Thursday’s Dump & Chase: This one time, at training camp...

Training camp is officially here!

Nashville Predators News & Notes

NHL Burning Questions: Nashville Predators | The Hockey News
The folks at The Hockey News have some burning questions about our boys in gold. The most interesting one being, “Is this the last gasp for the Predators’ current core?”

I find it pretty difficult to say no to that question. There’s only so many times Poile can double (or triple or quadruple) down on this current group of guys.

Lingering questions for all 32 NHL teams heading into training camp - Goaltending, lineup, injuries, more | ESPN
Here’s ESPN’s blurb about the Preds:

Big question: How does Nashville build on last season — and define its top six?

Retaining Filip Forsberg on a massive eight-year extension was the offseason move Nashville had to make. He’ll rejoin Matt Duchene, Mikael Granlund and Ryan Johansen in the Predators’ top six, and welcome free agent acquisition Nino Niederreiter to that group for this season as well. Forsberg (84 points in 69 games) and Duchene (86 points in 78 games) had career-best seasons in 2021-22, and along with Roman Josi’s career-high 96 point campaign were major factors in the Predators getting back to the playoffs.

Top Players to Watch at Predators Training Camp | Nashville Predators
This whole article should just read ‘CODY GLASS’ in the biggest font imaginable.

Media Day Shenanigans

The boys answer some very important questions:

Other Hockey News & Notes

Subban contributed much more than goals and assists throughout electrifying NHL career | Sportsnet
P.K. Subban rules. I know that. You know that. This isn’t breaking news here, but if you’d like to read an article about his charitable actions off the ice... this is the article for you.

Dallas Stars expect to open camp without unsigned scorer Jason Robertson | ESPN
Uh... hey, Dallas. You’re supposed to keep the young 40-goal scorer.

Flyers’ Ryan Ellis to miss at least the start of the NHL season with pelvic injury | The Philadelphia Inquirer
Boy, did Poile make the right call on getting out from under that contract or what?

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas betting on team to earn his contract | ESPN
Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas says his lack of a contract extension won’t be a distraction. “I’m more than happy to go through the year and be evaluated on the year and then have the decision made, because I believe in our group.”

Sinclair could reportedly sell Bally Sports RSNs to MLB/NBA/NHL alliance | Awful Announcing
Please, please, please, please.

Andrew Copp Detroit Red Wings injury update | TSN
Detroit Red Wings center Andrew Copp will be back for the first week of the regular season after undergoing abdominal surgery, the NHL team said on Wednesday.

Why MacKenzie Weegar could be a steal — and No. 1 defenceman — for Calgary | Sportsnet
Jonathan Huberdeau was the centerpiece coming back to Calgary in the Matthew Tkachuk trade, but Adam Vingan (remember him?) writes that you shouldn’t forget about MacKenzie Weegar, who could soon become their No. 1 defenseman.

Arizona Coyotes sign Barrett Hayton to two-year contract | ESPN
Hayton, 22, was a restricted free agent and not initially listed on Arizona’s roster for camp, which begins today. Hayton had 10 goals and 14 assists in 60 games with the Coyotes last season, all career highs.

Mat Barzal and the Islanders Are Ready to Bounce Back | The Hockey News
The star center wants to turn the page after an uncharacteristically dismal season: “It just seemed like everything went wrong.”