Monday's Dump & Chase: The Calm Before the Storm

Preds GM David Poile is going to be a busy, busy man this week. - Bruce Bennett

With a new CBA agreed to, but not yet formally drawn up, preparations are beginning for a shortened season. Once underway, we'll have a wild race to the playoffs, as each regular season game takes on added importance. There won't be any 10-20 game cushion to figure out who can play, the points will matter right from the start...

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators ready to get back to work | The Tennessean
Josh Cooper got reaction to the local Preds about the CBA resolution.

You can boycott NHL hockey if you want but you’ll be sacrificing something special… | Section 303
Jeremy argues that the connection between fans is every bit, if not more important, than the one between fan & team.

With lockout over, Predators go on the defensive | The Tennessean
There will be a new look to the defense corps this season, and it may prove to be the most critical area of the team.

Admirals End the Lockout in Style Stealing a 3-2 Comeback Shootout win over Grand Rapids | Admirals Roundtable
It sounds like Milwaukee reversed Saturday night's storyline, coming back from down 2-0 late to pull out a shootout win.

Lockout Tentatively Over | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan gives us his initial thoughts as to who might make the trip to Nashville.

Also, here's a welcome voice... Pete Weber with a morning update on 102.5 The Game:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL gets back to business - The Globe and Mail
As soon as the new CBA is formally approved, general managers will have a great deal of work to do, in very little time.

Lockout Lit presents: an excerpt from H.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Return of the League' - Lighthouse Hockey
And here I thought Bettman would be cast in the role of Gollum.

Last truncated NHL season in 1994-95 was ‘awesome’ - The Globe and Mail
The main thing I recall about the last "short season" was that the individual awards (Hart Trophy, Norris Trophy, etc.) just didn't seem to carry as much weight. I wonder, for example, if the fact that Eric Lindros' one MVP season came in '95 undermines his Hall of Fame candidacy.

Hard to see a winner in NHL labour truce | Hockey | CBC Sports
Elliotte Friedman outlines how the final obstacles were overcome and a deal finally got done.

NHL on TSN identifies six urgent matters facing teams
Here's a review of roster issues facing a number of teams around the league, but not Nashville so much.

NHL: Fans will always forgive after work stoppages - ESPN Chicago
Darren Rovell did a Twitter poll, so you know the research is solid here.

Which NHL Central Clubs Will Thrive in a Shortened Season? - The Hockey Writers
A good overview of how the division rivals shape up right now.

Dowbiggin: New CBA means it’s time to drop the puck and drop Bettman too - The Globe and Mail
Now this would be a popular move...

Larry Brooks: NHL players could get lockout payback by spurning Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs -
Larry Brooks is feeling vindictive, but I can't imagine many, if any, players would follow his advice here.

Free NHL Center Ice probably won't happen -
Steve Lepore explains why a free TV package isn't likely to be part of the NHL's apology campaign.

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