Friday’s Dump & Chase: Past, Present, Future

The Predators sign a young gun, prepare for the draft, and await news about a past deal—all in these links.

Nashville News & Notes

This is a great signing for the Preds looking ahead.

Poile Reflects on Rinne's Career, Impact Made with Preds in Nashville
Poile revealed Tuesday, following Rinne's press conference to officially announce his retirement, that the goaltender met with the GM "a couple of weeks ago" to deliver the verdict.

Nope. Still not ready to talk about it.

NHL Mock Draft 2021: Nashville Predators select Oskar Olausson with No. 18 pick | On the Forecheck
If drafted, the forward has real top-six potential for Nashville.

Here’s who Eric D. would pick—and I would let him pick, Predators.

Shea Weber Montreal Canadiens Nashville Predators |
If Weber were to retire, as opposed to landing on long-term injured reserve, the Predators would face a cap charge in each of the next five seasons, starting with a $4.9 million charge in the upcoming season and building to a charge of $24.57 million in 2025-26, the final year of Weber's deal.

Here’s a situation developing that the Predators organization has to be watching very closely.

Nailed it, Milwaukee.  NAILED. IT.

Hockey News & Notes

Lessons Kraken, rest of NHL can take from Vegas expansion draft
The Seattle Kraken will begin building their roster in the expansion draft in one week and there are lessons everybody can take from the previous draft.

The next seven days will be angst-filled in the NHL.

Ben Bishop Dallas Stars Seattle Kraken expansion draft |
Veteran goaltender Ben Bishop has agreed to waive his no-movement clause for the purpose of being left unprotected ahead of the July 21st expansion draft as the Seattle Kraken prepares to become the NHL's 32nd team.

Will the Kraken bite on this?

Florida Panthers buying out defenseman Keith Yandle | Litter Box Cats
Cats will bite the bullet on remaining two years of contract.

Panthers re-up Gustav Forsling and Anthony Duclair | Litter Box Cats
Pair of RFAs sign on the line which is dotted.

The Panthers have been busy signing and buying (out).

Toronto Maple Leafs Zach Hyman trade rights |
The Toronto Maple Leafs have granted Zach Hyman’s agent, Todd Reynolds, permission to speak with other NHL clubs to investigate trading his rights, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

It will be mighty interesting to see what teams show interest in Zach Hyman.

How Brent Sopel is opening doors for fellow former hockey players |
"We invest all of our time in hockey and training and being the best athlete we can be, but we missed out on entry-level jobs and job promotions. A lot of my peers, they may have a house and a family right now, their whole lives situated. I'm still trying to find my way."

Life after sports isn’t an easy path to navigate. Brent Sopel is helping hockey players with that.

Whale sign top pick Taylor Girard | The Ice Garden
Girard brings an infusion of size, strength, and skill to the Pod.

As a Whales fan, I heartily approve!

Saroya Tinker debuts ‘Shut Up and Play’ | The Ice Garden
The first episode of Saroya Tinker’s new podcast, ‘Shut Up and Play,’ exploring activism in sports, has been released!

Add this to your listen list.

Kivlenieks 'died a hero,' Blue Jackets teammate says at memorial
Matiss Kivlenieks died a hero.

Such a terrible loss for the hockey world, his family, and his country.

Mood Music

Will the Preds have to take on any of Shea’s remaining salary? Let this tune distract you from that stressful thought.