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Sunday's Dump & Chase: What's Going On With Ryan Ellis?

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As you may have heard, negotiations between the Preds and Ryan Ellis continue to, um, not go well. The sticking point seems to be...SURPRISE!...dollars. While it's not this organization's style to go nuclear like Columbus has with Ryan Johansen, boy would I like to know what numbers are being discussed. Is it possible he's asking for something sort of insane? Sure. Is it possible he's asking for a reasonable number, but the Preds are squeezing him even further on that? Absolutely. I'd believe just about anything right now. Look, I like Ryan Ellis, and I'd be glad if he's back this year. But the reality is that he's probably on the 3rd pair, so this isn't the hill to die on as a fan. I just hope that however it goes, the result is entertaining. That's all I ask.

Frederick Breedon

Nashville Predators News

How do players feel about advanced statistics and hockey analytics? - The Predatorial

It turns out, kinda lukewarm...although they seem to intuitively get the basics.

Laviolette looking to build upon relationships with his new players | Rinkside Report

Only a couple more weeks to become BFF's forever.

Nashville Predators need healthy Pekka Rinne, more goals for success this season -NHL.com

Duh.

Covering Preds is dream beat for hockey writer Eric Stromgren-The Tennessean

Here's a story about the guy who writes the stories about the team you like.

The Search for Leadership in Milwaukee - Predlines

Lots of new guys this year.

Predators To Hold Intrasquad Scrimmage - Nashville Predators

Today, 12p. Be there or be square, as the kids say.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

2014 NHL Network preseason broadcast schedule - Awful Announcing

The Preds play ____ times.

NHL 2014-15: Final Standings Predictions - Sportsnet.ca

The Preds finish ____ on the list.

What’s the chance Johansen gets traded? | Post-to-Post

BOLD PREDICTION: He's still unsigned on opening night.

Report: Blue Jackets RFA Johansen to receive KHL offer-TSN

Or he's playing in Russia.

Will the NHL’s rule changes increase scoring? | Puck Drunk Love

Unlikely.

Stan Bowman doesn't sound worried about salary cap issue - Second City Hockey

Good. Spend away, buddy.

Oilers’ pact isn’t too slick | New York Post

Some RFA talk with strong words for the folks running the Oilers.

Report: NHL officials to participate in preseason without new CBA | ProHockeyTalk

Good. I don't know what we would do without them.

Sharks hint Burns could end up as forward again | CSN Bay Area

Oh, good grief.

The Top 10 NHL Trade Rumors as the 2014-15 Season Approaches-Bleacher Report

Will it be a slideshow? Click the link to find out.

Ultimate Team Rankings - ESPN

Ranking every team in the four major sports in categories like affordability, fan relations, and stadium experience. The Preds came in at #40 overall (14th in the NHL). For the sake of being inclusive, the Memphis Grizzlies were 4th overall (2nd in the NBA) and the Titans were 104th overall (25th in the NFL).