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Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Westward Expansion

Our beloved hockey team is headed west to begin a road swing. Somehow, the Preds are going all the way to the Pacific Ocean and manage to avoid the Kings, Ducks, and Canucks. That's plenty cool. But the big(ish) news is that Gary and the boys are allowing the folks in Vegas to test the market. I'm sure this will end well for all involved. And go vote for the Preds in the all star ballot. Thanks.

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Nashville Predators News

Beneath the Ice: The Swedes (Filip Forsberg) - Episode 1 (12/7/14) Video - NHL VideoCenter | Nashville Predators

I'm not sure who you people are, but if you're following this here blog... these are required viewing.

Are Preds Leaning Too Heavily on Rinne? | Predneck Nation

There's an argument to be made. I imagine we'll see Carter Hutton this week. Rejoice!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Klein scores in overtime, Rangers defeat Penguins | NHL.com

Um. I hope you enjoyed his mugshot. Seriously, go click on the article and read it, and check it out. It might look different next time.

The Oilers have been bad at drafting, too | SBNation.com

Heh.

The Caps Are Considering Letting Andre Burakovsky Leave Team For World Junior Championship | RMNB

Ya know, if the Caps need to get more #GRIT, David Poile could complete the hat trick and acquire that elusive third Swede in three consecutive deadlines. It's a win-win.

NHL gives Las Vegas green light to gauge interest in expansion team | TSN

And just like that, we never saw Jason Zito ever again.

Phil Kessel in an adorable Christmas elf sweater is holiday joy (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

I can't decide if Phil Kessel is just really self-aware and loves to troll all of Canada, or if he's just numb to the world.

Sharks' year of transition showing signs of promise | CSN Bay Area

I don't know about "year of transition", but I keep waiting to see some real fire from San Jose. If we don't see it on the ice, I'm worried we'll see it in the front office.

Avs' Semyon Varlamov injures groin again; Calvin Pickard recalled | The Denver Post

Hey Calvin, how's your brother?

Video: Backes takes slap shot to the face, returns in second period | ProHockeyTalk

David Backes will be the guy who kicks out of his own casket and stumbles around at his own funeral, not concerned that he's already dead.

Senators GM Murray: Sloppy breakouts, poor communication resulted in MacLean's dismissal | theScore

You have to hand it to the Sens; unlike the Sabres, they're at least trying to show people they care about this season's results. Bold move.

Buccaneers Will Stop Using Unpaid Homeless People To Sell Beer | Deadspin.com

This isn't from the Onion.

And Finally....

Jagr. So Smooth. Jagr.