Peter Forsberg and Chris Chelios are not even in Canada right now, yet they somehow had tongues wagging at the NHL's general manager's meetings in Toronto yesterday.
Are both these greybeards heading for a possible return to the league?
In the case of Chelios, Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney plans on travelling to San Antonio Friday to scout the 47-year-old defenceman, who will be lining up with the Chicago Wolves.
"He's there, he's savvy and he's in great shape," Maloney said. "(But) I don't know. The pace of the NHL game is so quick."
The Coyotes have not talked with Chelios yet.
"We haven't spoken," Maloney said. "He's just another name, a right-handed shooting defenceman, (so we're) saying: 'OK, let's talk about it.'
"A week ago we were in pretty good shape health-wise. A week later you have two of your top six down."
The Coyotes have lost defencemen Ed Jovanovski and Zbynek Michalek to injuries recently.
Forsberg, meanwhile, has no shortage of potential suitors.
Don Baizley, Forsberg's agent, spoke to his client yesterday but said no decision has been made concerning a return to the NHL.
Forsberg is expected to make up his mind by the end of the week. The Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers are among the handful of NHL teams interested in the 36-year-old free agent.
"I've made it known before: who wouldn't be interested in a healthy Peter Forsberg?" Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said.
"I don't know that he's healthy (though). I know he played (with) those guys over there. We had a couple guys there watching."
A number of NHL scouts were on hand to see Forsberg play three games for Sweden at the Karjala Cup over the weekend. Forsberg has suffered through ankle/foot problems for several years.
With recent injuries to players like the Florida Panthers' David Booth and the Rangers' Chris Drury, head shots will be a heated topic among the general managers during today's final session.
Jim Rutherford of the Hurricanes and Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings are intrigued by the concept of "line of vision," meaning blindside hits -- even those considered legal under today's rules -- would be no-nos.
"Is a player in a vulnerable position or is he not?" Rutherford said. "The referees and the league make those determinations. But clearly some of these are blindsided hits where a player doesn't have a chance to protect himself.
"Maybe the criteria needs to be altered."
The league has been proactive on this subject.
While Colin Campbell admitted it's unlikely any substantial changes will come out of today's meeting, he said an independent study conducted by doctors has examined every hit in the league to determine a connection with concussions.
"It's too early to tell the results," Campbell said. "It's an ongoing process."
While there was some debate over the issue at yesterday's meeting, the rule forbidding goalies from touching the puck inside the trapezoids, behind the nets, will remain as is.
"Before we put it in, it was like a tennis match with guys dumping pucks in and goalies dumping it back out," Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said. "By keeping the rule we are encouraging battles in the corners and along the boards."
The NHL is considering entering into negotiations with the city of Glendale to re-jig it's 30-year lease with the Coyotes. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly admitted the current lease is an obstacle in the league's efforts to find a potential buyer.