Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Silent

While players and organizations from other sports across the country chose to speak out yesterday, the NHL collectively decided to punt.

[Ed: The links post today will be our only hockey content, in company with other SBNation sites taking a day of silence either yesterday or today. We expect to resume regular content tomorrow.]

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Eeli Tolvanen returned to the familiar Jokerie booth - big goal elswhere: “Stayed in the barrel” | MTVuutiset
Isn’t Google Translate just the best?

Unfortunately the only articles I could find about Tolvanen’s first game back with Jokerit were all in Finnish. Regardless, in his first game back with his old KHL club he found the back of the net.

Nashville Predators Prospects Season in Review: Ethan Haider (G) | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Eric breaks down the former 5th rounder’s first season in the USHL and his performance in the World Jr. A Challenge.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Daly: NHL doesn’t currently plan to postpone games | Sportsnet

Wild’s Matt Dumba says NHL’s decision to hold games Wednesday ‘disheartening’ | ESPN
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba said it was “kind of sad and disheartening” that the NHL chose to hold its games Wednesday, while other pro sports postponed games in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Flyers use OT to defeat Islanders in Game 2, even Eastern Second Round |
Well, Philly tried their hardest to give it away by blowing a three-goal lead, but they ended up surviving thanks to Philippe Myers’s game-winning goal in overtime.

Sharks’ Logan Couture says he was punched for Donald Trump, Republican support | Yahoo Sports
Not going to get political here, but you would be very mistaken to think I wasn’t going to link the story about the Sharks’ captain getting punched in the face for supporting a politician he can’t even vote for.

Arizona Coyotes forfeit two draft picks for violating combine testing policy | TSN
Well whoever takes over as the new GM of Arizona (ahem... Steve Sullivan) is sure in for a barrel of fun!

Vegas Golden Knights star Jonathan Marchessault apologizes for profane comments | ESPN
On Instagram, Marchessault responded to a handful of comments accusing him of “diving” to draw penalties in Tuesday’s Game 2. His responses varied from telling critics “don’t waste my time” to mocking their looks to suggesting they engage in a lewd act with their mother.

There’s no need to apologize, sir. Players should rant and rave at fans on social media more often. It’s hilarious.

Islanders’ playoff run boosting ticket sales for new arena | ESPN
Ah, hope and optimism... I remember what that was like.

Blues’ Tarasenko to have another shoulder surgery, out at least 5 months | Sportsnet
For the second time in less than a year, St. Louis Blues star winger Vladimir Tarasenko will have major shoulder surgery.

Canadiens coach Claude Julien ‘feeling great,’ will return next season | Sportsnet
Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien announced Wednesday that he’s feeling great after his health scare earlier this month and will “absolutely” be back behind the bench next season.