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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Give Me The Good Stuff

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As it does every year, the offseason seemed to drag on and on. Now we are finally here. Last night was full of excitment for a new season and a couple of fun games. But tonight is the truly tender part of the feast. The "good stuff", if you will. Bridgestone will be loud and the Preds will try to build off last year's success. I never thought I'd be so excited for a hockey game involving the Hurricanes. Let's drop the puck already.

Nashville Predators News

Predators want to avoid being 'one-year wonders' | The Tennessean
Pierre McGuire says the league has respect for Nashville. Quite the compliment from someone who knows what it means to be respected.

Outdoor Rink Planned in Downtown Nashville | Nashville Predators
With ice and everything!

5 October Games Nashville Predators Fans Should Watch | The Hockey Writers
You should be watching these.

Around the Wide World of Hockey

Montreal Canadiens 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs 1 | Pension Plan Puppets
Galchenyuk needs to have a big year.

Rangers Hang On To Spoil Hawks Cup Celebration | Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers opened the regular season with a bang and defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a final score of 3-2.

5-1 Canucks victory over the Flames | Nucks Misconduct
The Canucks charged out of the gate in their first game of the year to defeat the team that crushed them in last year's playoffs.

Sharks score five straight to beat Kings | Fear The Fin
San Jose fell behind early but scored five-straight goals to take down the Los Angeles Kings.

Milan Lucic believes he didn't deserve a match penalty at end of Sharks/Kings game | Puck Daddy
That's just like, your opinion, man.

30 Thoughts: Oilers smartly 'downgrade' captaincy | Sportsnet.ca
I like Elliotte Friedman's take on the Edmonton captaincy.

Cult of Hockey: Andrew Ference displays true leadership in stepping back from Edmonton Oilers’ captaincy | Edmonton Journal
"There is a lot written about leadership in hockey, and much of it is hokum. The truth is that the only people in a position to witness firsthand a team’s internal dynamic are those who aren’t in a position to speak publicly about it."

Kings, Richards working on settlement | TSN
"No one - not the Los Angeles Kings or Mike Richards and his representatives want to even acknowledge it due to the sensitivity of the subject matter – but there continues to be intense efforts to reach a negotiated settlement over their differences."

How Bad Was Sutter With the Sedins? An Excessively In-Depth Look | CanucksArmy
See it with your own eyes.

Bettman responds to 'growing' NHL cocaine problem | Sportsnet.ca
"My interest is not to go around punishing people. My interest is getting players to understand the consequences of doing something that could jeopardize this great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they've been given, to play in the NHL."

The NHL's 100 point scorers are gone and probably won't be back | CBSSports.com
The NHL scoring champion managed to record just 87 points in 2014-15. Things probably won't be much different this season in a league where defense and goaltending is king.

Growing Together: The New York Riveters Start Their History | The Hockey Writers
With two preseason games behind them, the NWHL's New York Riveters look ahead to their inaugural season in the first professional women's hockey league.

Hurricanes continue transition between the pipes | Puck Drunk Love
The Preds will probably see Eddie Lack tonight.

Andrew MacDonald Demotion Shows Flyers Are All-In | Today's Slapshot
Veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald has found himself as the odd man out on Philly's blueline.

Vladimir Putin scores seven goals in birthday hockey game | Puck Daddy
Truly elite skating. Agile like a cat. Maybe one day he'll play without a shirt.