Of all the trade chatter going on over the weekend, the most intriguing nugget revolved around a possible marriage between Chris Pronger and the Boston Bruins.
Word out of Boston several days ago, linked the Bruins as potential suitors for Pronger, with Phil Kessel's name mentioned as a candidate to go to Anaheim as part of the return package.
Since that time, reports have suggested talks between the two sides may have cooled.
Whatever fate awaits Pronger, any trade that would send the former Hart Trophy winner to Boston is among the top deals we'd like to see completed.
If you really love the sport, wouldn't you want to witness the spectacle of Pronger and Zdeno Chara playing together on defence?
Pronger is 6-foot-6. Chara is 6-foot-8. Put them together, and you have 158 inches of the most intimidating defensive pairing the NHL may ever have seen.
Not since Larry Robinson and Gilles Lupien manned the blue line for the Montreal Canadiens would there have been such a towering duo on defence.
Eastern Conference rivals Montreal and Washington play a more finesse game and would find it difficult to deal with the combined muscle provided by Chara and Pronger, especially in a playoff series.
Pronger, still, might end up in St. Louis. He might not even be traded until the summer.
Whatever the case, a union between he and Chara would be an interesting sight indeed.
Pronger, the Florida Panthers' Jay Bouwmeester and the Maple Leafs' Tomas Kaberle are the three blue-chip blue liners that would fetch the best return on the open market, although there is no guarantee any or all will move by the Wednesday trade deadline.
Pascal Leclaire's admission yesterday that his surgically repaired ankle is healing on schedule must come as music to the ears of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
While Leclaire still has rehab work to do, his improvement makes him a more viable option to be traded.
Word out of Columbus suggests the Senators and Maple Leafs are among the teams that might be in the market for a goaltender. Leclaire's history of injury, however, might scare off interested parties.
NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell is scheduled to conduct a hearing today with Dallas Stars superpest Steve Ott, who has been suspended indefinitely for reportedly gouging the eye of Anaheim forward Travis Moen during the Ducks'4-3 victory in Dallas on Saturday afternoon.
Ott was slapped with a match penalty for attempting to injure during an altercation after the final buzzer had sounded.
TALE OF TWO GOALIES
While the remarkable Martin Brodeur was recording his 100th career shutout yesterday in a 3-0 New Jersey Devils victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Clemmensen was back in the lineup of the American Hockey League's Lowell Devils.
Clemmensen, sent to the farm last week when Brodeur was activated from the injured reserve list, was the game's third star in a 3-2 Lowell victory over Springfield Friday.
It was Clemmensen's first game back in the AHL since leading New Jersey to top spot in the Atlantic Division during Brodeur's 50-game absence.
"The strangest part is practising against different guys," Clemmensen said in a phone interview. "In New Jersey, I made it a point in practice to try to stop guys like Patrik Elias on every shot. You get used to working out with NHLers.
"I'm disappointed, but not bitter."
Clemmensen was the odd man out in New Jersey because Kevin Weekes, the team's other backup, has waiver issues if the Devils attempt to send him down.
How did the Detroit Red Wings respond to general manager Ken Hollard's claim that the team is not in the market for a goalie by the trade deadline? By getting drubbed 8-0 by the offensively challenged Nashville Predators on Saturday.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Doctors will continue to monitor the status of Oilers captain Ethan Moreau in the coming days. Moreau was hit in the eye by the stick of Minnesota Wild forward Antti Miettinen in the third period Saturday night. Moreau was resting at home yesterday. One reason for optimism: Moreau did not require surgery ... Brodeur can pull to within two of Terry Sawchuk's shutout record of 103 when his Devils visit the Maple Leafs tomorrow.