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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Austin's Powers

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Austin Watson has had a rough career. A product of the Trotz era draft idiocy ideology, he's labored, and then labored some more in the minors, and well, he's kinda become a very solid player. He's making a strong case in camp to keep him around, and honestly its about time. I'm rooting for you Austin, keep it up!

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Nashville Predators News

Predators drop preseason home finale to Blue Jackets-the Tennessean
Watson with another nice game, plus the early goal.

Nashville Predators 2015-16 preview - NHL - SI.com
Hot Takery abounds.

Eric Staal asking for $9 million annually: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
And people still want him why?

Austin Watson making his case for a spot on the opening night roster | Rinkside Report
See above.

SQ NHL Preview Series: Nashville Predators — NHL — The Sports Quotient
There's a lot of agree with in this.

Hockey News & Notes

Las Vegas, Quebec City move one step closer to NHL expansion - NHL - SI.com
The general League consensus seems to be that they're proceeding because they can, not because they particularly want to.

NHL still unsure about Vegas, Quebec expansion; confident on Canadian dollar | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The photo says it all.

A look at drug policies in NHL, other major sports - LA Times
An interesting read. The NHL has some definite quirks when it comes to discipline.

Evgeni Malkin rocks 'Hanson Brothers' glasses in Hockeyville exhibition | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is fun.

About those Travis Zajac trade rumours… - Article - TSN
They exist. Thats really about it.

Watch Keith Yandle earn penalty shot in 3-on-3 overtime, bury game-winner | The Hockey News
Beaut.

Two years of research, 1230 games watched: Why neutral zone play is much more important than you think | The Hockey News
Well at least we know what the good folks over at the Hockey News have been doing all this time.

Delirious Rover Hallucinates Water On Mars- The Onion
Knew it!

Oilers players like the way head coach Todd McLellan has quickly pared down camp-Ottowa Sun
A nice way of saying they have no depth to compete.