The Dump and Chase – 05/24/2011

Tampa’s Steve Downie got a head start on sad photos following Monday’s 3-1 loss to Boston. The isolated, disconsolate, sitting on the bench look is normally reserved for elimination – but maybe Downie has just come to the realization that Tim Thomas isn’t going to let this series get away from the Bruins.

Retirement talk

The New York Islanders have called a press conference for Thursday where it is expected that Doug Weight will announce his retirement after 19 NHL seasons.

A veteran Detroit Red Wings defenceman not named Nicklas Lidstrom is reportedly set to retire on Wednesday, too. 37-year old Brian Rafalski will walk away with one-year and $6 million left on his contract, Craig Custance of The Sporting News reports.

Sea Dogs advance to Memorial Cup final

Hopefully the increased exposure will help sports writers recognize that Saint John and St. John’s are two different cities located in two different provinces. The Saint John Sea Dogs of New Brunswick downed Owen Sound 3-2 to head directly to the final.

Mark McNeill’s draft ranking ascension

The Good Point has a great piece/interview with Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill. McNeill made scouts take notice of his game with an excellent finish to his WHL season, potentially positioning himself as a high pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. The Edmonton born prospect models his game after Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf:

“I pick aspects of [Getzlaf's] game and try to bring them to the ice. I try to be a power forward, to play solid at both ends and to play with an edge; anything to help my team.”

Daly predicts salary cap could go as high as $63.5 million for 2011-12

Via Montreal Gazette:

Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner of the National Hockey League, addressed the annual conference of the Sports Lawyers Association on the weekend and revealed that the NHL salary cap will go up as it has each year since the current collective agreement went into effect for the 2005-06 season.

The cap is based on hockey related revenue and Daly told the group, which included a number of salivating agents, that the NHL is expecting to post record revenue of close to $3 billion for the 2010-11 season. That’s an increase of more than $200 million from the previous season.

Since the CBA was reached after the 2004-05 lockout, league-wide revenues have increased by $750-800 million and the cap has increased by more than $20 million a team. The salary cap last season was $59.4 million and Daly said that it could jump to between $60.5 million and $63.5 million for next season.

Jarret Stoll does Cribs

Like any good Canadian boy living south of the border, Jarret Stoll keeps a healthy supply of Tim Horton’s coffee and Old Dutch ketchup chips on hand at all times.

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