The long, strange march to the Summer Cup

In all the long and sometimes undignified history of Lord Stanley’s Cup, there has never been a more improbable march to the championship of the National Hockey League. From the “play-in” games in July to the two southernmost teams battling it out for the Cup in the league’s northernmost city in late September and finishing … Continue reading The long, strange march to the Summer Cup

The Monday Morning Quarterback on Patrick Laine, Victor Hedman, the Ex-Rays, the Impact and more!

So you want to see towering Patrick Laine in a Habs uniform? Really, really, really? Okay then, here’s what you do: Repeat after me, bridles &&&& gals: Patrick Laine. Patrick Laine. Patrick Laine. Say it often enough and perhaps the deal will happen. Much as I dislike these exercises in futility, where people work up … Continue reading The Monday Morning Quarterback on Patrick Laine, Victor Hedman, the Ex-Rays, the Impact and more!

The Bettman game – an 82-game season beginning in early January? Uh, no…

&&&&& here we are on the World Wide Web, blurs & gams, where the planet’s largest Girl Scout Bake Sale is underway 24/7 and it seems like everywhere you go, SOMEBODY is trying to sell you cookies. … Where were we? Ah, yes – Gary Bettman’s plan to start an 82-game NHL season somewhere between … Continue reading The Bettman game – an 82-game season beginning in early January? Uh, no…

On a long friendship between reader and writer, gone too soon…

When you’ve been writing newspaper columns for decades, you develop relationships with some of your readers. Not buddy-buddy have a beer every Thursday night, but friendships that transcend the years and even shift from platform to platform. When I was a full-time Gazette columnist, sometimes writing every day of the week, I had a long … Continue reading On a long friendship between reader and writer, gone too soon…