Check out the audiences in the NHL's big markets on Thursday night. There were 15,119 paying customers in Los Angeles, 9,078 in Chicago, 13,047 in Boston and 9,551 on Long Island. Just as discouraging were the 12,500 who showed up in Pittsburgh this week to watch Sidney Crosby play against the Florida Panthers. I'm sure they could draw that many in Kitchener. ... The Devils can't draw either, but they were the NHL's best home team going into play Friday night.
Just $16 million for Barry Bonds? Imagine what the figure would have been if any other teams were seriously bidding.
Not all franchises are equal. That's why NFL owners once again showed their smarts this week by putting up $300 million towards the construction of a new stadium in the Meadowlands for the Jets and Giants. That's called using money to make more money.
J.P. Riccardi came away empty handed from the winter meetings. But when he says the team might have got lucky by missing out on Gil Meche, he sounds right. Signing with K.C. is taking the money and letting somebody else worry about winning.
I'm loving this movement to vote Vancouver journeyman defenceman Rory Fitzpatrick into the NHL all-star game. That's no more ridiculous than Bryan McCabe leading the Eastern Conference in voting.
Nice of him to give it a whirl, but Bryant Gumble is officially the worst play-by-play man in sports. It's not even close.
Don't know about you, but I didn't know T.O.'s middle name was Eldorado.
Blues defenceman Dennis Wideman is officially the NHL's dummy of the week. With Curtis Sanford out already, Wideman ripped a shot off the mask of Manny Legace in practice this week. Now Legace's out for at least a week and the Blues had to use Jason Bacashihua in Detroit Thursday night. Man, Mike Kitchen just doesn't deserve this.
Don't look know, but the Chicago Bulls are scoring points again, averaging more than 100 per game for the first time in a decade.
After playing 19 games without Martin Havlat, the Hawks hoped to have him back for Saturday's game in Minnesota.
After choking away a third period lead to lose to Atlanta on Tuesday, the Maple Leafs sure had to feel good about watching those same Thrashers get crushed 8-0 by Tampa Bay on Thursday, particularly with the Bolts in town on Tuesday.