Happy Tuesday. Guess what? It's still cold and rainy. That's almost as much of a shock as Winnipeg being included in NHL relocation rumors, so that's where we'll start ...
*Word is out that True North Sports and Entertainment is in negotiations with Atlanta Spirit to buy and relocate the Atlanta Thrashers for the coming 2011-12 season, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. The talks are not preliminary and the Free Press has learned the NHL is working on two schedule drafts for next season -- one with Winnipeg and another with Atlanta.
*The initial thought of Winnipeg Free Press columnist Doug Brown when he heard that the Coyotes bailout had suddenly transitioned to the Atlanta Thrashers clearing house sweepstakes was whether Winnipeg residents should brace themselves and start digging fox holes before the next volley of insolent player remarks start raining down on them again.
(I don't know if Thrashers players will say anything negative, but a few writers might. Trading Atlanta for Winnipeg? That's almost as lopsided as Stephane Beauregard for Dominik Hasek, especially for a guy who used to work in Georgia. Oh well. On the bright side, Buffalo will move up the list of least-appealing NHL road cities to visit, behind Newark, Detroit and Winnipeg.)
*Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Mark Bradley asks, Does this franchise merit saving? "They’ve had 11 seasons, three more than the Flames did. They set up shop in a new arena and rode a wave of good will. They capitalized on none of it. If/when they leave, it won’t be because Atlanta failed the Thrashers. It will be because the Thrashers failed Atlanta."
*There is no definitive word on whether Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will play at all during the Eastern Conference final against the Lightning, let alone dress for tonight’s Game Two.
*Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times writes that Dwayne Roloson's eight straight playoff victories tie him with Hall of Famer Jacques Plante, who did it in 1969 with the Blues, for most by a goalie 40 or older. Roloson needs two more wins, not necessarily in a row, to tie former Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek for most in a playoff season by those goalies of a certain age.
Roloson, 41, can pass Plante tonight against the Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference final at TD Garden.
*The Calgary Flames have dropped the interim tag from general manager Jay Feaster's title, and they signed forward Curtis Glencross to a four-year, $10.2 million deal.
*One of my favorite Buffalo News co-workers of all time -- heck, one of my favorite people of all time -- has made her debut at BuffaloGolfer.com. Maybe someday the weather will be nice, Miss Taylor Van Ness.