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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Filip Forsberg and Hockey

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I could spew some self-righteous garbage about how I detested the direction the Predators were taking under the last year of Barry Trotz and the state of the franchise, and how I wasn't sure how much longer I wanted to keep recording, blogging, etc. I won't, just know that a lot of us were at our breaking point due to the redundancy.

Then this kid showed up, and helped make hockey fun again around here. He's not the flashiest guy, and he's not even a bit arrogant. He's just... Forsberg. A touch of modesty, honesty, and a smile that would calm a crying child. Bless you, young sir. We're happy to have you in town. And thanks for scoring some extra goals. That's cool.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Forsberg's hat trick leads Predators past Leafs - Article - TSN
"Reimer has allowed 19 goals in his last five starts, holding an .823 save percentage in that stretch." Dude is killing his own trade value.

Bridgestone Arena additions, development to be explored | Tennessean
Awesome, awesome news. It's better to be prepared to keep and maintain such a valuable venue than sink hundreds of millions of US dollars to build a new one. Bridgestone isn't far off the pace of the most updated venues, and a little love could go a long way.

What Sissons' Signing Means For Predators' 4th Line - TSS
Mark says what you're all thinking.

Rich Clune says he threatened 'to rip that jersey off' Cody Bass (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I like the hatred and all, but really... who cares? The only thing that's notable about the #16 Nashville jersey is that Filip Forsberg was too nice of a guy to ask Rich Clune for that number.

Other Hockey Stuff

Lost Hanson brother? J.T. Miller penalized for fighting with taped knuckles – ProHockeyTalk
Heel move, Miller.

NHL -- Pierre LeBrun's Rumblings - Winnipeg Jets exploring all options for Andrew Ladd | ESPN
Make no mistake, the Jets WANT to trade him. And if they don't, they'll be pressured to overpay him to keep him.

NHL All Star Game MVP John Scott Gets Movie Deal; Mitch Albom writing | Deadline
Hopefully it's a story about friendship, and how a couple of fellow family men (Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski) made sure that John Scott was appreciated. That's what I'll never forget about that event.

First-round picks could move at NHL trade deadline | SI.com
Includes a link to one of our more classic pieces.

Flyers totally lose to the Hurricanes because we don't win anymore. Bad! - Broad Street Hockey
"Donald J. Trump provides his recap of the Flyers-Hurricanes game, in which the Flyers totally lost in regulation." A masterpiece.

Inside the NHL: The trade deadline, trading contenders and the injury Blues - ESPN Video
I like Scott Burnside a lot.

Wild's funk at Xcel continues with 4-1 loss to Islanders - StarTribune.com
"The Wild lost at Xcel Energy Center for the ninth consecutive time since Dec. 28 (0-6-3)."

The value of acquiring NHL draft picks at the trade deadline - Sportsnet.ca
A REMINDER THAT MIKE GILLIS HAS WON GM OF THE YEAR.

Kuzma: Baertschi’s evolution bodes well for Granlund | TheProvince.com
Sure. Act like this wasn't a mistake.

Devils rookie follows up the worst dive ever with yet another dive - SBNation.com
Nah man. Don't do this.

2016 NHL trade deadline rumor mill: Updating the latest trade chatter - CBSSports.com
Nashville isn't mentioned anywhere. And that's okay.

2016 NHL Trade Deadline Rumours: Lars Eller is on the market, but should the Habs trade him? - Eyes On The Prize
Habs fans love Lars Eller.

Capitals add defensive depth in trade for Mike Weber | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It's indeed depth, as in he's another warm body to employ.

The Canadiens' Automated Twitter Promotion Has Gone Horribly Awry | Deadspin
WARNING: BAD LANGUAGE INCLUDING OFFENSIVE RACIAL TERMS ARE BEHIND THIS LINK. In fact, don't click on it. Just take my word that the Habs are idiots when it comes to social media. And this is coming from a guy who sees his favorite team make some bizarre error like "PERDS" or "Roman Weber" once a year.

Not Hockey

Pacific Rim 2 is Back With the Man Behind Daredevil Directing | Gizmodo
We use the Pacific Rim soundtrack a lot for the Predcast, so this is great news for me.