First and foremost, my sincerest condolences to Nick Foligno and his entire family after the passing of his mother, Janis (link). The link allows you to leave a message on the Sudbury Wolves page, the organization where Mike is coach and GM. Awful news for the entire hockey family and Nick will no doubt be playing with a heavy heart. It reminds all of us during a wild summer of Heatley talk that there is so much more to life than hockey. Our thoughts are with you, Nick and family!
On the business side of things, Off the Posts is noting that Director of Hockey Operations, Brent Flahr is on his way to Minnesota to join the Wild as Assistant GM. Let the rumours begin - does this open the door for Steve Yzerman to come to Ottawa? He's sitting in Detroit as Vice President of Hockey Operations and knows that Kenny Holland isn't going anywhere. Compare that to Ottawa where Bryan Murray is on the last year of his contract and it is widely speculated that he MUST make the playoffs this year. He and his nephew Timmy have their work cut out for them and perhaps Stevie Y recognizes this as his fast-track to a GM job. I'm officially starting the Yzerman to Ottawa as Director of Hockey Ops. It would at least cheer up the whole city, wouldn't it?
And finally, in news that I don't care much about, Brendan Bell is getting antsy in his pantsy. Look, reviews were mixed on his value to the team last year, but one thing is for certain - he's a 6th-7th defenceman at best and if he took a 2-way contract, I'd be happy to have him back. Otherwise, we're just too stacked with mediocre defencemen. I don't like Picard much, but he totally negates the need for Bell. At least now we're all coming to terms with this.
Thoughts on Yzerman?