Saturday's Dump & Chase: Young Guns

RFA contracts are being signed and other prospect camps are being wrapped up. It's times like these where fans love to think about the future of their team and Winnipeg Jets fans should be telling everyone else to eat their hearts out.

Without further ado...

Predators, Fifth Third Bank Partner for Bridgestone Arena Summer Ice | Nashville Predators - News
Nashville will be laying ice down in Bridgestone Arena during select dates this summer. Check it out if you're in the area!

Are Predators favorites to win Central Division? | The Tennessean
I'd still give the Blackhawks the slight edge in this one. Toews, Kane, Panarin, Hossa, Keith, and Seabrook is a very formidable group of skaters. The Preds got a lot closer, though.

Report: Sabres sent cavalry to meet with Vesey in Boston | ProHockeyTalk
At this point I really want to see Vesey sign with Boston just so Sweeney can bring him down with the ship.

Avs sign MacKinnon to seven-year, $44.1M deal | TSN
MacKinnon was recorded saying he feels the pressure to win a cup. Too bad he doesn't play defense or goalie because Colorado isn't even close to winning a cup without either.

NHL: Devils think Zacha ready to compete for a roster spot |
Pavel Zacha, 19, was the sixth overall pick in last year's draft. He was highly touted for a long time before that and it will be interesting to see if he and Taylor Hall can start to bring some offense back to New Jersey.

Datsyuk Thanks Fans, Bids NHL Farewell | CBS Detroit
And somehow Detroit will find a way to get through this because they are Detroit and drafting well is what they do.

NHL Rumours: Latest on Tavares, Matthews, Vesey contracts |
The only real wild card here is Vesey. Tavares and obviously Matthews are staying right where they are. It's just about money and, in Tavares' case, term.

NHL broadcasting legend Doc Emrick lives dream by calling Pirates game | Sporting News
Dock Emrick should get whatever he wants because he is the man.

NHL shouldn't wait on results of AHL experiment to end fighting | NY Daily News
The NHL looks like they are testing new fighting rules in the AHL. Players can fight only 9 times during the season. Afterwords they are suspended one game for every following fight and two games for fights 14 and up.

Top prospect Ivan Provorov literally fighting for a spot in NHL with Flyers | CSN Philly
I thought this was fitting to post right after the link above...

Jets re-sign Mark Scheifele to eight-year contract -
The Jets are a team that is going to be SCARY in a couple of years. They already had one of the best prospect pools in the NHL BEFORE they drafted Laine.

Coyotes' Chychrun motivated to quicken his NHL path | Arizona Sports
The Predators were so close to getting Chychrun. It might not be a bad thing they didn't because of how much scouts soured on him. Fabbro could have very well been higher on the Predators' draft board.

Jonathan Bernier traded to Ducks for draft pick | CBC
Hard to believe Bernier got traded for a conditional pick. The Leafs will start goalie experiment two with Anderson.