Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Through The Fire And Flames

In which our heroes try to win their fifth straight game, Forsberg’s defensive prowess is analyzed, and Bobby Ryan laments being paid $7.5 million to sit in the press box.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Preds Reassign Colin Blackwell to Milwaukee | Nashville Predators
Filip Forsberg:

Filip Forsberg: An Underappreciated Defensive Difference Maker For The Nashville Predators | On the Forecheck
Speaking of Forsberg, Big Bry’s got some new charts that analyze Prince Fil’s defensive prowess.

Predators Tease 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Jersey Reveal | Nashville Predators
Saturday’s the day, people.

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: Grand Rapids Groans | On the Forecheck
After four straight losses (three of which required an extra frame), the Ads finally picked up a couple of wins against the Texas Stars.

Roman Josi gets his payday from Predators, who are rightfully all-in on the now | The Hockey News
“Coming off of one of the most team-friendly deals in the NHL, the 29-year-old has inked an eight-year, $72.5-million extension that will make him one of the highest paid defensemen in the league. Could the deal pose problems down the line? Maybe, but the Predators aren’t worrying about that now.”

You’re damn right they aren’t worrying about it now. Win cups now. Worry later.

Other Hockey News & Notes

How will the St. Louis Blues react to Tarasenko’s long-term injury? | The Hockey News
Losing Tarasenko for essentially the rest of the regular season is a major blow, no doubt, but this is still a playoff team in my eyes.

I also think they’ll end up making a trade down the line for someone like Tyler Toffoli as well.

Hockey Hall of Famer and former Maple Leafs GM Jim Gregory dies at 83 | Sportsnet
“It is impossible to express the extent to which the National Hockey League family adored Jim Gregory and the loss we feel as a result of his passing,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “Jim was one of the first to welcome me to the NHL almost 27 years ago and I have treasured his friendship and relied upon his wisdom every day since. Nobody loved the game more. Nobody ever served it better. We will miss him terribly.”

Senators’ Bobby Ryan wrestling with life as high-paid healthy scratch | Sportsnet
I’ll gladly switch places with you, Bobby. Just say the word.

Chicago Blackhawks D Brent Seabrook feels he can ‘still be a good player for somebody’ | TSN
So I understand the contract is a tire fire, but does Seabrook really deserve to be scratched? I mean, we’ve got Old Man Hamhuis and Matt Irwin putzing around pretty regularly out there. Surely, he can’t be worse than that...can he?

Hellebuyck gets pulled as Jets open road trip with loss to Ducks | Sportsnet
So things are not going well for Winnipeg so far, as Cam Fowler set a franchise record for career goals by an Anaheim Ducks defender in their 7-4 win over the Jets on Tuesday night.

Ovechkin’s critique not new, Leafs know need for team game to win Cup | Sportsnet
Listen to Ovi, you dolts!

Report: Capitals GM MacLellan hasn’t talked new deal with Ovechkin | Sportsnet
Give Ovi whatever he wants, you dolts!