Thursday's Dump & Chase: Scuttlebuttin'

Not a bad new year in the Music City so far. We haven't talked about it yet, but a Chris Stapleton and Kings of Leon concert downtown was a nice start. And now, our beloved hockey team did the one thing we've been asking of them to do for a long while: get a top-line center. Let's party.


Seriously. Let's party.
Ladies and gentlemen, from Austin, Texas... Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble:

That bass line is filthy. Wow.

We might not win the cup this year, but we now have the team in town that is built like a team that CAN win the cup someday. Take a moment to breathe that in today. But first, here are a bunch of people who agree with me:

Nashville Predators News, Notes, and HOT TAKES (mostly regarding the trade)

Predators acquire Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones | Tennessean
"If we didn't make this trade today, we'd be trying to make the same trade tomorrow, the next day, in the offseason," Poile said. "Looking at free agency, looking at the draft, it just wasn't there, so this is a good move for us today and for the future."

Poile Delivers, Can Johansen? | PredneckNation
Greg and Brandon deliver the goods, and the relieve is noticeable.

Trade of Ryan Johansen to Predators and Seth Jones to Blue Jackets analysis | - NHL Insider
Dan Rosen releases the fricken dragon.
"Tortorella never loved Johansen, but it appeared the forward's marriage to the Blue Jackets was doomed even before the new coach came on board seven games into this season. It likely started to deteriorate when Johansen didn't report last season because of a contract dispute; he eventually signed for three years."

Johansen hopes to meet fans' — and his own — expectations in Nashville | Nashville Post
If Johansen can get back to 60+ point seasons and raise his handsome/60, we'll consider it a success.

NHL -- Solid gambles by Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals should strengthen Cup chances | ESPN
Pierre likes it too.

How the NHL's Balance of Power Shifted After a Crazy Deal-Filled Day | Bleacher Report
Dater makes a case that Nashville is not only headed in the right direction now, but in the right direction as a franchise.

Ryan Johansen, Seth Jones trade Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators | - News
The headline was "Preds Get Johansen". It's not "Columbus Gets Jones". Right away, that should tell you something.

Blue Jackets trade F Johansen to Predators for D Jones - Article - TSN
The audio clips and the takes in here are spot on. Both sides may win this deal.


To Milwaukee, From Nashville: Who Is Frédérick Gaudreau? | Admirals Roundtable
Daniel Lavender paints a picture of a guy who works as hard as the coach demands, and another typical Nashville forward.

Fifteen with Marek Mazanec | Admirals Roundtable
There's also an audio link to here Marek's awesome voice. This is most excellent!

The Ripple Effect and Other NHL/Hockey News

Edmonton Oilers Lose Seth Jones, Can Go for Travis Hamonic | Oil on Whytle
So, the Edmonton Oilers didn't get Seth Jones, as the Predators traded him to Columbus. Does this move make the Oilers frontrunners for Travis Hamonic?

Jackets acquire Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen - The Cannon
Read. The. Comments.

World Junior Championship shakes up 2016 NHL Draft stock |
The Finns are coming.

2016 NHL All-Star Game rosters: Instant analysis, biggest snubs -
Who cares, let's party!

Artemi Panarin circles Penguins zone before putting one past Marc-Andre Fleury -
The Blackhawks rookie now has three goals in two days against the Penguins.

So, the Kings hope Vincent Lecavalier will be like Bill Walton | ProHockeyTalk
Grateful Dead fandom optional?

Why the Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier trade is a win for the Philadelphia Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
Vincent Lecavalier is no longer a Flyer. Luke Schenn is no longer a Flyer. Flyers fans say they won the trade.

Capitals Sign Mike Richards to 1-Year Prorated Deal - Japers' Rink
Go Caps. And Go Mike Richards.

Panthers teammates enjoy the quirky nature of Jaromir Jagr | FOX Sports
This will make you smile. I promise.