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The one where we’re running out of new offseason hobbies to try that don’t drain our bank accounts.

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Hockey News & Rants

2019 Nashville Predators Prospect Rankings: #20 - #16 | On the Forecheck
Eric is still ranking the Preds’ prospect pool, and he’s cracked the top twenty.

2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Review: Rocco Grimaldi | On the Forecheck
Rocco Grimaldi came out of nowhere this season. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the kid has heart and hustle on par with Viktor Arvidsson, but I think we need to see more from him. Bobby’s got the breakdown and grade covered, even if some might not agree.

NHL veteran’s words helped spark Rocco Grimaldi’s playoff goal-scoring run | Grand Forks Herald
“You might have to play? Or you might get to play?”

Honestly they should write this on the locker room wall.

When great careers get cut short | PensBurgh
More like how lucky Sidney Crosby was that he didn’t lose his entire career over a concussion.

I wonder what Crosby thinks about Gary Bettman thinking he knows more than medical science?

Seattle NHL team’s name? Uniform colors? Here’s where fans rant, vent and even chat over beers about it | The Seattle Times
This is my favorite part of the expansion process. It’s not to be taken lightly! Although it should be taken lightly because once it’s all set in stone and we lose our favorite teams’ players to a team we didn’t ask for, then it's all downhill.

‘Let’s have all the people write us off’: Blue Jackets’ GM confident in his team | ESPN
I respect the confidence in Columbus—they have to have something going for them after the summer they’ve had.

It’s just Seth Jones and some guy named Boone now, right?

Heiskanen’s skating ability on par with McDavid, Seguin says | NHL
Honestly I’m still not over Dallas ruining the playoffs for me, so I can’t take anything Tyler Seguin says seriously.

Not that I recall ever taking anything Seguin says seriously.

Puljujarvi of Oilers signs contract in Finland with opt-out clause | NHL
I don’t blame Puljujarvi for signing a contract overseas. At least he will get to play while the Oilers figure out whatever it is they need to figure out.

Is it just me or do teams seem to be moving at a snail's pace on RFAs this off-season?

NHL point totals: 3 overvalued teams to fade | The Score
Considering I usually forget Toronto, New Jersey, and Minnesota are teams by December, this seems accurate.

Tkachuk, Flames will ‘figure something out’ in negotiation, Giordano says | NHL
“Figure something out” is what people say when they have no idea how something is going to work out, and are hoping it fixes itself.

I would know, I use this method daily.

Where Dallas Stars fit in NHL’s crowded Central Division | Yahoo Sports
They don’t. They’re still dead to me.

Texas for never.

Senators and Red Wings Given Worst Odds to Make NHL Eastern Conference Playoffs | Sports Betting Dime
Is anyone actually surprised?

Hockey's ultimate journeyman goalie calls it a career | USA Today
Mike McKenna, the sixth-round pick for the Preds in 2002, retires after an adventure through 15 NHL organizations, the NCAA, ECHL, and the AHL.

If he doesn’t write a book and call it “The Bus Fire Journey” it was all for nothing.

NHL Unveils 2020 All-Star Game Logo, Hosted by St Louis Blues | SportsLogos.Net
I’m biased, but this logo is...not great.

To be fair, neither was last year’s. Looking at the chart of all the past logos, it seems we’re circling back around to the stretch of inherently...not great logos.