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Saturday's Dump & Chase: What the Heart Wants

Tavares is hours away from not being able to sign a full eight year contract with the Islanders, and Doughty is about to ink an extension that will have him hit free agency in 2027.

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NHL: New York Islanders at Los Angeles Kings Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville News & Notes

Preds, Metro Officials Break Ground on Bellevue Ice Center | Nashville Predators
Everyone had matching gold shovels.

Predators Name Karl Taylor Head Coach of Milwaukee Admirals | Nashville Predators
Why do NHL writers maintain the AHL breakout of shoot out losses when listing records, I wonder.

Preds Development Camp Concludes with Thrilling Future Stars Game | Nashville Predators
Thrilling is overselling it, but I very much appreciated the livestream.

Around Hockey

That's pretty savage.

Kings, Doughty agree to terms on eight-year extension -- TSN
The dollar value is quite high, but he is one of the best defensemen in the game and he's definitely their best player.

The 8 kinds of NHL free-agent deals -
This is a pretty good breakdown of all the ways GMs can screw up UFA deals.

Who's under the most pressure in free agency? | ESPN
Hutton is certainly affable, but he is not a starter.

Todd Reirden takes over as Washington Capitals head coach – ProHockeyTalk
As was expected.

Devils hire former Wild GM Chuck Fletcher as senior adviser | USA Today
Fletcher previously worked under Shero in Pittsburgh, which is the connection.

Olympic goalie Shannon Szabados to join the NWHL with Buffalo Beauts - The Globe and Mail
This is a pretty big deal for the league and for my preferred team.

A goaltending conundrum has arisen for the Minnesota Wild - Hockey Wilderness
Minnesota had about six goalies, and now they don't have any.

Florida Panthers hope hockey continues to grow in state | Miami Herald
I am beyond excited to begin seeing these stories about players from Tennessee.