Thursday’s Dump & Chase: ImPEKKAble

Hey, wake up. The Preds are retiring Pekka Rinne’s jersey tonight.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Rinne’s No. 35 to be retired by Predators on Thursday |
“They could fill the stadium for it,” said Juuse Saros, who took over as Nashville’s No. 1 goalie after his friend and mentor retired last summer. “It’s pretty special for the whole city. Probably not going to be many dry eyes in the stands and I think that comes from how Pekka is as a human being, so likable and treats everybody with respect. It’s just who he is.”

Well said, Juice. Well said.

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Other Hockey News & Notes

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Former NHLer Sean Avery Signs with ECHL Solar Bears | The Hockey News
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Flames hire former Ducks general manager Bob Murray to scout West Coast | Sportsnet
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OJHL Team Staff Members Save Pick-up Player’s Life after Suffering Heart Attack | The Hockey News
Two trainers and a coach from the OJHL’s Collingwood Blues helped save a man’s life after he suffered a heart attack during a pick-up game in Collingwood, Ontario.