Go ahead: buy your Patrick Marleau Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.
Let’s cut all the garbage: Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said last week that he wanted to add a first line winger with some muscle and scoring touch. This isn’t “moving heaven and earth” to get John Tavares . The draft was too big a puzzle to pull that off.
But throwing money at a guy? Burke can do that better than anybody and remember: for better or worse he usually does what he says he’ll do.
Penguins GM RAY SHERO resumed his normal routine this week after dealing last week with the death of his mother. He has about a six-week window to negotiate with any of the Penguins’ potential free agents.
A reminder: the free-agent season opens July 1.
They both want to play, Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price are quick to admit. But they know they’re nothing more than pawns in this game, their moves and futures ultimately dictated in the weeks ahead by Canadiens management.
“We’re both young and both want to play as much as we can,” Halak said. “And I’m sure management will do their best to make sure we do play.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have called a news conference for this afternoon to introduce Steve Yzerman as their new general manager.
Yzerman – one of many candidates rumoured to be in the running for the job – replaces Brian Lawton, who was fired last month. Yzerman worked for four seasons as Vice President and Alternate Governor for the Detroit Red Wings after retiring as a player in 2006.
Here is all you need to know about this exercise in tedium between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers:
Through the first four games, the most compelling narrative by far has been the saga of Pat Hickey’s Honda Accord, vandalized in Philadelphia even as it nears the 600,000-kilometre mark – presumably by one of those orange-shirted orangutans you see banging on the glass at the Wachovia Centre.