The Dump and Chase – 01/19/2011

They call him "The Dreidel"

Deadline Watch: Impending UFAs on Losing Teams

From The Rink takes a look at impending unrestricted free agents on losing teams in advance of the trade deadline. There’s a lot of gritty veterans that could be had, some punchers, a Tomas Vokoun, and a number of quality defencemen.

“The Dreidel” is the NHL’s Greatest Nickname

One of our favourite NHL beat writers is Michael Russo who covers the Minnesota Wild. On top of being informative and timely, Russo has a great sense of humour. He’s put it to great use here by bestowing the nickname “The Dreidel” upon Anton Khudobin because of the goaltender’s unorthodox style. That’s a whole lot of awesome.

Jackets Lose, Garon Robs

Holmgren Extended

The Philadelphia Flyers gave general manager Paul Holmgren a three-year extension. Michael Leighton would tell you that doesn’t always matter much in Philadelphia.

Why Would a Succesful Team Change Its Draft Philosophy?

That’s the question being tackled by Matt Reitz at View From My Seats with a focus on the Buffalo Sabres. Great work as usual.

Craig Rivet is the New Mike Richards

More bullshit spewing from the mouths of curmudgeons, this time it’s Craig Rivet championing Mike Richards’ “respect” cause.

“I have no problem with that goal celebration…but there’s a way to present yourself to other players in the league…how you’re gonna act….hopefully he’ll learn.”

Hockey on the Rise in Phoenix?

The Phoenix Coyotes may not be the desert’s most popular sports franchise, but the game of hockey would appear to be gaining in interest at the grassroots level in Arizona. An Edmonton minor hockey club had their gear stolen from their hotel parking lot while in Phoenix for a tournament. The Coyotes supplied the team with temporary gear so that they could participate in the tourney.