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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Dealin’

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While everything remains relatively quiet on the home front, a couple of young defensemen get new deals in New Jersey and Colorado, including a particularly spinny former Pred.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Photos: Best of Mattias Ekholm in 20182019 | Nashville Predators
Check out last season’s best photos and highlights of the Preds’ surliest defender, Mattias Ekholm.

Preds Official Podcast: Sissons Signs; Central Division Roster Moves | Nashville Predators
Sissons joins the show to discuss his long-term future in Nashville.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Butcher signs three-year contract with Devils, avoids arbitration hearing | NHL.com
$3.73 million AAV seems a bit on the low side for a player like Will Butcher, but he’ll only be 27 when this deal is up. So a bigger contract will most likely be in his future down the line.

Avalanche sign defenseman Samuel Girard to seven-year extension | Sportsnet
Meanwhile our old spinny friend got slightly overpaid (for now, at least) by the Avs, securing a 7 year extension with an AAV of $5 million.

While Girard has never cracked 30 points, and is a tad under-sized, he’s also only 21 years old and has one year left on his ELC. So again, it’s probably a tad too much for him right now, but he could end up being well worth it in a couple of years.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of Samuel Girard’s greatest hits.

JUST KIDDING

Tampa Bay Lightning looking to move G Louis Domingue | TSN
Well... he had to know it was likely coming after the Callahan/Condon trade on Tuesday.

Paul Fenton is out as Wild GM after just 14 months - now what? | The Hockey News
Now what?

Five potential GM replacements for Wild | Pro Hockey Talk
Oh you best believe that Peter Chiarelli is on this list!

Calgary city council approves arena deal with NHL’s Flames | Sportsnet
Calgary city council has voted to approve a financial agreement with the Calgary Flames to build a new arena.

Dave Tippett: Connor McDavid will play less on Edmonton Oilers penalty kill | TSN
“But for the PK, my goal to start here is to have both Connor and Leon (Draisaitl) play less penalty kill than they did last year and have them fresher for 5-on-5 and the power play.”

I understand the logic, but I don’t know how much of a difference it’s ultimately going to make.

Senators won’t be competitive until they prioritize talent over finances | Sportsnet
Well... yeah.

That seems kind of obvious, right?

Meet Sweden’s Terror Twins (and the Rangers pick who helps guide them) | The Hockey News
‘Alex Holtz and Lucas Raymond are two of the top prospects to watch for the 2020 draft. Internationally, they’ve been electric while playing with New York second-rounder Karl Henriksson as their center.’