Gary's brew tough to take

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

There's a beer commercial appearing during Stanley Cup games that touts the "drinkability" of the beverage.

I'll toast to that.

After all, don't you just hate it when you buy a drink that you can't drink?

I have found that most brews are drinkable.

Then again, I've been sipping Gary Bettman's Kool-Aid -- you know, that stuff about financial viability and how he likes all 30 NHL franchises exactly where they are.

SCARECROW BETTMAN

Paul Kelly, the executive director of the NHLPA, says that if the league decides to move a franchise, it strongly should consider southern Ontario as a new home.

"It's a no-brainer to consider the placement of another team either in Toronto or southern Ontario," Kelly said on Hockey Central At Noon on The Fan.

Replied commentator Nick Kypreos: "If Gary (Bettman) doesn't consider it, he has got no brain. That's what you're telling us, right? It's a no-brainer. Gary, you have no brain."

But he has lots of heart and courage, right? Right?

FED-EX

Looking like the Sergei Fedorov of years gone by, the Capitals centre snapped a hard, well-placed drive past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to wrap up the playoff series for Washington.

Once an offensive machine, Fedorov, 39, doesn't score much anymore.

But his game-winning goal was mindful of this line from a country song: "I ain't as good as I once was. But I'm as good, once, as I ever was."

Tell that to Anna Kournikova.

BRASHEAR MADNESS

A final note on Donald Brashear's six-game suspension.

Back in the day when the talented goon Chris Pronger was getting routinely suspended, there was a theory that a playoff game was worth two, maybe three, regular-season games.

This was seen as justification for being lenient on Pronger for his springtime fouls.

So, was Capitals winger Brashear's foul on Blair Betts worth the equivalent of a 12- to 18-game suspension?

Brashear would have been better off removing a glove and taking a swing at Betts instead of hitting him with a shoulder.

Thus, just a fighting major.

It is the NHL, after all.

TEMPERATURE RISIN'

Curious to see if Toronto sports fans are over their Maple Leafs lethargy and willing to embrace baseball, and actually go to games.

The winning Jays begin a home stand tonight.

Forget the swine flu, do you have Blue Jays fever?

OLYMPIC JUSTICE

This just in: Because of advances in drug-testing technology, the winners at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver will be able to pick up their medals in 2016.


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