Things have been lagging a bit here, and there's a good reason: A member of the Mirtle clan has graced Toronto with his/her presence, and I'm playing host.
I've got a few ideas percolating, but until I can do them justice, they're on hold. Let's just say that this season has so far held quite a few surprises, not the least of which is Brett Hull's retirement announcement five games into the season.
Will he be the only old-timer who realizes they can't contribute in the new NHL® a year-and-a-half removed from 2003-04?
And how about Simon Gagne and Steve Sullivan, two sub-200 pounders, leading the league in scoring? Gagne in particular is getting a lot of face time on ESPN.com's mugshot wall.
Before Martin St. Louis did it in 2004, guess who the last Art Ross winner who weighed under 200 pounds was. Mouseover to the right for the answer: Wayne Gretzky (1994)
They've been saying it's not exactly a big man's game anymore, but the statistics will really tell the story. So far they have.
My NHL Centre Ice package will be hooked up this weekend (finally), so I imagine I'll be spending even more of my Tuesday nights watching Buffalo and Carolina beat up on each other. I can't wait.