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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Mr. Jones

I was reminded of this little ditty by a recent discussion on whether a certain Preds defenseman is/will continue to be better than a certain former Preds blueliner...

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Nashville Predators News

Predators Announce Fan Programs for 2018-19 Season |
The Preds have announced 17 official watch parties for away games at three different bars around the Nashville area, as well as a new program that gives college students discounts to Preds games and other benefits.

Austin Watson suspension: 27 games after misdemeanor domestic abuse | The Tennesseean
Austin Watson has received his punishment and will be sidelined for approximately 1/3 of the 2018-19 season. He can hypothetically rejoin the club for its December 3rd contest against the Buffalo Sabres.

Central Division Roundup

Blackhawks' aging core desperately seeking a rebound this season | Chicago Sun-Times
Conversely, fans of other Central Division teams are desperately seeking a return to the good old days of the 1990s and 2000s when the Blackhawks were thoroughly unremarkable.

Colorado Avalanche beat San Jose Sharks 6-3 to close Vegas Rookie Faceoff | Mile High Hockey
Once again, the best takeaway from stories like these is that hockey is just around the corner! Just 3 weeks to go til the season opener!

Minnesota Wild to female fans: Your big purse is now a problem | Minnesota Public Radio News
A bit surprising to see backlash over a policy that is becoming more and more common across all of sport, but the author makes plenty of valid points.

Defenseman Schmaltz signs two-year deal with Blues |
A decent depth signing by St. Louis with the new season just around the corner and a less-than-stellar defensive group in the locker room.

Around the Hockeyverse

Bruins, Flames arrive for China Games |
15 hour flights are bad enough, but it's even worse when you have to travel all that way before remembering that you're still teammates with Brad Marchand.

Stanley Cup Final odds: Here's who's favored to win it all in the 2018-19 NHL season |
The Preds come in tied for fourth with Vegas and Washington at 11/1 odds. Hey, that's my birthday!

Jalen Ramsey hints at NHL collaboration after saying he could make league in six months |
I'd better not comment, as a Ramsey hater who would be delighted to see him get plastered to the boards by any number of larger, physical NHLers.