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Tuesday Dump & Chase: Bye Bye Week

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Our guys are (mostly) away on breaks to rest and recuperate. We have the week to watch commenters beat every trade possibility into the ground.

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Smashville News:

The Week That Was: Chapter 16 | On the Forecheck - Finally, the Handsome Men's team has a well graded week!

Former Preds player Mike Fisher says 'no' to recreational marijuana, medicinal 'OK' | WKRN.com - Twitter went bonkers over Mike Fisher’s simple "No." this weekend. Many unfollowed him (or said they did) before he clarified that medical marijuana was 'OK'.

In this week’s photo, the puppers play with Dad. I wish there was a picture from the other direction also!

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Central Division News:

Stars acquire defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from Penguins | NHL.com - ”Oh-ho-ho! Oh-ho-ho! Just like a yo-yo!” Pick and player go back to where they came from in 2017.

Patrick Kane thinks Blackhawks’ dynasty crew still can win | Chicago Sun-Times - I think the title overstates Patrick Kane’s optimism, but he does seem to think (or at least say) that the old core is key to getting back to winning. Hmmm.

JETS SNAPSHOTS: Jets still missing key pieces as they come out of bye week | Winnipeg Sun - A number of updates on the state of the Winnipeg Jets. The Preds have a chance to make up some of the games in hand this week, so ‘Go Opponents!’ Note: As of submission the Philadelphia Flyers are up 2-1 on the Jets and will start the third period on the power play.

[Ed.: The Flyers did win.]

Other Hockey News:

Flames, Predators among Western Conference teams on break | NHL.com - A look at the 13 Western Conference teams currently on the bye week. Preds MVP...Ryan Johansen. Unsung hero...Pekka Rinne!

Need a Power-Play Goal? In the N.H.L., It’s as Easy as 1-3-1 | The New York Times - How do I get this directly to Coach Laviolette and Coach McCarthy?

Panarin agent seeks second meeting with Blue Jackets forward | NHL.com - UPDATE***Well, he must have gotten that meeting. Word last night was that Artemi Panarin was not interested in talking to Columbus until after the season. I know a try for the Cup might be tempting, but Jarmo Kekäläinen cannot let either Panarin or Sergei Bobrovsky or both go for no return. Find out where they would extend and get as much back as possible.

PHT Power Rankings: 10 people who will impact NHL playoff race | Yahoo.com - ”These 10 people will play a significant role in which teams make the playoffs and what they do when they get there.” This is an interesting piece. They certainly made a good call on number one!

Maple Leafs beef up blue line, acquire defenceman Jake Muzzin from Kings | The Star - Let the big time trades begin. The Toronto Maple Leafs are going for it!

Super Slow Mo: Week 16 | NHL.com - And away we go! Hi Filip Forsberg. What a good looking way to open things up. Waiting...Waiting...Still waiting...Waiting some more. Hi Pekka Rinne. Aww rats. Boy, the goalies are getting laid out this week. Hello Viktor Arvidsson. Beautiful wrap around goal! Hi Barry Trotz. Nice way to close things down.

Writers, broadcasters give suggestions on how NHL can get even better | Daily Herald - Over a dozen “interesting” suggestions from the writers. What do you think? I’m more and more about the 3-2-1-0 points system.

Hockey game breaks out after 40-car pileup outside Montreal | Yahoo.com - “Some extremely stereotypical Canadians took advantage of an icy highway to work on their puck skills.” Hmmm. So maybe if you can play hockey on it, you shouldn’t be driving on it?