No empty-parking lot jokes. It's summer.
- The New York Times' SlapShot blog has Stu Hackel traveling forward one year in time, revealing the next twelve months will be chock-full of weighty hockey stories. Something to look forward to in February of 2009:
The Globe and Mail reports that Jim Balsillie is very close to buying the Florida Panthers to move them to Southern Ontario, but when he finds out he also must buy the BankAtlantic Center, the deal never materializes.
- Craig Custance of The Sporting News supplies us with this week's NHL Power Rankings. Prepare to agree with CC.
- Not to be outdone, The Hockey News rushes to press with their own.
Uh, oh. Looks like the pressure's beginning to mount among the collective in Rochester. And who can blame them?
Right around the same time that was published, this little piece appeared, and was further evidence for the above op/ed from the Democrat and Chronicle.
On Frozen Pond's GR updates his blog with a few pre-game notes from The House That Vanbiesbrouck Built.