Thursday’s Dump & Chase: 28 Days Later

We’re only Paul Gaustad (GOOOOSE!) days away from opening night in Smashville.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Five-year forecast: Your 2023-24 Nashville Predators | The Hockey News
This is always a fun exercise. In 5 years, The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy sees the Preds forward corps as follows. Shockingly, Calle Järnkrok is still on the team and still playing on the 3rd line.

Forsberg - Duchene - Arvidsson
Tolvanen - Tomasino - Afanasyev
Järnkrok - Johansen - Mishmash (the best hockey name I’ve ever seen)
Pitlick - Turris(!) - Watson (gross)

2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Ryan Johansen | On The Forecheck
I don’t know if this is a HAWT TAEK or not, but Ryan Johansen was hands down our most valuable player last season. We’ll need more of that and then some going forward.

2019 Nashville Predators Prospect Rankings: The Defenders | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Eric Dunay ranks the defensive prospects in the pipeline.

Preds Official Podcast: Preds Offseason Recap | Nashville Predators
Nashville’s summertime is reviewed as Episode 50 arrives with hockey on the horizon.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Marner talks: ‘I’m very optimistic’ | Sportsnet
The Maple Leafs wunderkind GM took time away from playing with his Legos and taking deep dives into advanced stats to shed some light on the ongoing Mitch Marner contract talks.

Arizona Coyotes, Clayton Keller reach eight-year deal | TSN
$7.15 million AAV.


Shift Change — Body Issue 2019 | The Undefeated
Evander Kane discusses the family legacy that shaped his work ethic and the stories behind his tattoos.

Oh, and he’s also only wearing ice skates.

McDavid has not had any setbacks in recovery; return date still unclear | Sportsnet
Mum has been the word on McDavid’s recovery from a torn PCL. Every thing is reportedly “on schedule”, and McDavid playing in the season opener on October 2nd hasn’t been ruled out yet.... but I’d be very surprised if he’s ready to go in just under a month.

Phil Kessel aims to lead Arizona Coyotes back to playoffs this season | TSN

“I think I can fit well and help this team get to the next level. I’ve been around the league a long time now, and I think I can fit in here and help the young guys grow as players and help them take the next step to make this team into a contender – take this team where we want to be.”

Which teams should take a chance on Andrei Markov? | Pro Hockey Talk
Nashville is listed as one of the possible destinations, and while I’m not a huge fan of signing 40-year-olds... he’d certainly be an improvement over Yber, Irwin, and Hamhuis.

Werenski missing time would have Blue Jackets coach ‘disgusted’: report |
Torts being Torts.

Players’ obsession with escrow will lead to a new deal and another win for the owners. Here’s how | TheHockeyNews
‘There’s greater hope than ever for labor peace in the NHL and the path to avoiding another lockout could be as clear as addressing escrow payments, even if it might result in a victory for franchise owners long term.’