Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Sounding Off

As the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder continues to make waves around the globe, NHL stars like Crosby, Subban, Weber, and Holtby have continued (or started) to speak out about racial injustice.

NHL Players Continue To Speak Out

Sidney Crosby: ‘What happened to George Floyd cannot be ignored’ | Sportsnet
Sid The Kid has finally spoken out about racial injustice.

Additional Statements by NHL players:

Subban donates $50K to Floyd’s daughter as athletes continue to speak out | TSN

The league ended up matching Subban’s donation as well.

Jets’ Blake Wheeler on racism: ‘You can’t be silent anymore’ | Sportsnet
After posting a letter to Twitter over the weekend on the death of George Floyd and the mass protests that followed across the United States, Blake Wheeler said on a Tuesday video conference call with reporters that “you can’t be silent anymore.”

New York Rangers’ K’Andre Miller says he’s frustrated and angry over racist comments | ESPN
Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller addressed the racist treatment he received in April while being introduced to the team’s fans earlier this year, saying it was another example of his challenge to be accepted as a black hockey player.

Other News From Around The Hockeyverse

Trudeau on NHL: We’d love to see games played, but must ensure everyone’s safety | TSN
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke about the potential for the NHL to return and admitted it’d be great to have hockey back, but everyone’s safety has to be the top priority and that’s why discussions are still ongoing about its return.

Decision on NHL Return to Play hub cities weeks away | Yahoo! Sports
I honestly still don’t get why we’re trying to salvage this season, when it’s totally going to screw up the next season.

Building the perfect NHL defenseman - Best skills, attributes among blueliners | ESPN
What does the perfect NHL blueliner look like? It’s a mix of Roman Josi’s offensive ability, Shea Weber’s shot, Seth Jones’s awareness and many other key traits.

NHL Awards Watch - Likely finalists, hipster picks, unfair snubs | ESPN

Stralman wonders: NHL return worth risks? | NBC Sports
“I think you should be concerned,” Anton Strålman told The Athletic. “There are so many ways to look at this thing. I know everybody wants hockey back, but safety has to come first. And it’s a little bit worrisome, I can’t deny that. Even though most players are young and healthy, I’m sure there are players like me that have underlying health issues. I don’t know how my body will react if I get this virus.”

Strålman faces greater risks considering his lengthy battle with bronchiectasis, a lung disease where airways are damaged, preventing sufferers from clearing mucus from their lungs.

Kings agree to entry-level deals with Arthur Kaliyev, Jordan Spence | Sportsnet
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to three-year entry-level contracts with two prospects, forward Arthur Kaliyev and defenceman Jordan Spence.

Tucker’s Streaming Suggestion Of The Week - Sorry To Bother You (2018)

Where To Watch: Hulu

Genre: Black comedy/drama

Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, David Cross, Armie Hammer

Director: Boots Riley

Synopsis: In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green’s career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), a drug-addled CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.

Runtime: 112 minutes