Monday's Dump & Chase: Progress

Links for your Monday

Barry Trotz Outlines Vision for Predators Future
The Nashville Predators have officially entered offseason mode, and President of Hockey Operations & General Manager David Poile has begun the process of “handing the keys” over to his successor, Senior Advisor Barry Trotz.

Goaltending is certainly a thing the Preds had this season, but seeing that Barry Trotz wants to build off of the young talent as well is cause for optimism.

Kraken soak in 1st home playoff game despite loss
When the final horn blew Saturday, some of the sellout crowd of 17,151 stood at Climate Pledge Arena. The Seattle Kraken lost 6-4 in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round, falling behind the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in the best-of-7 series, yet fans cheered and waved ice blue rally towels anywa…

I'm glad their fans are getting to enjoy the playoffs, despite the, ah, unfortunate score.

Cooper responds to Keefe’s ‘manipulating officials’ dig as gamesmanship ramps up
Coaches Jon Cooper, the master puller of strings, and Sheldon Keefe, sick of settling for respect in the handshake line, are ratcheting up the off-ice gamesmanship in a series where one favourable whistle could prove the difference. Luke Fox tells us what it means.

Have the Maple Leafs and Lightning considered just playing hockey?

Wild’s Foligno rips refs for two penalties leading to Stars PP goals: ‘It’s a joke’
Minnesota Wild forward Marcus Foligno blasted the referees after he was charged with two controversial penalties, leading to a pair of power-play goals for the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

The Minnesota Wild sure haven't, apparently.

‘Deflating’ penalties doom Isles in Game 4 defeat
The New York Islanders, attempting to tie their first-round series with the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at 2-2, took four first-period penalties en route to a crushing 5-2 loss at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.

It's been a rough postseason for the Isles.

MacKinnon: Kraken my ‘hardest 1st round’ foe
Nathan MacKinnon praised the Kraken after the Avs’ 6-4 win in Game 3 on Saturday night, saying that this is “definitely the hardest first round I’ve been in.”

Apparently, the hockey etiquette of politely acting like you take every other team seriously goes out the window once you have the phrase "defending champion" attached to your name, or your team's.

Ullmark challenges Tkachuk to fight, earns praise from team as Bruins pound Panthers
Taylor Hall and Jake DeBrusk each scored twice, Linus Ullmark stopped 41 shots and the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 6-2 in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff game Sunday.

I didn't know goalies could fight non-goalies.

Connecticut Whale Sign Olympic Gold Medalist Kacey Bellamy
Terms of her agreement include a salary of $122,000 plus a signing bonus of $7,000.

This is big news for the PHF.

Color of Hockey: O’Ree, Dawson to receive honorary doctorate degrees
William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog since 2012. Douglas joined in 2019 and writes about people of color in the sport. Today, he profiles Willie O’Ree and Bob Dawson, hockey trailblazers who will receive honorary doctorate degrees from two Canadian universities in May.

Two trailblazers will both be recognized for their historic contributions to hockey.