With Karel Pilar now apparently out of the picture for some time, Paul Hunter has done a nice job looking at who might be among the candidates to earn a part-time job on the Leafs' blueline and over in the Sun, Pilar himself offers his own assessment of a condition that, with its recurring nature, has real implications for the future of his NHL career:
"I feel a lot better than I did before (when the viral condition in his heart first became a problem in 2003). I would like to say I will be back sooner, but I don't want to rush it. I want to get another chance and prove I can play here again."
Get well indeed, Karel.
Elsewhere, well, who in or out of hockey can
endure resist a good mullet? Why, they're even having one of those bad hair nights at a baseball game tomorrow:
"Don't have a mullet? Have a stylist at one of four Great Clips haircut stations located throughout the ballpark trim one up for you."
As a man with some mulleted skeletons in my cringe closet, all I can say is I've been there, and I don't want to go back.
Those Stanley Cup odds from British-based Oddschecker struck a chord with regular contributor Denial yesterday. Here's some North American action to get your head in the right state of mind as we note that -- hey, it's September already! Pennant races. The NFL starting up. Back to school. Empty golf courses. And most of all, training camp is 12 days away (and I'll take the Canucks at those odds).
Wayne Gretzky is behind the bench, Brett Hull is still skating -- and NBC isn't going to broadcast any Phoenix Coyotes games among its handful of regional broadcasts this winter (registration required on the link). "Mind-boggling," says Darren Pang. Here's what's mind-boggling -- that the NHL and NBC wouldn't finalize their schedule before Gretz's hiring became official.
And what would the day be without a couple of contract notes? Yeah, Jose Theodore wants a deal and he wants it now, while Peter Bondra will announce his plans tomorrow vis-a-vis the Capitals. I can hardly wait.