HEADLINE: MARTIN BRODEUR'S SON WILL PLAY AHL GOAL.
HEAD-LINE: Jeremy Brodeur is 24 and last played in Knoxville of the Southern Pro League. Nobody expects him to be like his Hall of Fame dad but give him credit for taking on a mighty challenge. (His inspiration should be Johnny Bower who didn't star until he was almost 30.)
HEADLINE: PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS WANTS OUT OF COLUMBUS.
HEAD-LINE: The gifted center already has inspired much trade talk and -- in the end -- likely will be dealt. The question is why are solid players wanting out of the Blue Jackets? The easy answer would be the John Tortorella wears down his players. That hard answer is that Dubois wants a metropolis team, not Columbus.
HEADLINE: RED WINGS ARE COUNTING ON JON MERRILL
HEAD-LINE: As a New Jersey Devil, Merrill carried the "potential" label until it wore off. Yet, somehow he found his game in Vegas and could very well aid Detroit. If so, more power to a D-man who once looked lost and now has a club banking on his experience. Good for Jon and Stevie Y.
HEADLINE: NHL TEAMS WILL HAVE ADS ON HELMETS:
HEAD-LINE: Why the fuss? It's been the case in Europe where whole uniforms are filled with commercial stuff. It never kept fans away from games and won't either when it happens in the NHL.
HEADLINE: EVGENI SKATING ON 'NEW LOOK' LINE
HEAD-LINE: Bryan Rust and Jason Zucker are Malk's mates and loom as a solid trio. Trick here is where Malkin's head and legs are now that he's an NHL senior citizen. Right now it looks good 'cause the Pens are undefeated!
HEADLINE: MAT BARZAL HAS SIGNED WITH ISLES
HEAD-LINE: For weeks, if not months, fans of the Nassaumen have been worried sick that their dipsy-doodling favorite wouldn't sign back with his favorite club.
Skeptics mis-read Lou Lamoriello and Barzy. Lou comes through and Barzy -- apart from his good deal -- loves Long Island. It was a natural; especially with a new arena almost finished.