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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Senators Lose Erik Karlsson to Injury

Last summer Shea Weber placed second to Ottawa's Erik Karlsson in the Norris Trophy voting for best defenseman in the NHL. Now, the Senators' blueliner is on the shelf indefinitely after a serious injury.

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators' Hal Gill says benching is painful | The Tennessean
Will Gill remain the odd man out tonight?

Nick Spaling's diary: Short season also means shorter practice time | The Tennessean
Spals sings the glory of chicken parm.

Predators prove they can kill penalties without their defensive stopper | Nashville City Paper
The 2nd period PK stand was especially remarkable against San Jose considering that Hal Gill was scratched.

Steve Sullivan expects emotional Bridgestone return - Nashville Predators Examiner
Sully gets ready to skate at Bridgestone for the first time as an ex-Predator (last season when he was with Pittsburgh, the Penguins didn't visit here).

Erat, Weber take maintenance day - Predators Insider
The veterans need to sneak these in occasionally.

Smashville 24/7 - Wilson backing up vow to improve consistency
Colin Wilson has taken over the team scoring lead, and it's no fluke.

Smashville 24/7 - Fisher struggling to find back of net
Even if he's not scoring, at least Fish is getting the job done at the other end of the ice.

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Senators lose Karlsson, game, and all hope - Silver Seven
A skate cut to the Achilles tendon of the reigning Norris Trophy winner has Senators fans down in the dumps.

Blue Jackets’ hiring of Jarmo Kekalainen long overdue in the hockey world | Puck Daddy
You know what's refreshing here? The new boss in Columbus is a publicly avowed fan of #fancystats.

Broadcast Blooper: Two San Jose Sharks hit home runs in recent loss - Puck Drunk Love
I just wonder how Dan Boyle and Brent Burns hit homers against the Preds, but still went 0-for-0?

More Avalanche Injuries: Erik Johnson out indefinitely - Mile High Hockey
Last-place Colorado gets even more bad news.

Daniel Carcillo- A Good Problem To Have - Blackhawk Up
Here's one for Buddy Oakes...

Colorado Avalanche teammates react to probable Ryan O'Reilly trade - Denver Post
Is an end to the standoff between the Avalanche and their young star coming soon?

Penguins Trade Eric Tangradi To Winnipeg Jets for 7th round pick - PensBurgh
Pittsburgh picks up a draft pick for a guy who would likely have had to go through waivers anyway.

New Jersey Devils Trade Picks to Get Alexei Ponikarovsky Back from Winnipeg - In Lou We Trust
The Jets have been busy, getting back some picks while sending the big goal-scoring winger to New Jersey.

Maple Leafs defensive scheme Devilish in design - The Globe and Mail
Is Toronto finally playing a respectable defensive scheme, giving James Reimer a chance in goal?

Hearsay: Jets' Kane perceives racism -
Evander Kane's time in Winnipeg hasn't exactly been the smoothest.

Andrew Brunette Retires, Will Join Wild Brass - Hockey Wilderness
One of the great figures in Predators history hangs up the skates.

Penn State to open Pegula Ice Arena October 11 against Army - Western College Hockey Blog
With a flashy new $90 million arena, Penn State and the Big Ten are getting ready to take college hockey to another level.

Spector on NHL: Iginla, Smyth in same boat -
Older guys on the downside don't just present a challenge for their teams to deal with, but they're not exactly coveted trade assets, either.

If not Jack Capuano, then who? - Lighthouse Hockey
I can't imagine the interminable misery of being an Islanders fan.

The Young Gunz' Success Depends On... - The Copper & Blue
Which of the exciting young stars in Edmonton is the dreamiest?

Maniac Minutes " In the ECHL, it’s not "All About the Benjamins"
This article on the website for the ECHL's Evansville IceMen highlights the difference between what players in the NHL make as opposed to the minors. Get this: "Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber... makes over $340,000 – more than an entire ECHL team throughout an entire season – by playing just TWO GAMES."

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