The Dump and Chase – 07/20/2010

(In an effort to have some semblance of organization here, we’ll be moving forward with our daily link dump. Look for it each morning, it’s called “The Dump and Chase” (sooo clever, I know). If you’ve found something on the web that you think should be included just let us know.)

+ The Philadelphia Flyers cut ties with Simon Gagne on Monday by shipping him to Tampa Bay for Matt Walker and a 4th-round pick.  The Lightning are hoping Gagne can stay healthy and provide the second line punch that Alex Tanguay couldn’t.  The addition of Walker is a bit interesting, as the blue line in Philly is already a bit crowded.  He does add some toughness, though… not that there was any shortage of that already there.  “He is now their 8th defenseman costing more than their 6th and 7th”. [Broad Street Hockey]

+ Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year deal will be announced later today, but in the meantime take a gander at The Longest Contracts In the NHL.  [Fanhouse]

+ Comprehensive breakdown of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract with analysis from most of the major opinionated outlets.  [Wall Street Journal]

+ Sharp dressed man Patrick Sharp will be staying in Chicago, although the Bowmans still have no solution for their salary cap woes.  [Puck Daddy]

+ Agitators make for some of the more entertaining guys to watch, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Derek Dorsett is one of those guys that can play physical and get under the skin of others.  The guys at The Cannon are pegging him for a breakout of sorts with a prediction of 70-games played under new head coach Scott Arniel.

+ Obligatory NHL 11 news:  the soundtrack for EA Sports’ NHL 11 and NHL Slapshot have been announced and feature a mix of 90s metal, current gems from the Black Keys and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and jock jams.  No Billy Talent on the roster.  [Operation Sports]

+ Great look from yesterday of the Mikko Koivu deal compared to those of Tomas Plekanec and Nicklas Backstrom.  [Behind the Net Hockey]

+ Junior hockey blog Buzzing The Net should be on your daily reading list, if it isn’t already.  Anyway, brief post from yesterday on the OHL’s dominance of emerging NHL stars.

+ I guess I’m not the only person that’s frightened by the possibility of Donald Fehr playing a role in the NHLPA; “Again, it’s a little early to fret too much, but already there are whispers that, under Fehr, the players might try to abolish the current hard salary cap and get a soft-cap, luxury-tax, revenue-sharing style system that baseball has had for the last seven years.” [All Things Avs]

+ The Washington Capitals are a 1-to-9 favourite to win the Southeast Division next season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are facing 40-to-1 odds to win the Eastern Conference.  [Crunch Sports]

+ Down Goes Brown was quick on the draw to nab a “leaked” copy of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract.  How do you say… hilarious!  [DGB]

+ Very enjoyable read putting Development Camp into context.  [On Frozen Blog]

The Sacrilegious  Section

Seeing as I tend to stray from actual hockey coverage over here, I figured if I properly label the section that has little to do with the game then we can avoid comment wars like we had yesterday.  Anyway, here’s Dion Phaneuf’s girlfriend and Canadian crush-object Elisha Cuthbert telling Kelly Ripa that her son was hitting on her.  The Leafs should really hold a Dion Phaneuf night next season where they hand out Phaneuf faux-hawk wigs.

(You can follow Lewis on Twitter @thesilencekid, he swears a lot and is heavy on the snarkasm.  Good for the occasional laugh, though. )