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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Let’s Talk About Something Else

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The Conference Finals have started, the IIHF championships are underway, and we’ve got Vladdy-boy Putin “dominating” exhibition games. Let’s take a break from the incessant Duchene-Subban rumors today, shall we?

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Preds Official Podcast: Draft Board Prep; Tolvanen Prospect Updates | Nashville Predators
Preds Assistant General Manager joins Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten to talk scouting meetings and provide updates on Fabbro, Richard, and Tolvanen.

Report: Nashville Predators Agree to Bridgestone Arena Lease Extension | Arena Digest
Today I learned that there’s a publication called “Arena Digest”. Seems a little too niche for me.

Either way, the Preds have reportedly agreed to a lease extension with Bridgestone Arena which will keep them on Broadway for long-term.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Meier, Couture each score twice as Sharks beat Blues in Game 1 | Sportsnet
Timo Meier had two goals and an assist while Logan Couture added two goals and assist of his own as the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.

World Championship Buzz: Fiala hat trick powers Switzerland | NHL.com
I included this for Paul as his old friend, Lord Snakebite, got himself a hat trick (and an assist) against a completely overmatched Italy squad. Switzerland ended up winning *checks notes*.... 9-0.

Here’s one of Big Kev’s goals, where he receives a beauty of pass from El Capitan Roman Josi.

Kaapo Kakko is tearing it up at IIHF World Championship | MSG Networks
So Kaapo Kakko also got a hat trick yesterday, and if he doesn’t go #1 in the draft I’ll be very surprised. I don’t care how much you love Jack Hughes. You simply can’t pass up a scoring talent like this. You just can’t.

Doug Armstrong says St. Louis coaching vacancy list is ‘down to one’ | TSN
Gee... I wonder who it is.

David Perron on Joe Thornton hit - ‘I think it’s affected my life a lot’ | ESPN
Do you remember this hit? Because David Perron certainly does.

Maple Leafs’ John Tavares out one month with oblique injury | Sportsnet
The Toronto Maple Leafs say center John Tavares is expected to return to his full off-season training program in a month after suffering an oblique injury.

Must See: Russia President Putin dominates ex-NHLers, scores eight goals | TSN
I have been laughing at this for about 3 hours now. It’s just too damn funny.

Bruins gadfly Brad Marchand ‘turning over a new leaf’ | Sportsnet
Narrator: “He wasn’t.”

Johansson, Coyle providing boost for Burins in playoffs | NHL.com
It must be nice when your deadline acquisitions actually produce come playoff time.