Better late than never, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke decided to add proven veteran goaltending to the combination of "pugnacity, testosterone and truculence" that he promised would the defining characteristics of the Leafs under his watch. The acquisition of former Conn Smythe Trophy winner and Stanley Cup champion Jean-Sebastien Giguere represents a huge upgrade over the decidedly pedestrian Vesa Toskala or Jonas Gustavsson, who may or may not require a triple bypass on any given day. Dion Phaneuf is a stud on the blue line, but considering that the Leafs gave up six players to get four, who's going to fill in the gaps? I say bring back Rocky Saganiuk and Walt Poddubny.
-When the Canadiens get the official prognosis on Mike Cammalleri, the best they can hope for is that their leading goal scorer's absence is measured in weeks rather than months. If it's as serious as it appeared to be when he went heavily and awkwardly into the boards in Ottawa, Cammalleri's injury will be every bit as detrimental to the Habs as the long-term loss of Andrei Markov earlier this season
-The Jarome Iginla-Sheldon Souray tilt that put the finishing touches on Iginla's Gordie Howe hat trick Saturday was a thing of beauty. Hockey fights are so much more gratifying when they involve legitimate hockey players instead of designated cementheads.
-Even before Tiger Woods retreated into a shameful if temporary obscurity, there was no disputing Roger Federer's distinction as the greatest champion of his generation. Federer's record 16th Grand Slam tennis title - a straight sets dismantling of Andy Murray at the Australian Open - was accomplished with the same combination of athletic transcendence and dignified character that separate him from the rest of the field in ANY sport.
-I didn't watch any of this year's "Hockey Day in Canada" cornball-a-thon on CBC, but I know from previous experience that a live hit with a volunteer ringette coach in Stratford, Ontario can be every bit as clumsy and uninformative as an interview with a zamboni driver in Nanaimo, BC. Ah, the ties that bind...