Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Idling

Our heroes are still off until Saturday. Hopefully the extra days off will help wash away some of that stink from the road trip.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Nashville Predators Special Teams Focus: Shorthanded Aggression | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: Bobby takes a deep dive into the Preds’ ever-puzzling penalty kill.

Milwaukee Admirals Musings: A Song of Old San Antone | On the Forecheck
Consider yourself mused!

Other Hockey News & Notes

Kings inform Ilya Kovalchuk he will sit for foreseeable future | Sportsnet
That certainly doesn’t sound good. $6.25 million to just hang out in the press box. There seems to be several high-salary scratches this year.

Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar on Ilya Kovalchuk: ‘It’s not a great situation’ | TSN
“First of all, it’s — how do you want to call it? — it’s not a great situation,” Anze Kopitar said, per The Athletic. “Kovy is a good guy. There’s nothing that’s wrong with the attitude or anything. He wants to win. He wants to do the best. He’s a really good guy off the ice. Everybody can probably say that about him. It’s just, for whatever reason, it’s not working on the ice.”

Being 36 years old and still trying to play hockey at the highest level will do that to ya, Anze. Eventually the game passes you by.

Ilya Kovalchuk’s time with the Los Angeles Kings is coming to an end | The Hockey News
To add even more gas to the fire, The Hockey News posted this later yesterday afternoon. As of this writing nothing has been made official yet.

Those Colorado Avalanche Stadium Series Jerseys Are Actually Good | Mile High Hockey

No, they most certainly are not. These are so very, very, bad, that I want whoever designed them to be drug-tested immediately. Perhaps I’m being over-dramatic. They’ll probably look better when paired with the rest of the uniform.


Don Cherry’s politics and brand of hockey aged poorly. So will his legacy. | The Hockey News
Well... yeah.

Report: Penguins’ Crosby has sports hernia, mulling over surgery | Sportsnet
So apparently Crosby delayed having sports hernia surgery because the Penguins were dealing with so many injuries early on (which, by the way, doesn’t seem very smart). He’s now considering having the operation, which would put him out of action for 4 to 6 weeks.

NHL weird jerseys - When stars wind up in random places | ESPN
Predators LEGEND Peter Forsberg makes an appearance in this article.

Wayne Gretzky to coach at the Spengler Cup? | Swiss Hockey News
The Great One has reportedly been asked to coach Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, but Gretzky seems undecided on whether he’ll accept.