Thursday's Dump & Chase: Making Room for New Friends

The NHL is going to happily take money from people to give them new teams, and use said teams to prop up existing markets. Smile, this is a good thing. Even if your team doesn't get an expansion team in its division, they still get some of that sweet sweet expansion fee money.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Members of Preds Front Office Join Soles4Souls on Trip to Haiti - Nashville Predators - Features
This is excellent stuff. Cheers!

The Tennessean Toast of Music City Reader's Choice Awards - 2015

What Craig Smith Means to the Predators - Today's Slapshot
Well, they're willing to pay a guy who has worked hard to become far better than the fourth round pick that was spent on him.

FUN FACT: of the 64 players who were taken in the 2009 Draft who have played more than 60 games, 6 of them were taken by Nashville. (Smith, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Gabriel Bourque, Taylor Beck, Michael Latta) And Smith has the 5th most goals of everyone taken in that draft.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL expansion candidates enter question period -
Sounds like a reality show. But you know... it would be better than watching NHL TONIGHT on loop for 8 hours. The league should look into this.

Sharks mailbag: San Jose could use another d-man | CSN Bay Area
Also: Tomas Hertl might not be playing center this year to start, if he starts with the NHL roster.

Button: The Leafs don't need Bernier through this rebuild - Audio - TSN
A good 10 minute interview with the intense grinning fountain of knowledge.

Pittsburgh Penguins invest in fancy stats, hire War on Ice co-creator | ProHockeyTalk
My theory of all the teams hiring these analytics bloggers: the teams doing the hiring weren't doing heavy analytics before this hire.

Glendale's Gila River Arena concert attendance short of projections |
Mark your calendars: July 31st.

Stan Galiev is Eating Disgusting Things On Vacation | RMNB
And he's not in Russia while doing so.

Horrify friends, fool neighbors and traumatize small children with NHL Player masks | Lighthouse Hockey
Brent Burns? Please? I'll wear that when I go to collect from my dad's renter.

HEARTBREAK: California Expansion Team Denied - Battle of California
Freaking travesty.

Semyon Varlamov gets Russian company with two new Avs teammates - The Denver Post
It's cold and snowy from October onward, everyone drinks, and wrecks their cars annually. They'll be right at home in Denver.

Brodziak ready to go wild with Blues | STLToday
Kyle Brodziak? Good thing we didn't give our division predictions yet.

Cherry: No rivalry matches Nordiques-Canadiens -
LINE BRAWL VIDEO. I've seen this about a dozen times, but it's still fun.