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Thursday's Dump & Chase: A Midsummer Night's Excitement?

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No, not a thing is happening on the NHL landscape, but I finished my final paperwork and assignments for my master's degree. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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Nashville Predators News

Despite impressive young core, Predators need Rinne to step up again next season | ProHockeyTalk
THIS JUST IN: Pekka Rinne is a 35-year-old goalie who played well in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it may be time for youngster Juuse Saros to take over more of the work load. Who knew?

Could Scott Hartnell see an increased role in Nashville? | ProHockeyTalk
In the humble opinion of this writer, the acquisition of Hartnell this off-season is one of the best "low risk, high reward" moves the Predators could have made in free agency.

Central Division Roundup

Chicago Blackhawks' Ideal Lines, Pairings, Goalies In Toews/Kane Era | Blackhawk Up
"'Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment.'--Buddha" --Michael Scott

Colorado Avalanche Top 25 Under 25, #13: Nicolas Meloche, not just a defensive defenseman | Mile High Hockey
A peek at the pipeline of a division rival, courtesy of our friends at Mile High Hockey.

Where does Devan Dubnyk rank amongst the league's goaltenders? | Twin Cities Pioneer Press
I almost didn't link to this article because I was taught to hate the addition of "-st" to words to make them sound fancier, but the title on the article itself actually says "among" so I'll let it slide.

St. Louis Blues: Central Division To Return To Toughest Division Status | Bleedin' Blue
Todd Panula of the Blues' Fansided site takes a look at each team in the Central and why the Blues are disgusting except for Tarasenko. (Okay, I made up that last part)

Around the Hockeyverse

Inside look at Dallas Stars | NHL.com
80% of my reason for linking to this is because of the picture of Hitch. That moment when you realize you have to make the Dallas Stars play defense...

Jagr: 'Didn't expect it would be so hard to get job in NHL' | NHL.com
C'mon Jaro. Your handsome locks of hair would look great under a cowboy hat, and you can be neighbors with your boy PK! (See: Subban's tribute to/poking fun at Jagr at the 2016 All Star Weekend in Nashville).

The Trade: 29 years later | TSN
But the Subban-Weber swap only happened 13 1/2 months ago...?