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Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Ambitions

The Predators are in a strange spot right now in spite of all the injuries, thanks to the play of the belated youth movement.

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Fun Friday: The five types of stupid trade proposals | On the Forecheck
Type 1 and Type 5 are fun to counterbait with a lowball trade offer of your own. *touches earpiece* Ah, I'm being told by the mods that "fun" is not the right word.

NHL pauses Boston Bruins after 4 players go in COVID-19 protocol | ESPN
Not great, especially since they preceded the Bruins' last game by saying it would be going ahead for now. I wonder who knew what about which players when.

Bruins' DeBrusk, Krejci, Pastrnak and Smith placed on NHL's COVID list | Sportsnet.ca
me: Oh wow, losing Krejci and Pastrnak doesn't sound great for the Bruins--
me: --whoa, right, Craig Smith is in Boston now.

How the Sabres current winless streak compares to recent streaks | ProHockeyTalk
It is a bad year--uh, decade--uh, millennium? to be a Buffalo Sabres fan.

Alex Ovechkin ties game, then scores game-winner in legendary performance against Rangers | RMNB
"It marked the 147th multi-goal game of his career, tying Ovi with Gordie Howe for fourth all-time. Ovechkin also tied Mark Messier for the seventh most even-strength goals in NHL history (452)."

He is truly an incredible player.

Evgeni Malkin out 'week to week' with lower-body injury | ProHockeyTalk
I was going to raise an eyebrow at the notion of the Pittsburgh Penguins replacing Malkin with Jared McCann, however temporarily, but they do have a habit of conjuring guys out of nowhere to suddenly score 30+ points a season so it could be worse.

Hockey was a home for me, until I realized I was gay | The Eye Opener
"That desperation to fit in isn’t surprising to McGillis. But to him, the constant requirement to have hockey be the only genuine part of a young boy’s personality is incongruent with happiness.

'Could you imagine if we told surgeons they could only focus on surgery?' said McGillis. 'We are intentionally creating a subset of people who have no personal identity.'"

The Washington Capitals went 7-0 during Tom Wilson’s suspension. Here’s how they did it. | RMNB
The actual story itself is primarily of interest to Caps fans, but: 7-0 while NOT playing Tom Wilson, you say.

Maple Leafs are in a slump and North Division is getting close | ProHockeyTalk
Goalies, amirite.

Canadiens' overtime strategy proven unviable in loss to Canucks | Sportsnet.ca
I was half-expecting the strategy to be "make Carey Price do it" but it's actually weirder than that.

Scouting the Whale, Whitecaps, Pride, and Six before the Isobel Cup Playoffs | The Ice Garden
Catch up before the NWHL playoffs start.

NHL's Top 12 UFAs of 2021: Latest rumours, reports | Sportsnet.ca
Some of these names are definitely not going anywhere. I wouldn't bet the mortgage on which ones, though.

Why 'Sickos' have invaded Ottawa Senators games | ESPN
So many stories about Sens fans are charming or heartwarming or just fun, with this solidly in the "just fun" category and the team even rolling with it. The whole franchise deserves better than Melnyk.