Saturday's Dump & Chase: 8 MORE YEARS!!!

Hopefully your late night of celebrating Ryan Johansen's new contract hasn't left you with a Joey hangover. If so, here's some hair of the dog that bit you. If not, party on...

Nashville Predators News

Johansen signs eight-year, $64 million contract with Predators
POOOOOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!! -Ryan Johansen

Johansen Signs Eight-Year Deal |
This is the Ryan Johansen press conference with GM David Poile.

Fisher also contacted by Canada for Olympics along with Doan, Iginla | ProHockeyTalk
Mike Fisher surely places more value on Lord Stanley's Cup than on some dime store gold medal, right?

Franchise Timeline | Nashville Predators
Awesome interactive timeline from the beginning of the franchise up until the Viktor Arvidsson signing. (maybe they'll add Ryan Johansen before you click on it)

Front office confidence rankings, Part 2: Fans weigh in on how each team is doing | The Hockey News
Well, we like us...we like us a lot.

Around the League

We ARE the news around the league this week...

Dallas Stars: Stars expected to announce Saturday they will get 2018 NHL Draft | SportsDay
Anyone want to go to Dallas next summer?

Why someone needs to step up and sign Jaromir Jagr already | The Hockey News
JAGRWATCH: Day 28 - Okay, we got Johansen signed. Its got to be...JAGRTIME!

Welcome to the Bandwagon

I'm trying to give a clear picture of minor league hockey. Would anyone be interested in me just doing some solid research and writing my own article? I don't even know if hockey newbies are reading this. So, if you are, and this is of interest, or is helping you, let me know! As always, please offer me some suggestions for topics. I like feedback.

New to Hockey? A quick rundown of the different minor hockey levels -
This isn't as comprehensive as I'd hoped, but it helps explain amateur hockey and at what point a player stops being an amateur in the US versus in Canada.

At 14, Top Prospects Decide if Path to N.H.L. Runs Through College - The New York Times
This article explores two of the routes to the NHL and helps shed some light on why some players come from college hockey while some come from the Canadian Hockey League's Junior Leagues.