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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Roberto Luongo Trade Rumors Dominate NHL Talk

Yesterday's firing of Brian Burke as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs has rekindled speculation about the future of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. If the NHL opens for business this weekend, might we have a star goalie being traded just a week before the regular season starts?

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Rich Lam

Nashville Predators News

Trio hopes European play pays off - Predators Insider
It's our old pal John Glennon, chatting up the Euros.

Nashville Predators turn to Roman Josi to replace Ryan Suter | The Tennessean
Meet your new top-pair defenseman. I do like the bit about encouraging him to not just send the puck over to Weber all the time.

The Joys Of (This) Small Market - Predlines
Life sure is quieter here in Smashville than that circus in Toronto, eh?

Predators' return to ice is good for fans, businesses, Nashville | The Journal News
It's party time in downtown...

Kontinental Hockey League - Official Website - Changes to All-Star line-ups
Sergei Kostitsyn is no longer listed as a KHL All-Star starter, while Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk are.

Meanwhile, the Preds provided video of yesterday's skate at Centennial. Check out the mutton chops on Hal Gill!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Roberto Luongo and the Saga of Speculation - Nucks Misconduct
Was a trade for Roberto Luongo a major factor in the regime change for the Leafs? If such a trade comes off, it could dramatically alter the competitive landscape.

Who is new Leafs’ GM Dave Nonis? - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle profiles the man who has now replaced Brian Burke on two occasions.

McKenzie: Rangers have three options on Redden's future - TSN
Just when you thought that the new CBA might treat guys like Wade Redden more sensibly, Bob McKenzie raises a troubling scenario.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says ‘I’m sorry’ to NHL players, fans for lockout | Puck Daddy
I agree with the George Castanza take here.

Shannon on NHL: Hockey's tenuous relationship -
John Shannon sees cloudy skies ahead after the Dark Lord Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Darth Gary Bettman's address yesterday.

Pittsburgh Penguins top NHL Preseason Power Rankings -
I can only assume that ranking the Oilers 3rd in the league amounts to trolling.

Voters make a mockery of ESPN SportsNation's NHL rankings - Puck Drunk Love
Yikes, these are worse than Dater's!

2013 Columbus Blue Jackets Season Preview - The Cannon
Familiarize yourself with the Opening Night foe.