The Dump and Chase: 7/25/2011

At this point we’re convinced that you could hand Alex Ovechkin any item of clothing, and he’d happily try it on. We fear that this theory will be tested and stretched to its logical extreme, and we’re getting pretty close to that inevitable outcome.

The Russian Hockey Machine Never Breaks explains the lovely black ensemble we see above that Ovi wore in his native land over the weekend:

Alex the Great made a surprise appearance during halftime of a soccer match between the Russian Premier League club Anzhi and the defending Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg. The local team, Anzhi, honored their guest by presenting him with a traditional Dagestani burka (cape) and papakha (wool hat), as well as the Anzhi supporters scarf. All of these items fit extremely well with one ever-present feature of Alex summer wardrobe — his flip-flops, as reported live by the official Zenit Twitter. Ovi was received with a deafening roar from the stands, with the soccer-themed chants temporarily replaced by the famous Russian hockey call of “Shaibu-Shaibu!”

Steve Sullivan wants to be the missing veteran link in Pittsburgh

As Pro Hockey Talk notes, Steve Sullivan has played only 44 career playoff games since he was drafted in 1994 despite appearing in 890 career games. At 37 years old, the veteran told The Daily Press that his assets are his speed, his experience, and especially his powerplay ability, an area where the Penguins struggled.

Alex Burrows learned to communicate with dolphins

Several seasons ago when the decision was made to have Alex Burrows play with the Sedins in Vancouver, the young winger needed some help to decipher the strange communication method of Henrik and Daniel. As Pass It To Bulis reveals, learning the twins’ language required long hours of memorizing dolphin code.

Who is this Scott Howson, and what has he done with the Blue Jackets?

Columbus general manager Scott Howson has radically changed the Blue Jackets this summer. Beginning with the blockbuster acquisition of Jeff Carter and most recently signing Vaclav Prospal, he’s addressed a powerplay that struggled mightily last season. Between Carter up front and James Wisniewski on the blue line, he’s slotted in plenty of scoring to finally support Rick Nash.

Although Howson has certainly made a major splash this summer, Jackets Cannon doesn’t think Columbus’ GM has been “unHowson-like” with his moves. Instead, one quiet offseason a few years ago likely led to a false impression of Howson’s managerial approach.

Big man travels with big cup

The travels of hockey’s holy grail continue throughout the summer, and so does Puck Daddy’s Chronicles of Stanley. Over the weekend Zdeno Chara took his turn, prompting a cup stop in his hometown of Trencin, Slovakia. And of course, that led to arm-wrestling.