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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Former Pred Matthew Lombardi Back in Phoenix

Besides a host of season preview material, our morning notes include word that former Nashville Predators center Matthew Lombardi has been traded back to the Phoenix Coyotes, the team from which the Preds signed him as a free agent back in the summer of 2010.

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators build team around Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne | The Tennessean
Josh Cooper's season preview starts with the foundation.

Predators' Jeff Cogen and Sean Henry design off-ice winner | The Tennessean

Meet the dynamic duo that is driving business success for the team.

Nashville Predators grow along with bonds between Barry Trotz, David Poile | The Tennessean

From the ice, to the business side, and the front office, it seems like pairs are the way to go around here.

What will short season bring Preds? Uncertainty, confidence ... who knows? | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair sets the tone for the season opener.

Central Division preview: Driven Weber to lift Predators - USA Today
I'm a Kevin Allen fan, but basing your prediction on how motivated a guy is this season doesn't strike me as very sound. Does that imply that he wasn't as driven to succeed previously?

Richard Clune makes good first impression in first Predator practice - Nashville Predators Examiner
Clune's arrival gave Brian McGrattan the chance to show off his new wheels.

Predneck Nation… These Colors Don’t Run!
Joe Anthony promises big things in the season ahead.

Should Nashville sign Wade Redden in order to keep him from Detroit? | Section 303
I'm not saying that Redden couldn't help some teams around the league, but signing him "in order to keep him from Detroit"? Madness.

Nashville Predators For Dummies - Predlines
Share this with your friends in [INSERT RIVAL CITY].

Focus turns to special teams in day 3 of training camp | The Predatorial
I feel better about the PK than the PP at this point...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Phoenix Coyotes Reacquire Matthew Lombardi - Five For Howling
Remember him?

Devils Sign Travis Zajac To An 8 Year $46 Million Contract Extension - In Lou We Trust
Here goes the first 8-year contract under the new CBA.

Blues Sign General Manager Doug Armstrong To Five-Year Contract Extension - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues are heading in the right direction, so the GM gets his reward.

Brent Burns’ hilariously terrifying NHL headshot; he’s now more beast than man (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
The evolutionary timeline here is deeply troubling.

The Stars Hired Their Own Beat Reporter. Will The NHL Be Able To Keep Its Hands Off This Time? - Deadspin
Another NHL team decides to bring in a reporter to provide day-to-day beat coverage.

Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Keven Veilleux suspended 10 games for racial slur in ECHL | Puck Daddy
Not good, not good at all.