You wonder why some CIS freshman is taking human growth hormone. You wonder why anyone would think the Tomas Kaberle story is going to just go away now because the veteran defenceman wants it to. You wonder if this is the year the Lions (York or Detroit) don't completely stink.
You also wonder:
--If there's still a chance the Bettman administration will take action against the New Jersey Devils for trying to circumvent the league's salary cap. The fact the league got a CBA concession from the union and now wants to put the entire issue of so-called "back-diving" contracts to be makes you think that the Devils will get away with this one. Then again, the fact the Leafs got fined a half-million bucks and docked a fourth rounder for screwing around with Jonas Frogren's contract - Jonas Frogren!! - makes you think they won't let the Devils walk.
The board of governors meets on the 14th of this month. The commish has until the 17th to announce any team discipline on this.
--If there's any real chance the NHLPA will do the right thing and release the results of their investigation into last year's disgraceful firing of Paul Kelly. These guys have become more secretive than The Vatican. But as long as there's any suggestion that Donald Fehr was in any way involved in the back rooms, it behooves the union to make it clear exactly what Fehr did or did not have to do with Kelly's ouster before hiring him as the NHLPA's new executive director (while he writes a book on baseball, of course.)
--If the good people of Quebec City understand it is pure folly to build a new arena in hopes that the NHL will someday give the city a franchise.
Without some sort of guarantee or semi-guarantee from the league, building a rink just sets up Quebec City to be more leverage existing NHL owners can use against their cities when it comes time to negotiate a new lease or force it to commit taxpayer dollars towards a new arena.
This is what happened to Hamilton. It certainly worked that way for Kansas City when the Pittsburgh Penguins wanted a new arena.
Everybody wants another team in Canada. It would be terrific to see the Nordiques live again. But doing it this way just sets up Quebec City to get used.