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Evening Dump & Chase: Central Previews Discount the Preds

As NHL experts start posting their preseason predictions, two things remain consistent from previous years. The Central Division is respected for having four playoff caliber teams, and the Nashville Predators are seen as a step behind the Blues, Blackhawks and Red Wings.

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Nashville Predators News

Second day of training camp sees increased intensity + quotes on Rich Clune | The Predatorial
Kris shares his observations from today's session, along with quotes from Barry Trotz.

Nashville claims Richard Clune off waivers from Los Angeles. But why? | Section 303
Jeremy's theory makes a good deal of sense here.

Islanders claim Thomas Hickey, Predators claim Richard Clune off waivers: A look back at two prospects - Jewels From The Crown
For the book on your newest Predator, check out this look at Richard Clune from our partners in L.A.'s 2013 NHL preview: Nashville Predators - ESPN
Craig Custance takes a look at the Preds for the Worldwide Leader.

Beyond the Bradley Center: Reeling Ads Look for Playoff Motivation in Abbotsford | Admirals Roundtable
The Admirals are navigating some choppy waters these days.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL season preview: Can the Central Division send four to the playoffs again? -
Dominik from SB Nation's Islanders blog takes a look at the Central, which continues to be one of the league's toughest divisions.

NHL 2013 Preview: Central Division | Puck Daddy
Another outsider picks the Preds for fourth.

Down Goes Brown: 2013 NHL Season Preview - Eastern Conference
"New York Rangers - The team will be looking to Rick Nash for leadership during this shortened season, since he's used to being in the playoff race for 48 games every year."

Blue Jackets face lowest season ticket total in franchise history | Puck Daddy
Given the events of the last year+, they've got pretty much the toughest sell in the NHL.

David Booth out up to six weeks, as Canucks face lineup panic | Puck Daddy
The dreaded Groin Pull strikes!

NHL allows "accelerated compliance buyouts" for the likes of Gomez, Redden | Backhand Shelf
A common-sense agreement is stuck to prevent guys like Scott Gomez and Wade Redden from being paid to simply sit at home.

Should the Sharks sign Scott Gomez? No, seriously. Stop laughing. - Fear The Fin
Hey, if signed to a new, reasonable contract, I could see Gomez contributing well in the right role.

Former North Stars co-owner George Gund III dies |
A key figure in the NHL's modern history passes away.

KHL.RU - official site - KHL announcement on Lubomir Visnovsky
The KHL is keeping Visnovsky off the ice until his contract situation is sorted out. Kudos.

On playing wing, switching wings, and life on your off-side | Backhand Shelf
As a lefty, I always preferred playing the right, I just feel more comfortable that way. Breakouts aren't as easy when playing the off-wing, but as a longtime beer-leaguer, it's not like we'd practice structured breakouts anyway.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Gary Bettman Talks the End of the Lockout and the NHL’s Shortened Season
It's the media mea culpa tour for the Commish...