We all like looking at pandas and their mixed drinks, but sometimes you just have to move on and click various news items.
- Manny Legace has signed with our notorious enemies the Carolina Hurricanes. Cam Ward going down for "a month" has something to do with this. Would using Legace have been useful for the Thrashers? Probably not, given how Pavelec and Moose have performed, but I'm sure any lingering What If's will be answered by his play with the Canes. This is great news for the Thrashers, etc.
- Ilya Kovalchuk is still out. This, too, is great news for the Thrashers.
- It actually IS great news that the Thrashers' D can score so much, but sometimes I can't help but gaze wistfully out the window and remember the days when our forwards could score as well.
- The blogosphere got a big scoop yesterday when Puck Daddy reported that Alex Ovechkin would be out for awful lot longer than the Washington Capitals organization says he will be. The Caps organization is disputing the claim (made by Ovechkin himself in an interview with Dmitry Chesnokov), but some wonder if the Caps are simply in denial and/or want to conceal the nature of Ovie's injury from the public. A company wanting to control the free flow of information like this should be surprising, to some.
- People are FLIPPING OUT about the Red Wings' disappointing play this season.
- Hall of Fame stuff happens today. Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, Brian Leetch, and Lou Lamoriello. True fact: Luc Robitaille was a player in the very first hockey game I ever watched. This sort of thing makes sense, because it was a Los Angeles Kings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game. Yes sir, it was.
- Do you like shootouts, saloon girls, strange meetings aboard trains speeding through the desert? Then you'll love Chronicle Entertainment's forthcoming production, tentatively titled...well, we're not sure yet. We do know that autumn is the time of year when the big studios bring out their Oscar candidates, though, and this one is ours. I would describe it as a mix of John Ford and Howard Hawks and John Waters. Be ready.
- Also, remember: great big hockey sale over at Fire Wagon Hockey! Everything must go!