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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Marleau rumors and Richards skating

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Patrick Marleau rumors continue to swirl for no reason, Mike Richards skates with a junior team, and maybe the nets goalies stand in front of are too small. NHL news continues to be slow. The league is in serious need of a player going ape on a ref or a mascot getting stuck while repelling.

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Nashville Predators News

Predators' defense NHL's most potent again | The Tennessean
The Nashville Predators have an NHL-leading 13 goals from defensemen this season.

Shea Weber's Top 5 Goals | The Hockey Writers
As you may know, Weber notched a milestone of 150 goals and 400 points on Tuesday.

Should the Nashville Predators Pursue Patrick Marleau? | The Hockey Writers
The answer is a very obvious no.

Chatterbox, Vol. 91 | Admirals Roundtable
Hot start, Fiala and goaltender-running, and an interview with Jon Greenberg, President of the Milwaukee Admirals.

Around the NHL

Colton Parayko Adding His Name To The World Cup's Team North America Discussion | St. Louis Game Time
Points aside, he's been great. Could be this year's John Klingberg.

Non-goalie solutions to the NHL's lack of scoring | Arctic Ice Hockey
I like the two-minute power-play idea.

Semyon Varlamov Out With Groin Injury | Today's Slapshot
Poor Auston Matthews goes from a beautiful place like Switzerland to Denver.

Johnny Gaudreau Exceeding Expectations Once Again | Today's Slapshot
Standing 5'9" and weighing in at 150 pounds, Calgary Flames star Johnny Gaudreau is no stranger to being underestimated.

Oilers defeat Ducks in OT | OilersNation
Day 8 of being McDavid-less.

Yes, Call it a Comeback. Pens Win 4-3 (SO). | The Pensblog
The 10-5-0 Pens beat the league leading Habs.

So Mike Richards is skating again | ProHockeyTalk
He's getting some work in with an OHL team, apparently.

Tortorella's son following his passion | Columbus Blue Jackets - News
John Tortorella's son, Nick, is a member of the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, one of the elite special operations strike forces in the world.

Justin Abdelkader close to 7-year contract extension with Red Wings, per report | SBNation NHL
Yikes.

Marleau won’t say he wants to remain a Shark | ProHockeyTalk
"There’s always been rumors in my career. I don’t really want to feed into it anymore or comment on it."