Wednesday's Dump & Chase: The Final Countdown

Hockey is just around the corner.

With another long hot summer month coming to a close and training camp for the World Cup starting September 4th, we are this close to hockey.

This. Close.

Even if you're not stoked on the World Cup of Hockey, it will bring some of your favorite players out of their off-season hiding spots. It also gives us a chance to see a preview of the NHL's elite before the actual season starts. You can see the full schedule for the World Cup here.

Hockey News

Preds Previews: Ryan Johansen - Nashville Predators - Features
A full season with the Predators should provide a lot of opportunity for RyJo to shine.

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 right wingers in 2016-17 - Yahoo Sports
Some hot takery but James Neal makes an appearance.

Predicting Which NHL Goaltenders Will Improve the Most in 2016-17 Season - Bleacher Report
Pekka Rinne is going to have to stand on his head all season so he's not forever immortalized by one sub-par regular season.

Wild fans vote Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' new goal song -
At least the Minnesota Wild got something right.

San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture replacing Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn on Canada's World Cup of Hockey
Jamie Benn is smart. Glad to see someone in Dallas learned from the Tyler Seguin playoff disaster.

NHL Signs Deal With Sportradar To Monitor Sports Betting, Game Integrity -
Putting a professional team in the gambling capital of America, yeah, good call.

NHL locked in stalemate with IOC over 2018 Olympics attendance - NHL on CBC Sports
Gary Bettman "suggested" that the World Cup would not replace the Olympics.

The inexact science of building an NHL roster - Article - TSN
An interesting read about no-move clauses and why some teams utilize them while others look at them like the plague.

Just in-case you made it through all those links without getting this stuck in your head...

...You're welcome.