Friday's Dump & Chase: Track Suits

There has been a significant amount of hullabaloo over Evander Kane's tardiness and track suit. Winnipeg seems to be in a constant holding pattern with Kane and it begs the obvious question: which Predators would look best in a track suit? Something tells me Craig Smith, with that glorious hair,

Nashville Predators News

Preds begin extension talks with Fisher, Ribeiro | ProHockeyTalk
While reading this my chest started to feel tight and it was tough to breath. The Preds will have lots of money coming off the books after the season so I hope Poile isn't feeling too generous. They'll have to resign some pretty good young players in two/three years from now. Still, Ribeiro and Fisher have earned new contracts. The amount is the tricky part.

Preds' Poile sees success in year after eye injury | The Tennessean
I'm glad he's feeling better.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Evander Kane missed game after incident with Byfuglien | CBC Sports
At long last, we might get to see Evander Kane on a good team soon.

Where do Kane and the Jets go from here? |
Looks as if he may not play on that good team soon afterall. I added this as well because Elliotte Friedman offers great insight.

Evander Kane: why trading talent is not the answer | Arctic Ice Hockey
From the perspective of a Jets fan.

What should the Blackhawks do on the blue line? | Second City Hockey
Oduya and Rozsival on a nightly basis aren't getting the job done. Can an upgrade be acquired?

How Does This Season Compare to Last For the Minnesota Wild? | Hockey Wilderness
Have the Wild regressed with their play or improved? Standings say regressed but the underlying numbers tell a different story.

Sami Vatanen, Rickard Rakell boost Anaheim's depth for playoff push | Puck Daddy
If the Ducks do call Rickard Rakell "Ricky Ricardo" in the locker room then I am disappointed. MoonRaker (yes, I know it was an awful movie), Captain Jean-Luc Rickard, and Rakell the Chef (more of a reach) are better choices. If the Ducks are settling for Ricky Ricardo, I hope at the very least they call him "Babalu" instead.

Anaheim Ducks may trade Matt Beleskey? |
Belesky is one hell of a bottom-six forward.

Ducks set up well for playoff run | TSN
Are the Ducks still a paper tiger? The numbers say, 'no-ish'.

Former Flyers' president to be named executive chairman of Panthers | theScore
Congrats to Peter Luukko for his new role with the Quebec Panthers!

In praise of Steve Mason | ProHockeyTalk
I don't squander chances to poke fun at the Flyers or Mason, but Mason has been good. And good for him for trying to pull his career together again. Step two is getting out of Philadelphia.

Don Cherry's birthday: Best rants of the season |
Happy Birthday to America's eccentric neighbor.

Canucks’ Tanev experiencing concussion-like symptoms | ProHockeyTalk
Could be a huge issue going forward. The Canucks are trying to hold on to their playoff spot and Bieksa is already out.

Setting the Salary Cap: The Zero-Sum Game and How to Fix it |
Interesting article about how to fix escrow.

Prospective Las Vegas team owner to begin season ticket drive Tuesday | theScore
Las Vegas seems like a bad place for a long-term deposit like this one.

Top 10 NHL team rivalries as of right now | Puck Daddy
Other than the Hawks and Blues, who do you think could make an interesting rival for Nashville in coming years? They don't need to be rivals as of right now.