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I had to have this talk with you, My happiness depends on you, And whatever you decide to do, Jolene Duchene

NHL: All Star Game-Skills Competition
Jan 30, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Central Division forward Matt Duchene (9) of the Colorado Avalanche reacts after shooting on Metropolitan Division goaltender Cory Schneider (35) of the New Jersey Devils in the breakaway challenge during the 2016 NHL All Star Game Skills Competition at Bridgestone Arena
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Nashville Predators News:

Free Agents the Nashville Predators Could Target in 2019 - On the Forecheck
Hayley and Rachel speculate on the free agent market, and somehow manage to be hilarious the entire time

What To Look For at the Nashville Predators’ Development Camp - On the Forecheck
I'll set aside my goal of making a ton of jokes with my links to say: We are absolutely blessed to have Eric on our staff. His prospect coverage has been second to none, and he generatesquality content without breaking a sweat. He is hands down the best I've seen covering Nashville's prospects.

Predators Tolvanen and Fabbro Get Into Scuffle During Development Camp
...and they were absolutely kidding around. Shaun (@SCSOTF) caught this and a lot more during development camp today. Click here to see his entire thread.

Pierre LeBrun Reports Predators Forward Brian Boyle Has Drawn Interest
I know many have penciled Boyle in as an easy return to the team (myself included) but it looks like the Preds might be priced out.

Friedman on the 31 Thoughts Podcast Reports Wayne Simmonds has 4-5 Year Offers | Sportsnet.ca
Frankly, I’m pretty surprised as I can’t see more than 2 years max being a smart move, but I do hope the best for him

@chaseallister: Your Twitter Feed for the Mike Fisher 3 OT Goal
Want to see what your current twitter timeline looked like the night Mike Fisher scored the game-winning goal in 3OT? Chase created this filter to show you just that, and it’s wild.

Bryan Bastin - Profile | Tableau Public
Shameless self-promotion! I have a handful of Predators-related viz that I have worked on over the last 8 or so months. Any visuals I use in my articles will likely find a home here, and all are interactive so you can dig into the data as much as you'd like.

Around Hockey:

Miller Traded to Sabres by Golden Knights - NHL.com
I know the Knights are low on cap space and had to make this move, but man, Buffalo absolutely robbed them for a very good player.

Maple Leafs Sign Kapanen and Johnsson to Contract Extensions | NHL.com
With signings of $3.2 x 3 and $3.4 x 4 respectively, you have to wonder how talks are progressing between Toronto and Mitch Marner.

Caps Acquire a 2nd and 3rd Round Pick in 2020 from Avs for Burakovsky | NHL.com
Burakovsky, in my opinion, needed a fresh start and Colorado can definitely provide that. He reminds me a lot of Kevin Fiala - excellent at carrying the puck and zone entries, but there’s just something holding him back from turning that into production.

NHL free agency: Rangers unlikely to engage in Artemi Panarin bidding war | New York Post
The Rangers are seen by some as the front-runners for the Bread Man, but this is worth keeping an eye out.

As the new WCHA Women’s Commissioner, Jennifer Flowers hopes to empower - The Ice Garden
Flowers is taking the WCHA’s reins later this month following Katie Million’s departure, and she hopes to continue her mission empowering women in sports. Our friends at The Ice Garden with great work, as usual

Evolving Hockey Posts Progress on Expected Goal Model
You’re going to get some analytics links on the rare occasion I get to do this, and this is one I’m pretty hyped for. The twins do fantastic work and they’re one step closer to rolling out their xG numbers for the upcoming year. Be advised, when I talk xG, there’s a 90% chance I’ll be using their numbers.