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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Rocco’s Modern Life

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With Colton Sissons’s unique contract now out of the way, the focus shifts to everyone’s favorite SMOL BOI, Rocco Grimaldi.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Instant Analysis: Preds Sign Sissons to Seven-Year Deal | Nashville Predators
Well, what do you know? The team’s PR department LOVED this move. Who woulda thunk it!

Can’t wait to see how we ‘knock it out of the park’ with Rocco’s deal!

Predators are being bold with term; are they being smart? | Pro Hockey Talk
Here’s a slightly more critical look at the Sissons deal, and Poile’s contract philosophy in general, from Pro Hockey Talk.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Maple Leafs announce seven free-agent signings | Sportsnet
So the Leafs were real busy yesterday, announcing the signings of six forwards and a defender. Most notable of the bunch? A handsome Swede that goes by the name of PONTUS. That’s right, Aberg’s getting a shot with yet another team. Hopefully this one sticks, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Maple Leafs’ Clarkson acquisition inches them closer to having marner in the lineup to start the season | The Hockey News
By placing David Clarkson and Nathan Horton on long-term injured reserve, the Maple Leafs can receive upwards of $10-million in cap relief, and that financial flexibility should allow them to get restricted free agent Mitch Marner signed and in the lineup.

Arbitrator awards Washington Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos a one-year, $1.25M contract | TSN
So... was the Djoos worth the squeeze?

Tentative agreement struck to replace Calgary’s Saddledome | Sportsnet
The city, the Calgary Flames, and the Calgary Stampede have agreed on terms for an event center that would become the new home for the Flames and replace the ancient 36-year-old Saddledome.

Arbitrator awards Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Copp a two-year contract worth $4.56M | TSN
Andrew Copp wanted a one-year deal worth $2.9 million.

Winnipeg wanted a two-year deal worth $3 million.

So the arbitrator gave Copp a two-year deal, worth $4.56 million ($2.28 million AAV). Being an arbitrator sounds pretty easy.

Puck Personality: Cooking Tips | NHL.com

Maple Leafs sign goaltender Michal Neuvirth to pro tryout deal | Sportsnet
Michal Neuvirth and Michael Hutchinson are set to do battle for the Maple Leafs’ backup job.

LOSER LEAVES TOWN (and most likely the league).

Golden Knights sign defenseman Deryk Engelland to one-year contract | Knights on Ice
Well THANK GOD the Golden Knights decided to bring that anchor back.

Seriously, I understand Vegas needs depth at at the blue line, but Engelland drags down every single defender he’s paired with.