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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Winging It will reveal it’s top 20 forwards tonight and I have my fingers crossed for Fil. Meanwhile, Tucker did you survive your birthday celebrations yesterday?

Colorado Avalanche v Nashville Predators - Game Two Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Smashville News:

Ryan Ellis Actually Took Discounted Contract To Keep Nashville Contender: The Sportster
Some interesting speculation on what Ryan Ellis' contract means for future UFA's.

Why Ryan Hartman is betting on himself going into another contract year with Predators | NBC Sports Chicago
It is interesting that NBC is still filing Ryan Hartman stories under the Chicago Blackhawks portion of the site. A few more details about Hartman's injury and the contract negotiation. Also, it took me a moment to realize that the Nashville Predators "generous contract after generous contract" meant generous to the team. This is a good read.

This week the Johansen Pups are paddle boarding, with Doug showing Dozer how it is done.

Lake day

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Central Division News:

Reinventing NHL Third Jerseys: Central Division | Zone Coverage
First of all, it's GOLD, not YELLOW! Also simply changing white to blue on our away jerseys isn't very creative. Does anyone have a picture of the Nashville Skyline third jersey proposal?

St. Louis Blues Add More Names To Various Hall Of Fames | Bleedin' Blue
"The St. Louis Blues have had many high profile names come through their doors, but not all get recognized. That changes with two more Hall of Famers." He uses Hall of Fames in the title and Halls of Fame in the article. OTF grammar police - what is correct (spell check believes Halls of Fame)?

Chicago Blackhawks' 2 Trades Far Worse Than Saad-Panarin Deal | Blackhawk Up
I'm not sure if these two trades are actually worse. I do believe that the only part of the trade that Chicago won was Handsome/60 (and I really like Brandon Saad).

Other Hockey News:

Ovechkins announce birth of baby Sergei |
Congratulations to the Ovechkins! Also, how cool is it that the baby's birth date is 8/18/2018?! ALL THE EIGHTS!

Draisaitl confident Oilers will rebound |
"Leon Draisaitl believes there is no reason why the Edmonton Oilers shouldn't make the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season." Okay, well except for losing Andrej Sekera for a good part of the year. Really there wasn't a reason they should have missed the playoffs last year, right? "Sometimes, it rains."

Hughes tops roster for All-American Prospects Game
"Jack Hughes, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, was among the 42 United States-born players named to participate in the seventh USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held at Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 19." Will he end up in Ottawa, Montreal, Buffalo, Arizona or Vancouver?

Previewing the Western Conference for fantasy hockey, team by team |
For those preparing for the On The Forecheck fantasy league. Keep scrolling for the Eastern Conference.

Orlov's turn with Stanley Cup features Ferris wheel, flamethrowers |
Dmitry Orlov's day with the Stanley Cup started with a public event where locals could take their picture with the Washington Capitals defenseman and the trophy. Then with nightfall, out came the flamethrowers.” Where, exactly, does one get a flamethrower? (Asking for a friend.)

Team gives up its 'hockey hair' for teammate | Valley News Live
This is an excellent example of a team with the right stuff. Is it dusty in here?