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NHL is already must-see TV

JODY VANCE -- 24 Hours Toronto

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

What a treat it is to already have more than a few interesting story lines to follow so early in this NHL season.

First and funniest, Eric Lindros and his new found anonymity in Texas. The Big E, who went from The Big Apple to The Big Smoke, has stood squarely in the centre of a very hot hockey spotlight for years. Oh how things have changed, as suddenly he is unable to get past security at American Airlines Centre. Seriously! Security couldn't be persuaded that the six-foot-four, 240-pound Lindros was in fact a player. After a couple of minutes of "honest, I'm a Star ... a Dallas Star." and presenting his ID -- nothing.

"Toto we aren't in Toronto anymore..."

Another chuckler was what happened in Rick DiPietro's first regular season start since signing his mammoth 15-year deal. Yanked after two periods thanx to six, yes six, goals in 40 minutes, all of a sudden he's an expensive bench accessory with serious job security.

How about Ed Belfour and Todd Bertuzzi? Both escaped south to Florida for a major change of scenery. Seems to be working for Bertuzzi so far, unfortunately the same can't be said for Belfour.

The Eagle was shelled and then grounded after his first start for the Panthers was a debacle. It might hurt him less as he has been freed from the fishbowl that is the NHL north of the 49th and he can now fly under the radar, so to speak.

The Chris Pronger watch is on in Anaheim -- will he make the Ducks a contender a la Edmonton? Roberto Luongo in Vancouver has the talent to give Vancouver fans hopes of a post season berth.

Just one week in and I'm hooked.

Save "Survivor" for the PVR -- this is must see reality TV if you ask me.

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Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.


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