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Proteau's Blog: End nearing for LeClair

• Penguins GM Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he expects a resolution to the John LeClair saga today. I've got my money on retirement, because no NHLer wants to go out on the suspended list.

• The Lightning are mired in a 1-5-1 tailspin and GM Jay Feaster has had just about enough.

“The burner knob is on hot right now and the water is boiling right over the side," he told the Tampa Tribune. "I know that there are some guys who don't want to leave this organization, but I have to listen to the team (based on their play), and I really believe that we are at the point where I think that's what they are telling me.”

Look for Feaster to deal away a couple of knobs – and stop imagining conversations with his players – before the end of January.

• Poor Wayne Gretzky. After his Coyotes gave up five goals to the offense-challenged Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, Gretzky was asked if there was anything he liked about the game.

“I liked that it was over,” he said.

Unfortunately, Phoenix still has 57 games that still aren't over.

• My favorite hard news headline in a while appeared with an Associated Press story that ran yesterday: Lettuce Implicated in Taco Bell Outbreak.

This brings about important questions, such as: Is there an outbreak of Taco Bell outlets, or just particular bean burrito combos? And has Lettuce been granted access to proper legal representation? You never can be sure these days.

• My favorite hard news headline of forever: Saying hips don't lie, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg endorses Shakira for best video. The benefits of civic governance hath no end…


My all time favorite headline was printed in the Hazleton (PA) Standard-Speaker sometime in the early 1980's....Turkey expels Greek diplomat

- Darren Russ



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