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It is time to hockey! We made it. Go get ‘em men!

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Smashville News:

Nashville Predators players providing input on next captain | Tennessean
Pekka has four great candidates in his head. Who do you think? Josi, Ellis, Johansen and.......Subban? Ekholm? Forsberg?

Predators Reduce Roster to 53 Players | NHL.com
First of all, who?? Secondly, 75% of the article is about the preseason schedule.

Watson Wants to Improve Again; Ekholm Relishes Training Camp Sessions | NHL.com
Austin Watson looks in good shape - let's hope for a good year from him.

Central Division News:

Defenseman Cody Franson has something to prove with Blackhawks | Chicago Tribune
"Veteran defenseman Cody Franson chooses Blackhawks tryout offer over other free-agent overtures." Apparently he had offers but wanted to choose the right situation. Best of luck Cody.

Fans from All Over State of Hockey Add Water to Xcel Energy Center Ice | NHL.com
"More than 2,400 Wild fans took the first opportunity to bring a piece of their home to Minnesota's home ice Saturday at Xcel Energy Center." I admit this is cool. Please tell me a fan of a rival team got their pond water in the mix.

St. Louis Blues: Carter Hutton Debuts Crazy New Mask | Bleedin' Blue
Carter Hutton with some serious mask game. Be sure to follow the link to the additional views and explanations of the symbolism. On another note, thank goodness I was not the only one who was puzzled by Allen's "retro" mask last year. He looked like a call up.

Other Hockey News:

#NHLTopPlayers: Nos. 30-21 | NHL.com
Roman Josi at number 27 and P.K. Subban at number 25. Something tells me with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg in the 40's, the Predators are done on this list.

Kings ready for 'cool experience' at 2017 China Games | NHL.com
This sounds like fun. Not only have I done the long haul to India, I've also flown to Europe and back around a one day business trip. Buck up Buttercups and enjoy your good fortune!

How six Western Conference teams can get back into playoffs | NHL.com
Colorado? Really?? They left out the most interesting part - if one or more of these teams get in, who falls off the list?

NHL - New Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley ready for the challenge | ESPN.com
"Returning to the team that made him a high draft pick in the 1980s, new Sabres coach Phil Housley has a serious of challenges ahead of him." Best of luck Coach - I'm glad you are in the other conference.

Halak looking for fresh start with Islanders | NHL.com
"Jaroslav Halak praised for attitude after demotion to AHL last season, veteran goaltender aims to stick with New York." With the third goalie gone to Vegas he probably will stick, but how much will he play?