Â• In a THN.com exclusive, I can report with absolute certainty that Kyle Calder’s helmet stinks just as terribly as any other player’s. Calder was kind enough to place it on my head after practice at the Air Canada Centre yesterday; it was a good-natured way of informing me he wanted to sit in his stall, which my posterior was occupying while I interviewed Sami Kapanen. Good to know the Flyers’ continuing woes haven’t sapped all the humor out of the team.
Â• With a surprising (at least, to me) 7-5-2 record, the Avalanche isn’t missing Rob Blake nearly as much as they thought they would. One of the main reasons for that is John-Michael Liles, who doesn’t have Blake’s size, but is tied for fifth in scoring (three goals and 12 points) among NHL blueliners.
Â• All those Leafs fans who wanted to make Hal Gill the latest lightning rod for their nearly 40 years (and counting) of frustration have been stymied by the friendly giant’s above-par play of late. The same can’t be said for Bryan McCabe, who continues to make two poor decisions for every appropriate one.
Â• Full marks to blogger Â“GustafssonÂ”, who studied a recent Prison Break episode and found a fascinating link to the hockey world. He discovered that, when lead character Michael Scofield checks another character’s cell phone address book, the names that pop up all have surnames of famous NHLers, including Weight, Kopitar, Ovechkin, Kotalik, Crosby and Staios. I knew there was a reason why I liked that show Â– besides the stunningly beautiful Sarah Wayne Callies, I mean.
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