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#FabbroWatch begins.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Breakdown: Nashville signs Rem Pitlick to a two-year, entry-level contract | On the Forecheck
ICYMI, Eric gives us a fantastic summary of the Preds' latest official addition.

Signing NHL Deal, Joining Preds A Dream Come True for Pitlick | NHL.com
Some more Pitlick information for you, lighter on game footage but with some interview quotes.

Other News & Notes

Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning continue to win and re-write the history books | Raw Charge
Just going to keep the dek from Raw Charge here: "Seriously, is there a record they haven’t broken yet?"

Blue Jackets' deadline moves on brink of falling through | Sportsnet.ca
Maybe...just maybe...it's the coaching? Just a thought here.

Lightning’s Gourde suspended two games for illegal check to the head | ProHockeyTalk
The two key phrases in this article are "Staal [...] missed 32 games this season while dealing with a concussion" and "DoPS head George Parros said the head check was avoidable." Are they waiting for someone to file forms in triplicate saying 'please make an example of me' or are they waiting for a tragedy? I'm just glad Jordan Staal is all right.

Oilers’ Rieder responds to CEO criticism: ‘It’s disappointing’ | ProHockeyTalk
The Oilers and the Senators are in some kind of PR-disaster-off, aren't they.

Eugene Melnyk's radio appearances leave expected trail of carnage | Sportsnet.ca
Speaking of the Senators, let's look in on...oh boy.

New life goals: never have my attempts to do my job described as resulting in an "expected trail of carnage."

Babcock addresses rumours of rift with Dubas | TSN.ca
I don't say this often, but the Leafs really need to step up the drama if they want to compete with Edmonton and Ottawa. This is pretty diplomatic.

Braden Holtby respectfully declines visit to White House | Russian Machine Never Breaks
Holtby and Brett Connolly have declined the visit, while the rest of the current roster plans to go.

Pups and pucks: Annie Pankowski’s goals intersect on and off the ice | The Ice Garden
Who doesn't love a hockey article with dog pictures? Nobody, that's who (okay, exceptions allowed for people who just don't like dogs).

And finally, because seguing from this to something else just didn’t feel right:

‘Families have been torn apart’: Truck driver who caused Humboldt Broncos bus crash gets 8-year prison term | CBC News
I hope that this brings some closure and that everyone involved in this tragedy--from the survivors and the families of people killed in the crash to the driver himself--are able to heal. The article also talks about some of the things Saskatchewan is doing to try to make roads safer and prevent other tragedies like this one, a cause that one of the families is fighting for.