The Dump and Chase – 02/25/2011

HOTH contributor Kent Wilson ran a Steve Staios Photoshop contest over at Flames Nation and the results are cerebral, hilarious, and full of Feaster. Do yourself a favour and begin there.

Perron Finding Perspective Away From Hockey

David Perron has not played hockey in four months as he deals with post-concussion symptoms, but the St. Louis Blues forward remains positive while exploring life away from the game. Via St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“I started to learn Spanish a little bit … I’m actually getting better,” said Perron, a French-Canadian. “It’s quite easy because speaking French is quite similar. I’m also reading books about becoming a pilot.

“In my life, there was only hockey before that injury, and now you realize there’s more. I can’t say there are too many positives from the injury, because there isn’t, but that’s one of them. I’m looking at life in a different angle, and it’s pretty good. I’m sure when I came back, though, I’ll go back to the exact same (hockey) mindset, but you grow as a human.”

Ovechkin a ‘Falling Star’?

Sports Illustrated calls Alexander Ovechkin a ‘falling star’ and CapitalsOutsider poke holes through Brian Cazeneuve’s evidence.

Blame Heatley for Kovalev Fiasco?

Um, yeah, so this is Don Brennan on  Dany Heatley somehow causing Ottawa’s Alexei Kovalev “fiasco”:

If that spoiled suckhole [Heatley] hadn’t whined his way out of a multi-million-dollar commitment, the Senators wouldn’t have been in the position where they needed to find a potential game-breaker to replace him. There weren’t a lot of options left in the free-agent pond when they made a splash. So they hooked Kovalev, and crossed their fingers.

Rivet on Re-Entry Waivers

The Buffalo Sabres hope that another team is willing to take on Craig Rivet at half his cost.

Orpik is Latest Penguins Injury Victim

Tough break for the Penguins as Brooks Orpik will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken finger. If you know the whereabouts of Dick Tärnström please contact Ray Shero.

More on “Chemistry” and Other “Intangibles”

The Copper and Blue expand on Kent Wilson’s look at chemistry and take on captains and leadership to boot.

Houses of the Hockey Announces Epic Nerdfest for Trade Deadline

The Mega Powers from theScore and Yahoo! Sports are teaming up for a full day of trade deadline awesomeness. In addition to our up to the minute Trade Tracker, we’ll be pumping out reaction and analysis for all the day’s transactions (or lack thereof), and we’ll be simulcasting Puck Daddy‘s Trade Deadline ChatterBox with all the innuendo and hamburger babes you can handle. There’s also several hours of Puck Daddy Radio that can be streamed live from We’re not kidding anyone by insinuating that HOTH is the Randy Savage in this partnership, we know damn well we’d be the Brutus Beefcake, but ‘Mega Powers’ sounds  much cooler than ‘Mega Maniacs’.

TSN Announces Epic Bonerfest for Tradecentre

Sheri Forde and Katherine Dolan offset the testosterone at the bottom, naturally; press release via Puck The Media:

The TRADECENTRE ’11 broadcast team is as follows:

• Host: James Duthie

• Trade Breaker Desk: Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Gord Miller

• Instant Analysis Panel: Pierre McGuire, Ray Ferraro and Craig MacTavish

• Deadline Panel: Gino Reda and Steve Kouleas with Matthew Barnaby, Mike Johnson, Michael Peca and Aaron Ward

• Players in Play: Darren Dutchyshen and Darren Pang

• TSN Capologist: Craig Button

• TSN Remote Contributor: Keith Jones

• TSN The Reporters Panel: Dave Hodge with Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber, Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons and Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek

• TradeCentre Live Blogger: Jay Onrait

• TSN Correspondents: Farhan Lalji, Ryan Rishaug, Jermain Franklin, Cory Woron, Brent Wallace, John Lu, Sheri Forde and Katherine Dolan

#27 René Labbé vs #12 Mario Roberge

Come for the knuckles, stay for the Cooperalls!