Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Hello, August

The bad news is that August 1st means that news around the league has slowed to a trickle. On the bright side, we are close to halfway through the off-season!

Nashville Predators News

In the picture above, we see Ryan Johansen practicing the best way to receive a check for a whole lot of money, while David Poile shows just how much physical space $8 million takes up.

Central Division Roundup

Avalanche Mailbag: Is there a danger Nikita Zadorov really could go to KHL?
*Heavy Drawl*: "When thuh Avs weein the Cup this year, wayer will they hold thuh parade? I'll hayung up an' lissun."

Blackhawks to appear on national TV a league-high 17 times in 2017-18 | CSN Chicago
Wow, I'm surprised. Completely stunned. Care to show the people how shocked I am, Johnny?

Dallas Stars Will Host 2018 NHL Draft: What You Need To Know | Blackout Dallas
But will cowboy hat sales outpace a normal Saturday on Broadway?

Wild sign forward Nino Niederreiter to five-year contract | Sportsnet
ICYMI: The Wild have locked up one of the best hockey names for the next 5 seasons.

Restless Fabbri is ready for Blues camp already | STL Today
Kinda sounds like a disease, tbh. "Consult your doctor to see if you might have Restless Fabbri, and if Athrozenica might be right for you."

Around the Hockeyverse

Celtics minority owner and potential NHL owner meets with Seattle stadium board | CBSSports.com
They met about a stadium, hmmmm? *Eyebrow wiggle*

What We Learned: NHL bridge contracts and their many evils
"This is one of those contracts where you say, 'Ah maybe it’s a little high for now but if he keeps developing along this path then it won’t be for long.' Johansen is awesome, and a clear No. 1 center on a team that desperately needed it."

At least Ryan Lambert gets it.

Sheary re-signs with Penguins on 3-year deal | TSN
I know you guys are just stoked to read about the Pittsburgh Penguins, but I've got a soft spot for under-sized, undrafted, players getting paid (Viktor Arvidsson Syndrome most likely).

Former Canadiens defenceman Markov signs with Russian club - NHL on CBC Sports - Hockey news, opinion, scores, stats, standings
Not a bad move if you're already financially stable. He might as well start booking his flights to PyeongChang for this coming February.