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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Tuukka Rask Stays in Boston; 8 Years, $56 Million

This is a deal the Bruins had to make, locking up their franchise goalie, and one of the elite players in the league, for the next 8 years. But now they find themselves in a situation much like the Predators, with a lot of money invested in the top guy, and basically no backup. Still, Bruins fans should be happy (like we are) to have an outstanding goalie locked up for the next several years. And hey, I think Tim Thomas is still available...maybe he could be the backup? (Unfortunately, they don't hand out long-term deals at the Toast of Music City Reader's Choice Awards ...we have to go year-to-year. They "signed" us last year, but it's up to you if we get that next "contract". Head on over and vote...the last day for "roster decisions" is Sunday!)

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Alex Trautwig

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg bracing for full NHL season | The Tennessean

I'm "bracing" for this season, too.

Is Shea Weber Still a Possibility for Philadelphia Flyers?-The Hockey Writers

They're trying to make my head explode. Obviously.

Three Minutes With: Predators Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty - Section 303

If we're sticking with the number thing, shouldn't it be 303 minutes? It would require more interview prep, but still.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Why the media (and everyone else) should keep their shoes off the team logo in the dressing room | Backhand Shelf

Whenever "The Media" is for something, it makes me take a good, long look at the opposite opinion. Not sports-specific.

The All-Time 'Gave Up Too Soon' NHL Team - Grantland

Tyler Seguin is joining an elite group.

Blues Trade David Perron To Edmonton Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi And A Second Round Pick - St. Louis Game Time

"If you think 25 points in 48 games sounds like A LOT of points, yooouu might be a Predators fan"-Potential Jeff Foxworthy Predators joke.

Jagr's Agent Confirms Hurricanes "On The List" - Canes Country

It must be a really long list.

2012-13 Fight of the Year - hockeyfights.com

Big Ern is leading the pack.

Canucks, Senators to meet in Heritage Classic, as NHL finally announces sixth outdoor game | Puck Daddy

Prediction: In 5 years, every game will be played outdoors.

NHL to set specific guidelines for next year’s free-agent interview period | ProHockeyTalk

Teams and players will figure out a way to get around those, too.

8 Insane Sports Moments That Somehow Aren't Already Movies But Should Be-Buzzfeed

I think they missed one.