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Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Speculation

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This painfully long off-season is coming to an end, which means it’s peak wild speculation season.

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Hockey News & Rants

Photos: Preds Begin Ice Installation at Bridgestone Arena | NHL
October is coming.

Hockey is coming.

It’s just such a magical time.

Division Primer: The Metropolitan | On the Forecheck
Bobby is breaking down the league’s favorite rivalry night that they can’t call a rivalry night anymore because they don’t know the meaning!

NHL - Players, coaches, GMs under the most pressure for all 31 teams heading into the 2018-19 season | ESPN
I don’t know what it says about me as a person but seeing Matt Murray, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, and Corey Perry all called out on this list just makes me so happy.

Yeah...I don’t want to talk about Pekka Rinne. We all know this is it (if not this season then the next), but we’ve got nine months to talk about the end of the Rinne era. And because I have a soft spot like no other for him, I’m going to let him bask in Vezina glory until at least October before I even entertain the conversation.

The NHL may ban Stanley Cup ‘keg stands’ after the Capitals’ wild, boozy summer | CBS Sports
This league is the worst. They hate personality, they hate fun, what are they expecting these guys to do, spit shine the cup alone in a sterilized room?

You can’t blame NHL for Schmidt suspension, but it’s understandable why you would | Yahoo Sports
The jab at the league for bringing the hammer down on Schmidt because he’s the only likable thing about Vegas is a bit of a stretch but I get the idea. If the league’s going to bring the hammer down on Schmidt, Austin Watson has to be next. I’m not sure if the league cares about their credibility or their consistency at this point, but if they do, now is the time to prove it.

Chara, Krug won’t play for Bruins in NHL China Games | NHL
I forgot the NHL going to China was a thing, and I thought we were already seeing drama for the Beijing Olympics.

Could Chara even make it to 2022?

Duchene not worried about contract, would ‘love’ to stay with Senators | NHL
Duchene Watch never really ends.

Rookie Showcase poll: Best road city | NHL
Vegas doesn’t count because it’s a tourist destination even without hockey, but good lord, Montreal? Minnesota? St. Louis?

Maybe Fortnite really is rotting their brains.