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Monday's Dump & Chase: Release the Clune?

Your Monday morning hockey notes begin with encouraging news for Nashville Predators forward Rich Clune, who will soon be able to get back to scrapping...

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Clune's face cage is about to come off...
Clune's face cage is about to come off...

Nashville Predators News

Clune cage coming off soon - Predators Insider
Watch out, Vern Fiddler!

Nashville Predators keep moving lineup on power play | The Tennessean
Is the issue with the power play a matter of chemistry?

Nashville Predators centers struggle to score | The Tennessean
Shocking news!

What You See Here: The Nashville Predators at a crossroads… | The Predatorial
This is the low point of the season... so where do the Preds go next?

It’s Time to Wake Up - Predneck Nation
Expectations around this team have slowly built up in recent years, so a step back is especially painful.

Grand Rapids spoils Dog Day Afternoon with Deja Vu | Admirals Roundtable
Jeremy Smith got the call again, and led the Admirals to victory.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

What will Sutter say? Comments after Sunday practice - Mayors Manor
Kings coach Darryl Sutter calls the Predators "possession guys". Really. Lou Holtz would be proud.

Bruins vs. Canadiens: Chara fights Emelin (video) - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Don't make the big guy angry...

Bruins coach Claude Julien rips Canadiens for embellishment, ‘embarrassing’ the NHL | Puck Daddy
You've gotta love the Bruins/Habs rivalry.

Kaleta hits Richards from behind | Backhand Shelf
Well, that's about as irresponsible as you can get.

A breakdown of Zac Rinaldo's recently-improved effectiveness - Broad Street Hockey
Is the Flyers' raging pest learning some self-discipline?

Harry Zolnierczyk suspended four games - Broad Street Hockey
Launching into a head shot, a Philadelphia Flyers tradition.

Willes: Canucks unflinching in their willingess to do battle against the league's tough guys - The Province
Is Vancouver ready to shake off the "soft" label that has hung over them ever since Boston physically dominated them in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final?

The Islanders And Nassau County Are Getting Divorced, So It's Time To Pay Up - Deadspin
Things are getting ugly between Nassau County and the New York Islanders, who are basically being accused of not paying their bills.

Franson finally finding his niche in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
He's like a modern-day Kevin Hatcher, but people always expect tall players to crunch people.

Racial equality and the last doorway for NHL - The Globe and Mail
Black players are becoming more commonplace, but what about the ranks of management?

The Signal And The Noise Book Review: Building Better Predictions
I've been reading Nate Silver's book about forecasts & predictions, and I could use some of that advice for the predictions made here regarding hockey.

Pure Hockey Launches 20% Site-Wide Sale - Hockey Gear HQ
This is a pretty sweet deal, because it includes goaltending equipment, which rarely sees such discounts (so pass this along to your friendly neighborhood netminder).