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Friday's Dump & Chase: Draft Day!

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Bryant has helpfully provided us with a guide to how to watch tonight's drama unfold. Thursday was pretty quiet, aside from Florida doing some maneuvering, but there's been a lot of buzz. Will we actually get some excitement today?

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Nashville News & Notes

2016 NHL Draft: How to Watch, Predators Picks & Potential 2nd Round Picks - On the Forecheck

Mayor Barry won't take sides in Predators' ownership dispute | The Tennessean
The Mayor's office made it clear they consider this merely a business dispute that does not affect the team or arena.

Nashville Predators explore idea of Bellevue hockey facility | The Tennessean
Assuming this gets built, will the Preds actually practice there instead of the hockey rink version of Alcatraz?

Around Hockey

P.K. Subban would be a catch the Oilers can't afford to pass on - Sportsnet.ca
Bergevin shot it down, but nobody believed him.

Reactionary spending has created cap issue in Columbus - TSN
Columbus managed to extend Karlsson on a very reasonable deal but their cap situation is a mess.

Sounds like there’s at least a chance Lightning might trade Bishop – ProHockeyTalk
Expansion is a good reason to move one of their goaltenders now, especially since Vasilevksiy has established himself.

Blue Jackets' GM hedges on Finn-ished products in NHL draft | USA Today
I find it very unlikely that Columbus doesn't select Puljujarvi, even if Kekalainen is hesitant to draft a Finnish player because bias or whatever.

Auston Matthews expected to be taken first in 2016 NHL draft - Stats & Info- ESPN
USA! USA!

Former NHLers watch their sons rise up in the hockey hotbed of St. Louis - The Globe and Mail
An interesting perspective on the rise of draftees from non-traditional markets.

Snoop Dogg v Toronto Maple Leafs: legal fight looms over marijuana logo | The Guardian
Snoop is probably the rapper I'd most expect to rip off a hockey logo, but I think this is a reach.

Panthers sign free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle - Odessa American
That's a lot of money and term, but I'm more concerned with how it will affect Ekblad's upcoming deal.

Florida Panthers Acquire Reto Berra From Avs for Rocco Grimaldi | The Hockey Writers
This means Montoya is going to free agency. I'll pass.