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Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Hockey Eve

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One more day til the puck drops on the new season.

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Happy Hockey Eve!

The regular season starts tomorrow with the Maple Leafs and Senators getting the party started at 6:00 PM central. Other matchups include Blues vs. Blackhawks, Oilers vs. Flames, and Kings vs. Sharks.

Rejoice!

Predators News

For Predators GM David Poile, big trades have big payoff
As much as we give David Poile grief for certain throwaway free agent contracts, the man has a consistent track record when it comes to trades.

Bridgestone Arena Set for Impressive Weekend
I'm not a big fan of any of the music that will be featured, but it is certainly a big weekend. Also, is there anything more counter-intuitive than seeing a bunch of Blackhawks fans downtown with an Adele concert going on?

Hockey News

Johnny Gaudreau signs six-year contract with Flames
Not surprised that Johnny got a bit more, but this makes the Filip Forsberg contract an even better value than we thought.

Pens star Crosby diagnosed with concussion - Article - TSN
Ruh roh. It's not his first one, either. It doesn't sound major, but these are nothing to mess with.

Rumor Roundup: Jets place Pavelec on waivers | The Hockey News
This makes a lot of sense. Connor Hellebuyck will be the goaltender for a long time for the Jets, while Ondrej Pavelec is almost 30 and costs too much.

THN's 2016-17 NHL season preview: Dallas Stars | The Hockey News
THN's worst case scenario for the Stars is an 89 point season, which would have put them at 5th in the Western Conference last year. Yes, Nashville is an improved team, but I think the Stars take the Central again this year.

Report: Talks ‘intensifying’ between Bolts and Kucherov, likely a bridge deal coming – ProHockeyTalk
I love the description of the talks "intensifying" between the two parties. I picture a darkened, palatial dining hall with two silent figures standing at either end of a banquet table.

Avs sign both Bourques, after bringing them to camp on PTOs – ProHockeyTalk
Gabby gets signed and then is immediately placed on waivers. SOMEONE JUST GIVE THIS FREAKING GUY A CHANCE, PLEASE.

Richard Panik looking to shed reputation as inconsistent player | Chicago Sun-Times
Since he will probably be on the top line with Toews, I don't see any way he can't shed that reputation.