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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: I’m Baaack!

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After a 10 day, 6 state and 1,700 mile driving trip, I have made it back to the land of 80-90% humidity.

Detroit Red Wings v Nashville Predators Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Smashville News:

Poile, Preds Evaluating the Future During Rookie Camp | NHL.com
"David Poile looks at these few days as a perfect time to see what he has "in the cupboard."" I guess the cupboard is barer than I thought. Even with OTF’s excellent series, I did not recognize many of these names when I was listening to the stream.

Zoo Photoshoot: Part 1 | NHL.com
This is funny! But how is Arvie not posing with the red panda?

Guess who else is back?

Central Division News:

Jets don't feel like they've arrived, Governor says | NHL.com
Well what is their ETA? These guys are built to give us trouble for a good long while.

Continued upward trajectory of Blackhawks forward Victor Ejdsell | Second City Hockey
I really hope this is just hype from a team that needs any ray of light that they can find.

Wild Coach Bruce Boudreau Had Ticket for 9/11 Flight, Switched at Last Minute | KSTP.com
This is spooky. I also never knew the LA Kings had lost a scout in the plane crashes.

MaxPac News:

Pacioretty traded to Golden Knights by Canadiens | NHL.com
Good for you Max Pacioretty! Out of that poisonous atmosphere and on to a contender. Is anyone setting up a pool on who this year's scapegoat will be?

Max Pacioretty saga ends with trade to Vegas | ProHockeyTalk
More information, intrigue and scandal. Marc Bergevin has said they are not rebuilding, but it sure looks like it from here.

What the Puck: Who is twisting the truth in l’Affaire Pacioretty? | Montreal Gazette
"Max Pacioretty said he wanted to stay, but GM Marc Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson said the former Canadiens captain asked to be traded." Somebody is lying...let's all guess who.

Pacioretty understood what it meant to be Canadiens captain | NHL.com
Good piece giving Patches his props as the Habs captain.

Pacioretty signs four-year extension with Golden Knights | NHL.com
"Max Pacioretty signed a four-year, $28 million contract extension with the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday. It has an average annual value of $7 million." I've seen elsewhere that it is front loaded in years one and two. I guess that was in exchange for accepting such short term.

Other Hockey News:

#NHLTopPlayers: Nos. 40-31 | NHL.com
Roman Josi at number 34. And I'm sorry, but in no universe is Seth Jones better than Roman Josi right now. Just because he isn't playing as part of Four Horsemen, doesn't mean he's better.

NHL shoots and scores as 36 of league's best players descend on Chicago to promote upcoming season | Chicago Tribune
Cool look behind the scenes at how the Tour came to be and how it is evolving.

Penguins GM expects big contributions from Kessel, Letang, Cullen
Matt Cullen sighting. Cully! Jim Rutherford thinks they are ready to win again.

Ask Me Anything: should the Minnesota Wild retool or rebuild? | TheHockeyNews
Some good questions in here especially the remarks on the Wild and the Predators. Question: Aren't Filip Forsberg and Craig Smith power forwards?