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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Gambler's Delight

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Just yesterday, we received word that the NHL is going through with the whole "Vegas Expansion" thing. Then we hear the standard North Korean-style message from the Avalanche threatening to trade guys. But to top it all off, the Ducks are bringing back Randy Carlyle. June might be a fun month for hockey.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

If Predators had a ring of honor, who would be worthy? | Tennessean
Vingan nails it with Tomas, Kimmo, Sully, Trotz, and Legwand. Who else would get a nomination?

Preds Strive for Perfection at Draft Table - Nashville Predators - Features
Two drafts ago they absolutely nailed it. And they've had some wonderful drafts recently even without first-round picks.

Other NHL Stuff

NHL Executive Committee unanimously recommends Las Vegas - Sportsnet.ca
More on this later today, but the NHL knows what it has to do to increase it's awful TV revenue: expand into new territories.

Stanley Cup winners again, Penguins have a shot at lengthy run at the top – ProHockeyTalk
Their key pieces aren't young, but they aren't quite old yet. And if they can trade MAF, it's possible.

Off-Season Game Plan: Florida Panthers - Article - TSN
Charging towards the cap ceiling, it's the Florida Panthers!

Stanley Cup Final Ratings Are Toothless | Media - AdAge
I found myself struggling to care at times about this series. Neither side was a clear cut villain or hero.

Report: Avalanche willing to deal big names | theScore.com
We all like Matt Duchene, right?

Pierre LeBrun's Rumblings: Andrew Ladd, Kyle Okposo, Keith Yandle - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
WANT. ANDREW. LADD. IN. NASHVILLE. FOR THE RIGHT PRICE.

Consulted Ducks players 'unbelievably supportive' of Randy Carlyle hire | theScore.com
Heh. Okay.

Brown contract a major concern for Kings - Article - TSN
I love Dustin Brown and all, but that contract was a terrible idea then and now.

Not Hockey

5 Essential Ice Cream Shops in Nashville - Eater Nashville
The Comfy Cow in Brentwood is also a worthy establishment.