Friday's Dump & Chase: Nashville Predators Get Back to Work Before Training Camp Opens

Frederick Breedon

The Nashville Predators' training camp can't officially open until the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is formally approved (looking like a Sunday open), but almost all the players are on the ice these days at Centennial Sportsplex.

Nashville Predators News

Allard back on ice for Preds - Predators Insider
Before real training camp opens, the players are working with skating coach Shawn Allard.

Training Camp After NHL Lockout Poses Special Challenges - Predlines
This is going to be the oddest training camp in team history, that's for sure.

Nashville Predators have no time for slow start in shortened season | The Tennessean
Josh Cooper highlights the potential for Patric Hornqvist to lead the way.

2013 Central Division Predictions - Predlines
This is pretty much how I see it, too (without having crunched any numbers yet).

10 Bold Predictions for the Nashville Predators in the 2013 Season | The Predatorial
Clearly, they need a drug testing program at the Predatorial.

Smashville 24/7 - Preds look to continue divisional success
This is an interesting take - since the Preds had the 2nd-worst record in the Central division (after Columbus, of course) against the Eastern Conference last season, that might bode well for this one since they won't play against them.

Some Predators saw NHL lockout as 'play' time | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair gets the "what I did on my extra-long summer vacation" report from several players.

Admirals recall another Cyclone - JSOnline
Taylor Aronson, come on down! Err... up, to Milwaukee!

PETE WEBER NAMED TENNESSEE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR - Nashville Predators
Congratulations, Pete!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Study -- Junior Seau's brain shows chronic brain damage found in other NFL football players - ESPN
You can bet the momentum will build to address the prevalence of this brain disease in those who play contact sports like football and hockey, after it can now be linked to Junior Seau's death.

NHL commish sounds like McGwire when he won’t admit his mistakes - NYPOST.com
A final meeting between Shane Doan and Gary Bettman is well worth reading about.

Can NHL rebound from lockout with fans, television audiences? - SBNation.com
Steve Lepore surveys a number of media watchers to see how badly the NHL has hurt its own cause.

NHL teams south of the border begin offering discounts, in Canada, not so much - The Globe and Mail
The Preds are offering a "buy one, get one free" for the opener on January 19 (buy a ticket, get one to 1/21 for free), for example.

STUDYING LUCK & OTHER FACTORS IN PDO | NHLNumbers.com
Consider this to be training camp for those of you interested in hockey analytics. Hard-core, wonderful stuff here.

Alex Ovechkin’s bizarre new Gillette commercial features shaving, absurdity (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Here's a little weird for your morning...

Yakupov and the Media | mc79hockey.com
Tyler dissects the curious treatment members of the Edmonton media are giving Nail Yakupov.

Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup rings leak on Instagram (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
A little flashy for my tastes, but hey, it's L.A.

And lastly, we leave you with another Down Goes Brown/Bloge Salming masterpiece:


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