Our good pal Kenny Campbell (treeware division) has a real nice one this morning on Steve Thomas -- the talk about possible contract terms, and the talk from Stumpy:
"I'm just concentrating on doing what I have to do to make this team. I plan on having 15 goals by Christmas, anyway."
Whew. Is that all? This is the new NHL. These guys are supposed to be scoring 15 before the platinums are filled at the ACC.
And about this preseason game tonight, in Hamilton against the Bruins -- keep an eye out for Wade Belak, defenceman. Yup, call this one a training camp experiment. And when do the experiments stop and the preparation begin? (Like, say, cutting some players -- subscription required -- down from an unwieldy 56?) Only Pat Quinn knows for sure.
God love Brett Hull, who has this to say about Ted Saskin taking over atop the NHLPA in place of Bob (Not)Goodenow: "It's like firing the Lone Ranger and hiring Tonto."
Now here's something we mentioned here yesterday: Jason Allison's owie is still bothering him, and he's not playing tonight.
Down in the U.S., they've got hockey fever. Why, the McPaper has a big takeout on Ken Dryden to take care of that.
Down in Miami, Joe Nieuwendyk says he's never thought about retiring.
The Lightning are back, with a win -- and a commitment from their owner.
And a couple more, if you must: The NHLPA is grieving Keith Tkachuk's suspension (Atta go, Tonto!). And no, please -- not another Pavel Datsyuk update. (This time, it's the last one. We can only hope, anyway.)
Colorado, sans Peter Forsberg and Paul Kariya, will count on Milan Hejduk, among others, to score more. His knee injury looks like very bad news. But congrats to Peter Budaj, former OHL puckstopper in Toronto, who appears to have won a job in the bigs. Update: Hejduk will have more surgery and is out 4-5 weeks.
OHL watch part II: Robbie Schremp and Danny Syvret, standouts for the unstoppable London Knights last season look like faves to crack the Oilers lineup.
Tonight, we get a close look at Brad Boyes on Hamilton ice. Most remember when the Buds traded the Mississauga native along with Alyn McCauley in exchange for Owin' Nolan (or 2 playoff goals and a lawsuit if you're counting with Leaf Nation dollars). Says Boyes:
"It's going to be good. I get to play at home and against the team that traded me. I'm definitely excited."
And note to NHL sharks: call Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is deseperate to sell with a club that:
"Couldn't take the ice with a payroll in excess of the cap opening night (Oct. 5)," and that the league would "compel" the Devils to cut salary to comply," according to the New York Post.
Is there a capologist in the house?