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In which Oskar Lindblom is cancer-free (!), Bettman talks about when the next season will start, and Max Pacioretty remains unaffected by any trade rumors.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Optimizing the Nashville Predators’ Draft Classes, Part 2: 2003-2007 | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Ryan Getzlaf being likable, Dustin Byfuglien and Shea Weber on the same pairing, some familiar faces, and one massive pest.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Some good NHL news: Philadelphia Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom is cancer-free! | Broad Street Hockey
A little a year after his diagnosis with a rare form of bone cancer, the Flyers’ forward is given a clean bill of health.

Bettman talks temporary realignment, possible hubs for upcoming NHL season | Sportsnet

“We are focused on starting at some point hopefully in mid-January,” Bettman said, according to NHL.com. “It is clear that we will not be playing an 82-game schedule for the regular season, which we normally do, but we’re going to try and play as many games as possible.”

January 13th is the reported start date, but the closer we get to that date without any formal declaration from the league, it starts to seem less and less likely.

Blackhawks promote Bowman, hire Faulkner to oversee business | NBC Sports
Ah, yes. If there’s a person in hockey that deserved a promotion, it’s definitely Stan Bowman.

Pacioretty says Golden Knights trade rumors ‘lightweight stuff’ | NHL.com
I’d be pretty nonchalant about possibly getting traded too if I still had around $20 million coming my way over the next three years.

Ontario police officer facing fraud charges in Gretzky-theft case | Sportsnet
An Ontario police officer is facing fraud charges after an investigation into the theft of Wayne Gretzky memorabilia from the home of the hockey legend’s father.

What a mess.

Theo Niederbach Is Ready to Step Up for Sweden | The Hockey news on Sports Illustrated
The Swedish world junior team is short on top centers, but the Red Wings pick could be the wild card they need.

Wild sign Andrew Hammond, lose Alex Stalock to upper-body injury | Sportsnet
As one goalie gets injured, another gets signed. The circle of life.