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Our summer nightmare is over!!! Ceeeeelebrate good times, come on!

NHL: Preseason-Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News

Predators Set Opening Night Roster | NHL.com
IT'S HAPPENING

Preds Practice Ponderings: Oct. 4 | NHL.com
The youngster Girard talks about his excitement about making the team out of camp, Lavy gives some insight into the benefits of starting on the road, and everyone's favorite underdog Harry Z is back!

Central Division Roundup

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews revamps game to try to rejoin elite centers - Chicago Tribune
Gotta love when your favorite hockey team makes your least favorite hockey team go through existential crises!

Bryan Bickell to sign 1-day contract, retire with Blackhawks - Chicago Tribune
Bickell is riding off into the sunset after an extremely unfortunate diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Enjoy retirement Bicks! We will all be cheering for you during your treatment and hopeful recovery.

Chambers: Matt Duchene’s chemistry with team should concern Avalanche – The Denver Post
"Prediction: The Avs will improve from last season and produce more than 22 wins and 48 points. They might even get more wins than defending NCAA champion Denver, which had 33 last season."

ZING

5 Wild breakout candidates for the 2017-18 season | Fox Sports
Matt Dumba and Joel Eriksson Ek lead the list of Wild players looking to break out this season.

Jets, Nikolaj Ehlers agree to 7-year, $42M extension - NHL on CBC Sports - Hockey news, opinion, scores, stats, standings
He's good, but is he worth that much more than Arvidsson and Forsberg?

Around the Hockeyverse

Airline: NHL's Jiri Hudler demanded cocaine and tried to pee on food cart on flight | CBSSports
I usually pick my own subheading here, but in this case I've gotta go with the brilliant one chosen by Mr. Blackburn:

"It appears the plane may not have been the only thing high in the sky"

Puck Daddy's 2017-18 NHL season predictions | Yahoo! Sports
Puck Daddy's Justin Cuthbert takes over for Greg Wyshynski this year and picks the Preds to finish third in the division and eventually lose to the Oilers in the WCF, similar to yours truly!

Jaromir Jagr says '99.9 per cent' this will be his last NHL season | Sportsnet.ca
The Tolkien-esque Elf of the NHL is already pondering hanging 'em up after this season. Say it ain't so, Jaro!