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Monday’s Dump and Chase: Hurry Up and Wait

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Still waiting for hockey.

Another week is before us...and it contains very little hockey. Unless we see some Ryan Ellis contract progress or Miikka Salomaki’s contract arbitration is handled, there’s not much in the way of Predators news to report.

Around the League

McDonagh happy Lightning kept core group intact
This sounds very similar to the Preds' mindset at the end of the season...keep the same team intact.

Gaudreau wants Neal on his line with Flames: report
Who doesn't want James Neal on their wing? Other than the Vegas Golden Knights?

Golden Knights can use Cup Final loss as motivation, Haula says
This is sorta the thing you hear from every team that loses in the Final. Come October, all 31 teams have a chance to get to the Final.

Stars GM Jim Nill gives update on Tyler Seguin contract negotiations - Sportsnet.ca
Another star in the Central is also negotiating a new contract.

NHL - Rebuild rankings - which teams are closest to returning to Stanley Cup contention?
Buffalo will probably surpass Montreal this year in the standings. In addition, I love watching the core of the Ducks and the Hawks get older and older without any new talent stepping forward.

Corey Crawford of Chicago Blackhawks says he's 'come a long way,' unsure he'll be ready for camp
As much as I dislike Chicago, I'd have to advise Corey Crawford to perhaps hang up the skates. Head injuries, as his likely is/was, are scary and it's much too dangerous to try to get back on the ice and possibly sustain another injury. Not a good situation for either Crawford or the Hawks.

Hurricanes still have power to alter NHL’s power balance this off-season – TheHockeyNews
They have tons of young talent, but without reliable goaltending, Carolina will likely end up in the lower half of the Eastern Conference once again.

Price tag for new Seattle arena now around $700 million
That's a pricey arena for a team without a name.

Three Colorado Avalanche prospects ranked in the NHL’s Top-50 - Mile High Hockey
Former Admiral and Predator Vladislav Kamenev gets a mention here about some top prospects for the Avalanche.

Jason Zucker’s new deal is the Minnesota Wild’s best contract - Hockey Wilderness
Minnesota got great value on their best forward, noted here by the folks at Hockey Wilderness.

Penguins Agree to Terms with Tristan Jarry on a Two-Year Contract | NHL.com
Pittsburgh has wrapped up young backup goalie Tristan Jerry in a two-year deal.

Have a great week, folks.