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Friday’s Dump and Chase: Heat Exhaustion

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While we all await a “possibly never going to happen” Erik Karlsson trade, other players are being signed to reasonable contracts for reasonable hockey skills. Also, it’s hot.

Because being 90+ degrees in the shade isn’t bad enough, the plague is also going around my office and many are sidelined with a stomach bug. Get down with the sickness. Stay cool and drink water. Happy Friday!

Nashville has been quiet recently, so...

Around the League

Medical Update: Shea Weber
Poor, poor Shea. The veteran defenseman is out for an extended period of time due to knee surgery, recovery period expected to be five to six months. I've had an arthroscopy and it's no fun. He had one AND had a meniscus surgery. Not fun.

Jenner signs four-year contract with Blue Jackets
Columbus is locking down players who aren't Artemi Panarin. Yay?

Anthony Duclair signs with Blue Jackets as search for consistency continues – ProHockeyTalk
Anthony Duclair has found a new home in Columbus. This will be Duclair's third team in two seasons.

De la Rose agrees to two-year contract with Canadiens
I'd love to see Jacob de la Rose in Nashville. He could reunite with his buddy Fil.

Blues 'better team' after offseason acquisitions, Pietrangelo says
Will Jake Allen be able to backstop this renovated team? There's no doubting the center depth for the Blues is deep.

Kaut signs entry-level contract with Avalanche
Martin Kaut, the No. 16 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. The Avs can boast some incredible talent after tons of offseason tweaks.

Canadiens should set sights on 2019 draft lottery with Weber out until December – TheHockeyNews
(Again) poor Shea. Go for that draft lottery, Montreal. Also, Alexei Emelin is available for a re-signing by the Habs.

The 10 players who have the best cases for salary arbitration this summer – TheHockeyNews
Is William Karlsson going to have to fight for his next contract, or will Vegas lock him down?

Top NHL rookies: Early Calder Trophy candidates for 2018-19 - Sportsnet.ca
My prediction: Eeli Tolvanen will be a Calder Finalist in 2019. This kid is too good to not make a stir this season. He may not have done much in his 3 NHL starts, but it's about to be #TolvanenTime in Nashville.