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Ryan Ellis is going to be in Nashville a long, long time.

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Predators: Ryan Ellis signing right play in Nashville Stanley Cup quest | The Tennessean
The 4 Horsemen, The Big 4, the Top 4, and whatever else we’re calling them these days will stay together for the foreseeable future. Just don’t ask Uncle Tone about it...

NHL - Winners, losers from NBC TV schedule release - Blackhawks, John Tavares, Rangers, more | ESPN
In summery: RIP Rivalry Night - because pretending to be the Blackhawks arch-nemesis every Wednesday is exhausting for the rest of the league.

The Preds might be winners on this list, but let’s be honest having to listen to the NBC broadcast is about as appealing as listening to construction at the crack of dawn on a Monday. Maybe I’ll just watch on mute and run my own commentary.

NHL schedule: NBC's hockey slate will have drastically new look | USA Today
Honestly, I don’t think it’s because they really want to “embrace diversity” I think it’s mostly because they can’t show the traditional markets 90 times in one season when those markets aren’t even making the playoffs.

NHL - Mount Puckmore - Four franchise-defining players for each Atlantic Division team | ESPN
Meanwhile a patent was just filed by the NHL to make tiny Mount Puckmores. Gotta corner the market early!

Panthers do one thing about as well as anyone in the NHL | NBC Sports
Somewhere David Poile is chuckling to himself thinking “I could have done better”.

Tavares, Maple Leafs should embrace pressure, say Toronto alums | NHL
Embracing the pressure is fine, as long as they don’t crack under it and totally implode once the season starts.

ProHockeyTalk’s NHL free agency tracker | NBC Sports
A timeline of how uneventful this summer has truly been.

Pacioretty ready for ‘clean slate’ with Canadiens | NHL
I mean can Pacioretty just live his life and play hockey? If there’s such a thing as a hostile Canadian environment, it’s Montreal hockey.

Capitals to raise Stanley Cup banner on NBCSN’s ‘Wednesday Night Hockey’ | NHL
Admittedly ‘Wednesday Night Hockey’ doesn’t have any sort of ring to it, but it’s still better than forcing us to acknowledge made up blood feuds in ‘Rivalry Night’.

What’s in a name? For Seattle’s future NHL team, more than meets the Sock-eye | Seattle Times
Dear god. Please don’t name this team the Sock-eyes. They’ll be doomed from the start. With a mascot that will either look like this ugly fish

Or because it’s the NHL and they don’t want to scare the kids...