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Dump & Chase

Trash talk, trolls and... Turkulainen?

It was bound to happen. In fact, we're kind of surprised it took this long. But we regret to inform you, dear readers, that this is the week when Dump got dumped... by Chase.

Yes, with Jay currently tied up at the Brier in Regina, Mike was left to his own devices to put the latest edition of your favourite digital hockey notebook together.

Frankly, we think this is the best one yet. Surely just a coincidence.

Ahem.

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It was bound to happen. In fact, we're kind of surprised it took this long. But we regret to inform you, dear readers, that this is the week when Dump got dumped... by Chase.

Yes, with Jay currently tied up at the Brier in Regina, Mike was left to his own devices to put the latest edition of your favourite digital hockey notebook together.

Frankly, we think this is the best one yet. Surely just a coincidence. 

Ahem.

Just don't tell Chase, who last we heard was the life of the party at the Brier patch, defending his title as beer pong champion of the Prairies while serenading the locals with his velvety voice doing karaoke.

PRE-GAME WARMUP:

We love a good troll, provided it's done in good fun. And so we can't help but applaud these die-hard Boston fans who briefly brought traffic to a halt in Montreal the other day, just hours before the Bruins and Canadiens were set to face off.

Car!

 

A post shared by TSN (@tsn_official) on Mar 1, 2018 at 1:44pm PST

 

 


 

In a similar vein, we also kinda love it when a mean-spirited troll gets taken to task for their online conduct.

Take this so-called Calgary Flames fan, who announced this week he was starting a Go Fund Me captain to raise enough money to buy veteran forward Troy Brouwer out of his contract.

 

The 32-year-old is admittedly having a tough season, with just five goals and 14 assists in 61 games. There's no doubt he's on the tail end of a career that has seen him play 748 games and counting, with 168 goals and 170 assists. By all accounts, he's a well-respected leader and teammate.

Safe to say the campaign didn't go too well. At last check, it had raised a grand total of $18. That's not going to cut it, considering Brouwer still has two more years left on a deal that pays him US$4.5 million annually.

The man behind the campaign likely also didn't expect to hear directly from Brouwer, who sent him a sharp but pointed message on Twitter.

That little jab appears to have won Brouwer a few new fans.

 

1ST PERIOD:

Jeff Skinner is a pretty good hockey player. But who knew he was also a fairly talented figure skater?

The whole world does now, thanks to this beautifully executed axle Skinner pulled off in practice the other day.

Mike was in Raleigh this past weekend, covering the Jets vs Hurricanes game, and had a chance to ask Skinner about the move. He said he had no idea the video would take off like it did, or that fans would be so impressed with his skills.

"It's weird that it's gotten so much attention," said Skinner. "It's cool, one of those things that kind of came out of nowhere."

Skinner said he hadn't even tried that move for years but "it's something I did as a kid. Now that I'm a little bit older you can get a bit more pop on the jump."

The connection between figure skating and hockey is certainly not new. Legendary Canadian skater Barb Underhill currently works with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Skinner has also trained under her.

"For me, I didn't really go into (figure skating) with that mindset that I wanted to work on my hockey game. But as a result, I think just from being on the ice that much as a kid helped a lot, especially being on your edges. As I got better and kept progressing in both sports, it probably helped in a lot of ways," said Skinner.

Mike couldn't help but ask if he plans to pull out the move in a shootout one day.

"No, I can't really do it at the same time as having my stick in my hands," Skinner laughed. "I kinda need that to shoot."

2ND PERIOD:

There's nothing like a good trash talking in the penalty box.

Nazem Kadri and Rasmus Ristolainen had a pretty heated session this week after they dropped the gloves in the Toronto-Buffalo game.

Cameras caught the men exchanging words in the sin bin. And Kadri clearly got the last word, and the ultimate burn, when he corrected Ristolainen's questionable math skills.

Zing!

 

 


 

However, at least Kadri and Ristolainen had no problem finding a dance partner to settle their score.

Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks wasn't nearly as lucky. 

 

3RD PERIOD:

William Karlsson is having a career year with the Vegas Golden Knights. The Columbus cast-off, acquired last summer in the expansion draft, has posted 35 goals and added 24 assists so far this season in Sin City.

With his current team set to play his old team in Ohio earlier this week, teammate Jonathan Marchessault was caught on video asking Karlsson if he expected a video tribute for his return.

His answer was priceless.

 

 

 


 

We admit it: covering sports for a living is a pretty good gig. You get to travel to cool cities, watch exciting games and tell some cool stories along the way.

Mike is certainly experiencing that this year in his first full season on the Winnipeg Jets beat. He's currently following the team around on their longest road-trip of the season, with stops so far in Carolina, New York and New Jersey. Philadelphia, Washington and Nashville await.

But as Mike discovered this week, it's not always glamorous. 

With an off-day Wednesday in New York City, it seemed like a perfect time to get out on foot and see one of the greatest cities on Earth up close.

Just one problem: Mother Nature had other plans.

 

 

It could have been worse. At least he didn't almost get run over by a Zamboni.

 

 

 


 

Our latest Tweet of the Week winner goes to Timothy Bonnar, who managed to work in a pretty funny Pokemon reference as he speculated on another Finnish player who might look good in a Jets uniform.

 

OVERTIME:

Have you ever wondered what would happen if two of your favourite hockey players combined into one ultimate super-player? 

For example, imagine the skill and speed of Connor McDavid combined with the raw power and size of Dustin Byfuglien.

Well, there's a fellow on Twitter who is coming up with these kinds of hockey mash-ups. Sort of. You see, rather than speculate on what one of these players might look like on the ice, he's decided to show you what they would actually look like.

The result is both compelling and terrifying.

Jack Laine:

 

He even took it a step forward by combining an all-star goaltender and a hockey broadcaster in what might be his most terrifying creation yet.

Pierre McLuongo:

 

And given his home base in Ottawa, there's a particular obsession with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

Eugene Giroux:

 

Eugene Simmonds:

 

And our favourite, Eugenie Melnyk.

 

Good luck getting those images out of your head!

SHOOTOUT:

We promised Jay we'd get at least one curling segment in this week's Dump and Chase, just to let him know we were thinking about him.

In the spirit of friendly competition — not to mention our mutual love of donuts — we present to you what may just be the most Canadian thing ever.

Two curlers. One donut. And a winner-take-all game to decide who gets the tasty treat.

Winning never tasted so good.

 

 


 

We actually found room for a second curling piece, this one with a direct connection to hockey.

In case you missed it, we present to you perhaps the greatest ceremonial puck drop in NHL history.

 

 


 

That's a wrap on another edition of Dump and Chase. If you like what you see, don't forget to tell all your friends and join us every week. 

And remember kids: play nice!

 

 


 

Got a suggestion for a future edition of Dump and Chase? Let us know about it! mike.mcintyre@freepress.mb.ca and/or jason.bell@freepress.mb.ca.

And: follow "Dump" and "Chase" – aka Mike and Jason – on Twitter. Mike is @mikemcintyrewpg, while Jason can be found @WFPJasonBell. 

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