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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: ImPekkable

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In which Pekka wins Goal of the Year, the Seattle expansion team delays the reveal of their name, and a wild controversy emerges in the OHL.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

[Rerun] Rinne Wins 2020 NHL Fan Choice Award for Goal of the Year | Nashville Predators
We already knew it here in Nashville, but it’s nice to see fans of from around the league agree as well.

Other Hockey News & Notes

OHL Launches investigation after ex-Kitchener Rangers player says he was forced to use cocaine | The Record
Oooookay... so this wild story, and ensuing OHL investigation, was kickstarted by a video in which former Kitchener Rangers forward Eric Guest says he was forced to use cocaine in his rookie season by an older player on the team. Guest’s video also touches on drinking parties, smoking marijuana, billet issues and a culture of silence.

NHL Seattle expansion nickname delayed until at least fall: report | NHL.com
The Seattle NHL expansion team’s plan to announce its nickname has been put off until at least the fall because of trademarking issues, local protests on racial inequality and policing, and the coronavirus pandemic.

John Carlson wants the Norris Trophy. But he doesn’t need the Norris Trophy | The Hockey News
Well that’s good, because he doesn’t deserve it.

Did the Buffalo Sabres fire too many scouts too quickly? | The Hockey News
GM Jason Botterill wasn’t the only hockey man let go on Tuesday—the team also made wholesale changes to its scouting department and development wing. With a crucial draft this year, new GM Kevyn Adams will have to scramble for talent.

Jason Botterill’s best and worst moves as Buffalo Sabres GM | Sportsnet
Speaking of Botterill, Sportsnet’s Mike Johnston recaps the former Buffalo GM’s best and worst moves over his tenure.

Report — NHL players won’t be expected to wear face shields when play resumes | ESPN
Looks like the players won’t be wearing any additional on-ice equipment when the NHL returns. The League has reportedly talked with Bauer about producing medical-grade off-ice visors for the coaches and other team personnel, however.

Meet the 1-45-2 Battle Creek Rumble Bees, the worst team in professional hockey | ESPN
How bad were the Battle Creek Rumble Bees of the Federal Prospects Hockey League? They went 1-45-2 and were outscored 304-94.

No, really.

Ex-NHL star Datsyuk ‘holed up at monastery defended by Cossacks with priest who claims Covid is cover-up to microchip population’ | RT
Yeah, I’m as baffled by that headline as you are.

I feel it’s worth noting that the publishers of this article (RT, or Russia Today) is a Russian state-controlled news network, and their reports have often been described as propaganda for the Russian government. So there’s a good chance that a lot of this article is factually inaccurate, but I just couldn’t pass up that headline.