Monday’s Dump and Chase: It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye...

And I’ll take with me the memories to be my sunshine after the rain

Nashville Predators News

Predators Assign Two (Gaudreau, Tinordi) to Milwaukee |
How do I say goodbye to what we had?
The good times that made us laugh, outweighed the bad.
I thought we’d get to see forever, but forever has blown away.
It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

I’ll miss you Freddy, but this is for the best. I think if he centers a line with Tolvanen and Pitlick, we’re going to see magic for the Admirals.

Preds Unveil Shoulder Patch Logo for 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic |
The Predators unveiled their shoulder logo for the Winter Classic, and even though I initially joked about it, it’s growing on me.  By the way: weigh in on the logo in the poll below!

Also, courtesy of Shaun:

Bridgestone, Preds Extend Naming Rights Agreement for Arena Through 2030
Forever the Tire Barn!

Preds Official Podcast: Opening Week
Predators General Manager David Poile joins the show to discuss final roster cuts, Eeli Tolvanen, Rem Pitlick, the power play, and Matt Duchene.

Analytics Quick Hits:

(Note: on the rare occasion I do the Dump & Chase, I’m going to link to pieces that you might consider “analytics-heavy”. When we get in-season, you’ll see more in-depth looks at these as part of my weekly analytics roundups of Predators games)

From Grapes and Prunes to Apples and Apples: Using Matched Methods to estimate optimal zone-entry decision-making in the National Hockey League |
Asmae Toumi presented this at NESSIS this past week, and even if you aren’t analytically inclined, she did a wonderful job explaining her work on zone entries.  This is fantastic work and I can’t recommend it enough.

The Paths We Take - A Player Tracking Analysis of NHL Shootouts | Twitter
Nick Czuzoj-Shulman used player tracking data to take a closer look at shootout data, and if you click below to check the poster out, you’ll see a couple of familiar names, including the GOAT Pekka Rinne.

News from Around the NHL

#NHLTopPlayers: Nos. 10-1 |
This is a surprisingly decent list—it's really nice to see Barkov get some deserved love here.

Laine expected to play for Jets in opener after signing, coach says |
Patrik Laine, who agreed to terms on a two-year, $13.5 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, is expected to be in the lineup when the Jets open the 2019-20 season against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, coach Paul Maurice said Saturday.

Sidney Crosby misses practice, Jack Johnson trade rumors grow to crescendo | PensBurgh
The Penguins are concerned that Crosby could miss the start of the regular season after taking a hard shot to the leg Saturday night against Buffalo. Also, very bad defender Jack Johnson appears to be on the trading block and expects to get it done. Folks, let’s all hope David Poile doesn’t even pick up the phone.

It’s ok—it’s a shoulder logo116
*points at logos* WHAT ARE THOSE?36