Wow. So Eric Lindros is about to become a Dallas Star (login info.).
You know. Unless he doesn’t.
He told the Dallas Morning News he wasn’t interested in money so much as he was interested in opportunity. In Dallas, he’d be the second line center. Elsewhere, say Edmonton for example, I imagine he’d be more of a third-line, shut-down center, filling in for Michael Peca.
Larry Brooks says the Kings are/were also in the hunt for Lindros (login info.).
I hope he lands in Dallas. I think he’d be a great addition to their second line. He makes a lot more sense than Patrik Stefan.
There. I said it.
Yesterday’s Times had an article about an extremely passionate Toronto Argonauts fan. There’s a great line in the article:
Once a diehard fan of the Maple Leafs and the Blue Jays, Bursey eventually soured on them. By the time the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball returned from their most recent work stoppages, she had lost interest.
“I started to ask myself, ‘How could anyone make that much money and not be satisfied?’” Bursey said. “I’d rather root for the Argos and other C.F.L. players because they are ordinary people earning ordinary salaries, and that makes them a lot more accessible.”
If the NHL really wants to make inroads against the other major sports (especially here in the US), they really have to start thinking like lower-tier leagues (no offense, CFL). It’s got to be about connecting fans and players, with as little interference between the two as possible. It seems the NHL is trying to figure out the best way to do that, but it remains to be seen if they’ll successfully execute. But the league needs to take a serious look at what’s going on in the CFL. How many NHLers do you think would hang out with fans after a game? It seems like a crazy idea because that’s the dynamic the league has created. But it’s not an impossible vibe to create. If the CFL can get Ricky Williams on board, I think the NHL can get everyone else on board.
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I’m not sure how I found this, but Fix the Logo is a site dedicated to getting the Buffalo Sabres to go back to their old crossed-swords logo. I also happen to be a bit uncomfortable with the new Sabres logo, which looks like the buffalo’s head is exploding out of its body. It’s like a Ted Nugent song.
Finally, check out Legends of Hockey, a blog featuring extensive biographies of retired NHLers. It’s a very cool site.