Could be a Wild Three Days
On their own, none will shake the tectonic plates of our hockey-mad country.
But together? Man, that could be wild.
On Tuesday night, we'll find out whether the Vancouver Canucks can force a seventh and deciding game in their second round series with the Chicago Blackhawks, which would be on Thursday. At the same time, a city council meeting in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, could decide to wave buh-bye to the Coyotes and pave the way for the team to be relocated to Winnipeg.
On Wednesday night, the Montreal Canadiens will try to record their second upset of these Stanley Cup playoffs by knocking off the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 down in Pennsylvania.
So, at least in theory, by late Thursday night you could have both the Canadiens and the Canucks headed to the NHL's Final Four, and the Coyotes headed to Manitoba.
Talk about breaking news.
Out of all of these, none are necessarily a safe bet.
The Habs are underdogs on the road. Ditto for the Canucks if they can even make it to Game 7.
Finally, the NHL seems determined to do everything and anything humanly possible to keep the league's presence in Arizona, and you have to wonder if that might even include owning and operating the team for another season.
As of last night, it appeared talks between Ice Edge Holdings and Glendale had broken down, and Ice Edge is, we're led to believe, the last ownership candidate with an interest in keeping the team in the Phoenix area.
You have to feel for the taxpayers of Glendale. They got suckered into building this arena, and now, if they let the Coyotes go, they'll be left without a major tenant.
Then again, if they bend over and do what it takes to keep the team, they may be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars, and may end up getting sued by various texpayer groups.
Billionaire David Thomson, meanwhile, is apparently ready to stroke a cheque that would return the Coyotes to Winnipeg from whence they were lifted 14 years ago.
So none of this may happen, all of it could happen, or maybe one - Habs win, Canucks win, Winnipeg wins - could happen.
A wild three days ahead, indeed.