Thursday's Dump & Chase: Zombies Invade the NHL

Wade Redden (right) is back in the NHL after more than two years in the minors. - Rick Stewart

Their careers were long since dead and buried, their names forgotten by many fans. Thanks to the new CBA, however, the hockey fortunes of Scott Gomez and Wade Redden have been brought back from The Great Beyond, as they prepare to skate on NHL ice once again (heck, I'll bet their equipment smells like rotting flesh, too).

Nashville Predators News

Josh Cooper's hat trick | The Tennessean
How impressive is Martin Erat's start, when you consider that he didn't go overseas to stay in game shape?

Trotz: Gaustad ‘day-to-day’ - Predators Insider
Goose may play, he may not.

Smashville 24/7 - Is Craig Smith in Trotz’s doghouse?
Obviously we all hope that Smith puts things together quickly, but even if he earns a Top 6 spot, that would just bump down one of Erat/SK74/Wilson/Hornqvist. Maybe the real problem is that there's not enough offensive punch at center behind Legwand & Fisher to make proper use of any of those five wingers on a third line.

Klein Adjusting to Yet Another Defensive Partner | PuckScene.com
Scott Hannan is doing all the right things when it comes to fitting in with this team.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Blues Activate Defenseman Wade Redden, Assign Ian Cole To Peoria - St. Louis Game Time
It sounds like the Blues' reclamation project could suit up for tonight's game against the Predators.

Interview: Wade Redden talks with Backhand Shelf about his return to the NHL | Backhand Shelf
I could see how things might spiral out of control for a defenseman on a big contract. The temptation to "try to do more" can be anathema to good team defense, which relies on guys focusing on their own job first.

Sharks finally sign Scott Gomez - Fear The Fin
Scott Gomez joins Redden in the NHL's Resurrected Career Club.

NHL goal scoring dominated by wrist shots, Star analysis shows - thestar.com
This type of study isn't new (here's something similar I did 6.5 years ago), but the visual presentation is pretty cool.

Winnipeg Jets on the road to recovery - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Many thanks to Pierre LeBrun (one of the guys who would make my hockey reporters' Mt. Rushmore) for dropping a link to OTF in this story on Winnipeg's tough road in the Eastern Conference.

Brayden Schenn suspended one game - Broad Street Hockey
Charging and jumping up to nail a guy in the head earns the young Philadelphia center a one-game sitdown.

Red Wings defenseman Ian White out 2-3 weeks after surgery to repair deep laceration in leg | MLive.com
Detroit's roster is riddled with injuries, and they just keep adding up.

Steve Downie out for the season - Mile High Hockey
A big point we've heard over and over again is that injuries could play a larger role in determining the fates of teams in this shortened season...

Surprise! Ryan O'Reilly Terminates Contract With KHL Club - Mile High Hockey
Colorado may have another forward on the way, however.

Phoenix Coyotes vs Columbus Blue Jackets Postgame Recap: Hats Off - Five For Howling
Hats off to Steve Sullivan, that is, for scoring thrice in a 4-1 Phoenix win.

With Shortened Season, Canucks' Shootout Win over Flames Speaks Volumes - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver fans were grateful to see the Canucks get their first win.

Rangers Vs. Bruins Recap: Marian Gaborik's Hat Trick Lifts Rangers Over Bruins In Overtime - Blueshirt Banter
New York's other high-caliber goal scorer lifted them to victory over Boston.

Maple Leafs drop Penguins 5-2 - PensBurgh
Toronto pulled away in the third period to beat Pittsburgh.

Joffrey Lupul fractures forearm on Phaneuf shot; out indefinitely for Maple Leafs | Puck Daddy
Just days after signing Lupul to a 5-year contract extension, this happens.

Edmonton City Council approves deal to build new NHL arena - The Globe and Mail
Will this sort of development prevent the Oilers from losing future Gretzkys?

Greg Zanon talks about his wild beard - Denver Post
Well, it looks like this guy did something productive during the lockout, at least in terms of facial hair.

Stars announce refinance of major loan package | Dallas Stars Blog
The Dallas Stars take another step towards financial stability under their new ownership.

The Non-Haters' Guide to the NHL - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The Steve Sullivan "karma" video is worth the read all by itself.

We All Come Back | Backhand Shelf
Does a team like the Preds have a chance of developing a multi-generational rivalry with a team like the Habs & Leafs have?

Wayne Gretzky selling house he designed for $15 million, and it’s incredible (PHOTO/VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Are you in the market for a new house? Maybe Puck Daddy can earn a commission...

Bettman Encouraged By Early-Season NHL TV, Attendance Numbers - SportsBusiness Daily Global
Congratulations fans, you've put Gary Bettman at ease.

NHL Interactive: Putting a value on hockey loyalty - Macleans.ca
How much did those "welcome back" promotions cost various NHL teams? Maclean's takes a swipe at that figure.

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