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Weekend Randoms

July 12, 2019, 2:28 PM ET [3 Comments]
Paul McCann
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Random Notes for the Weekend

- Matt Duchene was certainly a hit in his first appearance at Ford Ice Center earlier this week. Signing autographs and smiling at the attendees of the Predators Hockey School. He is saying and doing all the right things.

- I love Duchene’s response to the infamous “offside” play.

- It is obvious that Duchene wanted to come to Nashville, his comments reflect that. But he also dispelled the notion that a country music career was his main motivation. He spoke of hockey, putting down roots in Nashville and laughed off his musical talents.

- Obviously, my interest may be a little higher on this but the new videoboard being installed at Bridgestone Arena has me really stoked.

- Colton Sissons and Rocco Grimaldi have both exercised their option to go to arbitration. This drove the Chicken Little brigade to go nuts… it is no big deal, these two players will be signed and unless they are silly, they will sign before the arbitration hearing. Sissons is scheduled for 7/26, Grimaldi’s is 8/4.

- A few draft pick signings have been completed, the #1 and #2 picks of this year’s draft have signed their ELC’s with New Jersey and New York.

- Other UFA singings… Ryan Dzingel has signed a two year deal with Carolina, Joel Armia has signed a two year deal with Montreal. Former Pred Michael del Zotto has signed a one-year deal with Anaheim. Michael Ferlund has signed a four year deal with Vancouver.

- If you haven’t seen it… search for Matt Cullen’s retirement video, it’s really well done.

- A star can sell tickets… looks like the trade of Phil Kessel to Arizona is already paying off at the box office. Season ticket sales are up by almost 600%... good for the desert dogs… nice to see it starting to turn.


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