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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Seattle

I tried so damn hard to not make every link in this article related to the expansion to Seattle, but it’s all anyone’s talking about at the moment.

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Nashville Predators News

Who the Predators could lose to Seattle in the next NHL expansion draft | A To Z Sports
Alex gives his opinions on the most likely scenario for the Preds in the 2021 off-season.

An Early Look at the Seattle Expansion Draft: What Does Expansion Mean for the Nashville Predators? | On the Forecheck
LedgerSko gives his take.

Central Division Roundup

Jets learn you can’t blow a lead you never had | Winnipeg Sun
Reminds me of that one meme...

St. Louis Blues: Injury Bug Bites Blues in the Gut, Again | Bleedin' Blue
St. Louis has had more than its share of significant injuries, similar to the recent fortunes of their division rival to the Southeast

Wild welcome new NHL team, and balanced division schedule | Twin Cities Pioneer Press
There will be some nice symmetry in four 8-team divisions.

Dallas Stars: What a Seattle Expansion Means for the Stars | Blackout Dallas
I had quite a good chuckle at the author's pick for who he believes will be taken from the Stars by the new Seattle franchise.

Avalanche Duo Leads NHL in Points | Flurry Sports
It's working so far, but it remains to be seen if this one-line team can make it past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane says team isn't ready to play | Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago is quickly running out of time to turn it around, as they need 70+ points in their 54 remaining games to even have a shot at making the playoffs.

Around the Hockeyverse

NHL Power Rankings: The Biggest RFA Questions Edition - Sportsnet.ca
Why does it feel like Nick Schmaltz has been around for years? Am I confusing him with someone else? If I didn't know better, I'd guess he was pushing 30.

31 Thoughts: What Seattle means for future NHL expansion - Sportsnet.ca
Seattle, a potential Phil Kessel trade, the future of Wayne Simmonds in or outside of Philly, and more in this week's 31 Thoughts.

NHL Wins and Sins: Auston Matthews and William Nylander, Teddy Bear Tosses, Seattle expansion, more - CBSSports.com
A summary of the week that was in the NHL.