Some hoops, lots of hockey --- time for another of the occasional JABS maillbag offerings:
"My buddy and I are season seat holders and regularly leave games with ulcers wanting to strangle Mitchell as he constantly costs us winnable games. I have no idea how these players like him or respect him. He might be a straight shooter and good guy, but he can’t coach worth a lick. ... We need a new coach to make it to the playoffs in the next two years. I have officially adopted “Sam Mitchelled” as a verb." -- Kobi Bessin, Toronto
"When is the Hockey World going to wake up and see that the Carolina Hurricanes are for REAL.... As Rutherford said if we couldn't get Recchi, we weren't going to get anybody, and we really didn't need anyone, if Cole didn't get hammered.. Only 3 games wow, imagine if that was Jagr, or Mats Sundin, I wonder how many games Orpik would have gotten then. ... The thing that bothers me most is that this guy, Orpik doesn't even bother to say he's sorry for the end result. No he didn't mean to break his neck, but he came real close..." -- John Tavolacci, Raleigh, N.C.
"People are saying the JFJ inaction will be his saviour. Well if JFJ has a master plan - I wish he would let us in on it" -- Adam Zita
"Since the Leafs saved around $250,000 trading Klee and getting Richardson they should spend that money on Steve Thomas and let him play the remaining 20 games. This would be a class act by the Leafs and Thomas can then Retire a Leaf as he has made it no secret that he would very much like to end his career in a Leaf uniform." -- Veronica Santaguida
"John Ferguson will not get serious and make any big moves. He doesn't have to. The sheep of the area are satisfied with the Maple Leafs." -- Roger Kniffen, Detroit area
"I have the perfect trade: Leafs for, say, Detroit. ... Golf Leafs Golf" -- Roger Wilcox, Toronto
"Can he put these guys out of business too?" -- Mark Freedman, Toronto