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In which our heroes sign Michael McCarron to a two-way deal, Steven Stamkos returns as the Lightning dominate Game 3, and Ryan Kesler hopes to educate about the dangers of pain medications.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Nashville Predators Sign Forward Michael McCarron to One-Year, Two-Way Contract | On the Forecheck
By signing McCarron, Poile brings back an important roster piece for the Admirals next season.

2020 NHL Entry Draft Profile: Vasili Ponomaryov (F) | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Eric takes a look at the Russian forward who should be a second-round target for Nashville in the upcoming draft.

2019-20 Nashville Predators Player Report Cards: Mikael Granlund | On the Forecheck
LOUD AUDIBLE SIGH

Preds Set to Host Fourth Annual Fishing Tournament Sept. 25-26 | Nashville Predators
Any anglers out there? Now’s your time to show Assistant General Manager Brian Poile (aka Baby Poile) and Hal Gill who’s boss.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos returns, scores goal in Game 3 victory | ESPN
The big story is Stammer returning and immediately scoring a goal, but make no mistake, the Lightning likely would’ve dominated this game from start to finish with or without him.

Former player Ryan Kesler says there’s a lack of education across NHL in risks of pain medications | ESPN
Former NHL forward Ryan Kesler is dealing with chronic digestive problems, he said in a documentary, after taking pain medications as a player.

[Warning: Some fairly graphic descriptions here]

“I had holes in my colon and ulcers, and basically my whole intestines went into spasm. It’s very unpleasant. You’ve gotta go to the bathroom 30-40 times a day. And when you do go to the bathroom, it’s pure blood. It depletes you. It’s terrible. And it’s all because I wasn’t made aware of what this drug could potentially do to me.”

Kesler has since called for more education across the NHL about the risks of pain medications.

Top Five Free-Agent Destinations for Alex Pietrangelo | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
There have been rumors that contract talks have stalled between Pietrangelo and St. Louis, but I don’t think for second there’s a chance that Pietrangelo isn’t in a Blues sweater next season.

Dorion: Senators will not offer UFA Craig Anderson a new contract | Sportsnet
It appears veteran netminder Craig Anderson’s time with the Ottawa Senators has come to an end.

Trade deadline moves paying off for Lightning in Stanley Cup Playoffs | Pro Hockey Talk
The Tampa Bay Lightning made two significant moves at the NHL trade deadline that have helped them put together one of the league’s best lines.

Will QMJHL Change its Fighting Rules to Get Government Money? | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The Quebec League is looking for $20 million from the provincial government to cover the cost of playing in empty arenas, but that money would come with a very significant caveat.

From The Brick to The Bubble - How NHL playoff stars got their start at an Edmonton youth hockey tournament | ESPN
For 30 years, North America’s top 10-year-old hockey players have come to Edmonton for a famous youth hockey tournament. Many have now returned for an adult version of sorts.