Monday's Dump & Chase: Play Austin Watson

When the season began, I said on the Predcast that I would have rather been "ride or die with Austin Watson as 1C than to see this team re-sign Mike Ribeiro." I'm not backing down from that statement. Watson might be a better fit for this offense right now than Sissons or Gaustad at th

Nashville Predators / San Jose Sharks News & Notes

Predators down 2-0 to Sharks, but remain confident | Tennessean
"Nothing is over." -Rambo

Sharks' Vlasic jokes he has 'face of steel' after absorbing Weber shot |
"Yeah man, cheating death is great."

Pavelski’s late goal helps Sharks grab 2-0 series lead over Preds – ProHockeyTalk
Preds outshot San Jose 39-25. That feels good, yeah.

Around the Realm of Hockey

How Niemi's relief appearance nearly turned Stars' game around: 'It really wasn't (Lehtonen's) night' | SportsDay
Rough night for Kari. But if the Stars want to ride or die with Niemi... good luck.

Hedman is Lightning’s workhorse and key to advancing in playoffs | and The Tampa Tribune
The Florida Viking is one of my favorite players, and the silver lining for Tampa Bay is that a future without Stamkos = the rest of that core gets re-signed.

Jagr, Dupuis among Masterson finalists - Article - TSN
Your vote? I'm going with Jagr. He's essentially helped revive a franchise in the process.

Ron Cook: Orpik's borderline hit on Maatta should surprise no one | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"We should be ashamed of ourselves for our sanctimoniousness."

Amanda Kessel signs one-year deal with NHWL's New York Riveters | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is great news. She's going to NY instead of Boston, which means now the NWHL has something that every young league and young team needs: a rivalry.

Washington Capitals D Brooks Orpik suspended 3 games for hit on Pittsburgh Penguins D Olli Maatta | ESPN

After a decade in St. Louis, Backes emerging a playoff hero -
Glad to see Backes getting his due. I'm sure he'll be paid handsomely in Minne-..... hahaha.

Let's discuss the many reasons the Ducks shouldn't have fired Bruce Boudreau -
Scary thought: imagine if Bruce gets behind the bench of Minnesota or St. Louis?

Reusse: Gophers' Big Three overwhelmed by pro counterparts more than ever -
This is an interesting read. The Twin Cities area is a very crowded sports market.

Plenty to get excited about for Jets - Article - TSN
Actually, yeah. The Jets are building a team and not just a cluster of similar lottery picks.