Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Prepare to Launch

The Predators’ season officially gets underway tonight, and Mattias Ekholm has been extended. GET PUMPED.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

REPORT: Nashville Predators extend Mattias Ekholm | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: The Preds extended the Big Swedish Redwood yesterday. The deal is for 4 years and $25 million ($6.25 AAV).

Are the Preds rebuilding? Retooling? Standing pat? Your guess is as good as mine, and Poile is seemingly dropping breadcrumbs in every literal direction.

Preds Prospects Film Study: Jack Matier vs. Shane Wright | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: How did the Preds prospect handle the 2022 draft’s top prospect?

Calgary Hitmen trade Luke Prokop to Oil Kings for two defensemen | 660 NEWS
The Calgary Hitmen announced Wednesday they have traded Luke Prokop to the Edmonton Oil Kings for a pair of defenders and draft picks. Prokop is playing his fifth season in the WHL, and spent his entire WHL career in Calgary since being drafted by the Hitmen in 2017.

Other Hockey News & Notes

All eyes on Auston Matthews | ESPN
“The Maple Leafs center is far from a traditional NHL superstar — but he might be exactly the kind of star it needs.”

Eh... I don’t know about that one, chief.

NHL Commissioner Bettman Says Just Four Players Unvaccinated | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Four is an impressively low number.

Kraken’s Ryan Donato scores first goal in franchise history vs. Vegas Golden Knights | The Seattle Times
Congrats to Ryan Donato for cementing his name in the team record books.

Ovechkin Begins Five-Year Contract Chasing Gretzky’s Goals Mark | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Wayne Gretzky’s 894 career goals has for a long time been one of hockey’s hallowed numbers, a record that would never be broken with scoring in the NHL so different now. But Alex Ovechkin might finally put an end to that.

ESPN tells the story behind its iconic NHL theme song | Russian Machine Never Breaks

As Olympics Draw Closer, Concerns About China’s Men’s Hockey Team Continue | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The participation of China’s men’s hockey team at the 2022 Olympics is still in question, with a decision set to be made by the end of October. As time ticks down, the challenges continue for the 32nd-ranked team in the world.

Elias Pettersson ‘super motivated’ to return to winning ways with Canucks | Sportsnet
Money won’t buy Elias Pettersson happiness in hockey, but winning will. Pettersson knows his new contract further raises expectations. He’s being paid at another level now, and he told Sportsnet he knows he must play at one, too.

Jets sign ex-Red Wing Svechnikov to one-year deal | TSN