Found July 30, 2012 on Section 303:
When the Nashville Predators traded Anders Lindback to the Tampa Bay Lightning, their depth chart between the pipes started to take shape. Then, three days later, they signed 2011 second round pick Magnus Hellberg and it got a little clearer. Then, when they signed Chris Mason to back-up Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne, it became even more clear.Today, it solidified.Per Kevin Wilson of the Predators media relations staff, Chet Pickard will play with Djurgårdens in Sweden during the 2012-13 season.Due to Pickard headed overseas (and Atte Engren having already returned to Finland and 2012 seventh round pick Marek Mazanec staying in the Czech Republic), the Predators depth chart in goal looks like this:Nashville: Pekka Rinne, Chris Mason Milwaukee: Jeremy Smith, Magnus HellbergBaring an unbelievable training camp, Pickard would have been the odd man out once again and probably bound for Cincinnati. Not exactly a desirable place for a former first round pick.Which prompts another que...

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