Taken on a snooze cruise

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Early yesterday morning a gentleman apparently decided he'd run into the Marriott Chateau Champlain for a moment.

Dazed, confused and with his face surely aching, he then scrambled his way to the glass door.

Upon entering the lobby, he ran around until hotel security grabbed and contained him for his own safety.

Had spectators been allowed into the mind-numbing NHL's board of governors meetings that followed, they would have felt almost the same way.

Only their crazed hurry would have been to find the exit sign.

On a week that is guaranteed to cause some excitement for hockey fans with draft picks and trades, the governors meetings are flat-out tedium. Team representatives themselves were stunned that some 30 media members were hanging around to learn the news of the day when the five-plus -hour gathering of geeks had ended.

"Not overly eventful," commissioner Gary Bettman said in summing up the day's proceedings. "Lots of reports, lots of updates."

At least the air conditioning was working.

We would have gone nuts, too, if we had to stand outside waiting in that heat.

This and that

The biggest/sexiest NHL story that doesn't involve messed-up ownership situations in Phoenix and Tampa involves Dany Heatley, and where the trade demands of the disgruntled Senators sniper will take him. Heatley is said to have a list of approximately 10 teams to which he'd agree to go, but given that his problems in Ottawa are supposed to be with Cory Clouston, shouldn't he be interviewing coaches around the league before compiling such a list? What happens if the bench bosses in those cities are like Clouston in their crazy demands for player accountability? ... How many Schenns can you fit in an elevator? Counted six yesterday, when mom, dad, their two little girls and hockey-playing boys Luke and Brayden jammed into a hotel lift with their luggage. There wouldn't have even been room for a little Pierre Gauthier ... Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock won't be spending any more of his summer following the LPGA tour. His friend, Corina Kelepouris, has suffered a broken leg and will be off her spikes for at least eight weeks.

Nooks and crannies

Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin says the sale of the team to the Molson family is bittersweet for outgoing owner George Gillett. "Relieved that it's somewhat over ... at least the process of choosing the winner is over," said Boivin. "And happy, in a sense that it's back in the hands of the Molson family. We know them very well. Most of us have worked with them in the past. To see a family, that will have owned this incredible institution for three generations, in this day and age, when not a lot of things are long term, I think that's pretty comforting." ... An Edmonton hockey writer has been warned that new Oilers coach Pat Quinn is fond of using the phrase "Hudson Bay rules." Said the Toronto reporter who did the warning, "and to this day, we still don't know what Hudson Bay rules are." ... "I can tell you quite candidly I haven't gotten anywhere on this," Leafs GM Brian Burke said of attempts to move up in the draft. "But first off, I don't discourage very easily. Second, in hockey terms, it is early. I know to people watching on TV they'll say, 'Jesus Murphy, what's he talking about? It's (Wednesday) night.' But in hockey terms it's early yet. We're going to keep trying. We've thrown some things to people and we've got some meetings scheduled for (last night), and we're going to keep trying." ... Highlights of the post governors' meeting press conference: Bettman expects the cap to be near the same, or a little lower, as it was this past season. He also has no idea yet on where next year's draft will be held. See?


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