Wednesday's Dump & Chase: World Star!

Yesterday a few of the Maple Leafs bucked and struck back at the often ridiculous Toronto media. I think it's no coincidence these actions were taken by three players who had potential to move at the deadline but didn't and definitely won't be around next season. By all accounts over the

Nashville Predators News

Is Predators 'grinding schedule' taking toll? | The Tennessean
Could be one factor.

The Predcast Ep. 21 | The Predatorial
Make Predcast, not war.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Trading Ben Smith a necessary move for Blackhawks | Second City Hockey
It wasn't the most popular move, in trading a fan favorite, but moving Ben Smith was necessary for the long-term financial health of the Blackhawks.

Andrew Shaw back on the wing, and back on his game | Chicago
Shaw has had a tough season.

Five questions: St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong on deadline additions |
Armstrong put his feet up, lit a cigar, took a couple of puffs, and exhaled smoke spelling "Olli Jokinen."

Grading The St. Louis Blues At The Trade Deadline | St. Louis Game Time
Doug Armstrong seems happy with himself. How do our brothers and sisters at St. Louis Game Time feel?

Breaking Down the Wild Trade Season | Hockey Wilderness
With 3 deals within the last week and change, and 1 over a month ago now, we examine what the new players wearing Iron-Range Red are bringing and can bring to the Wild to help them on the final push towards the post-season.

Analyzing the Lee Stempniak Trade | Arctic Ice Hockey
Another trade means more depth for the Jets. But who IS Lee Stempniak?

Dallas Stars Win 3-2, But Lose Trevor Daley on Ugly Hit to Knee | Defending Big D
Good new comes seldom for Dallas these days. Usually it's paired with some bad news.

Dallas Stars' Home Ice Has Not Been An Advantage This Season | Defending Big D
"Home ice advantage" is a foreign concept to the Dallas Stars this year.

The Panthers Just Dressed Two Different Emergency Goaltenders-Deadspin

Not something you see very often...

Wild take 2 points from Senators in shootout | Hockey Wilderness
The Minnesota Wild continue roll through the post All-Star Game schedule with another win, this time in shootout fashion, against the Ottawa Senators.

Kessel: Media treatment of Phaneuf 'embarrassing' |
Phil Kessel told assembled media ahead of Tuesday's meeting with the Florida Panthers that he's had enough of the media finger-pointing at Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.

TSN's on-air apology to Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthbert for adultery joke (Video) | Puck Daddy
The statement made by the law firm representing Phaneuf and Friends is here.

Breaking down all the deadline deals | TSN
Scott Cullen has a great perspective and did a write up for every deal made on Monday.

The perfect summary for the Bruins' deadline moves: ¯\ _(ツ)_ /¯ | Stanley Cup of Chowder
I think this is the level headed approach to their lack of big moves. The Bruins, like the Sharks, Flames, and Jets, are in a period of transition where they have potential to be better next year.

Connolly skates at Bruins practice on 4th line | Comecast SportsNet New England
New right-winger Brett Connolly was present at Bruins practice on Tuesday wearing No. 14 and practicing with the fourth line.

Giordano plans to be ready for training camp |
I hope he can make a full recovery by then. Giordano is so enjoyable to watch and such a great story, it's hard not to want to see him continue his success and get eventually get rewarded with some hardware.

San Jose Sharks push patience at critical juncture | Puck Daddy
In typical Shark-like fashion, I can see them ironically overachieving and catching fire the last few weeks of the season but coming up just short due to LA and Calgary having games in hand.

Not dealt at deadline, Beleskey still working on extension with Ducks | ProHockeyTalk
"Matt's priority is to remain in Anaheim for many years to come. Hopefully we can make that happen."