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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Holiday Interlude

As we move from Christmas to New Year’s Day, strange things are happening in certain hockey corners.

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Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

Smashville News:

Predators Prospect Report: December 28 | NHL.com
Nice status round up of the Nashville Predators prospects. Also interesting that everyone is reported by where they are playing—except the goaltenders!

Predators Recall Five from ECHL's Florida Everblades | NHL.com
Getting folks back and ready for training camp!

Filip Forsberg with the high-end Christmas fashion and blooming handlebar mustache.

Central Division News:

Dach has wrist surgery, expected to be out 4-5 months for Blackhawks | NHL.com
"Kirby Dach is expected to be out 4-5 months after the Chicago Blackhawks forward had surgery on his right wrist Monday." Ouch. I feel bad for the kid.

Why Mike Hoffman is joining Blues on a non-guaranteed tryout contract | Sportsnet
Elliotte Friedman with his “unique” analysis of this situation. Also, it was reported that the Nashville Predators were heavily after Mike Hoffman before going the Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula route.

Why Carl Soderberg thinks Blackhawks will be better in 2020-21 NHL season | RSN
Because they couldn't be much worse? #grit

Blue Jackets add Michael Del Zotto to camp roster on tryout offer | Columbus Dispatch
Well, well. Look who is back in the Central Division.

Other Hockey News:

Capitals' Henrik Lundqvist will undergo open heart surgery | USA Today
"The Washington Capitals' Henrik Lundqvist, who already revealed he will miss the 2020 NHL season, said Monday he will undergo open heart surgery." Just wow. Thoughts, prayers and many good wishes to Henrik Lundqvist and his family.

In 2020 Hindsight, It Wasn't All Bad | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The first of the year-end awards are here. The David Ayres victory will never get old, but where is the award for Pekka Rinne's goal?

NHL Power Rankings: Top 20 NHL players of 2020 | NBC Sports
This is ridiculously weighted to forwards. That Roman Josi "just missed" in a year he not only carried the team on his back, but won THE NORRIS TROPHY is just stupid.

Montreal Canadiens sign forward Corey Perry to one-year, $750,000 deal | TSN.ca
I would have thought Shea Weber and Corey Perry would be oil and water. Maybe it takes a man mountain to control a rat.

Former Bulldog crafts hockey sticks into walking canes | Duluth News Tribune
Today's best read.

Breaking the ice: Israel-UAE hockey match makes history | The Times of Israel
Or maybe it's this one.