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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: One Day More

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Two days more until the Preds’ season starts, but that’s not going to get anyone humming, now is it, so we’re going to go with the NHL season.

NHL: SEP 27 Preseason - Predators at Hurricanes Photo by John McCreary/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Nashville Predators News & Notes

2019-2020 Nashville Predators Position Previews: Centers | On the Forecheck
Sarah put together a great piece about the centers, and I added "what is the plot of invasion of the body snatchers" to weird work-related Google searches I've made since taking over running OTF.

2019-2020 Nashville Predators Position Previews: Wingers | On the Forecheck
Next, Rachel and I took a look at the wingers. Confession: I'm the one who forgot Granlund was dealing with a newborn as well as new teammates. That's on me. Whether you think it makes a meaningful difference in describing what he did or didn't do in Nashville is up to you, but I did forget.

Predators Waive Salomaki, Santini | @CapFriendly
I have to admit, I did not predict the Preds being willing to admit that Steve Santini, part of the return in the P.K. Subban trade, might not be exactly what they needed, whether or not he was.

Other News & Notes

Ho-Sang, DeSmith, Sprong headline waiver wire | ProHockeyTalk
Seriously, yesterday's waivers were...weird.

Canucks' Baertschi deemed expendable with emergence of young players | Sportsnet.ca
So weird.

Weekend Update: Sept. 28 - 29 | The Ice Garden
Michelle at The Ice Garden provides a quick summary as the women's hockey season gets off to a start (a little earlier than the men's, so a good way to get your hockey fix early).

The best- and worst-case scenario for each team in the NHL's Central Division | Sportsnet.ca
Some familiar names and scenarios on here. Which ones sound plausible to you?

AHL awards expansion franchise to Palm Springs | ProHockeyTalk
California, the new State of Hockey. I'm here for it.

Green Day partners with NHL, unveils new hockey anthem | Sportsnet.ca
And no, it's not "Wake Me Up When September Ends".

What do you think about the NHL's attempt to find a new hockey anthem? (Alternate question: what do you think about Green Day's drummer changing from being a Sharks fan to being a Ducks fan when he moved? Is that legal?)

Hockey is not for everyone: where the NHL stands to improve on diversity | Yahoo! Sports
As is discussed here, the NHL's Declaration of Principles is actually a really great set of aspirations. Hockey should be for everybody; it will be a better and more profitable sport when it is. It isn't just that fans who feel welcomed are more likely to spend money and introduce new people to the game--it's that incredibly gifted athletes who feel welcomed are less likely to quit, or worse.

But we're not there just yet.