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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: It's A New Day In Smashville!

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So we have a new coach now...that's pretty exciting, right? I'd like to go on record with my endorsement of this pick. Going with an experienced coach with a championship resume shows that ownership and management are expecting to be a contender immediately. Hiring somebody's assistant or an AHL coach or whatever would've sent a very different message, so I'm encouraged by what's happening. Are there still some roster issues? Sure, but getting the coaching team assembled early will put the entire group in a better position to evaluate what needs to be done. And hey, if it doesn't work out in a year or two, we can always move on to the next guy. We've just come out of a long-term relationship...maybe we should just date for awhile and see what happens. (BTW, be sure to follow our new Twitter account @OnTheForecheck...Thanks!)

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Jamie Squire

Nashville Predators News

Predators' offense on alert with Peter Laviolette-The Tennessean

They're gonna try and score goals now, you guys. I endorse this strategy shift.

Quotes: Conference Call With Shea Weber & Matt Cullen On Peter Laviolette- Penalty Box Radio

Did we get an official "obviously" count? I didn't see one here...seems like a bit of a miss, journalistically.

Poile’s hiring of Laviolette capped a lengthy courtship | Rinkside Report

"Two people familiar with one another run into each other in the produce section of the grocery store, which evolves into stopping off for coffee, and it goes on from there."-Man, I would give ANYTHING for this to actually be the way this came together.

Commentary: With Laviolette, expect things — good and bad — to happen quickly | nashvillepost.com

That's OK.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

In the Habs Room: Subban earns accolades from coach, teammates-Montreal Gazette

Another goal and an assist last night.

2014 NHL Awards: Mike Babcock, Jon Cooper and Patrick Roy named Jack Adams Award finalists | SI.com

My vote goes to Jon Cooper, because

Is it time to finally start believing in the Pittsburgh Penguins? - The Globe and Mail

Yes.

30 Thoughts: Sharks in rough waters | CBC Sports

Including another update on Poile's nonexistent plan to trade Shea Weber.

Thomas Vanek: Gun For Hire - Sportsnet.ca

Would love to have him here, but since he lived in Minnesota for like 5% of his life, the Wild are probably at the top of the list.

‘We know of the interest’: NHL commissioner Bettman on stadium series event in Minnesota | ProHockeyTalk

Is there a city that's *NOT* interested?

Anaheim Ducks Playoffs: World Shocked to Learn Just How Awful Kings Fans Are - Battle of California

Most of us have known for quite some time.

How hockey fans announce they're having a baby (Photos) | Puck Daddy

FACT: People from Sacramento are the smartest, most creative people in the world.