Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Holding Pattern

I might have used this very title at some point within the last month and a half, and I’m not even sorry.

Slow news day.

Quick Shifts: 6 teams that could benefit from a flat salary cap |
There's also a dog video, for those of you into dog videos!

Bettman: Four NHL rinks part of one resumption of play model | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
Remaking the schedule to contain it all to divisional play, or, just what all of us who never wanted to see the stupid faces and/or ugly uniforms of our preferred team's division rivals until October wanted.

Imagining an NCAA All-Star Tournament | The Ice Garden
This could be a lot of fun.

Leafs great Wendel Clark reveals why he didn’t fight the Red Wings |
The thing I've never understood about trying to fight to swing momentum could just as easily swing it in favor of the other team, couldn't you? Their player is trying to do the same thing you are, right?

What We Cannot Save in a Lost Season | Defending Big D
A meditation on sports. It's a Stars-centric piece from a Stars site, which means I don't have the emotional connection that the intended audience does, but it's still thoughtful, sad, and beautifully-written.