Mats Sundin isn’t wrong to wonder why divisional winners are automatically granted one of the top three seeds in the each conference, or whether that’s a fair system. It isn't. Divisional winners should be guaranteed a playoff spot, not a high seed. That said, two points to consider. Sundin’s Maple Leafs benefited from weird systems themselves in years past, making the playoffs as the fourth Norris Division team in the 1980s with point totals of 52 and 57. As well, the Southeast is a better division that some would think, with both the Central and Pacific sporting two doormats. . .Dale Hawerchuk never played a game in Phoenix and was gone from Winnipeg 17 years ago, yet they’re retiring his number in the desert. Nice gesture, but makes no real sense. Why not have a night for Lars-Erik Sjoberg or Joe Daley while they’re at it?. .Agree or disagree; Joey Graham is MLSE’s basketball version of Nik Antropov. . . .The Masters is still a few days away and already I feel like throwing up over the utter pomposity of the event. . .Roger Federer is suddenly showing some vulnerability. In case you didn’t notice, the great Swiss has been dispatched in two consecutive tournaments by Guillermo Canas, a former Canadian Open winner. . .The NHL’s silly way of dealing with injuries was exposed over the past few days by the way in which the New York Islanders were permitted to pretend to the hockey world that goalie Rick DiPietro didn’t have a concussion but now has post-concussion syndrome. The league’s pledge to be more forthcoming on injuries will be seen in due course as no improvement at all. What they don't understand is the "upper body" and "lower body" just makes a mockery of their own game . .Serge Savard tore a strip off Gary Bettman this week for his lack of leadership in dealing with the issue of fighting in hockey. “Bettman comes out this week and says fighting is part of the game,” said Savard. “Well that depends (on) what you want to do with your game. We’re the only sport that allows it.” Savard’s complaint was that the league was years behind in dealing with the problem of hooking and interfererence in the game, denying forever there was a problem, and now is doing the very same thing all over again with the hot button fighting issue. Hard to argue with that analysis. But who's Serge Savard, right? Or Ken Dryden. Or Mike Bossy. . .’Twas strange that the CFL called a 3 p.m. press conference on Wednesday to announce the hiring of Mark Cohon as its new commissioner. Was the league embarrassed? Did it not want people to notice?. . .We’ll see how forceful Cohon plans to be as a leader when faced with the first team charged with salary cap violations, particularly if that team is Montreal or B.C.. . .Having another Summit Series isn’t the worst idea, but it’s a notion from another time. Moreover, with the Olympics, world championships and world junior championships, not to mention the temporarily mothballed World Cup, there’s just no room for another international shinny event to have any meaning. . .It’s interesting that the NHLPA now seems quite content to let suspended Ted Saskin sit at home and go without any formal leadership while it sorts a few things out. This approach would have worked much better if applied at the end of the lockout before Saskin was quickly inserted into the job of executive director. . .Interesting to see the Pittsburgh Penguins referred to as the “Pengs” in the summaries of Canada’s national newspaper today. Never seen that before, sort of a cross between the “Pens” and the “’Peg”, once speculated upon as a possible home for that hockey club . .How awful have the Philadelphia Flyers been this season? The Phoenix Coyotes have been in freefall for a month and are still 10 points clear of the Broad St. Patsies. . .The best argument for the NHL not to expand its current playoff format is the race in the East Conference. Allowing more teams in would mean this amazing race wouldn’t be generating the attention it is because all the teams would have qualified. . .Jack Johnson played almost 19 minutes in his L.A. debut on Thursday against Vancouver, going a minus-1 with one shot while wearing No. 33. He was on the ice for two of the four Canucks goals, one shorthanded. He, rookie Anze Kopitar and forward Mike Cammalleri are decent building blocks for the Kings to work with. Goaltending remains the big problem . . Amazing news out of New York. Now that the Rangers are winning again, suddenly there are reports from certain quarters that the NHL game is at its best since the lockout. Funny how that works.