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Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Joyless

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Fun levels are at an all-time low.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: Chicago Wolves Edition | On the Forecheck
Philip Tomasino, you are my only source of joy this season.

31 Thoughts: What Hextall, Durke hirings say about Penguins | Sportsnet
So I’m sure some of you caught this little nugget while reading this article yesterday.

What exactly are we doing, you ask? Your guess is as good as mine.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Report: Patrik Laine’s benching followed comment towards a coach | Sportsnet
Alright, now things are starting to get really spicy up in Columbus. Laine has stated that he’s “moved on” from the benching, but I don’t know if the coaching staff is going to be as quick to move on from a player getting mouthy with coaches in his third game there.

Lamoureux Twins Left Their Marks On and Off the Ice | The Hockey news on Sports Illustrated
Monique and Jocelyn Lamoureux announced their retirement Tuesday morning, ending a 14-year career with the U.S. national women’s team that saw a ton of gold and unprecedented growth of the sport.

The biggest issues Brian Burke and Ron Hextall will have to deal with | PensBurgh
The fine folks at PensBurgh detail the challenges Burke and Hextall have now inherited. It sounds like they have some big jobs ahead of them.

NHL Power Rankings - 1-31 poll, plus what we love about each team in 2021 | ESPN
The Preds are 27th..... take that, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Ottawa!

Vegas cancels media avails due to COVID-19 protocols after beating Anaheim | Sportsnet
The Golden Knights also didn’t hold practice or make themselves available to the media yesterday either.

Ottawa Senators forward Artem Anisimov, Vancouver Canucks winger Loui Eriksson on waivers Wednesday | TSN
I’m sure people can’t wait to claim the 35-year-old who’s carrying a $6 million cap hit through next season!

Hey ref, how was breakfast? Unique season forges new bonds | Pro Hockey Talk
While familiarity breeds contempt on the ice, it’s having the reverse effect for refs.

Thursday’s Tunes