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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: It Is What It Is

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Quarantine life has become pretty normal other than the erosion of my time sense.

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Smashville News:

Ekholm Missing Hockey but Enjoying Family Time in Sweden During Pause | NHL.com
Mattias Ekholm checks in from Sweden.

A bad contract that looks much better for the Nashville Predators over time | A To Z Sports
Would everyone please stop clamoring to trade Nick Bonino because he is giving good value for his contract? We need all of those we can get!

This Day In Preds History: Nashville Officially Named NHL's 27th Team | NHL.com
Hey! We made it official on Star Wars day.

Breakdown: Nashville Predators extend defender Ben Harpur | On the Forecheck
Sooooo....cannon fodder?

ICYMI Smash gave his goodest “Best In Show” pose on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Other Hockey News:

The NHL's coronavirus pause - League memo makes early-June draft case; return-to-play talk continues | ESPN
"More details have emerged on a virtual draft in early June. Plus, the latest on when, where and how the season could resume."

The U.S. May Have Trouble Restarting Canada’s Sport | FiveThirtyEight
A partial rebuttal from our neighbors to the north.

Franchise Leaders: The all-time playoff point leader for all 31 NHL teams | TheHockeyNews
Surprisingly, all of the Nashville Predators’ top five are currently playing with the team.

Redoing the 2019 NHL draft: How would it unfold today? | TheHockeyNews
Oh come on! Philip Tomasino should have moved higher than that!

Wayne Gretzky picks the two current players he'd want as linemates today | Sportsnet.ca
Well I guessed one, but the second one surprised me.

A scouting report on Star Wars characters if they were hockey players | Knights On Ice
Fun this is.

Reading Recommendations:

It hasn’t seemed like anyone has much interest in these (or maybe I’m too old for cool reads, lol). So I’m just going to use that preparation time for actual reading. Currently I am reading “Midnight in Chernobyl” by Adam Higginbotham. It’s non-fiction and a little dense in the first 80 pages with a focus on Russian bureaucracy, nuclear fission and reactor workings. But last night I reached the explosion (the understanding of which was the payoff for the 80 pages) and things are speeding up.

***Note*** If April felt particularly long to you, please consult the Nashville Predators 2020 calendar, specifically the last day of April.