Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst

Well, the injury-addled Preds play another of the division’s top teams tonight. Things continue to look grim, but at least they’ve actually managed to beat this team before. Just trying to stay optimistic here, y’all.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Losing Ryan Ellis might force Nashville Predators’ hand at trade deadline | A to Z Sports Nashville
*Sigh*... Things are bad again.

NHL Power Rankings 1-31 poll, plus a key positive or negative trend for every team | ESPN
“GM David Poile promised a youth movement, but it never came. As the Predators struggle in their current iteration, several highly paid veterans — Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen are the most attractive — could be traded as soon as this season.”

I will eat my hat if Ryan Ellis, Filip Forsberg, or Ryan Johansen are traded. Forsberg and Ellis are too important, and Johansen’s contract is basically unmovable.

Hurricanes’ Niederreiter fined $5K for hit on Predators’ Saros | Sportsnet
Well, I don’t know what I expected. He was never going to get suspended for that.

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: Youth Movement | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: The Wolves finally suffered their first loss of the season, but they rebounded beautifully with an 8-4 drubbing of Grand Rapids. Rem Pitlick, Tommy Novak, and Jérémy Davies just keep racking up points as well.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Canadiens fire director of goaltending Waite, appoint Burke to role | Sportsnet
The Montreal Canadiens have fired long-time director of goaltending Stéphane Waite and replaced him with Sean Burke, a former NHL all-star netminder who played 18 seasons in the NHL.

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Mergevin: Firing goaltending coach Stephane Waite was his own decision | TSN
Piggybacking on the Waite firing in Montreal, GM Marc Bergevin was quick to point out why he made the change.

“I made the decision based on the tools I need to give Carey and Jake to continue and to hit their full potential,” said Bergevin. “Carey was told after the decision was made, after Stephane Waite was fired. Carey is still an excellent goalie, one of the best in the league, but he needs help.”

Crystal and Bruce Boudreau are on a junior hockey mission | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The former NHL coach and his wife have already started one franchise and have another in the pipeline. But it’s about more than just wins and losses.

Edmonton Oilers lose Alex Chiasson to a one-game suspension after cross-check during Monday’s loss | ESPN
Alex Chiasson has been suspended for one game for cross-checking Jimmy Vesey. Fair or foul?

Hint: It’s fair.

Ondrej Palat has become Lightning’s ‘Mr. Clutch’ | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The Tampa winger won’t challenge for the scoring title, but when the defending Stanley Cup champs have needed a big goal this season, Palat has been there to supply it.