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Friday’s Dump & Chase: Sweet, Sweet Victory

Nashville News & Notes

What Will the Predators Pay Seth Jones – Today’s Slapshot
After locking up Ekholm long-term, I’m pretty bullish on Poile’s ability to get this done.

Devan Dubnyk loses the puck in his pads, Preds score game winning goal – SBNation.com
This one felt pretty great. Hodgson getting his first was nice, too.

Dreger Report: 3-on-3 for All-Star Game? — TSN
I for one am all for making what is arguably the least entertaining part of the All-Star Weekend that much better.

Wild’s Zach Parise hurt vs. Predators on awkward hit from James Neal – CBSSports.com
That did not look good.

The Wide World of Hockey

NHL won’t vote in December on Las Vegas expansion team | Las Vegas Review-Journal
The NHL has remained mum on the expansion bids by Las Vegas and Quebec City, but the next likely date for a vote is in Nashville during the All Star festivities.

Allow The Buffalo Sabres To Tell You Why Drugs Are Bad | Deadspin
Featuring Phil Housley playing air guitar.

Why I Stopped Caring about My Favourite Team | VICE Sports
The cautionary tale of how Dave Lozo became a soulless automaton.

NHL caught in Defense Department spending scandal – SI.com
Six NHL teams were named in a report on “paid patriotism” published this week.

Angela Ruggiero happy to be a part of defense-heavy Hockey Hall of Fame class | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports
One of the most decorated American hockey players enters this year’s Hall of Fame class with Nashville’s Phil Housley.

Andrew MacDonald coping with life in the minors | USA Today
He isn’t even the highest paid player in the history of the AHL, which is the most incredible part of this story.

Crosby disagrees with Babcock on bigger nets, but wants goalie gear reduced | ProHockeyTalk
Wednesday, Babcock told the media he thought nets should be bigger to increase scoring. I hope this conflict in no way impacts Team Canada’s chances at silver next October.

Barry Trotz named to Team Canada staff – The Washington Post
Nice to see him get his props from the national team, although it may cause some trouble with training camp.

How will the Oilers make up for the loss of McDavid’s offence? | Sportsnet.ca
With eight months between now and when they’ll draft Auston Matthews, how can the Oilers keep the dream alive?

Talking Points