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In which the Preds fail to clinch, and a circus breaks out in New York.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Recap: Nashville Predators 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 4: Oof | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Bleh.

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: Iowan Inconvenience | On the Forecheck
Ah, the AHL.

Come for the future stars. Stay for Cody McLeod somehow logging 19 penalty minutes in a game.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Rangers ‘extremely disappointed’ by Wilson ruling, say Parros ‘unfit’ for role | Sportsnet
It turns out that selecting a guy who’s best known for chucking knucks to be the head of the DoPS wasn’t the best idea.

Rangers fire Davidson, Gorton; to name Drury president and GM | Sportsnet
Well would you look at that? Right on the heels of the Rangers criticizing the league’s inaction, the team President and GM find themselves in the unemployment line.

Kinda funny how that works, huh?

Oh, and there’s this.

Say less, Mark. Say less.

Capitals’ Tom Wilson leaves game vs. Rangers with upper-body injury | Sportsnet
And wouldn’t ya know it, the game was an absolute clown show. Over 100 combined penalty minutes in the first period alone.

Shayne Gotisbehere suspended 2 games for boarding Mark Friedman | Broad Street Hockey
Like I said... George Parros as the head of the DoPS really wasn’t the brightest of ideas.

NHL Power Rankings, plus the biggest offseason need for every team | ESPN
Here’s the notes on the Preds at #13.

“The Predators chose not to sell at the deadline, and will likely be rewarded for that with a playoff berth. However, their biggest area of need remains: They need more goal scorers. The emergence of Eeli Tolvanen and continued growth of Filip Forsberg have been welcome, but Nashville will have to make decision on re-signing Mikael Granlund and looking for ways to add scoring with the rest of the money coming off its books this summer.”

Sounds about right.

Why Connor McDavid Needs to Hit 100 Points | The Hockey news on Sports Illustrated
Well, that’s certainly a strong use of the word “needs”. That being said, putting up a century mark in the points column in only 56 games would be nothing short of legendary.

Maple Leafs sign KHL forward Kirill Semyonov to entry-level contract | Sportsnet
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed KHL forward Kirill Semyonov to a one-year, entry-level contract for the 2021-22 season.

The 26-year-old is coming off a Gagarin Cup championship season with Avangard Omsk where he had 10 goals and 26 points in 60 regular season games. Semyonov also had 4 goals and 9 points in 23 playoff games.

Benjamin Gaudreau Has Made the Most of Limited Opportunities This Season | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
One of the top goaltenders for the 2021 NHL draft, Benjamin Gaudreau had to wait 417 days between starts. He didn’t let that opportunity go to waste, and after some strong performances for Canada, he’s showing scouts what he’s capable of.

Is Ryan Miller Hockey Hall of Fame Worthy? | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Ryan Miller was a college all-star, NHL Vezina Trophy Winner and an Olympic MVP. But will it be enough to send him to the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Detroit Red Wings F Tyler Bertuzzi undergoes back surgery | TSN
The team said he is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2021-22 season.