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Friday's Dump & Chase: Take a Deep, Deep Breath

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This is the part of the year when sports get fun. High school and college sports are getting fired up, the soccer leagues are going, baseball games are starting to matter, and the NFL starts this weekend. Then... there's hockey. Rookie camps and training camps are beginning to take shape. So say good bye to your kids and loved ones, and promise to take them to a game in January or something.

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Hockey Related News, Notes, and Takes

Carolina Hurricanes’ defensive prospects gathering strength | News & Observer
Carolina is slowly building a "second core" of players.

Antti Raanta Faces Competition for Rangers Backup Job - TSS
Guess who? (inaudible grumbling)

All 3 Bruins first-rounders fail conditioning test All 3 Boston Bruins first-rounders fail conditioning test at camp | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
MAYBE THEY WEREN'T PROPERLY INFLATED HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA. Oh man.

Alfredsson's role with Senators getting clearer | Ottawa Sun
Role: To not wear ties at press conferences.

Oilers economics: The Connor McDavid Effect - Sportsnet.ca
McEconomy.

Leafs invite Glencross to camp on pro tryout contract | Toronto Sun
I guess this makes the Franson trade look a little better.

LA Kings players want no part of Slava Voynov decision | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Nope. Nope. Noooooooooope.

Hired Hand: Islanders sign Bernier to PTO as clock ticks on Nelson - Lighthouse Hockey
Steve Bernier is on pace to become another Matt Cullen and Ray Whitney.

Sharks Heritage Jersey leaked - Fear The Fin
Available at your local Merry-Go-Round, County Seat, and 5-7-9 stores.

Richard Loney, Vancouver Canucks anthem singer, dies - British Columbia - CBC News
Not the large guy that many of you remember (Mark Donnelly), but Loney was one of the league's best. Rest well.

Not Hockey

BROKE - Every Day Should Be Saturday
A must read.

Recently Shuttered Sub Stop Has Found a New Home in Murfreesboro - Eater Nashville
AND.... more to come. Awesome!

Also, let's be nice to people today. Check the calendar.