Friday’s Dump & Chase: When One Chapter Closes

The end of a saga and a little hockey drama all in these links.

Nashville News & Notes

Preds Prospects Report: October | On the Forecheck
Several of the Nashville Predators' prospects are off to a great start.

The monthly prospects update has some really encouraging news.

While Smashville has to say “see you later” to Connor Ingram, we all wish him well in his competitive athletics endeavors in Milwaukee.

Pekka Rinne: Living the Dad Life | On the Forecheck
Retired Predators goalie Pekka Rinne reflects on retirement, fatherhood, and his number being the first to hang in the rafters of Bridgestone Arena.

There isn’t a soul alive who isn’t delighted to see Peks looking well and happy with his new dad life.

Hockey News & Notes

Sabres send Jack Eichel to Golden Knights for top prospect Alex Tuch, multiple draft picks in blockbuster deal |
The star center is officially out of Buffalo.

What a saga.

Jack Eichel, Sabres saga explained: How a medical disagreement led to the star's trade to Vegas |
The Sabres traded Eichel to the Golden Knights on Thursday after the team declined the center's desired surgical procedure.

If you wonder how the saga came to be (or if it’s been going on so long you have forgotten), here is the backstory.

Buffalo Sabres Matthew Tkachuk Calgary Flames |
Matthew Tkachuk was not a part of the Calgary Flames' trade offer for Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said Thursday.

If this isn't proof that hockey rumors are about as reliable as middle schoolers whispering the hallways, I don’t know what is.

Why Are the Edmonton Oilers Playing So Well Right Now? - The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
For a team that hasn't had much to cheer about over the past decade, this certainly changes things. The Oilers equaled their best start to a season this week with a win over Nashville and there are additional reasons, on top of McDavid, Draisaitl and the power play, that has Edmonton in the spot they're in.

Predators fans can attest to the truth in this article.

Blackhawks image needs to be repaired after Kyle Beach scandal |
Those close to the Blackhawks are disenchanted after top brass failed to act on sexual assault allegations from former prospect Kyle Beach in 2010.

There is so much that needs to be addressed before the Blackhawks can begin to rebuild trust and their image with fans in the league.

Pittsburgh Penguins Mike Sullivan COVID-19 protocol |
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is unavailable for Thursday night's game against Philadelphia after being placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.

They are dropping like flies in PA. Get well soon, y’all!

Mood Music

In anticipation of February 24, I give you today’s perfect mood music.