Wednesday's Dump & Chase: [SIC]

Some of these links were compiled by Dan, who is currently under the weather. I do not endorse his Dustin Brown-related opinions. (However, considering my stance on David Backes' upcoming UFA deal, I will not throw stones.)

Nashville News & Notes

Preds Pursuit of No. 1 Arena Continues with New Seat Installation | Nashville Predators
My seat is gonna be swank next season.

Memphis to return millions in state taxes to NBA players | Commercial Appeal
Tennessee isn't the only place that has levied "jock taxes", but they are controversial, to say the least.

Johan Alm Returning To Sweden - TSS
Somewhat inevitable. He wasn't bad, but he was injury plagued, and Nashville's blue line is one of the toughest to crack.

From hockey wingman to 3rd & Lindsley doorman | The Tennessean
Everybody in Nashville has a story.

Around Hockey

Despite rough start, the Sharks ‘know we’re going to get better’ – ProHockeyTalk
The Sharks are demonstratively better at home. No need to panic yet.

Hitchcock will return to coach Blues in 2016-17 | St. Louis Blues |
Here's a question: Was the 2015-16 Blues roster their zenith? They have some roster questions going into next year, and their center depth might be lacking if David Backes leaves.

The Blues need to keep David Backes around - St. Louis Game Time
As long as he doesn't get the Ryan Kesler contract, it's a good deal. But given the market on centers this summer... he won't be cheap nor will the term likely be brief.

Morning Skate: The end is nigh for Dustin Brown in Los Angeles -
JAMES NEAL. RYAN JOHANSEN. DUSTIN BROWN. Be still my pounding heart. If the price is right, and let's face it he'll be bought out, he would indeed fit just fine in this lineup. Put him next to Mike Fisher and I'll be making out with myself during the games.

Stanley Cup Final Game 1 takeaway: Sharks' Martin Jones might need to steal series | USA Today
Here's an idea: the Sharks should allow less than 40 shots on goal.

From Mr. Irrelevant to the Stanley Cup final on Crosby’s wing | TSN
First of all, how dare you.

The Russians say they’re in ‘negotiations’ with the NHL to get Voynov into the World Cup – ProHockeyTalk
I honestly have no idea how this situation will shake out.

The NHL needs a Stanley Cup Final like Penguins-Sharks can provide -
Oh and Dallas is winning the Cup this summer, just like every other year.

Down Goes Brown: Post-season heartbreak rankings -
I'd swap Washington and St Louis, but the ratings system is coherent overall.

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel, often misunderstood, has become man for his team this postseason | ESPN
It's easy to forget all the great things we know about Kessel while wading through the Narrative.