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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Things Are Happening...?

The most exciting Wednesday since the last time the Preds played on a Wednesday.

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Nashville Predators News

Predators Acquire Brian Boyle from Devils | On the Forecheck
For a second round pick that should be between number 55 and 62 plus under a million in prorated salary for the remainder of this season, this move will absolutely be worth the price paid if it results in improved special teams units on both sides of the ice.

Predators Re-Acquire Cody McLeod from Rangers | On the Forecheck
Now this...on a list of things that happened yesterday in the NHL, this is one. A head-scratcher from 501 Broadway.

Predators: David Poile to add more than Brian Boyle, Cody McLeod | The Tennesseean
I hope Joseph is correct in his beliefs.

Central Division Roundup

Let's not make a deal: The Blackhawks are playoff contenders and need to act like it | Chicago Tribune
The Blechhawks are alone in last place in the Central (by one point + two more games played than Colorado) and tied for second-to-last in the West. That is to say, yes, please go for the playoffs, Bowman and Co.!

Colorado Avalanche in dire straights after 6-3 loss to Columbus - Mile High Hockey
Speaking of that 6th place Avalanche squad, the Boys of Denver earned a total of two points in their recently-concluded five:game homestand. Yikes.

Dallas Stars: What Tyler Pitlick’s Injury Means For Stars Going Forward | Blackout Dallas
It means the Stars will be down one player whose name makes you giggle for most of the remainder of the regular season.

Minnesota Wild lose Mikko Koivu for rest of season after torn ACL and torn meniscus |
It's because I drafted him in fantasy, isn't it?

Parayko to the rescue (again) for Blues | STL Today
Another member of my fantasy team! I have an unsettling number of Central Division foes on my team this year...

Four centres the Winnipeg Jets could target on the trade market |
Now to see what moves Winnipeg makes to gear up for the seemingly-inevitable battle against us in the playoffs...

Around the Hockeyverse

Ranking the top 10 NHL dynasties of all time
I'm not that impressed with the pre-1970 "dynasties" in a 6- to 12-team league, but I guess it is what it is.

Boudrias, longtime NHL center, dies at 75 |
Boudrias had the unique perspective of playing for two different teams (the North Stars and Canucks) in their respective first seasons in the NHL. His contributions to the game will be missed.

Tight NHL standings slow trade action ahead of deadline | CBC Sports
CBC backing up a point I made just a couple of days ago. The final wild card team in the West is on pace for 84 points. That is unlikely to stand up, so the bottom of the Western Conference playoff field will most likely be determined by whichever team gets or remains hottest through the final two months of the season.