The Dump and Chase – 03/31/2011

Sutter and Flames Not Giving Up Yet [Pipe Dreams]

Wednesday’s loss to the Anaheim Ducks all but sealed the fate of the Calgary Flames, effectively extinguishing any hopes they may have had for the playoffs. Head coach Brent Sutter isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet, though:

“Let’s see what happens. Obviously not getting some points tonight affects some things. Your odds are stacking up against you.
But it’s still not all the way there. There’s still life there. We have to take it. We have to continue to work and compete and play hard and see what happens.”

“Hey. What else do you want me to say?”

Winnipeg Watch: Glendale Finds Buyers for Half of Bonds

Via Toronto Sun/QMI Agency:

A report in the Phoenix Business Journal Wednesday says Glendale has investors who will buy about $50 million worth of bonds but the city still needs to sell bonds worth another $50 million to fulfill its commitment to the Coyotes sale.

The Phoenix Business Journal also reported that Glendale and the NHL are looking at ways to make the deal still work even if they can’t sell the remainder of the bonds.

The publication says the NHL and Glendale have until May to get the deal done or the Coyotes will be forced to relocate.

Al Montoya Earns a New Contract From Islanders

Our boy, Al Montoya, gets rewarded for his strong play on Long Island. InGoalMag with more on the deal:

Montoya went 8-4-4 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .923 save percentage – the best numbers of the seven goalie to play for New York this season – before being rewarded by the Islanders Tuesday with the first one-way contract of his career.

Hobey Baker Award Finalists Announced

North Dakota’s Matt Frattin, Miami University’s Andy Miele, and Boston College’s Cam Atkinson were named as the three finalists for this year’s Hobey Baker Award as top player in NCAA. The winner will be announced on April 8th, Pro Hockey Talk has more on the nominees.

Hal Gill is So Big He Breaks Two Panes of Glass

Canadian Tire Saves Saint Mary’s Women’s Hockey

Hold the Canadian Tire money jokes, this one’s for real. Via The Globe and Mail:

Canadian Tire announced a $60,000 donation on Wednesday to salvage the program. It had been slated for elimination due to athletic department budget cuts.

Funding cuts from the Nova Scotia government resulted in SMU needing to trim its athletics department budget, and cutting women’s hockey would have saved the school $120,000.

Canadian Tire says the donation to Saint Mary’s is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second season.

HBO’s 24/7 Men’s League Hockey (Hogtown Hookers)

There’s a couple of guys in this 24/7 parody that look like a couple of guys that work at theScore, and I have no idea who the guy icing his skull is.