The Dump and Chase – 03/14/2011

Rick Martin, 1951-2011

Buffalo Sabres legend and member of the ‘French Connection’ line, Rick Martin, passed away at the age of 59 from a heart attack while driving on Sunday. There’s been a number of tributes to Martin come up in the last 24 hours, John Vogl’s ‘Martin memories’ from this morning’s Buffalo News is great place to start.

Hard Times for Hockey Beyond the NHL

While NHL teams can only be had for hundreds of millions of dollars and, in some cases, a billion dollars – the times are much less fruitful in leagues beyond the NHL. Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy took a look at the strenuous economic situation that teams like the Central Hockey League’s Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs are facing.

No Surprise: Cherry Blasts Molson, Montreal Stanchion

Don Cherry knows everything about everything.

Oilers Call Up Teemu Hartikainen

If not for anything else, Teemu Hartikainen will immediately become one of the best names in the NHL. Check the Copper and Blue for more on the Oilers latest call up.

As Expected, Bakersfield Condors’ Charlie Sheen Night is Ridiculous

OffTheBench with photos and video from Saturday’s Bakersfield Condors’ Charlie Sheen Night.

Vernon Fiddler Gets Up Close and Personal with the Puck

Phoenix Coyotes centre Vernon Fiddler had a Ryan Getzlaf shot deflect off his own stick and find its way under his visor on Sunday night. Fiddler appeared to be ok, but was dripping blood on his way to the bench. Screencap via my own Twitter account.

Vanek’s 25th is a Beauty