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Monday's Dump & Chase: Roster Trim

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Across the league, teams are slimming down their rosters. This includes the Predators, who are now down to their final 31 players.

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Predators News

Predators Reduce Roster to 31
Nothing unexpected here. This does mean that Fiala, Kamenev, and Aberg are still around, so the final week or so of preseason will still be interesting.

Hockey News

Leafs edge Habs in Matthew's debut - Article - TSN
"Matthews may not have found the scoresheet in his first game action with the Leafs on Sunday night, but he certainly made an impression in more than 18 minutes of ice time."

Why do I feel like this is a narrative that I'm going to have to get used to whenever hearing about the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs?

Florida Panthers 2016-17 Season Preview
The Panthers scoring is a bit top-heavy, but they should have no problem fighting for 2nd place behind the Lightning.

Ducks' Salary Cap Complicating New Hampus Lindholm Deal
I really don't get the issue. Unload one of your tradeable contracts like Ryan Garbutt or Simon Depres and lock up one of the best young defensemen in the game. Why do you have to make things so complicated, Ducks?

Craig's List - Under-The-Radar Threats On Each NHL Team
"Oh, this is definitely going to be Kevin Fiala, right? Of course it will be Fiala, who else would it be." -me, before I clicked the link

Wild notes: Boudreau calls competition for jobs "wide open" - StarTribune.com
[looks at Minnesota Wild roster] Was there any other option? Did any of these guys have their job on lock down?

Leon Draisaitl returns a better player after World Cup experience | Edmonton Journal
He put up only two goals, but it sure seemed like he was the best player on the ice for Team Europe. Edmonton has to feel a bit better about their forward depth.

Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin could be separated
Not sure it will matter who is paired with Kane, but alright. The top six of this team could be configured just about any which way.