Two Hot Mega Rumors
Hottest rumor around the All-Star break had the Ducks dishing Corey Perry to Vancouver for former Boston College goalie Cory Schneider, Mason Raymond, and the vastly overpaid Keith Ballard. Another one had the Bruins dishing Tim Thomas to Chicago. Perhaps that could be the University of Vermont special, with the Bruins sending their ex-Catamount to the Hawks for former Catamount Viktor Stalberg . . .
Two team executives I spoke with last week said they would have mandated that Thomas appear at the White House with the Bruins, defining it as a team meeting. One said he would not be surprised to see the Bruins cut him free this summer in the two-week buyout period leading to July 1 free agency . . . A better idea for the All-Star Game: Award it to the city that wins the Stanley Cup. On All-Star weekend the following season, bring in the game’s best for a skills competition and fanfest. As for the game, stage it outdoors, pitting the previous season’s Stanley Cup finalists against each other in a regular-season game. That Boston-Vancouver matchup of Jan. 7 would have played well in front of 35,000 at Fenway Park and a national TV audience . . . Entering the All-Star break, four of the eight teams in the East holding playoff berths had allowed more goals than they had scored. Negative offense. A novel way to pick up points in the standings . . . Tim Thomas and President Obama, linked forever, each having orchestrated epic bailouts.