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Friday’s Dump & Chase: Craig’s New Hat

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A big win last night means the trade deadline status of the Predators remains uncertain. A look at some different takes on who’s buying, who’s selling, and who’s up for grabs in today’s Dump & Chase.

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators 5, New York Islanders 0: Craig Smith’s Hat Trick Secures Win | On The Forecheck
Also, Juuse Saros got a shutout.

Bargain Hunting: 10 cost-effective trade options contending teams should target at the deadline - TheHockeyNews
The Predator on this list is not the one I was expecting...and probably not the one you were expecting either.

NHL Power Rankings: Greatest Realistic Trade Chips Edition - Sportsnet.ca
The ranking isn't surprising, but the commentary is interesting.

Around Hockey

Chara fined for actions in Bruins game against Canadiens
I guess the maximum allowable means they'd fine Zdeno Chara more if they could. I'm not a fan of Brendan Gallagher at all, but that HAD to hurt.

Radulov placed on injured reserve by Stars
Alexander Radulov, huh. Also, “Undisclosed Injury” sounds like something you'd hear from the Predators.

NHL MVP Race: Where does Capitals' Alex Ovechkin fit?
With Alex Ovechkin reaching all-time goal milestone after milestone this season, does it put him squarely in the driver's seat for MVP? My personal opinion? Yes.

NHL Trade Deadline: Why Blackhawks should try to move Robin Lehner
You're probably wondering why I brought you this link. You may want to look at the "Teams that could/should be interested" section and the analysis that follows.

The man who discovered Pavel Bure celebrates 50 years in the game - TheHockeyNews
This is a great story about Mike Penny and if you haven't heard the story of how he brought Pavel Bure to the NHL, you'll definitely want to read this.

David Pastrnak is a serious threat to Alex Ovechkin's Rocket Richard run - TheHockeyNews
Because who doesn't love scoring drama?

Rutherford: Penguins may do more 'tinkering' after Zucker trade - Sportsnet.ca
Who do you think the Pittsburgh Penguins will try to add?

Leon Draisaitl has chance to prove he can carry Oilers without McDavid - Sportsnet.ca
Leon Draisaitl has had very few issues putting up numbers (and taking dives) against the Predators. I don't really think he should be overshadowed by Connor McDavid.

Analyzing the best and worst linemate situations in the NHL - TSN.ca
There's not a single mention of the Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith line in this article at all.