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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Face Down, Vax Up

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Stay safe out there, friends!

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

As 2021-22 season approaches, Predators set to reach a critical juncture | On the Forecheck
There are a ridiculous amount of moving pieces to this year's Preds season, a lot of which Eamon touches on here. The biggest question is whether -- internally -- Poile and Co. TRULY believe they can pull off a "competitive rebuild" or if that's just a buzzword to keep fans pumped for the season while they revamp the roster. The answer to that question is probably going to determine what a "successful season" looks like, and in turn, probably determines what direction the Preds go in after this year.

Offseason Recap: Preds Make Trades, Signings, Selections During Summer | Nashville Predators
An interesting timeline and analysis of all the offseason moves the Preds made this Summer.

Bridgestone Arena Introduces New COVID Protocols for All Attendees | Nashville Predators
Anyone going to a Preds game at Bridgestone Arena this year will either have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours prior to the game.

Other Hockey Happenings

#NHLTopPlayers: Nos. 30-21 | NHL.com
Roman Josi comes in at #25 of the NHL Network’s Top 50 players this season, sandwiched between two Central Division rivals.

Lefebvre replaced by McCarthy on CBJ staff after not getting vaccine | TSN.ca
Freedom of choice does not make you immune from the consequences of your choices.

Berube expecting Tarasenko to open season with Blues | TSN.ca
It feels like #91's time in St. Louis may be winding down, but who knows; A good season can easily change your perspective.

Three up, three down: Predicting the direction of six NHL teams | SportsNet
Not sure I 100% agree with the teams in this list, but the piece includes a couple of nuggets on Central Division teams, so give it a read and let us know your thoughts.

How the Hurricanes’ deployment can get the best out of Jesperi Kotkaniemi | Canes Country
The Canes went all in on Kotkaniemi. It's going to take a BIG jump from where he was last year to make that bet worth it.

Kesler says he understands NHL career is over | NHL.com
Regardless of how you feel about Ryan Kesler, you hate to see anyone have their career end not on their own terms.

Today’s Song to Get You HYPED

Gotta give some love to my fellow Cincinnati peeps today.