Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Upgrade Me

In which the Preds unveil their newest upgrades to Bridgestone Arena, and the Senate awards Willie O’Ree with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Nashville Predators News & Notes

What a Forsberg-Duchene-Johansen line means for the Preds | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: This line’s success could be the spark the Preds are looking for, but what if it’s not?

As of this writing there have been no roster cuts, but new upgrades to Bridgestone Arena were unveiled yesterday. It’s a lot of food and beverage stuff, but have a look!

Other Hockey News & Notes

32 Thoughts: The fallout from Robin Lehner’s comments | Sportsnet
Robin Lehner’s weekend tweets have led to meaningful conversation with the NHL and NHLPA. In his 32 Thoughts column, Elliotte Friedman writes about the reaction to Lehner’s message, the latest on Jack Eichel, and much more.

Report: Evander Kane Accused of Using Fake Vaccination Card | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
I said it last week, and I’ll say it again. Evander Kane is a world-class moron.

Senate passes bill to award first Black NHL player Willie O’Ree the Congressional Gold Medal | CNN
Here’s your feel-good news of the day. The US Senate passed legislation this week to grant Congress’s highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the first Black player to compete in the National Hockey League, Willie O’Ree.

Arizona Coyotes agree to sign Alex Galchenyuk on 1-year deal, per reports | Arizona Sports
The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to bring Alex Galchenyuk back to the team for a second stint. The reported price is $750,000. This cat has 9 lives, it seems.

Good Luck Keeping Dawson Mercer Off the Devils This Year | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The Newfoundland native is still young at 19, but he has been on an absolute tear since rookie camp. With all his momentum, Mercer is ready to make New Jeresy’s opening night lineup.

Los Angeles Kings’ Quinton Byfield injured, linesman Ryan Gibbons stretchered off in preseason game | ESPN
Quinton Byfield, the second overall pick in the 2020 draft, suffered a lower body injury in Tuesday night’s preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes. To make things weirder, linesman Ryan Gibbons was also hurt in a collision with a player right after the national anthem, and was stretchered off the ice.

NHL Eastern Conference Race Still Runs Through ‘Champa Bay’ | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
It’s going on 40 years since the NHL last celebrated a three-peat Stanley Cup champion as part of the New York Islanders’ run of four straight titles from 1980-83. The Lightning hope to become the next to do so. Personally I hope they don’t, and I also wish for the day where I never have to hear the words ‘Champa Bay’ again.

Hertl, Kessel names to watch on trade market this season | TSN
Stop me if you heard this before... Phil Kessel will be on the trading block this year.

Josh Ho-Sang Signs AHL-Only Deal With Toronto Marlies, Released From Maple Leafs Tryout | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
The Toronto Maple Leafs have kept Josh Ho-Sang in their system by releasing him from his tryout and signing the forward to an AHL-only deal.