crazy about picking up Jerred Smithson in Edmonton.

Roberto Luongo on why he wasn’t traded from Canucks: ‘My contract sucks’ | Puck Daddy
This may have been the most forthright and honest that I've seen a player in a press conference in a long time.

Phoenix Coyotes Trade Deadline Recap: Sellers...Kinda - Five For Howling
Apparently GM Don Maloney tried to dangle his Yandle, but found no takers.

Puck Daddy’s 2013 NHL Trade Deadline Report Card for all 30 teams | Puck Daddy
Here's a solid look at what all the teams did.

Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron suffered ‘moderate’ concussion, timetable for return unknown | Puck Daddy

Between this and Sidney Crosby's broken jaw, the two Eastern Conference heavyweights are hurting.

Xtra-Ice offers affordable hockey programs to Tampa Bay community - Raw Charge

We could use a couple of these around here...