Let's deal with the Darcy Tucker stuff really quick.
Three years max. No "no movement" or "no trade" clause.
Pay him whatever salary works. The difference between $3 million and $3.5 million isn't going to significantly alter the club's salary cap situation. It's the term that could be the killer.
And the fact the club can even think about having John Ferguson do this without his own future nailed down just shows you why the 40th anniversary is around the corner.
Finally, no Tucker shouldn't have jumped Patrick Eaves. For those of you who think it was ok, don't whine and moan if, say, Chris Neil jumps Alex Steen.
'Nuff on Tucker. Now an apology.
This, you see, is going to seem like a promo for the NHL.
But mark down Oct. 26 as one of those rare nights on the calendar when each and every game has meaning and interest.
--Buffalo @ New York Islanders: The Sabres, as everybody knows, are trying to tie the league's all-time record for consecutive wins from the start of a season.
--Montreal @ Boston: Controversy over goaltending and Sergei Samsonov's status in Montreal. The Bruins, rebuilt again, have looked very mediocre and got smacked by the Sabres last time out. Still waiting to see Phil Kessel do something.
--Atlanta @ Philadelphia: Flyers play their first game under new coach John Stevens. In 10 games, Thrashers have lost once in regulation.
--Toronto @ Ottawa: Oh yeah, this one. Tucker at the centre of the storm. Leafs leaking defensively. Sens offence looking buff. Some good storylines.
--Florida @ New Jersey: Panthers goalie Ed Belfour looked a sprightly 35 in beating the Rangers on Wednesday. The Devils have wobbled early under new head coach Claude Julien. The new captain, Patrick Elias, has one goal and the club has surrendered 12 goals against in last two games.
--Carolina @ Tampa Bay: The last two Stanley Cup champs are both locked at .500. Somebody's going up or down in the Southeast tonight. Eric Staal tries to keep up with kid brother Jordan.
--San Jose @ Nashville: Sharks didn't look nearly as fearsome on the road in Motown Wednesday night. Since losing three straight to start the season, the Preds have their goals-against back under control and have accumulated nine of a possible 10 points in their last five games.
--Edmonton @ Phoenix: We're getting close to must-win territory for Gretzky and his charges. Oilers may have played their worst game of the season in Anaheim on Wednesday. Coyotes have given up more power plays than any other team. This one could get chippy.