Friday's Dump & Chase: The Once and Future(?) Captain

We want you back, Mike.

Nashville Predators News

Predators expecting decision from Mike Fisher soon | The Tennessean
Please stop playing games with our hearts, Mike. You love us. We love your handsome mug, beautiful (and kick-ass) wife, and cute kid. #JustSign2017

Postseason Rewind: Singing the Playoff Blues |
Brooks Bratten of the Preds website takes a fun look back at the 2017 Western Conference Semi-Final series between Nashville and St. Louis.

Predators reload after run to Stanley Cup Final |
This is from last week, but it's a good li'l recap.

Central Division Roundup

Chicago Blackhawks: Brent Seabrook Deal Exemplifies Roster And Negotiation Issues

Seabrook is getting $9 million cash in 2017-18 and carries a $6.875 million cap hit for the next 7 years.

*Cackles loudly*

Flashback: Why the Stars are the perfect kind of team for new coach Ken Hitchcock to inherit | SportsDay
Surely a coach like Hitch can make them more defensively sound? As long as he doesn't try to get Tarasenko to block shots and pound the body.

Wild GM wants long-term deals for Granlund, Niederreiter | ProHockeyTalk
Will the two Wild youngsters end up closer to Arvy or Forsberg dollars? Stay tuned.

All Around the Hockeyverse

Oilers coach 'confident' Draisaitl will sign |
I have a hard time believing that Draisaitl is worth significantly more than Johansen (I have heard $9-10M for him), but maybe #McDavidTax is almost as strong as #RingTax.

Markov won't be back with Canadiens this season |
He's returning to Russia and it's not hard to see why. 38 years old with a great chance at making Russia's Olympic team one more time.

Aging All-Stars, future Hall of Famers lead top 10 NHL free agents still on the market |
Anyone on this list worth a look (besides Jagr)? Most likely not, but it's fun to window-shop.