Thursday's Dump & Chase: Game Seven!

Few things in hockey are more enjoyable than a game seven playoff game that you aren't personally invested in. I'm still working on that part, but I'm looking forward to the spiritual palate cleanser.

Nashville News & Notes

Evason Reflects on Admirals Season, Talks Future Preds | Nashville Predators
Lots of good things in the pipeline.

Predators hope for 'well-rounded' Colin Wilson | The Tennessean
I'm not holding my breath.

Around Hockey

Franchise history: The Sharks are off to the Stanley Cup Final – ProHockeyTalk
They await the winner of the Lightning-Penguins series.

NHL -- Q&A: Peter Stastny might be retired, but he's still fighting -- for his son, his sport and his home country | ESPN
"[Ninth, 10th, 11th] is where we belong" isn't good enough for Peter Stastny.

Tampa Bay Lightning enter into affiliation agreement with ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings | Syracuse Crunch
This move could open up possibilities for another shift in ECHL affiliations that would affect Nashville's team in Cincinnatti.

NHL Playoffs Seeding: What's The Point Of Winning In The Regular Season? | Die By The Blade
I think this argument has been beaten to death, but there are charts!

Boston Bruins seeking to improve blue line this summer -
Earlier this year, I was mistaken about Corey Potter's NHL games played. I'm pretty sure we could sell him to Sweeney if we tried.

Lightning not expecting Stamkos back for Game 7 | TSN
I'd say they aren't expecting him back at all.

How the Sharks have shut down every top goal scorer they have faced -
I'd chalk a lot of this up to chance and injury, but keep it in mind when people are complaining about Vlasic making the short list for Team Canada.

Sharks' first line of Pavelski, Thornton, Hertl lead the way - San Jose Mercury News
No one could stop this line during the playoffs.

Jim Rutherford keyed Penguins playoff run with roster overhaul | USA Today
The praise for Rutherford here is a little effusive.

‘There’s still lots of room for growth’: Stars GM preaches patience with Nichushkin – ProHockeyTalk
I'd take a flyer on him, since the Stars fans I know are ready to run him out of town on a rail.

After the trophy hunt, the job search: Omaha company helps pro athletes find a new field -
Integrating hockey players into the general work force once their careers fade is a very overlooked task.

Jones contract talks ongoing | The Fourth Period
The rumored figures here don't make a lot of sense to me, but it's Kekalainen.