Good morning, Mr. Lindros. Welcome back to Toronto, Mr. O'Neill. Greetings, Mr. Allison.
The new Leafs are in town. Been on the ice at Lakeshore Lions Arena. And even with 41 days still to go before the season starts:
"I've been to a Stanley Cup final once and that was the only time I've seen it like this."
Says Jeff O'Neill of the local media throg. Sorry Jeff, but it's only gonna get worse, trust us.
Sticking with (too much) media attention, Dany Heatley wanted a change and he gets one in Ottawa. In Atlanta, there are questions about Heatley's recent choices. He's on his third agent in a year, played for two different Euorpean clubs during the lockout, reports said he was out of shape at Canada's Olympic camp. But in Ottawa, they hope the past is the past - injuries and all. And the loaded up Senators are as pumped to have him as he is to be there. So Leafs fans, are you worried?
Off to Buffalo, enforcer Andrew Peters happily tells the Buffalo News he used androstenedione, a performance-enhancing supplement which the World Anti-Doping Agency considers an anabolic androgenic steroid. Do we have our first NHL drug crisis on our hands?
In Boston, owner Jeremy Jacobs promised fans to spend on good players and says he delivered (but they'd better perform, he adds). But be warned, Jacobs says: watch that cap next year. If it goes down, clubs who were busy spending this year will find they probably did too much and won't be able to chase players like Patrick Elias next year.
We never realized, if the NFL is the Beatles, the NHL is Boss.
Of course, the Lightning have MVP Martin St. Louis locked up. They sure look good right now.
The Canucks are happy with what they've done, even though they've spent more than they wanted.
Finally, hey, who better than Chico Resch to talk about the new NHL rules?