Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: “Bubbles! Bubbles!”

The teams have arrived in the bubble, no positive COVID-19 tests were recorded by the NHL last week, and exhibition games start soon. Can I get a little excited now?

Smashville News:

Preds Arrive in Edmonton with Quiet Confidence After Successful Camp | NHL.com
Could just be me, but sounds like the boys are both light and serious at the same time—which is exactly right.

Nashville Predators surprise players with photos of their families in hotel rooms | RMNB
Nice touch by the Nashville Predators. Maple Leafs—hmmmm.

2020 NHL Qualifying Round Playoff Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes | TheHockeyNews
Man, why all the Pekka Rinne hate? Maybe Juuse Saros will be the starter, but that doesn't mean they couldn't be stronger with a tandem approach.

Oshie, Johansen enter bubble | NHL.com
"Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie and Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen arrive in their hub cities and discuss the return to play."

Pekka Rinne announced as Nashville Predators' King Clancy Trophy nominee | On the Forecheck
So well deserved. I wish I thought that he would win it.

Where must the Nashville Predators finish to keep this roster together next season? | On the Forecheck
Well, readers? Do you agree with Sarah about what it would take for GM David Poile to give this roster another shot next year? Personally, I think one or two of our higher priced folks will be gone. The salary cap freeze means signing both Craig Smith and Mikael Granlund is unlikely. With the longer-term cap situation, we are going to need some of those inexpensive kids joining on the roster soon.

Some goodbyes are harder than others:

Central Division News:

Reasons for optimism as the Chicago Blackhawks head for Edmonton | Blackhawk Up
Hahahaha. You do you, Chicago!

Jets' Blake Wheeler steps away from domestic chaos to play in Stanley Cup qualifiers | CBC Sports
Multiple views of the excitement and worry of entering the bubble.

Teams eyeing Colorado Avalanche Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland | Mile High Hockey
It's almost time to play "Wheel of Coach" and "Wheel of GM".

Other Hockey News:

NHL return-to-play update - Game schedule, injury news, lingering 'bubble' questions | ESPN
This week's focus is lingering questions about the playoff format and life in the bubble.

Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule | NHL.com
We may post this a few more times just so people looking at the last minute (like me) will know where to find it.

Exhibition schedule for Stanley Cup Qualifiers | NHL.com
And the exhibition schedule!

Forget the asterisk, NHL playoffs present grueling test | Yahoo
Enough said.

NHL Power Rankings: Stanley Cup-less vets to root for | NBC Sports
No surprise that Pekka Rinne makes this list. But don't forget Dan Hamhuis!

Chayka quits as Coyotes general manager, replaced by Sullivan | NHL.com
This is/was the strangest situation. It's hard to even know what the true story is/was. Perhaps this is why there are so few under-30 GM hires in the NHL.

Could NHL home-nation advantage end Canada's Cup drought? | USA Today
Apparently Canadians are hoping, but holding back some to cushion the blow of a US-based team win.

Seattle Kraken: Kraken Rum becomes official sponsor of NHL's newest team | CBSSports.com
That was quick!