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Friday's Dump & Chase: Welcome Home, Josi

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Roman Josi and his ragtag band of Eurovision contestants didn't manage to push Canada to three games, and that means we have no more distractions between now and opening night. Two more weeks. The preseason opener and Skate of the Union is tomorrow, which should be at least as compelling as that final was.

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Nashville News & Notes

October 1: Skate of the Union at Bridgestone Arena | Nashville Predators
A full schedule of tomorrow's events.

DNC Serves up More than Concessions | NHL.com
Interesting article about the company that works the concessions at the arena.

P.K. Subban: The New Face of Hockey In Nashville | Nashville Scene
David Boclair has a question-and-answer interview with P.K. Subban.

Predators defense may transform how teams are built - Craig Custance Blog- ESPN
There are some really good quotes from Ekholm here.

Around Hockey

Why the World Cup will never look like this again - Sportsnet.ca
All told, I'm pro-the World Cup just never happening again.

Habs' Shaw suspended 3 preseason games - TSN
The games he'll miss are meaningless, but he has repeat offender status if he pulls this kind of stunt again.

Nikita Kucherov won't report without a contract | Tampa Bay Times
Squeezing his contract in under the cap will be difficult for the Lightning.

Is a hockey glove a glove or a mere ‘article of plastic’? It takes two courts and a tribunal to settle the issue | National Post
These are the sort of deep philosophical questions that keep Canadians up at night.

Moncton Wildcats put 'human hockey puck hovercraft' on ice - New Brunswick - CBC News
CC: the Preds intermission entertainment team.

Hull Sees Old Boys' Club With Hockey USA Management | Today's Slap Shot
All very good points.

U.S. National Sled Team To Train This Weekend in Antioch, Tenn. | USA Hockey
Sessions are free and open to the public.

Sens aim to keep shift times down - including Karlsson's | Ottawa Sun
They already keep his penalty killing time down, so just start there.

O'Reilly, Canada win World Cup of Hockey | NHL.com
What a ridiculous way for a farcical tournament to end.