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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Nashville Predators failed to live up to expectations | ProHockeyTalk
"The team came into the playoffs with 117 points in the regular season and a Presidents’ Trophy to show for their efforts. None of that matters though, its place now is only for context when talking about how and why it all went wrong."

I'm not saying articles like this are wrong, but I wish they'd include this little thing called context. Much is made of the Preds having the best record in the NHL this season, but very little is mentioned about just how good this Winnipeg team is (they finished with 114 points, guys) and how they were just 2 or 3 points behind Nashville for pretty much the entire homestretch of the regular season.

Josi, Forsberg among 7 Predators heading to World Championship | Sportsnet
Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Mattias Ekholm are joining Team Sweden at the IIHF World Championship. Root for the Swedes, guys.

Mike Fisher of Nashville Predators retires again | ESPN
"I've milked this cow as long as it'll go."

If any team is bold enough to trade Pekka Rinne, it's Nashville | The Hockey News
Hoo boy. Here we go.

Locker Clean-Out :(

*Sigh*.... Other Hockey News and Notes

Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals take Game 1 of Eastern Conference Final | TSN
That was quite the statement by the Washington Capitals in Game 1.

Humboldt Broncos to return for 2018-19 season | The Globe and Mail
Following the team’s bus crash that killed 16 people, the club says it will be hitting the ice in time for next year’s junior hockey campaign.

Stick taps all around.

Elevating Dubas shows Shanahan thinks Maple Leafs need something new | Sportsnet
Yeah... but maybe not THAT new.

Thornton willing to take pay cut, but Sharks might need deep discount to make it work | The Hockey News
I truly understand San Jose wanting to keep Joe Thornton around, but if they're serious about going after John Tavares and re-signing the likes of Evander Kane, Tomas Hertl and Dylan DeMelo that's going to have to be one hell of a pay cut.

O'Reilly talks Sabres' season; addresses trade speculation | TSN
"Everything I said, I was being honest. When I look at it, when I reflect on the year, who else can I look at? I'm one of the guys who plays the most minutes and you know, it's my fault. I want to change, I want to be in Buffalo. I love it there. Obviously, we're getting the first pick which would be huge. It's a great city, I want to be there and I want to win. I was being honest and I feel I need to do that more."