Thursday’s Dump & Chase: The New Deal

In which the NHL secures a new TV deal with ESPN, and Dante Fabbro gets suspended for two games.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators’ Dante Fabbro suspended two games for elbow | On the Forecheck
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Dante Fabbro has been suspended for two games for elbowing Carolina forward Brock McGinn.

So the already-thin Predators defensive corps grows even thinner for the next two contests. My solution? Now stay with me here... Third-pairing defender Calle Järnkrok.

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: Wolves Learn With Opportunity | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Eric and Rachel have your updates from the pipeline.

NHL trade candidate tiers: Names to pay attention to ahead of the deadline | Sportsnet
Here’s their blurb about big Swedish elephant in the room:

“The best defenceman believed to be available, Ekholm makes just $3.75 million against the cap this season and next, making him affordable to any team. On one of the worst goal differential teams in the league, Ekholm’s 65.22 GF percentage is the best mark on the Preds — when he’s on the ice Nashville is outscoring opponents 15-8. While Ekholm is hoping to remain a Predator his lack of trade protection, the team’s general strength on defence, and that they’re at a crossroads leave him as a trade candidate likely to bring a large return to help reshape the future.”

Other Hockey News & Notes

NHL back on ESPN with 7-year multiplatform deal | ESPN
Well, we’ve heard rumblings of this deal since Tuesday, but it is now officially official.

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Hockey: What’s Wrong, and What Must Change? | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
From the NHL to the grassroots, hockey has made strides in becoming a more welcoming environment for the LGBTQ+ community. But numerous barriers remain. What are the next steps, and what does the future look like?

Artemi Panarin practices with New York Rangers two weeks after taking leave | ESPN
Artemi Panarin returned to Rangers practice Wednesday, more than two weeks after he took a personal leave of absence from the team. Panarin took an indefinite leave on Feb. 22 after his former Kontinental Hockey League coach, Andrei Nazarov, told a Russian newspaper that Panarin got into a physical altercation with a woman in Latvia 10 years ago.

I’m not going to comment more on this story, because it’s murky as hell and I quite frankly don’t know what to make of it.

Shai Buium: Cali Kid, Israeli Roots | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The 2021 NHL draft prospect and Sioux City defender has scouts very intrigued with his combination of size and smarts.

Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett looks forward to ‘starting fresh’ under Darryl Sutter | TSN
Despite being involved in trade rumors, Sam Bennett said he’s looking forward to a fresh start with new head coach Darryl Sutter.

“We’ve had some really good conversations just about what he wants from me and what he expects,” Bennett said of Sutter. “I’m definitely looking forward to starting fresh here and proving my worth again.”

The Flyers Need More from Carter Hart | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
After some flashes of brilliance at points this season, Carter Hart has found himself in a bit of a rough patch. The Flyers need their young starter to fly high again.