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Friday's Dump and Chase: Voracek, Galchenyuk extended; J.K. Rowling has birthday.

It's not always easy to say goodbye to July. Hotter afternoons and slower hockey news days await us in August.

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Nashville Predators News

Why trading Shea Weber finally makes sense for Nashville | Puck Daddy
"Also, since Weber signed said offer sheet, it was clearly an indication he didn’t want to play in Nashville, right?" Or he just wanted all that money. MORE ON THIS LATER TODAY...

Predators Banking On Their Own Players' Improvements | TSS
I'm not sure what proven goal scorer the Preds were supposed to sign.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Flyers sign Jakub Voracek to eight-year, $66M extension | Puck Daddy
Hockey is full of dynamic duos and the Flyers now have Voracek locked up essentially through the next nine years, and Claude Giroux under contract through 2022.

Alex Galchenyuk re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens | Eyes On The Prize
Great value. Too bad Michel Therrien won't trust him at center until he's 35-years-old.

What's Going to Happen to the Captain? | St. Louis Game Time
St. Louis n' the Cap'n haven't made it happen.

Andreas, Son of Martin, Lord of Fjorcheck. | Mile High Hockey
Avs fantasy fan fiction. Seriously.

Examining on-ice shooting percentage by position | TSN
My shots per 60 is high because I'm regressing. I'm kidding. I savor whiskey.

Corey Schneider takes batting practice

"Baseball bat? Get this guy a tennis racquet." - Jim Rome, Space Jam (1996). Schneider is fine but never miss an opportunity to quote Space Jam.

Report: Haula seeking $1.2 million in arbitration, Wild countering at $775K | ProHockeyTalk
Hearing is scheduled for today at 9am ET.

The Canucks new foundational piece is looking more and more like Tyler Bozak by the day.

Sharks still have plans to add to DeBoer's staff | CSN Bay Area
Nabokov could be in prime position to once again blame defenders for soft goals in the playoffs. But this time while he's wearing a tie!

Top 3 NWHL Free Agents Still Available | Today's Slapshot
Since their start of free agency, the NWHL has signed a total of 34 players for their inaugural season. Here are the top three left on the market.

Whale Raise Questions With Leonoff and Tomimoto | TSS
The Connecticut Whale recently announced the signing of goaltender Jaimie Leonoff and Tara Tomimoto to the NHWL team.

Rangers Analysis: A Closer Look at Emerson Etem | Blueshirt Banter
I liked watching Etem as a Duck and think he'll fit in well with Vigneault

Non-hockey News

Ronda Rousey made a little fan's life by pausing an open workout to share a hug | SBNation.com
Another reason why she's the best.

Happy Birthdays

Happy birthday to the following people:

  • J.K. Rowling
  • Dean Cain
  • Dale Hunter
  • B.J. Novak
  • Evgeni Malkin
  • True American Michael Bradley
  • and of course, Maximillian II, Holy Roman Emperor. Rest in Peace, Max. Has it been 439 years already? Boy, it only feels like 350.