The Dump and Chase – 01/04/2011

Dysfunction Junction

When Steve Simmons says this story is “making the rounds”, then it must be true… right?

Word is, general manager Bryan Murray tried to fire coach Cory Clouston about a month ago. The Senators owner, Eugene Melynyk, wouldn’t let it happen. That story came to light in the wake of Ottawa’s 5-1 home defeat to the dreadful Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Normally, after those kind of games, coaches get fired. But to date, no coach firing in Ottawa.

It wouldn’t be unlike Murray to can a coach when things go sour, but if there is any truth to this story then Melynyk deserves some applause for blocking the move. Murray, at some point, will have to be held accountable for the horrible personnel decisions he’s made. [Toronto Sun via Puck Daddy]

Frustration Nation

DiPietro Injured, Could Leighton Be Headed to Long Island?

Rick DiPietro was injured in the Islanders’ win over Calgary on Monday, just two days after the club dealt Dwayne Roloson to Tampa Bay. No matter what the severity of the injury is, we’re hearing he tweaked his groin (again) – Garth Snow is going to need to acquire someone that can be depended on to play and be healthy. The guys at ProHockeyTalk whisper Michael Leighton’s name as a potential fit, although, he’s being tossed around in Columbus Blue Jackets‘ circles too.

Why The Blue Jackets Should Host The 2012 Winter Classic

Great stuff here from Derek Zona at SBNation on why the Columbus Blue Jackets should get the nod for the next Winter Classic. From the average seasonal temperature to the seating capacity of Ohio State’s “The Horseshoe” stadium, Zona makes a very good case for a team that could use a profile boost.

Alex Ovechkin & Semyon Varlamov’s New SportsCenter Ad

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Tuukka Rask Robs a Pair of Leafs