Friday's Dump & Chase: Home Cooking

The Preds aren't home until tomorrow night, but it will be my first game of the season so I'm excited. Should I revive the playoff ham sandwich? Pick out a new pair of lucky socks? Or just go with my old faithful of a Diet Pepsi in a souvenir cup?

Nashville News & Notes

Down Goes Brown: When bad starts happen to good teams -
Everyone, go breathe into a paper bag.

Among star-studded freshman class, Patrick Harper stands out | Daily Free Press
A good piece on a Predators prospect.

Nashville Predators Paint Party Night with Uptown Art –
I'm not really sure what a "paint party" is, but it sounds very Nashville.

ASU hockey’s stories from the NHL Draft - The State Press
One of the Sun Devils is a Nashville draft pick.

Around Hockey

Nashville goalkeeper launches pro career close to home | The Nashville Ledger
The Nashville native has had a lot of stops on his journey to playing pro hockey three hours from his home town.

The Pro Files: How cancer brought Koivu and the Gudbranson family together -
[Video] Such a nice story.

To sign or not to sign? -- TSN
The logic behind trading or not trading pending UFAs.

Another major injury blow in Buffalo — Bogosian (MCL) out ‘weeks’ – ProHockeyTalk
That team might be pretty good if they can get healthy (and improve their defense).

Blue Jackets | Young Seth Jones shows maturity in his play | BlueJackets Xtra
Weird, how a player could go from a playoff team to last year's Blue Jackets and maybe seem to phone it in during game 82.

Staal settles into new hockey life with Wild following emotional exit from Hurricanes | The Record
Eric Staal on his transition from the booming metropolis of Raleigh to the tundra surrounding the Mall of America.

Jakob Chychrun proves scouts wrong by sticking with Coyotes | Ottawa Sun
He probably fell too far in the draft, but so did Puljujarvi.

As Florida Hockey Grows, So Grow the Blackhawks | USA Hockey
"We don’t want to sacrifice developing skills for the sake of winning," said Robillard. "If we do it the right way and do our job to develop them properly, including off-ice training, the wins will come."