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Friday's Dump & Chase: Existential Crisis

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Everything I thought I knew about this team appears to either be wrong, or true in the worst way. I'm this close to abandoning my life as a corporate peon to make a pilgrimage to whichever mountain the hockey gods live on (I've heard it's in Saskatchewan). I believe the usual offerings are Timbits and double-doubles. Surely we can do better.

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I'm pretty sure I'm obligated to talk about Nashville

Predators' current home record not in line with playoff appearances | Nashville Post
I don't want to do the math to factor in last night's game.

Predators Might Be Banking On Jimmy Vesey Addition | TSS
I hope he signs. But I super extra hope that if he doesn't sign, at least he doesn't sign with the Leafs.

A-Game Sportsplex's closure sparks anger, sadness | The Tennessean
I am not a business or legal expert, but everything about this stinks.

NHL -- Central Division - Buyers and sellers at trade deadline | ESPN
I'm voting seller, because I trust Poile to do that at least.

Fortunately there's other hockey stuff to distract us

Wild's free fall continues after two-goal lead dissolves vs. Rangers | StarTribune
That sounds familiar. At least the Preds aren't giving us false hope by going up 2-0.

NHL reviewing if proper concussion protocol used with Wideman | TSN
The NHL's systemic attitude toward concussions is broken, but there isn't a clear solution.

Connor McDavid scores in return from injury as Oilers beat Jackets | ESPN
I would consider bandwagoning the McDavid-led Oilers, but I don't trust perennially terrible Canadian teams to ever stop being terrible, and McDavid has no interesting or exciting qualities outside of his play.

The 10 American draft prospects that are destined for NHL success | USA Today
I feel more patriotic just skimming this list.

Another Jaromir Jagr milestone: His 1,100th assist | ProHockeyTalk
He's kind of like asbestos.

NHL.tv Updates Service (To An Unusable Pile Of ****), Threatens Users Who Try To Circumvent Blackouts | Deadspin
It's really, really bad.

WATCH: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville loses it, gets in ref's face | CBSSports
The Coyotes scored on the ensuing powerplay.

Sabres' Jack Eichel is a puck carrying phenom | Sportsnet.ca
Eichel's ability to carry the puck out of and into the zone is among the best in the league.

After time off the ice, Kessel returns to Gophers lineup | The Minnesota Daily
This is very good news for Amanda Kessel and for hockey in general.

NHL Blog Council: Who should Canadians root for in the playoffs? | SBNation.com
Not even the might of a fan vote could make Crosby skate in an All Star game.