Thursday's Dump & Chase: Closing In On Hockey

The World Cup of Hockey is quickly approaching. Whether you think it's a silly money grab or are thrilled about seeing some handsome Swedes on ice again, I think we'll all be happy to finally watch some hockey again.

Yesterday some really cool initiatives for the World Cup of Hockey were announced that I'm really looking forward to. Some of the ways that the NHL is trying to enhance the fan experience are pretty novel and (hopefully) will make their way into more mainstream NHL events. I'm excited, and you should be too!

Nashville Predators News

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"P.K. Subban adds to speed in attempt to reach conference final for first time." is making it sound like the conference final is the goal for the team this season. I'd be content with a conference final, but I think expectations are a little higher.

Why P.K. Subban Could Be Predators' Next Captain

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Nashville Predators - Yahoo! Puck Daddy

The top five weirdest things in franchise history written by a guy you may know.

Other Hockey News

NHL -- World Cup of Hockey - Biggest Questions Facing All Eight Teams
I still strongly dislike that there's a "Team Europe." I'm obviously biased having played in Germany, but how is there a young-guns team instead of Germany? Or Slovakia?

Could streamlined goalie equipment be delayed until 2017-18 season? -
Just when it seemed like we would get a new goalie equipment standard for this season, featuring form-fitting gear, it now looks like it'll be too late to implement for the World Cup - and maybe the 2016-17 NHL season, too.

Poll: Are the Stars Legit Stanley Cup Contenders? – ProHockeyTalk
They need better goal tending to win the cup. Then again, the Blackhawks won it with a painfully mediocre Corey Crawford in 2013 and 2015. Who knows; they're a good team in the central, which is saying a lot. They'll have to get through Bridgestone first though, right guys?

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Brushes Off Concussion Criticism from U.S. Senator - The Province
I mean, it's not like he'd say "Oh hey, you're right!"

New initiatives to be showcased at World Cup of Hockey - Article - TSN
For my two cents, the fan village sounds like a really cool idea.