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Friday's Dump & Chase: Buffalo the Tank Engine

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Buffalo Sabres fans have embraced the tank. Now it's become somewhat of an embarrassment for the NHL. Should there be changes to the draft lottery system? Should Terry Pegula invest in reanimation technology to bring George Carlin back to coach the Sabres?

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Nashville Predators News

Kevin Fiala Reassigned To Milwaukee | Admirals Roundtable
The Predators announced on Thursday.

Predators points record within reach-The Tennessean

Barely, but yeah.

If the Predators want to keep shocking the world, they'd better have some more tricks up their sleeves | Nashville Scene
Maybe Jimmy Vesey?

Was the Caps trade of Flip Forsberg the worst trade in D.C. sports history? | The Washington Post
There have been some bad trades in D.C. sports history. One observer argues that the Forsberg swap may have been the worst.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Mike Weber expresses frustration after Sabres fans cheer loss to Coyotes (Video) | Puck Daddy
"I’ve always spoken extremely high of our fans. I don’t even know if disappointed is the word."

The ethics of tanking as Sabres prepare to face Coyotes | The Buffalo News
With quotes from Mark Cuban.

Coyotes all but end tanking debate in Buffalo | FOX Sports
With an overtime win in Buffalo on Thursday, it is clear the Coyotes weren't interested in catching the Sabres for 30th place in the NHL standings.

Blackhawks sign college standouts Kyle Baun, Michael Paliotta | Chicago Sun Times
Chicago signs two impressive NCAA players.

Cody Eakin: Plug-and-Player Blossoming in Many Roles for Dallas Stars | Defending Big D
He's a first-line winger, a third-line center, a penalty-killer, and a part of the power play. Cody Eakin is the Stars' Swiss-Army Knife... except Canadian... and Ginger... and Stars fans should be thrilled to have him around.

Winnipeg Jets sign Andrew Copp | Arctic Ice Hockey
Is this the end of Jim Slater as a Jet?

Kevin Shattenkirk, Carl Gunnarsson To Return Saturday Night | St. Louis Game Time
The Blues will have two of their top defensemen back for the stretch run.

Avs Dominate Early and Hold on Late. Beat Canucks 4-1 | Mile High Hockey
Gabe Landeskog and a big 2nd period performance led the Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Jared Boll suspended three games for Patrick Maroon head shot (Video) | Puck Daddy
Columbus forward Jared Boll, you cannot check someone in the head. It’s just not allowed.

Krejci at wing a desperate move that just might work | Comcast SportsNet New England
Claude Julien and the Bruins have gone into the lab and come up David Krejci likely returning tonight at right wing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

Whose heads should roll if the Boston Bruins miss the playoffs? | The Hockey News
If Julien hasn't earned enough slack to keep his job at least through next season then is any coach's job truly safe?

NHL Draft Tank Powerless Rankings: A big Bruin drop | Puck Daddy
Someone had to make a tank power rankings.

Why Babcock is this summer's power player | TSN
Interesting analysis of the great Red Wings coach.

Radio commentator for Coyotes faces charges after drunken rampage at casino | The Buffalo News
Nick Boynton Jarkko Ruutu'd a cop.

Hextall insists he’s ‘on the same page’ with Snider | ProHockeyTalk
"We are all thinking the same way and going the same direction." Like Joe Thornton and Doug Wilson?

What are the margins for victory for the Montreal Canadiens? | Eyes On The Prize
The Canadiens have been skirting disaster with the way they play for a very long time, but it's become an even worse situation late in the season.

NWHL, new women’s hockey league, promises to pay players | Puck Daddy
The first four teams in the new women's league: The Buffalo Beauts, Boston Pride, New York Riveters, Connecticut Whale.