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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Keep your mitts away from our Granny

In which bringing back Mikael Granlund is an absolute imperative, the Sedins officially join the Canucks’ front office, and the Islanders force Game 7.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators’ Mikael Granlund Needs a New Contract | On the Forecheck
Given his lack of production earlier with the Preds, Mikael Granlund re-signing with the team on a one-year deal before last season seemed like a bit of surprise. Now, bringing back #64 seems like an absolute need.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Islanders force Game 7 with overtime win over Lightning | Sportsnet
AYYY TROTZY!

What Montreal has taught us about the North Division, playoff success | Sportsnet
The Montreal Canadiens are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final, which has us questioning how the North Division should be viewed and what, exactly, can translate to playoff success.

Vegas’ Big Guns Nowhere to be Found Against Montreal | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The Golden Knights are a loss away from elimination, and most of the team’s top forwards have nothing to show for against the Canadiens. If they’re going to force Game 7, someone—or all of them—need to finally step up.

The NHL’s slow skate toward change | The Undefeated
As the Tampa Bay Lightning pursue another Stanley Cup trophy, let’s not forget they already made history this season, by starting the first all-Black line in NHL history.

Rene Robert, of Buffalo Sabres’ ‘French Connection Line,’ dies at 72 | ESPN
Rene Robert, a member of the Sabres’ famed “French Connection Line,” died Tuesday at age 72.

Islanders’ Lamoriello Wins GM of the Year | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Uncle Lou is the only NHL general manager to win the award in consecutive years.

Gunnarsson retires from hockey, won Stanley Cup with Blues in 2019 | NHL
After a knee injury ended Carl Gunnarsson’s 12th NHL season back in February, the defender has decided to hang up the skates.

Henrik, Daniel Sedin join Canucks front office as special advisors to GM | Sportsnet
General Manager Jim Bennig now has a couple of Swedish Androids at his disposal who will help advise him on his GM duties.

Seravalli’s Trade Targets: 20 names in play in the ‘Summer of Jack’ | Daily Faceoff
Welcome to Dante Fabbro trade rumor szn!

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