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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: So close, yet so far

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The roster is set, the schedule is out, and tickets are on sale. The 2019-20 season is primed and ready to go, but still painfully out of our reach.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Preds Bellevue Blog: Updates on Ford Ice Center Bellevue | Nashville Predators
Sounds like it’s almost ready:

“We’re starting to put the final touches on the facility,” Ford Ice Center General Manager Danny Butler said. “If you’re seeing nets come in, you know we’re getting close to playing hockey. The ice will go in toward the end of this month, and the parking lot will be paved and have lights installed. We’re at the point in the process where a lot is going on in and outside the building - it’s an exciting time in Bellevue and Middle Tennessee.”

‘Year of the Fan’ Showcases Biggest Giveaways, Most Theme Nights Ever | Nashville Predators
Just give me money to put back in my wallet please. That’s all I really want after seeing the prices of single game tickets.

Preds Official Podcast: Rocco, Rocco, Rocco | Nashville Predators
Rocco Grimaldi joins the show and discusses his new deal with the Predators.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Roberto Luongo to become 1st Panthers player to have jersey retired | Sportsnet
Get a good look at this, people, because this is how it’s going to be for Pekka Rinne in a few years.

Will Bobrovsky put the Panthers over the top? | ProHockeyTalk
Speaking of the Panthers, how much does their new goalie move the needle for their team success? Big Bob is obviously a big improvement over Luongo, but how much will their team defense improve? Anton Strålman will obviously help that cause too, but is that enough?

Red Wings acquire RFA Erne from Lightning for 2020 fourth-round pick | Sportsnet
Blockbuster!

Weird NHL ‘90s Edition: Vol. 1 | NHL.com
I love this so much.

Canes, GM Waddell agree on multiyear extension | ESPN
The Carolina Hurricanes and general manager Don Waddell have agreed on a multiyear contract extension.

Joe Sakic: Colorado Avalanche eye long-term deal with Mikko Rantanen | TSN
Whew... that was a close one. Here I was thinking he wanted to sign Rantanen to a short-term deal.

Veterans Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau skate at San Jose Sharks facility | TSN
And nobody even broke their hip!