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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Return of the Aggro-Craig

In which our heroes prepare for Craig Smith’s return to Nashville, Evander Kane pretends that everything is fine, and the Penguins unveil a retro third jersey.

Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Did the Predators’ focus on transitional play lead to big results against the Blue Jackets? | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: The Predators’ focus on transitional play in practice ahead of the game against the Blue Jackets Tuesday night. Was it the key to their dominance?

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: Ads take one step forward, two back | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Things still aren’t going well up in Milwaukee.

Stadium Series Jersey Sneak Peek

Navy? Laces? Sign me up.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Evander Kane denies rift with San Jose Sharks teammates, says he ‘didn’t lose any sleep’ over gambling probe | ESPN

Briere ranks high on list of candidates to fill Canadiens’ GM vacancy | Sportsnet
Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson has promised to conduct an exhaustive search to fill the club’s GM role. One name high on the list has to be former Buffalo Sabres captain Daniel Briere.

NHL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus the player who must step up for every team | ESPN
The Preds have tumbled 4 spots down to #21, and the player that ESPN thinks needs to step it up is Mattias Ekholm. Can’t say that I disagree.

Ranking the NHL’s best team dogs | ESPN
Dog rankings! Now this I can get behind.

Penguins Unveil Retro Third Jersey | The Hockey News
Can’t hate on it. If it was good enough for Snoop Dogg in the music video for Gin and Juice, then it’s certainly good enough for me.

Canucks need to send clear message to their fans — like Canadiens | Sportsnet
Lol... don’t you just love the Canadian media?

Power, Wright, Bedard highlight Canada’s selection camp roster | TSN
On Wednesday, Hockey Canada released its list of invitees for next week’s World Juniors selection camp as Canada attempts to construct a roster that will strike gold after (deliciously) settling for silver last year, losing 2-0 to the United States in the gold-medal final.