Saturday's Dump & Chase: Get Well Soon, Denna Laing

I was going to feature Ryan Johansen's B-E-A-Utiful debut in this Dump and Chase but quite frankly there are much more important things in life than hockey. Last week in the Outdoor Women's Classic, Denna Laing of the Boston Blades was hit into the boards and suffered a severe spinal cord in

You've probably seen this plenty of times but just in case you wanted to watch it again...

On another note, with the absence of Seth Jones the Predators might have a hole to fill on the third right defenseman spot. If Bitetto and/or Granberg don't step up there will be a move to be made.

Nashville News & Notes

Avalanche top Predators; Johansen scores in debut |
As fun as it was to watch Johansen finally do his thing in a Predators uniform, the fact that Nashville gave up a very key two points to the Avalanche (who they are now tied with in the standings) is very disappointing. The Predators need to start winning and tonight's game against Phoenix would be a good start. K? Thnx.

Johansen to A to Z: "I was jacked up. It was like you were drafted [again]." | 102.5 The Game
Johansen talks about being very excited to be part of the Nashville Predators and I think we would all say that works both ways. He also talked about the merits of pedicures and to not "knock it until you try it..."

Shea Weber sad to see Seth Jones go, happy to see Ryan Johansen | ESPN
Webs talks about viewing Seth Jones almost as a son and how he's sad to see him go. He also acknowledges that now Jones is in Columbus "there's nothing holding him back;" aka he and Roman Josi.

Alden Hirschfeld Suffers Seizure; Ads lose 4-2 | Admirals Roundtable
Max Gortz put up another assist last night but also had a turnover that led directly to a goal in a disappointing Admirals loss. None of that really mattered, though, in the grand scheme of things considering the scary medical situation that unfolded at the Grand Rapids Griffins bench where Hirschfeld suffered a seizure and was carted out of the rink.

Fifteen with Max Görtz | Admirals Roundtable
Potential future Predator Max Gortz talks about his inspirations growing up playing hockey, some of his more memorable moments in hockey and life, and more...

Around the World of Hockey

Health Update, Statements on Denna Laing | NWHL
The NWHL's released statement about Denna Laing and the known extents of her injury.

New York Rangers News: Rangers Trade Emerson Etem To Vancouver For Nick Jensen | Blueshirt Banter
Due to Etem being a healthy scratch for much of the season and being unable to be sent down to the AHL without going through waivers, the Rangers decided to ship him out for more flexible options.

Many mysteries left to uncover in the second half of the NHL season | ESPN
We've seen streaks and skids, goals and grumbling, but there is so much left to watch for in the second half of the season, including what will happen in the Stamkos and Drouin sagas in Tampa.

A Conversation with Zack Kassian | OilersNation
Kassian talks about moving past his drug use and on to trying to retain a spot on the Oilers roster.

How much was Sidney Crosby hurt by coach Mike Johnston? (Trending Topics) | Yahoo Sports

Not a participant in the All Star game, how much of Crosby's play is due to Crosby and how much is due to the coaching change?

2016 WJC Review: Total team effort propels USA to bronze medal | Hockey's Future
I'm really happy about this because, unlike last year, team USA actually hung around (mentally) for their bronze medal game.

Documentary explores history of black hockey players | Yahoo Sports

"Soul on Ice: Present & Future" talks about the groundbreaking black hockey players who broke the color barrier in the sport we love.

Capitals forward Johansson suspended two games |
Marcus Johansson (that's the one you pronounce Yohanson) will be suspended for two games for a charge that resulted in direct contact to Islanders' forward Thomas Hickey.

NHL Star Dustin Penner Accused of Assault in Gym Repo |
Dustin Penner -- former hockey star for the Ducks and Kings -- is accused of assaulting a local gym manager after a hugging match.