some trade news so far: well, interesting that a couple of the Hawks' minor-league deals involve former Bruins picks/players (Hannu Toivonen, Nick Boynton). and Chris Chelios officially getting signed to the Atlanta Thrashers at age 48? whoa. looks like he'll stay here with the Chicago Wolves (I've seen him in several games) unless they really need him. (I'd been wondering, with all the injuries the Red Wings had this year, if Detroit would ever be desperate enough to get him back for a few games.) obviously he's the oldest player in the NHL, and has the most penalty minutes of any active NHL player...because he's played more NHL seasons than many of my blog/Twitter hockey friends have been alive. and with Alexei Ponikarovsky going to Pittsburgh from Toronto...the Penguins have the only two Ukrainian-born players in the NHL that I know of (Ruslan Fedotenko is the other). (the Bruins' Johnny Boychuk has a name that looks Ukrainian to me, but he's from Canada.)
other news (not involving the horrible losses for the teams I follow tonight...): my first podcast appearance yesterday went reasonably well and I'll have a little post about it. I realized I might have to create a Facebook page so people can be "fans" of this blog, and get updates. and today I confirmed that in a week I'll be taking a friend to her first hockey game--my first time taking someone to their first game. (Calgary @ Detroit, so there'll be a few Olympians to point out...)
oh and if you like trendy Internet crap, I gave in and got a formspring account, where you can ask me questions (anonymously or not). from my Twitter followers who have them, I got the impression people just want to ask female hockey fans which players they'd have sex with. I seem to be immune to questions like that (relief? disappointment?). if you're bored, ask me things (not just about sports)!
(images above from Better Ice Hockey for Boys, 1965)