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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: ‘I’m ready for the funeral’

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Welp, time to rip off the band-aid. Granlund wants out. We’re just waiting for the inevitable at this point. Let him go.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News & Notes

One Nashville Predators free agent already has one foot out the door | A to Z Sports Nashville
Some people are going to wring their hands once Mikael Granlund walks (and he will walk), but what’s done is done. There’s no point in bringing him back, even if he wanted to (and I’d wager he doesn’t), because he’s likely going to want too much money and too much term, and the Preds have already given that away to too many other players in the same age window.

And let’s face it, he didn’t produce here. Was that his fault? No, probably not, but there’s literally no reason to bring back a guy who isn’t working here at the price Granlund’s going to want.

Source: Dan Hinote expected to join Predators as assistant coach | The Athletic
Sorry for linking a pay-walled article, but this is the only report on Dan Hinote replacing Dan Muse as of this writing.

For those who aren’t aware, Hinote was a member of the 2001 Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche, and most recently has served as associate coach for the U.S. National Under-17 Team.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Point leaves Game 2 win for Lightning against Islanders in Eastern Final | NHL.com
While Tampa Bay may have secured a 2-0 series lead over the Isles, thanks to some late heroics by Nikita Kucherov, they lost Brayden Point early in the second period due to injury.

How Ryan Reaves is keeping Stars ‘off-balance’ with intimidating play | Sportsnet
I had to hate-share this article. It’s utterly hilarious how overblown Ryan Reaves’ impact on the ice has become by certain people.

Dude putzes around the ice for 9 to 11 minutes a night and chirps at people. WHAT A PLAYER.

NHL GM of the Year finalists: BriseBois, Lamoriello, Nill | Pro Hockey Talk
Please, please, please give it to Uncle Lou. Rub all the salt in Toronto’s wounds.

25 NHL trade candidates you’ll hear about this off-season | Sportsnet
Turris? Turris? Anyone interested in trading for Kyle Turris?

Sadly, the answer is no.

How the Lightning Got One of the Greatest Draft Steals of All-Time | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Steve Yzerman and Al Murray went to a WHL playoff game in 2012 to watch Morgan Rielly. But the more they watched Rielly, the more they liked Brayden Point. Luckily for them, nobody but Minnesota Wild seemed to like him.

Joel Kiviranta-mania is running wild after Dallas Stars winger’s series-clinching hat trick | ESPN
So whatcha gonna do, brother, when Kiviranta-mania runs wild on YOU?!?

Dampy Brar named winner of 2020 Willie O’Ree Community Award | Sportsnet
Calgary’s Dampy Brar has been named the winner of the 2020 Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, the NHL announced Tuesday.

How Bill Zito finally went from perpetual finalist to GM | ESPN
The new Florida Panthers GM has come close on a number of occasions. Greg Wyshynski goes inside his journey to landing a GM job in the NHL.

‘It’s a Family Award’: For Bobby Ryan, Masterton Trophy Is About No Longer Suffering Alone | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Bobby Ryan battled his alcoholism on his own for years. Now, after getting help and working on his sobriety with his family, he’s a new man.

Thursday Tunes

Look, Bryan can’t be the only person here sharing music. Here’s the song that inspired today’s title.

I’m admittedly not much of a country guy, like at all, but this Colter Wall fella rips (this is a good thing). Here’s a song from his new album. It’s a cover of an old Marty Robbins’ song that I first heard while playing the video game Fallout: New Vegas.