Saturday's Dump & Chase: Hockey's Finally Here

Despite being on Auburn's campus over 65 hours this week, my excitement level is off the chain. Predators hockey is finally back! News stories are rolling in, player interviews are back up, and the Predators are having practice today and a scrimmage tomorrow. Let's go!

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Nashville Predators hit the ice for training camp | WKRN News 2
Kevin McCarty explains the "ice test" that took place last Friday.

Absences mean opportunity for defense hopefuls | Nashville Post
He's not mentioned here and I don't think he'll contend for a spot but the organization thinks Trevor Murphy is really close to making the jump and we could see him in Nashville if there are enough injuries. That was a nice signing of an undrafted player who showed a lot of improvement in the OHL.

Predators' P.K. Subban day-to-day with upper-body injury | The Tennessean
There are still almost three weeks until training camp starts. There's plenty of time for those players to heal up.

Preds Training Camp Day Two: Need For Speed | Nashville Predators
The Predators are going for speed now and it has been evident in all of their summer acquisitions; including their trades, signings, and draft picks.

Preds at Carrie Underwood Concert | Nashville Predators
Mike Fisher is a great guy and a great captain but PR alone from his wife being Carrie Underwood probably justifies his captaincy.

Divisional Preview: Nashville Predators | Homers and HatTricks Sports Blog
Same old story same old song and dance. They view the Preds as a Stanley Cup contender.

News From Around the World of Hockey

Team North America's kids didn't advance but stole show in preliminary round | ESPN
Pour one out for the U23 team because I don't think we'll be seeing them again in the next World Cup. It was fun while it lasted.

Ice hockey: Tradition and mystery clash in World Cup semis | Reuters
Everyone's getting excited about a renewed Canada-Russia rivalry. If Bobrovsky can have the game of his life I could see it being close because Russia's defense is pretty bad.

Team USA learns hard way that heart can be fickle in hockey | ESPN
I wouldn't be making this statement a few years ago but if Poile was in charge of creating this team they would have been a lot better. He just gets it... speed and skill.

Longtime hockey executive Walter Bush dies at 86 | USA Today
RIP. "You put [him] in a hell of a spot Herb... a hell of a spot!" ("Miracle" reference)

'NHL 17' Is A Great Entry Point For New Hockey Gamers | Forbes
I'm really debating getting this game when I can save up the funds.

NHL vet McEwan vouches for Sam Bradford's hockey cred | Twin Cities
Former NY Islanders defenseman Mike McEwen coached Sam Bradford in hockey. He says the MN Vikings' new quarterback could have gone far on the ice.

World Cup of Hockey: Sweden beats Finland, 2-0 | LA Times
It's still extremely impressive how these two small countries are able to produce so much hockey talent.

Calling hockey's inclusiveness into question | ESPN
If you have seen the South Park season premiere you will find this article so ironically funny.

Auston Matthews, N.H.L.’s Top Pick, Draws Attention at World Cup of Hockey | The New York Times
Toronto has to be salivating after the preview they just got ofhteir prized forward.

How World Cup of Hockey can secure place in future of international hockey | ESPN
Take out the gimmicks. Team North America has been a blast to watch but a legitimate international tournament has to be a made up of teams representing their country.

World Cup of Hockey shows ESPN is not NHL's only path to success | Awful Announcing
Patience is a virtue. Announcing will improve given time and the resources to build a quality group. ESPN can give the NHL a much better platform than NBCSN.

Bertuzzi just knows how to play hockey, says Blashill | Detroit News
Tyler Bertuzzi doesn’t stand out in terms of size, speed, skating or his shot, but coach Jeff Blashill likes him.