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Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Winded City

In which our heroes drop yet another road game, Hitchcock gets spicy with the officials, and Eugene Melnyk gets sued for a billion dollars.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Age not getting in the way of Pekka Rinne | Yahoo Sports
Marvel, ladies and gentlemen! Marvel at the ageless wonder that is Pekka Rinne!

Bobby Ryan gives his side of surprising fight with Turris | TSN
“I didn’t like the slash. He knows the history, right? He’s been here,” Ryan said. “I felt like he got me right on the finger. So I gave him a whack and he gave me a whack. We just traded back and forth until it became more.”

Look, Bobby. Slashes happen. The rest of the world can’t walk around on pins and needles just because your hands are made of glass.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock ‘bothered’ by how Connor McDavid’s officiated | Sportsnet
Edmonton Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock made it clear he doesn’t like the way opposing teams handle Connor McDavid before he has the puck.

Oilers’ Connor McDavid stays in his lane when asked about officiating | Sportsnet
And now, let’s go to Connor McDavid to see how he feels about the way he’s been officiated lately.

“I don’t like to talk about the refs. I never have,” McDavid said. “I don’t think anything good is going to come from it. It’s a tough job they have — certainly one I wouldn’t (want) to have.”

Oh no! Connor McDavid used “GENERIC NON-ANSWER”. It’s super-effective.

Penguins D Kris Letang avoids injury scare, returns to lineup | ESPN
Sadly, at this point it’s surprising that Letang avoided an injury.

New Jersey Devils place goalie Cory Schneider on injured reserve | ESPN
What’s that? You want more injury news? Well, Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, who has struggled to an 0-5-1 mark with a 4.29 GAA this season, has been put on IR with an abdominal strain.

Perhaps some time away will do his game some good.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk hit with $1 billion-plus conunterclaim over ‘failed’ downtown arena bid | Ottawa Citizen
Sheesh....John Ruddy and Trinity Development are seeking more than $1 billion in damages from Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

Dave Hakstol’s firing comes as no surprise. He was doomed from the time he took the job in Philly | TheHockeyNews
‘Dave Hakstol made the leap from the NCAA to the NHL despite having never coached a game of professional hockey. And on Monday, the Flyers cleaned up a coaching situation that was never set up for anything but failure.’

New perception of Islanders? Strong defensively | Newsday

Winter Classic at Notre Dame thrills Emrick, NBC broadcast crew |
Yeah... but what doesn’t “thrill” Doc Emrick at this point?