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Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Open Season

Happy hockey season everyone! The 2016-2017 season is here!

The Nashville Predators don’t get in on the party until Friday night, but we’ll get to see what the Chicago Blackhawks are working with later tonight when they take on the St. Louis Blues. If we’re lucky we might even see some TV commentary from our old friend Carter Hutton.

The roster is set and the Predators took some time to meet with season ticket holders last night. Look at these smiling faces, who’s more excited the team or the fans?

Nashville Predators News & Notes

Preds Name Neal, Josi Alternate Captains – Nashville Predators
Not much of a surprise here, but glad to see Josi getting the A full time.

Subban, Predators beat Canadiens to win Stanley Cup in NHL 17 sim – Sportsnet.ca
Oy, can you imagine the fall out in Montreal?

Preds Practice Ponderings: October 11 – Nashville Predators
Here’s hoping the team have better lucky with 3v3 overtime than last year.

Hockey News & Notes

Top 10 NHL off-ice storylines for 2016-17 – Sportsnet.ca
Some of these feel more like a never ending story.

The NHL’s 50 most important people – Detroit Free Press
If you can manage not to roll your eyes at where some of these people landed, David Poile comes in at number 40.

It’s make-or-break time across the NHL – SBNation.com
Pretty accurate listing of which teams need to have a break-through season.

Babcock goes from coaching hockey’s best team to NHL’s worst (Oct 11, 2016) | FOX Sports
This headline has no chill! I’m sure Babcock doesn’t need the reminder.

NHL teams make flurry of small moves as rosters set – NHL on CBC Sports
Tis the season for waivers and roster cuts.

Five NHL bold predictions for 2016-17 – USA Today
The Montreal Canadiens will be under a microscope this season. Or a magnifying glass in direct sunlight depending on how you look at it.

NHL 2016-17 Preview: Playoff projections and pivotal stats for every team – The Washington Post
Not to sound biased but the central projections seem a little off.

Top 16 rookies to watch this season- NHL.com
Auston Matthews will be fun to watch if he can actually manage to get something going for Toronto.

Talking Points