Matt Duchene has yet to play his first regular-season game with the Nashville Predators, but the 28-year-old center is already envisioning staying in Tennessee's capital city with his family long after he retires.
"I grew up in a small town in Ontario [Haliburton], so country lifestyle is what I grew up with and my wife was the same, she grew up in a small town outside of Denver," Duchene said. "If you mix them together, you get Nashville."
Duchene, who signed a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Predators on July 1, offers more of his thoughts on Nashville, his new team and his likes and quirks on the second episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast, hosted by NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen, which is now available.
In addition to Duchene, the episode features Caley Chelios, who last week was named a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning radio broadcast team. Chelios offers her thoughts on her new job and provides insight into the team that won the Presidents' Trophy last season but was swept in the Eastern Conference First Round by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Tom Laidlaw, a former NHL defenseman, calls in to discuss his experience on the 39th season of the hit CBS reality show "Survivor," which debuts Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Laidlaw played 10 NHL seasons for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings 1980-90.
NHL.com staff writer Tim Campbell joins in to discuss the Winnipeg Jets, including the future of defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and the situation regarding restricted free agent forwards Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor, as well as Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
The podcast is free and listeners can subscribe on all podcast platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and Google. It will also be available on NHL.com/podcasts and the NHL app.