The Dump and Chase – 03/09/2011

Chara Hit Fallout

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is drawing a range of reactions from around the hockey world following his devastating hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Some aren’t buying the simple ‘it wasn’t intentional, it’s just that Chara is so big and strong’ argument; Jacques Martin, for one, thinks the league should step in and take some responsibility for this hit:

“It’s serious when you see an injury like that. The league has to deal with those issues. It’s not the first time. It seems to be getting worse and worse. The league has to take some responsibility. It was a dangerous hit.”

Our very own Sean Tomlinson cited Chara’s ‘poor judgment’ and ‘unfortunate geography’ as factors that led to the scary image of Pacioretty lying motionless on the ice. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reiterated those observations, and stressed that Chara is ultimately responsible for the hit regardless of any mitigating factors:

The hit was late. It was interference. It caused injury and while the design configuration of the boards and glass played a pivotal role in the severity of the injury, the responsibility is still with the hitter.

So two games is my call.

We shall see how the Wheel of Justice plays out on this one…

Not Much Progress for Hiller

Jonas Hiller is no closer to returning to NHL game action as he continues to struggle with ‘symptoms related to vertigo’. Via the Ducks Blog, O.C. Register:

“I’m still having the same issues,” he said Tuesday. “Especially on the ice where I start feeling out of myself and kind of feeling all over the place. We did some more tests yesterday so hopefully that’s going to show something.

“I guess it’s just going to take time. All I can do is be patient. It’s definitely not easy, especially the mental side. It’s really tough.”

Tootoo Brings Story to Children

Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo has released a book targeted at kids aged 9-12 in an effort to share the story of his path to the NHL and the struggles he’s faced on the way and since arriving there. Read more at On The Forecheck.

Anderson’s New Senators Mask Has Special Meaning

In Goal Magazine has pics of Craig Anderson’s new Senators grill, but will he still be wearing it next season?

Top Ten Finalists for Kraft Hockeyville 2011 Unveiled

CBC and Kraft have released their list of ten communities in the running to host an NHL preseason game that will be dominated by AHL players and light on star power. The communities in the running are:

* Antigonish, N.S.
* Conception Bay South, N.L.
* Chateauguay, Que.
* Saint-Raymond, Que.
* Navan, Ont.
* Wolfe Island, Ont.
* Bentley, Alta.
* Brandon, Man.
* Fort Nelson, B.C.
* Mackenzie, B.C.

My vote is with Antigonish, even though the pizza joints are lousy and their bars suck.

Hockey Titles Among Best NES Sports Games

Gunaxin has put together a list of the best Nintendo Entertainment System sports games that includes two HOTH approved titles in Ice Hockey and Blades of Steel.

Luc Bourdon Inducted Into N.B. Hall of Fame

Former first round pick of the Vancouver Canucks Luc Bourdon was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Bourdon died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 2008 at the age of 21.

Klesla Takes a Puck in the Face

I can’t say for certain that a visor would have prevented Rostislav Klesla’s face from dripping blood all over the ice, but it never hurts to wear one as a preventative measure.