Friday's Dump & Chase: Out of Options

I only have so many hot takes to drop about goaltending and inexplicably awful defensive breakdowns. (That's a lie.) One thing's for sure, though: I am not ready to have to care about this year's draft lottery. Laviolette has thrown every imaginable combination of forwards onto the ice,

Nashville News & Notes

Weber and Josi Go Undercover as Interviewers | Nashville Predators
Watch this. It will make you feel better for about five minutes.

Predators' Kevin Fiala prepared for season debut | The Tennessean
A couple of great lines from Fiala here.

Predators Acquire Patrick Mullen from Ottawa | Nashville Predators
Nothing to see here.

A-Game to continue to operate until judge's decision | The Tennessean
A-Game Sportsplex will continue to operate for at least another ten days.

Skills Competition and Game: 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend | Nashville Predators
More information than you ever wanted about the precise format of the All Star events.

Around Hockey

Mario Lemieux mad over messed-up Penguins sale | New York Post
This has since been denied (shocker), but Pittsburgh never runs out of material for drama.

NHL - Morning 3-on-3 -- Are the Philadelphia Flyers a real postseason threat? | ESPN
The Flyers may be able to sneak it in, but they really don't have the horses to compete.

3 reasons Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien should be fired | theScore
Therrien should have been fired well before this season. He's actually been slightly less horrible over the past months, but the situation in goal and injuries to key forwards have caused the team to spiral.

Huge If True: Evolution of the Anze Kopitar contract | Puck Daddy
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Anze Kopitar still hasn't signed a new contract.

The New York Rangers Have An Accountability Problem | Blueshirt Banter
Frustrating times in New York, although they're currently sitting in a divisional slot in the Metro.

Pavel Bure says Alex Ovechkin has entered new territory as 500-goal scorer | NHL
Ovechkin is very good, more on this at 11

Caps Present Alex Ovechkin With Golden Stick to Celebrate Milestone 500th Goal | RMNB

Tootoo becomes second Devil to be fined for diving in a week | ProHockeyTalk
One more and the coach has to start paying up.

Performance Sports Group Acquires Easton Hockey | Yahoo Finance
Bauer has acquired Easton, but I have no idea what the implications of this move may be.

Team USA Shuts Out Sweden, 4-0, in Semifinals | USA Hockey
The US shut out Sweden 4-0 and will play for gold this evening at 6:30 CT.

Six rookies who could knock off today's Calder Trophy favorites | USA Today
We're almost to that time when the voters are actually paying attention to the Calder candidates. Some of these are long shots, but I think it will come down to which of Larkin and Eichel are hotter down the stretch.