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Wednesday Dump and Chase: Waiting to Unwrap Your Gifts

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The worst part of any offseason is waiting to see the newly aquired players. James Neal isn't just a new player but a symbol of change to an organization desperately needing goal scoring. His skill set and natural scoring touch bring excitement and anticipation that seems to be building as this offseaon continues to slog.

Nashville Predators News

Steve Sullivan thinks fans will love Neal | The Tennessean
Steve Sullivan believes Preds fans will love Neals goal-scoring, speed, and physical play. Restrain yourself, Steve. These are some pretty bold predictions.

Nashville becoming a pro sports city? | Smashville 24/7
Could the Predators and Titans concurrent changes in philosophy help turn Nashville into a city where professional sports thrive?

Laviolette Speaks to Nashville Rotary, Optimistic for Season | Nashville Predators
Peter Laviolette told a bunch of business leaders in the Nashville community that he is excited and ready for the season to start. Laviolette then took questions about friendship for the remainder of the day.

Core Values: Predators changing course, but still lean on Shea Weber - CBSSports.com

Is Mike Fisher a part of the "core" at this point?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Report: NHL expansion to Las Vegas 'a done deal' | theScore
When you lose all your money at the tables, at least your complimentary tickets will be for hockey and not Dennis Miller or Dat Phan.

Realistic expectations for Teuvo | Puck Chatter / The Third Man In
Blackhawk's blog realistically analyzing where Teuvo stands in the organization this coming season.

The 3 common traits of successful neutral zone teams | theScore
A tactical look at the importance of the nuetral zone. Justin Bourne provides lots of great detail. This is a must read for anyone interested in the strategic elements of hockey.

Getting to Know the NHL Rulebook: Physical Fouls | Winging It In Motown
In depth look at what the rule book says about penalties like boarding, charging, etc.

Bar raised for Blue Jackets | ProHockeyTalk
Columbus has shown they belong in the playoffs but with success comes expectation. Can the Blue Jackets take another big step forward this year?

Nolan: Sharks are still a 'good' team | ESPN
Much like the Sharks and the word "rebuild", former Sharks captain Owen Nolan doesn't seem to know what "panic" means.

Max Pacioretty ready to become a leader | NHL.com - News
Weapon X subject Max Pacioretty will be one hell of a leader. Considering the injuries Pacioretty has come back from, I'd follow him into hell/Blues' game.

Vincent Lecavalier told to "get over" trade rumors | Puck Drunk Love

The City of Brotherly Love.

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