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Monday's Dump & Chase: Plenty of Rain

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For the first time I can remember, the beginning of August will be marked with rain in the forecast... for TEN STRAIGHT DAYS. I'll take that over the poison sun that turns our vehicles into convection ovens, and enough sunlight to give a sunburn to a dog. But today marks the start of August, and hockey is almost here. We'll just have to suffer through pre-season football fatigue first.

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Hockey Stuff

2015-16 Top Games Countdown: No. 3 - Nashville Predators - Features
Calle Jarnkrok's celebration was awesome, and the team played much more relaxed hockey after this one. Fine choice for the #3 spot.

Ortiz: Pietrangelo could be next to wear ‘C’ | Jesus Ortiz | stltoday.com
Well, he's the very good defenseman that St. Louis hasn't tried to trade yet.

‘He never played his best games against the tougher teams’: Klefbom reacts to the Taylor Hall trade – ProHockeyTalk
WHOA.... Despite a good amount of his goals coming against playoff teams....

Detroit made the wrong decision on DeKeyser - Article - TSN
It does make a Preds fan smile to look at other payrolls.

NHL Arbitration Tracker: Tyson Barrie, Avalanche find a deal - Sportsnet.ca
First the Flyers, now the Avs are signing players to these bizarre, surprising, respectable deals. What is this world coming to?

Overlooked free agent defensemen offer value | NHL.com
They do?

Evgeni Malkin celebrates 30th birthday with tiny piece of cake | theScore.com
For a guy who just turned 30, he looks like a kid from Franklin. I bet his dad owns a dealership.

Not Hockey

Big Bear Don't Care | Deadspin
We are all this bear.