The Dump and Chase – 01/24/2011

Writer obsessed with Peter Forsberg believes Peter Forsberg will play in the NHL

It was just a matter of time before the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater unloaded a Peter Forsberg love bomb, and that’s what he did on Sunday. We’d like to think this was a just a weak attempt at sarcasm – Dater actually refers to Forsberg’s ability to put up 14 points in nine games… from 2007-08.

Nabokov ‘had his heart set on Detroit’

The probability of Evgeni Nabokov wearing a New York Islanders’ uniform low. How low? Nabokov apparently hung up on Isles’ general manager Garth Snow, although, the Russian goaltender claims that he didn’t know who he was talking to on the phone. Nabokov is sticking by his decision not to report to the Islanders, for now:

“I think I’m going to stay home for now, I’m sticking with my decision… It’s nothing against the Islanders and their organization. It’s nothing to do with that. It’s just that I’m at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs. I don’t see how I could help the Islanders or what I could do for them. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. And I hope they understand that.”

Pekka Rinne’s stick saves the game

The absurdity of Eklund

We’re only aware of this because Mike Heika actually took a minute to debunk it, but Eklund floated this imbecilic rumour:

He [Eklund] contended that the Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs were discussing a trade that would send Brad Richards , Jamie Benn and Ondrej Roman to Toronto for Nazem Kadri, Clarke MacArthur, Kris Versteeg and a conditional pick.

Um, yeah… not gonna happen.

PITB with four reasons why the coach’s challenge is a stupid idea

From limiting the referee’s ability to manage the play to the simple ‘disallowed goals suck’, Pass it to Bulis contributor Qris Johnson tackles the notion of a coach’s challenge. A lot of rumblings around this potential rule have point to goals being off limits, still, with the coach’s challenge sitting in development hell – it’s hard to say what it would entail.

Komisarek on nightclub story: “I can’t let this be a distraction”

There was no denial on the part of Mike Komisarek, who’s name appeared in a story on TMZ over the weekend that claims the Maple Leafs’ defenceman punched a woman in the face at an L.A. nightclub. Komisarek has been instructed to not say anything for the time being, so we’ll give him the benefit of doubt for now…

Marty Turco does not think highly of Pierre McGuire

Great clip via Steve Lepore at Puck The Media: