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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Antti Raanta is the #1 Predators fan

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Joel Quenneville apparently doesn't like the Finnish goaltender... probably because he would wear his Shea Weber sweater under his Hawks one.

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Nashville Predators News

Predators mailbag: What impact could Steve Moses have? | The Tennessean
Central Division outlook and Kevin Fiala also covered in the Vingan Bag.

Around the NHL and World of Hockey

NHL's Evander Kane's GF takes him back thanks to billboard stunt | TMZ.com
I wish the billboard was a picture of Evander Kane holding a billboard above his head, Say Anything style, and the one he's holding is the billboard that appeared on Sunset.

Anze Kopitar Must Prove Top First-Line Value | Today's Slapshot
Not sure I entirely agree with this article. I think Toews is a good compareable to Kopitar and in 118 more games, Kopitar has 104 more points than Toews. I also don't think expecting a 20-goal season from Kopitar this year is unreasonable.

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College hockey fights battle for California players | Puck Daddy
My takeaway from this article: Rocco Grimaldi learned to do laundry at college.

Stars’ Klingberg ‘was a little bit surprised’ with seven-year deal | ProHockeyTalk
He was expecting a two or three year contract.

Jim Nill: General Manager or Jedi Knight? | The Hockey Writers
GM Jim Nill's offseason moves have turned the Dallas Stars into a team to keep an eye on but he couldn't have done it without some help from the Hockey Gods.

How to Sell a Stadium in Six Easy Steps: Calgary Gets the High-Pressure Pitch | Grantland
Field of Schemes is a great improv group name.

New Oilers goalie Nilsson ready ‘to challenge for the No. 1 job’ | ProHockeyTalk
The more the Oilers change the more they stay the same...

In the big picture, it’s irrelevant whether Darnell Nurse makes the Edmonton Oilers out of camp | Edmonton Journal
"A month or two playing monster minutes in the AHL and learning to defend against men certainly isn’t going to hurt and it might even help."

Antti Raanta rooted for Blackhawks playoff loss, ‘pissed off’ about treatment | Puck Daddy
Hard to imagine why Quenneville would dislike someone with so much character...

Bryce Salvador retires, cites scary head injury concerns | Sportsnet.ca
Fans with general managers who love older d-men (looking at you, San Jose) can breath a sign of relief. For now.

AHL announces outdoor hockey game in Sacramento | Puck Daddy
There are strong hockey communities outside of Sacramento in Vacaville, CA and Roseville, CA. This should be a fun event that you can bet I will attend.

The decline of Russians in the NHL, and the 5 forwards poised to bring them back | theScore
Don't underestimate the Kuz!