Remembering the hockey world’s loss on 9/11…Jason Pominville ready for the upcoming season…Wondering which Lightning number will one day be retired…Brent Burns wins over Sharks fans…Debating a sophomore slump for Carolina’s Jeff Skinner.
PUCK DADDY: Sean Leahy remembers LA Kings scouts Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis, who perished aboard Flight 175 when it was crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center by terrorists on September 11, 2001, by republishing this story which appeared two years ago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ten years later, and I still cannot find the words to adequately describe my feelings about that day. All I can say is my thoughts are with the families of all those who perished on that day, and of those first responders and rescuers who continue to suffer from illnesses contracted from breathing the poisoned air around “Ground Zero” and the Pentagon on that day and the following days.
DIE BY THE BLADE: Zachary Zielonka reports Jason Pominville has recovered from a gruesome leg injury suffered during this past spring’s playoffs and should be ready for the start of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news for Pominville and the Sabres. They’re going to be an interesting team to watch given their new additions over the off-season.
RAW CHARGE: Clark J. Brooks asks, “Whose numbers (of the Lightning) will never be worn again”. Managing editor John Fontana believes it’ll be Cory Cross’ number, but not for anything Cross did.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Go read John’s response to find out why! Always the kidder…
FEAR THE FIN: ” Ivano O” reports new San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns endeared himself to local fans by recently inviting them on Twitter to join him for a bike ride.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burns had a reputation as a personable player with the fans when in Minnesota. Expect him to become a fan favorite in San Jose.
RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: offers up a debate on whether or not Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner suffers a sophomore slump.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Skinner won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year last season, so he’ll face considerable pressure to play as well, if not better, this season. He didn’t show any signs of dropoff in his performance in the second half of last season, which leads me to believe he’ll be in line for better this season.