The Dump and Chase – 06/08/2011

Flyers acquire Brygalov’s rights

The Philadelphia Flyers traded Matt Clackson, a 2012 third-round pick, and a conditional draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for the negotiating rights to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. The Flyers will now have until July 1st to work out a deal with Bryzgalov, or the Russian netminder is free to sign wherever he wants.

Bryzgalov won’t come cheap for the Flyers, but GM Paul Holmgren is optimistic that a deal favourable to both sides can be reached:

“We’ll see what we can do,” Holmgren said in a conference call with reporters. “I feel like he’s got a lot of good years left in him. When you go into a negotiation like this, [and] you’re dealing with the salary cap, you try to get to a number you can live with. We’ll see.”

Binghamton wins AHL’s Calder Cup

It may have been a disappointing season for the Ottawa Senators, but the club’s AHL affiliate Binghamton Senators took home the 2010-11 Calder Cup with a series win over Houston. Ottawa’s ‘goaltender of the future’, Robin Lehner, turned in a great performance en route to winning the minor league championship, which should give us some ammo to over scrutinize that Craig Anderson contract all summer.

Krys Barch wouldn’t father no sissy girly man

Dallas Stars tough guy Krys Barch doesn’t reference Maxim Lapierre directly, but we’re pretty sure we know which No. 40 he’s tweeting about here:

Maybe Lapierre would be embarrassed to be the father of some plug that more or less punches people for a living… we don’t know. Quick, somebody get the guys from to start tracking how many ounces of man NHL players carry. Now that’s a stat worth keeping tabs on.

Todd Richards in demand?

Todd Richards, who was recently relieved of his coaching duties with the Minnesota Wild, is reportedly a good bet to be back behind an NHL bench for the 2011-12 season according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

It’s looking like Todd Richards will be behind an NHL bench again next season. The former Wild coach, who’s got one year left on his contract, has started to get calls. Richards wouldn’t confirm the teams, but according to sources, he’s got interviews lined up with Columbus and Winnipeg for assistant coaching positions. Detroit’s also interested in Richards, while Dallas could be a possibility if Peter Horachek, who used to coach Richards in Orlando, gets the Stars’ coaching job.

NHL hockey’s return to Winnipeg brings back fans burned by ’96 exodus

An excellent read here from Andrew Evans, a Winnipeg raised sports fan who spent the last 15 years feeling left out in the cold as an NHL hockey fan. Evans admits that Winnipeggers can be hard on their own town, but last week’s announcement by True North Sports and Entertainment has given him and others Manitobans something they can be proud of.

Maybe going through my adolescence without a major-league sports franchise to call my own made me forget how great it is see your own city’s name on a jersey, in a video game, on Hockey Night in Canada. But with one short announcement, all the memories came flooding back.

Despite having watched them hammer the final nail in the Jets coffin, I clung to a strange, Stockholm Syndrom-esque admiration for Detroit for the next couple of seasons thanks to their epic postseason battles with the Avalanche. Really, though, between the Flyers and Devils grinding the game to a halt, Gary Bettman’s ill-conceived attempts to expand the league, and the loss of the Jets, I was finished with the National Hockey League.

At 11:15 a.m. CDT on Tuesday [May 31, 2011], Mark Chipman, True North Sports & Entertainment, and David Thomson not only made me a hockey fan again, but they gave ‘Peggers a reason to be proud of their city.

With a top-tier hockey team, an architecturally dazzling new museum (soon), a surprisingly-spiffy new airport (sooner), and real, honest-to-goodness downtown residential development, can we please abolish the Weakerthan’s “One Great City!”for good? We don’t need all the self-loathing anymore. (And I’m just really tired of that song.)

Where Tim Thomas’ body check on Henrik Sedin is celebrated

History makes a statement, apparently.