The Dump and Chase: 7/27/2011

Nikolai Khabibulin has taught us a valuable lesson: when you own a Ferrari, driving with a blood-alcohol content that’s over twice the legal limit is a poor decision.

Actually, the Oilers goalie demonstrated that valuable life lesson in February of 2010 in Arizona. On Wednesday he finally dropped his appeal and agreed to serve a 30-day jail sentence. Half of that sentence will be served in Arizona, and Khabibulin will have an ankle bracelet on while under house arrest for the other half.

In addition to the jail time, Khabibulin will also pay a fine of $4,016.60 and participate in an alcohol treatment program.

The good news(?) for Oilers fans is that the 38-year-old is excited to prepare for training camp and provide another season of mediocre goaltending.

Let’s play two

The Florida Panthers need to get creative if they’re going to persuade people to leave the beach and bikinis and regularly attend hockey games. Eventually they’d like to move ahead of the Ninja Professional Blender in local TV ratings, and signing half of the league at the beginning of free agency surely generated some interest.

It’s always the small steps that count in the effort to cover those ugly avocado seats, and the Panthers took another baby step yesterday when they revealed a quirk in their preseason schedule in the form of a double-header against the Predators on Sept. 19. The games will be the highlight of Hockey Day in Florida.

People really seem to like this whole idea of hockey in Winnipeg

When season tickets for the Jets went on sale they were snatched up in mere minutes. So of course following the surprise revealing of the Jets new logo on Friday, True North was immediately ready to roll out the merchandise. And when they did, that merchandise kept rolling right into the closets and drawers of those passionate Jets fans.

From Global News Winnipeg:

Sales of hats and t-shirts emblazoned with the military-style maple leaf roundel and jet fighter image have brought in $200,000.00 since Friday, according to the hockey club. The store has rung in more than 5500 transactions.

75 per cent of the merchandise at the MTS Centre store sold over the weekend – with staff working frantically to tag and get the stuff on shelves where it was still being snatched up by excited fans of the new NHL team Monday.

This is a picture of a big Stanley Cup float on a river somewhere in Maine

Barstool Sports wonders if the fine young men whose engineering skills made this miracle of science possible received any, umm, attention from the female swimmers.

Callahan is still waiting

Last week the Rangers narrowly avoided arbitration with Brandon Dubinsky, and if they want to do the same with Ryan Callahan they’ll have to actually start talking to him. Callahan’s agent Steve Bartlett told the Bergen Record that he submitted a proposal and is still waiting to hear back from the Rangers’ brass.

Bartlett said there’s been no real “back and forth,” and Callahan’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.


Leafs restricted free agent Luke Schenn is an “August issue.” [PHT, Toronto Sun]

Justin Pogge is still playing professional hockey? Justin Pogge is still playing professional hockey. [RDS]

The Penguins signed Jason Williams to a one-year deal worth $600,000. []

Twitter was getting in the way of Eric Tangradi’s efforts to maintain a consistent roster spot. [Eric Tangradi on Twitter, for the last time in a long time evidently]