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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Decisions, decisions.

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In which our old friend Barry Trotz eliminates the Boston Bruins, Mark Schiefele cries us a river, and we wring our hands about which overpaid center the Preds should protect during the upcoming expansion draft.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Which top center should the Predators expose in the Seattle draft? | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Carson thinks the Preds should prioritize keeping Duchene over Johansen. What do I think about that? Well, I’ll tell ya...

Other Hockey News & Notes

Islanders beat Bruins, advance to third round of Stanley Cup Playoffs | Sportsnet
Woof. Talk about anti-climatic. The New York Barry Trotzes Islanders drubbed the Boston Bruins 6-2, eliminating them in 6 games.

Fox, Hedman, Makar Named 2021 Norris Finalists | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Uh... Hedman?

Minnesota Wild name Ray Shero as senior advisor to general manager Bill Guerin | TSN
I feel like Minnesota’s constant re-shuffling of their front office is the only exciting thing about the franchise as a whole.

ESPN hiring Kevin Weekes as an NHL analyst | ESPN
The latest NHL TV free agent signing is Kevin Weekes, who heads to ESPN as a studio and game analyst.

This is a really good get by ESPN, as I’ve been a fan of Weekes as a media personality for quite a while.

Oh... and there’s also this!

The Carnegie Initiative launches with the goal of ensuring more inclusive culture in hockey | ESPN
The Carnegie Initiative, a new hockey watchdog platform named after Black Canadian, semi-pro player Herb Carnegie launches. The platform aims to ensure that the culture of hockey continues to be more inclusive.

Jets’ Mark Scheifele: NHL’s department of player safety ‘shut me down’ | Sportsnet

“I thought I was going to be tried to be shut down by Phillip Danault. Instead it was the Department of Player Safety that shut me down. So that definitely sucks.”

You know, despite him playing on a division rival I’ve never really had a problem with Mark Scheifele before. Feels nice to have one now.

Could Frederik Andersen be a Good Fit for the Pittsburgh Penguins? | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
After five seasons, Frederik Andersen’s time with the Toronto Maple Leafs appears to be drawing to a close. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins could be a good new home for the 31-year-old goaltender.

Gallagher on the possibilty of facing ex-teammate Pacioretty: ‘He’s the guy standing in the way’ | TSN
Brendan Gallagher with the most obvious answer of all time. Like, why even ask him that question? What do you think he’s going to say?

“Oh, man! We’re actually really scared to play Max.”

The Positives the Carolina Hurricanes Can Take Out of the Playoffs | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Here’s the only positive they can take out of it. They were victorious in one more 2nd round game than the Nashville Predators.

Thursday’s Tunes