Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Inching Forward

In which our heroes continue to prepare for the upcoming season, Evander Kane remains an idiot, and the UHL bestows an alarmingly light suspension upon Andrei Deniskin for his racist antics.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators Success in 2021-22 is determined by three things | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: It’s most likely going to be a rough year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t win the smaller battles.

Preds Adjusting to Rinne’s Retirement; Confidence in Saros High as Ever | Nashville Predators
This isn’t exactly surprising, but Nashville players miss Pekka Rinne. Can’t say I blame them, but they do seem quite confident in young Juuse Saros.

Juicy media tidbits courtesy of our old friend Alex Daugherty:

Other Hockey News & Notes

Ukranian Hockey League suspends Andrei Deniskin at least three games over racist gesture | ESPN
This is an incredibly light penalty for such a blatant act of racism. What can I say.... I’m disappointed, but not surprised.

Akim Aliu calls punishment of player who used racist taunt ‘a complete embarrassment’ | TSN

It’s a good question.

How the IIHF should react to alarmingly soft Deniskin suspension | Sportsnet
Again, hoping for the best here but expecting the worst.

Dylan Larkin Senses Optimism Others Do not with Red Wings | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The last time they made the playoffs five years ago, Dylan Larkin was a rookie. But when the captain looks at the reshaped roster, he doesn’t have to feign optimism.

NHL 22: Initial Thoughts from the Uncut Gameplay Footage | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
I don’t know how many of you play this game, but if you do I’m here to let you know that it looks like the same exact game they’ve released annually for the past 4 to 5 years.

NHL investigating Evander Kane for possible league COVID protocol violation | Sportsnet
God, Evander Kane is a world-class moron.

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