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Wednesday’s Dump and Chase: Rest, Reset, and Recharge

Nashville Predators News

Line identity and the Nashville Predators’ fourth line – On the Forecheck
Here’s Shaun’s first “official” iteration of Renegade Ramblings. Be sure to check it out.

Around the League

Hart Trophy favorites include Matthews, McDavid
This one is easy: Connor McDavid.

Lightning start all-Black forward line in game against Panthers
This is awesome. Purely awesome.

North Division playoffs could start same day season ends, Daly says
The playoff teams in Canada will be headed right to the playoffs after the regular season.

Calder Trophy favorites include Kaprizov, Robertson
My vote is for Alex Nedeljkovic.

Gritty spends final home game making Flyers fans’ wishes come true | NHL.com
Way to go, Gritty! (And the Flyers)

Stastny’s lifelong love for hockey still burns ahead of 1,000th NHL game
1,000 games for Paul Stastny.

How Tortorella, Tocchet impact off-season coaching carousel
Will either John Tortorella or Rick Tocchet find another head coaching job?

Why the time for the Sabres to trade Jack Eichel is now
I’m ready for #EichelWatch.

Poor Buffalo.

31 Thoughts: What caused the ‘disconnect’ between Eichel, Sabres
Nashville’s Semyon Chistyakov is mentioned in this week’s 31 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman.

Analyzing how the biggest trade deadline deals have panned out so far
How have the 2021 Trade Deadline acquisitions fared with their new squads?

Flames should turn focus to prospects with playoff hopes snuffed out
I didn’t realize it was this bad in Calgary.

I’d love to acquire a guy like Elias Lindholm, but I’m not sure how useful he’d be for a Predators team that may or may not be rebuilding this summer.

The Reset Has Begun in Columbus – The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, and others on different teams over the next few years. It’s not great in Columbus.

A Jaw-Dropping Stat Pack to Celebrate Connor McDavid’s Greatness – The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Connor McDavid is basically just too good.

Do Not Underestimate Ivan Miroshnichenko – The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
THN previews a 2022-eligible draft prospect from Russia.

Five Playoff-Bound Players Who Could Retire This Summer – The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
I think Pekka Rinne probably should have been included on this list. It’s wild, however, to think of Tuukka Rask retiring. Rask and Rinne will probably start their own Finnish hockey team of just goaltenders.

Five NHLers That Avoided the Sophomore Slump – The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
I like that THN included a line from Fall Out Boy in this article.

Brian Boyle to play at for United States IIHF World Championship after sitting season – TSN.ca
A Brian Boyle sighting!!!!!!!!

We are set up for one of the most exciting NHL postseasons in recent memory – TSN.ca
Some stats and thoughts from TSN’s Travis Jost on the 2021 playoffs.

Dominique Ducharme expects injured Montreal Canadiens to return for playoffs – TSN.ca
Jake Allen has been great for Montreal…he could theoretically take the reigns for the Canadiens if Carey Price isn’t healed up and ready to go. Allen is probably one of the best backups in the League.

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