Friday's Dump & Chase: Distractions

I don't have anything witty and uplifting for today. What we do have is a lot of other hockey going on and plenty of drama to go with it. Enjoy.

Nashville News & Notes

Nashville GM David Poile has transformed Predators, and it's all about preparation | LA Times
I think Poile has done a lot of good. He's also done a lot of stunningly mediocre things.

Preds fans continue fishy tradition by tossing catfish onto ice | WKRN
Having to delay the start of the game because of fish guts was a little gross.

'A misfit group,' fun-loving Admirals head into playoffs cohesive and confident | OnMilwaukee
This article is incredible.

Predators Assign Alex Carrier to Milwaukee | Nashville Predators
Carrier had a great season with Gatineau.

Around Hockey

Some NHL Stars Get More Assists At Home Than They Deserve | FiveThirtyEight
Can we retroactively revoke Crosby's Art Ross?

C’Mon Ref: Crawford was instigator and aggressor in clash with Fabbri | TSN
The Hawks lost the game, which pretty much offsets this bizarre sequence of events.

Cam Neely: Job ‘Probably’ On Line If Bruins Miss Playoffs Again Next Season |
It isn't already?

Flames’ CalgaryNEXT proposal could cost $1.8 billion, double original estimate, says city report | Calgary Herald
Are these numbers in Canadian or American?

Kucherov, Lightning haven't discussed new contract |
Yzerman has a big job set out for him this summer.

Prince once promoted 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Video) | Puck Daddy
The Wild should definitely wear those jerseys.

The Magic Man: The best highlights of Pavel Datsyuk's NHL career |
Datsyuk is a legend, and I'm sorry I didn't get to see much of him (even though he was on the Wings).

Rapid Reaction: Pittsburgh Penguins 5, New York Rangers 0 | ESPN
I picked the Penguins, but I didn't think it would go down quite like this.

Laughton released from hospital, won’t play in Game 5 | USA Today
Such a weird play, but hopefully he'll be ok.

Stars rule out Seguin for Game 5 | ProHockeyTalk
They might as well sit him for this series, although I think they'll need him for round two.

Souhan: Wild owner Leipold says GM Fletcher 'not on any hot seat' and will return |
If you, like me, need some schadenfreude to make it through.