Friday's Dump & Chase: Accepting Fate

Sometimes, you just have to bow to the inevitable. The Oilers are going to win the Auston Matthews lottery. Someone with pretty hair on a Canadian team is going to win the Norris. And completely meaningless streaks from the 90s will be broken.

Preds News and Notes

Maddie & Tae partner with Preds to launch letter-writing campaign | WKRN
That's a neat initiative.

Predators admire Panthers' Jagr | The Tennessean
Something something mullet.

Rock to retire Sullivan’s No. 26 | Timmins Press
Former Predator Steve Sullivan is having his number retired by his OJHL team.

Report: Preds Place Steve Moses on Unconditional Waivers | The Hockey Writers
Somewhat inevitable, unfortunately.

Around Hockey

The reports of the NHL's goal-scoring woes have been greatly exaggerated | Eyes On The Prize
According to Eyes on the Prize's analysis, the goal scoring drought is way overblown.

NHL - 2016 World Cup of Hockey - United States roster projections | ESPN
Can we start a write-in campaign for Craig Smith?

For the Rallying Riveters, Conditioning Makes All the Difference | Blueshirt Banter
When I get off from work, I like to go home and watch television. There's a reason I'm not a professional athlete.

Failure to win a point adds to long list of problems | BlueJackets Xtra
"Punting is okay," says someone who is wrong.

Buffalo wins bid to host 2018 World Junior Championships; outdoor component at Ralph expected | BN Hockey
As annoyed as I am that the WJC goes to another border state, an potential outdoor Canada-US game would be incredible.

Defensive player of the month: Drew Doughty | ESPN
The fact that Jones and Jackman were the runners up should give you some idea of the methodology behind this award, but it's nice for some Western Conference players to get the nod.

Hockey game in Ottawa delayed after player shoots a hole in the boards |
From my twitter feed during the delay, I thought the players had stormed the ice and taken out all the glass or something.

Scott won't turn down All-Star Game invitation | TSN
John Scott for Pacific Division Captain.

The Oilers would be out of their minds if they traded Ryan Nugent-Hopkins | CBSSports
The Oilers need to make changes. Except not those changes. Because that requires moving actual valuable assets, and why do that when you can just keep losing?