The Dump and Chase – 02/16/2011

Bruins Acquire Kelly From Senators

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray continued with his ‘one-year rebuild’ process by acquiring a second round pick in exchange for Chris Kelly on Tuesday night.

Byfuglien Gets Paid

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed Dustin Byfuglien to a new five-year $26 million deal. Kent Wilson is prepping his take on the contract for later today, but in the meantime SBNation has a decent piece on what the deal means for the future of the Thrashers organization.

Kessel and Grabovski Bring the Highlights

Phil Kessel snapped out of his goal scoring drought in a big way versus his old club. Mikhail Grabovski did him one better with a beauty game winner late in the third period.

Obligatory Concussion News

Columbus’ Derek Dorsett has been diagnosed with a concussion following an inadvertent spill at the hands of Peter Forsberg on Friday.

Is Alex Ovechkin Out of Shape?

Is it possible that Alex Ovechkin’s apparent goal scoring woes are the result of bad conditioning? Justin Bourne explored the idea over at Puck Daddy:

It’s not like his season is a complete write-off (his numbers are good enough for 11th in the league), he just doesn’t quite look like himself right now. I’ve heard people say he’s “saving himself for playoffs,” but that’s nonsense too. Like there’s a puck he could win a footrace to in February, but he’s like, “Naw, think about April, Alex! Let him have it.”

All I know is, Capitals fans should whole-heartedly embrace the “he’s in slightly worse shape” theory, because the alternative is petrifying:

He’s disinterested.

Grabovski’s Game Winner is Impressive Because Grabovski Was Probably Concussed