Hey there. Happy Monday. The Stanley Cup final shifts to Boston for Game Three tonight, and Bucky Gleason is there. We'll start our look around the NHL with him ...
*His name has been added to New England's sports history book in the same chapter as Bucky &*%$*!# Dent and Aaron *&$^&*! Boone. Alex Burrows wasn't the most popular guy in a literal sense before the playoffs, which is to say many fans in Boston literally hadn't heard of him.
Burrows is the other forward with the Sedin Twins on the No. 1 line for the Canucks and needed only two games to become the No. 1 enemy in Bruins Nation. Burrows is the guy who bit Bruins center Patrice Bergeron's index finger in Game One of the Stanley Cup final before having the Bruins for dessert in Game Two.
*The Winnipeg Free Press reports that ownership of the city's new NHL franchise has offered the general manager position to Kevin Cheveldayoff. Cheveldayoff has held the position of assistant GM and senior director of hockey operations with the Chicago Blackhawks for two years and was part of that organization's Stanley Cup winning management team in 2009-10.
True North informed Atlanta GM Rick Dudley on Saturday that they had elected to not retain him as the new Winnipeg team's GM.
*Fans in Winnipeg are showing just how excited they are to have NHL hockey back, helping the club hit its goal of 13,000 season tickets sold in a matter of minutes.
*The most lucrative sponsorship deal in NHL history is in doubt after an Ontario judge ruled in favor of Labatt's claim that the league reneged on its agreement with the beer company. The Ontario Superior Court ruled Friday in favor of Labatt's, which claimed it already had a deal in place with the NHL before the league committed to a $375 million sponsorship agreement with archrival Molson Coors.
No matter how the court case ultimately turns out, Labatt and the Buffalo Sabres will remain a team, as we reported back when the Molson deal was announced.
*Local players, coaches and parents are bracing for a jarring change regarding the development of 11- to 12-year-old hockey players in the United States. USA Hockey will vote on a proposal banning bodychecking at the house and travel levels of Pee Wee hockey, effective for the 2011-12 season, during the organization's annual meetings this week in Colorado Springs.
*Thousands of people who use three city-owned ice rinks will experience improvements under new pacts that inked with three groups, including the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.
*The Washington Post reports times are tough. People are suffering. The world has many problems. “But we don’t gotta solve a single one of ’em tonight,” Kenny Chesney declared Saturday night at FedEx Field, on his triumphant return to the touring circuit.
(No, it's not hockey. But let me tell you, it was one heck of a show. Summer concert season is finally here. About time.)