Signs of Hockey

First, old business:

The Dallas Stars are pretty funny (login info.). A lot of teams wouldn’t make fun of the NBA ref-gambling scandal. The Stars have no such qualms. And you know a sign is funny if Mark Cuban doesn’t complain about it.

New business:

Jay McKee is feeling good in St. Louis and his health is what’s going to make St. Louis more competitive this season. The Blues missed the playoffs by 15 points last season. If McKee had been healthy, it’s safe to say it would have been a smaller gap. With Paul Kariya, it’ll probably be even smaller. I’m not saying the Blues are playoff bound, but I think they might be out of their funk. Or closer to out of the funk anyway.

Jeremy Roenick to San Jose? Scott Burnside has the best take, calling it “peculiar at best for a team that has never done peculiar.” The thing I find most surprising is that Roenick has the potential to be a decent third or fourth line option, if for not other reason than his size. But he’s not a great face-off guy. He won less than half last season. So I’m not sure what his exact role will be for the Sharks. Besides being quotable. Maybe they need a big body to lose faceoffs, though.

Two questions: Is it me, or do Calgary’s new uniforms look a lot like the old ones? And is there a more honest NHLer than Saku Koivu?