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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: “It’s Preseason for Everybody”

While coaches and players around the league look to shake off the rust and establish their big league rosters over the next couple of weeks, most of us probably feel like we are coming out of hockey hibernation to some extent.

NHL: Preseason-Florida Panthers at Nashville Predators Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators News

Josi Talks Leadership, D-Corps and Motivation for Preds
Like all of us, newly-crowned Captain Roman Josi of House Handsome, first of his name, king of the Swiss and well-fitted suits, and benchmark of Handsome/60 is eager to get back on the ice and prepare for the upcoming season.

Also, happy birthday to my sister Allie! Told her I’d give her a shout-out here. It’s her 21st birthday and therefore her golden birthday, so it fits the #PredsBrand.

Central Division Roundup

How a Jonathan Toews injury could have kept Blackhawks from winning 2010 Stanley Cup | CSN Chicago
*small violin plays*

Don’t put stock into Colorado Avalanche preseason | Mile High Hockey
Yeah, guys! I promise the Avs will be /much/ worse than they look so far!

Dallas Stars: What some key Dallas Stars are looking forward to in preseason opener vs. Blues | SportsDay
"So coach Hitch says we gotta do this thing called 'defense'. Sounds kinda weird but I guess I'll try it, eh?"

MN Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek looks like he belongs. Now he's ready to make an impact | Twin Cities Pioneer Press
While he's only 20 years old, Joel Eriksson Ek will likely play a major role in how the MN Wild season plays out. If he's good, the Wild are suddenly extremely deep up front. If he's not, the Wild could find themselves shorthanded from time to time.

Around the Hockeyverse

NHL's crackdown on slashing could leave slower defencemen behind |
Looks like slashing a dude's finger off will be frowned upon in the upcoming 2017-18 NHL season.

Mailbag: Flames have best defense in West, Oilers No. 1 offense |
Because who doesn't love reading prognostication about the best of _________ before teams have played a regular season game?