Wednesday's Dump & Chase: The Expandables

Long-rumored NHL destinations Las Vegas and Quebec City submitted their applications for expansion in the summer blockbuster snoozefest of the offseason: The Expandables.

Nashville Predators News

What Craig Smith's Deal Means for Colin Wilson | TSS
It's hard to see Wilson being more productive than a 45-point a year guy going forward (even that's a bit generous) and he turns 26 in October. The Preds have the cap space now but the future should be their biggest consideration.

Where do Predators fit in division after free agency? |
Hint: They're still good.

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

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL to ‘focus exclusively’ on expansion bids for Las Vegas and Quebec City | ProHockeyTalk
Both Seattle groups and the group in Toronto were unable to meet the deadline to apply for NHL expansion.

NHL gets real dang snarky with expansion groups that missed deadline | Broad Street Hockey
"The NHL really still is a Mickey Mouse league sometimes."

Dominic Moore talks Smashfest 2015, NHL ping-pong rivalries (Puck Daddy Interview) | Puck Daddy
"But I think the brewery certainly helps make it a party atmosphere." Yeah, no kidding.

Can young NHLers be trusted? | TSN
Seth Jones falls into Yost's "Early" category and was top 20 (19th) in on-ice shots against per 60 minutes (26.25) among defensemen who played more then 1000 minutes at even-strength. He was also the youngest in that group only behind Jonas Brodin who was 21 during last season. So that's cool.

Odds of College Players Making NHL Based On What Age They Leave School | HockeyBuzz
Looks like Jimmy Vesey will start his pro career at age 23.

The NHL’s IMDb Goofs Page | Grantland
"Revealing mistakes: In the scene in which Gary Bettman says that only the media is interested in knowing the details of player contracts and that fans just don’t care about that kind of stuff, you can see the strings that the league’s GMs pull on to make him talk."

North Central grad makes college hockey bloom in the desert | 13 WTHR Indianapolis
There will be Division I hockey at Arizona State University this season. That's very exciting for those of us bright enough to understand that the majority of hockey at any level is played indoors and able to survive any climate.

Marcus Johansson: "I think I’ll continue to play there." | Hockey Ramblings
The Caps have had a tremendous offseason so far and Marcus Johansson is a big piece to the puzzle going forward. The situation seems like it will be fine for both parties as of now but it's worth keeping an eye on.