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Monday's Dump & Chase: Saying Goodbye, Moving On

The immediate response to defeat is to hyper-analyze what went wrong. Recent events seemingly have to be labeled as a success or a failure, a moral victory or a harbinger of impending doom is as useless as it is painful. But it’s simply the media cycle’s way of coping with the tragic end of a great thing. It’s a debate about as useful as Manning vs. Brady, the inevitability of the Civil War, or Peeta vs. Dale. My two cents on this topic isn't any more enlightened or important than the other hundreds of schmoes out there, madly hacking out the gospel truth of the recently deceased 17th Season of the Nashville Predators. I won’t pretend to have anything too original to say. However, there is one thing I think needs to be added to the current local media dialogue: we’ll be back. Whether a collapse or an overachievement, this team’s exit feels completely different from any in recent memory. Yes, we were all in, but here’s the thing; we’re going to be better next year. This wasn't last year’s Avalanche or a bunch of veteran’s last hurrah, this was the beginning. I am absolutely as devastated as anyone else about the abrupt ending in Chicago, but I’ll be honest when I say I cannot wait to see a matured Seth Jones (I recant any previous criticism), a stronger Prince Filip, a hungry Fiala, ROMAN FREAK’N JOSE, the addition of Steve Moses, and all the rest back on the ice because I know what it’s like to be unafraid of the Blackhawks now, and I am never going back.

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Nashville Predators News

What went wrong for Predators? - The Tennessean

They gave up more goals then they scored, next?

Ammenheuser: Predators' season was not a failure - the Tennessean

I don't think you'll find anyone who will argue the regular season wasn't an overwhelming success.

No glossing over Predators' collapse - the Tennessean

David Climer has some harsh words that will get you out of bed this Monday morning.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL Three Stars: Price, Parise help respective clubs advance to Round 2 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

The west avoids a first round game seven for the first time in forever.

Price leads way as Canadiens oust Senators | Toronto Star

Minus an early whistle, the Habs finally take care of business.

Video: Ken Hitchcock says he won't change goalies, immediately changes his mind

Sneaky, sneaky Ken.

With Upset of Blues, Minnesota Wild Show They're Legit Stanley Cup Final Threat | Bleacher Report

Dangit, they might be right too.

Blues' Shattenkirk: 'I would assume' changes coming after 1st-round exit | theScore

That may be the last goalie switcheroo Hitchcock gets to make for the Blues.

New York TV affiliate says Islanders Game 7 win could force Game 8 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Is this Bettman's expansion plan in action?

Video: Matt Niskanen hits a beer bottle back into the stands - Puck Drunk Love

These two franchises absolutely despise each other, and its making for great hockey.

Forget the Stanley Cup – in 1971, the T.J. Rugg Trophy was the one to win | The Hockey News

No... I still think the Stanley Cup was bigger that year

Making sense of Doug Wilson's rebuild plan - Fear The Fin

Could there actually be a method to the madness in SJ?

Bettman speaks on relocation, concussions and more - Article - TSN

Nothing new here, the talking points are still going strong.

Winners, losers in Sidney Crosby’s decision to play in IIHF worlds | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Will Ovechkin follow?

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Wins Gold Medal

That's the Red, White and Blue's 6th win in the last 7 years!