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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: ‘I Hear California Is Nice This Time Of Year’

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I’m tired of losing to the Canes. ON TO CALIFORNIA.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Preds Official Podcast: Hartnell Reunion, Simmonds Acclimating | Nashville Predators
Scott Hartnell makes his return to Nashville and talks about the early days of the franchise and joining the media, while Wayne Simmonds explains how he’s settling into Music City.

The Preds’ path to the Central Division title is difficult (but not impossible) | A to Z Sports Nashville
Our old friend Alex Daugherty discusses what the Preds will need to do win their second division title in as many years. SPOILER ALERT: It isn’t going to be easy.

Predators’ Matt Irwin has been playing with an edge — just ask P.K. Subban | Tennessean
Matt Irwin played forward for the Preds when they were shorthanded, but his value lies in being physical, and he’s shown that lately.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Assessing Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner’s market value | Sportsnet
Marner’s spectacular season has come at the perfect time for him and his agent, with an impending contract battle with the Leafs looming this summer.

Why NHL Player Duncan Keith Calls Himself a Biohacker | The New York Times
The three-time Stanley Cup champion is a fan of Joovv lights, ashwaganda herbs, PoV Sport and Lululemon.... I somehow hate Duncan Keith even more than I did before.

Backes clarifies enforcer comments: ‘I’m not looking for the NHL heavyweight championship belt’ | The Hockey News
Despite reports he was willing to take on the role of enforcer, David Backes wants to make it clear that he’s not looking for fights. The veteran simply wants to be more useful to his team, not put himself in danger.

Lifted HS announcer sorry for lynching comment | ESPN
Doug McLeod, the play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota boys’ state hockey tournament, has been pulled after he encouraged one team’s fans to “get out the lynching ropes.”

It’s getting a little dicey in Columbus, isn’t it? | The Hockey News
Well, well, well... maybe going “all-in” isn’t always the smartest move.

Ducks forward Nick Ritchie fined $4K for cross checking vs. Canadiens | Sportsnet
I’m sure this will come as no surprise to any of you, but Nick Ritchie is still doing scummy stuff on the ice.