No idle boast: When he abandoned the Canadiens in the middle of a West Coast road trip in 2008, Grabovski complained about his ice time and said he was better than his Belarusian countrymen, Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn. He was right. Over the past four seasons, Grabovski has 79 goals and 186 points and is plus-17. Andrei Kostitsyn has 58 goals, 145 points and is minus-10, while younger brother Sergei has 53 goals, 127 points and is plus-18.
Were there any different Canadian markets you were exploring to promote NCAA College Hockey?
We have looked very seriously at playing in Toronto as they have expressed an interest in running a four team tournament there. We have also been contacted by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and they have asked about the possibility of bidding for the NCAA Championship – The Frozen Four – so yes, there is a lot of interest, certainly in the Toronto area to bring College Hockey in.
And in this season of hockey revival, where all should be smiles and chuckles, [Brian Burke] is becoming something of a local embarrassment
Asked Brian Burke whether he'd join twitter: "Amazingly, people in the organization are pushing me to tweet," Burke said. "Right now, I only tweet when I have beans for supper."
The NHL reviewed Dion Phaneuf's hit on Michael Ryan of Sabres and deemed it to be legal.
There was something honorable about this team, at least in how it approached its job — Pepe Lemieux excepted. During the Cup final, Lemieux, who often played two positions, right wing and prone, lay on the ice just feet from Montreal’s bench, writhing in an effort to draw a penalty. This was not viewed as a whatever-it-takes gambit, but some gamesmanship unworthy of the CH. As the trainer started to clamber over the boards to minister to Lemieux, Burns grabbed the trainer’s sweater and told him, "Let the SOB lie there."
"I think there’s got to be an argument (Carkner) is the toughest in the league, for sure" - Zenon Konopka, who has obviously been punched in the head too many times. If this quote doesn't warrant 15 minutes in the quiet room, I don't know what does.
On one of the days they were [in Afghanistan], Mr. Burke put down $800 on the counter of the Tim Hortons, a popular hang-out on the base. The coffee, Mr. Burke said, was on him and the staff should keep it coming.