Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Luke’s Here!

In which Luke Kunin is officially (finally) a Predator, Oliver Bjorkstrand signs an extension in Columbus, and Patrice Bergeron is in line to be the next Bruins’ captain.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

New Father Rinne Intent on Having Bounce-Back Season with Preds | Nashville Predators
Look out NHL. DAD-STRENGTH Pekka Rinne is here.

#PredsCamp Player Profile: Tommy Novak | Nashville Predators
Just listen to Scott Nichol gush about this guy.

“Tommy is a person who has earned everything that he’s been given. We’ve wanted him in our system for a long time - he signed an AHL deal with Milwaukee for this season and has had a fantastic year. We love his skillset, his hockey sense, how he makes plays and how he sees the ice so well. We’re excited to have him with us for the next couple of seasons and are looking forward to seeing him continue to grow and develop as a player.”

Luke Kunin Sighting!

Nashville Predators sign Luke Kunin to two-year deal with $2.3M AAV | On the Forecheck
The RFA from Minnesota has finally been signed.

AHL Affiliation Rumblings

Other Hockey News & Notes

Pending unrestricted free agent Dougie Hamilton hoping to re-sign with Carolina Hurricanes | TSN
“For me, I’d like to stay here, but I’m going to let my agent (J.P. Barry) and [Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell] talk,” Hamilton said, per “I just want to focus on hockey and helping the team win.”

Blue Jackets sign Oliver Bjorkstrand to five-year, $27M extension | Sportsnet
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed winger Oliver Bjorkstrand to a five-year, $27 million contract extension. The extension will begin in the 2021-22 season and keep Bjorkstrand with the Blue Jackets through the 2025-26 NHL season.

From A to Z: Bergeron in line to replace Chara as captain | NBC Sports
I mean, who else would they pick to be their captain?

Stanley Cup contender tiers: Who has the best chance to win in 2021? | Sportsnet
In the NHL’s age of parity, it feels like more teams have legit Stanley Cup hopes heading into 2021 than ever before. With new divisions and schedules, how do the contenders shake out this year?

Fantasy hockey drafts - bounceback candidates | ESPN
Viktor Arvidsson makes an appearance in this article.

Canucks’ reunited Lotto Line already in form early in camp | Sportsnet
The Lotto Line was reunited for the Vancouver Canucks, with all three members – Brock Boeser included – looking like they’re game-ready on Day 3 of camp. That will be crucial for the Canucks if they want to come out of the gates firing.

Shesterkin not Rangers’ clear No. 1 goalie, coach says |
While coach David Quinn says the Rangers will certainly lean on Igor Shesterkin, he isn’t ready to say he’s the clear-cut starter over Alexandar Georgiev.

2021 Team Canada is the Greatest to Not Win a World Junion Title | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Prior to the gold medal game, people were talking about this being Canada’s best team ever in the WJC. Turns out it wasn’t even the best team in the tournament.