Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Hey There!

It’s slowed down to a crawl around here lately. It’s...a normal July!

Before I start, don’t the three men above look like there is a Shea Weber slapshot incoming?

Smashville News:

Yesterday was a very sad day for the city of Nashville and country music.

In a lighter vein, last night we received this link to the first of “The Duchene Diaries,” which detail Matt Duchene’s return to play.

Predators training camp preview | NHL.com
Is it me or does this article seem to be largely sourced from last month's five questions article?

Nashville Predators One Hit Wonders | Last Word on Hockey
I guess to his point—I've only heard of one of these players.

Tula turned two years old this week and wished us all a Happy Fourth of July!

Central Division News:

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook aiming to return for NHL playoffs | NBC Sports
Chewing gum and paper clips do work! Want to bet he is injured again in Chicago's last playoff game so he can return to LTIR?

Why we hate the Winnipeg Jets | Broad Street Hockey
This is a lot of negative feeling to get worked up over a team not even in your conference. Also, just who is “we”?

Why we hate the Dallas Stars | Broad Street Hockey
Okay, it's a series, and he hates everyone. And he really hates Corey Perry.

Other Hockey News:

NHL return-to-play plans - Latest timeline, testing plans, bubble life details | ESPN.com
This week's update has a lot of information on expected details of both the Return To Play plan and the new CBA.

NHL, NHLPA Agree to August 1st Return Date | On the Forecheck
And here is our own Nick Morgan's take on Return to Play.

NHL statement on Phase 2 testing | NHL.com
No outrageous increase in cases, though we are still within the incubation period in many cities. Let's hope everyone played responsibly over the holiday.

The 6 all-time best hockey rivalries | SBNation.com
Some of the results and write ups from SB Nation's Rivalry Week.

NHL Power Rankings: Fun free agent frenzy | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
Many of these are interesting, but some are not so "fun" if you are in the Central Division.

Nugent-Hopkins' horse Infinite Patience finishes third at Fury Stakes | NHL.com
Race horse ownership is becoming a thing with hockey players. I wonder whatever happened to Filip Forsberg's horse? Do they have claiming races in Sweden?