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Friday's Dump & Chase: That Was Weird

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Thursday was a strange day. The Pope got into a fight with Donald Trump, an OHL team fired their coaches twice, and for a brief period visiting fans outnumbered home fans by at least a two to one margin. But we made it through, Rinne didn't give those visiting fans anything to celebrate, and we can go back to one of my favorite hobbies: laughing at the misfortunes of Canadian hockey teams.

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Nashville News & Notes

Weber and Josi Still the Backbone of the Predators | TSS
Some interesting numbers here, although I don't agree with the sentiment that Josi has actually taken the first defenseman role from Weber.

Professional outlook still strong for Top 20 Nashville Predators prospects | Hockey's Future
I didn't know they bothered handing out 5's.

Predators struggling to create home-ice advantage | The Tennessean
Their home record is certainly not inspiring when tornado watches and snowstorms happen, that's for sure.

Does Carrie Underwood ever sleep? | pilotonline.com
In between posting gifs of Ryan Johansen on twitter, Carrie Underwood has learned how to use a machete that Mike Fisher bought her for Christmas.

Around Hockey

P.K. Subban vs. Michel Therrien: Where top dog meets lame duck | Puck Daddy
At this point, not firing Therrien is equivalent to managerial malpractice.

Report: Gaudreau starts work on 'biggest contract in Flames history' | Sportsnet.ca
Gaudreau is about to get PAID.

The Wild's real problem: An aging, expensive roster that is getting worse | CBSSports
Do you promise?

Gudas says he gets it now — ‘I can’t be doing this on the ice’ | ProHockeyTalk
I'll believe it when I see it, just like the rest of them.

Plymouth to host 2017 women’s world hockey championships | Detroit News
USA Hockey will play host to the tournament outside of Detroit.

Ontario Hockey League responds to Flint Firebirds maelstrom by suspending owner | National Post
The OHL has seized control of the franchise, demanding the team provide counseling to the players at cost following a truly bizarre turn of events.

Hockey mom gets in fight with referee at Troy arena | Click on Detroit
According to the article, mother and child are from Pittsburgh.

Statistically Speaking: P.K. Subban is not the problem | ESPN
Let's be honest...who HASN'T been victimized by a late game winning goal from Jarome Iginla?

Winnipeg coach unleashes a flurry of f-bombs after being ejected | SBNation
Yeah, that's a fine. But he didn't lose his gum!

Gotta Hear It: Obama teases Canadian hockey fans | Sportsnet.ca
[Video] Obama has yet to attend a Chicago hockey game.

Mike Babcock embraces challenge of building Maple Leafs 'the Toronto way' | USA Hockey
So, poorly, without Edmonton's ability to hit on number one draft picks?