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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: All-Star Rosters

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And it’s almost Friday!

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Rinne, Josi named to 2019 All-Star Game - On the Forecheck
Filip Forsberg also has a chance to get voted in. It's going to be weird not seeing P.K. Subban there, but at least Nathan MacKinnon is a much more palatable fan-voted captain of the Central than Patrick Kane. (Who else is still bitter they didn't just let Shea Weber captain that first Central team at the ASG in Nashville, since he was going already?)

Forsberg Named Preds Representative for All-Star Last Men In Fan Vote - NHL.com
This is what was up with @PredsNHL teasing us with all those pictures of Forsberg with no explanation. You have to assume they think he’ll be healthy by the ASG if they want us to vote for him as a final representative, but that’s not the same as him being healthy tomorrow.

NHL All-Star Game rosters revealed
And everyone else.

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin to skip NHL All-Star Game - Sportsnet.ca
I wonder how long it will be before people start criticizing him.

Sharks survive third-period Avalanche, hold on in 5-4 win – ProHockeyTalk
The Avalanche’s recent skid has been something. I blame my statement that they might win the Central this year, because everything went pear-shaped right after that.

TIG Round Table: How to save the Blades - The Ice Garden
The Worcester Blades of the CWHL are in a really bad spot, and it doesn't look like things are going to be improving any time soon.

31 Thoughts: What's next for Benn, Seguin and the Dallas Stars? - Sportsnet.ca
There's been a lot of talk about the sunbelt outdoor games recently. Elliotte Friedman feels like the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings are going to get their chances soon; no mention of the Preds.

Oilers GM talks recent moves: 'Other teams aren't there to help you' - Sportsnet.ca
Peter "I traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, one-for-one" Chiarelli would like fans to know that it's difficult to acquire a top-pairing defender in a trade.

Bad luck sends Finland to semis, Canada out at WJC – ProHockeyTalk
Woof, that's a Canada-centric headline. What about: "Good luck sends Finland to semis"? Also, Switzerland beat Sweden, but the Czech Republic and Slovakia were unable to topple the US and Russia respectively. Alas for the all-upset special.