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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: I Can’t Wait!

Smashville News:

Preds Trim Roster in Half as Final Week of Training Camp Arrives | NHL.com
Three more cuts to go. Will the Nashville Predators carry seven or eight defenders? Will our cuts get through waivers? Pass the popcorn.

Predators target Cup with Matt Duchene, improved power play | USA Today
The folks at the AP seem to like our chances in the Western Conference.

Predators season preview: Duchene addition should boost power play | NHL.com
The Predators’ NHL reporter gives an overview of the keys to the coming season and who may make the cut.

2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Eeli Tolvanen | On the Forecheck
It seemed like Eeli Tolvanen played more than 47 minutes last year. I expect he’ll increase that total this season.

The NHL’s Training Camp Waiver Wire Explained | On the Forecheck
Thank you Eric, this article was a godsend. I understand the basics of the waiver wire, but when it comes to all the conditions and their variability, my eyes tend to cross.

I wonder if Smash’s left ear will straighten out? I hope not, it’s charming.

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Central Division News:

Blues geared up for challenge of being defending champions | Yahoo Sports
”I think we realized you don’t stop,” Binnington said. ”To play at this level, you have to compete every day and you have to keep getting better.” I hope the Predators take this to heart top to bottom. Everyone has to go to war every night.

Avs a trendy pick for deep playoff run after busy offseason | Yahoo Sports
I would like to play the Colorado Avalanche and the Winnipeg Jets before they straighten out their RFA issues. I also don’t understand how four or five of the Central Division teams can be predicted to have long playoff runs. That math doesn’t work.

Wild winger Kevin Fiala has finally arrived. Will he be behind? | Twin Cities
“Wild winger Kevin Fiala has finally arrived.” Apparently he had a little issue with his work visa. It will be interesting to see how he does with the Minnesota Wild this year. Also, “for sure” is the new “obviously.”

Other Hockey News:

Lightning get a steal with Brayden Point’s new 3-year contract | ProHockeyTalk
Nice bump in the third year to ensure a solid qualifying offer. So did the Tampa Bay Lightning get a steal or were the Toronto Maple Leafs played? Or both?

Gryba retires after seven seasons in NHL | NHL.com
“Eric Gryba announced his retirement from the NHL on Sunday.” Apparently 31 or so is the new retirement age in the NHL.

Devils’ Taylor Hall on Jack Hughes: ‘He makes the game look easy’ | Sportsnet.ca
Taylor Hall is ready to play some hockey.

Early Exits: Five players trimmed from training camp earlier than expected | TheHockeyNews
Guess who tops this list? Also the other Jones brother makes an appearance.

NHL news: Islanders break ground on new Belmont arena | Metro US
I lived in Poughkeepsie, NY for a few months but am geographically challenged by the NYC area. Is this on Long Island?

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