A Baum-shell for the Leafs and Sid's a little too touchy

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:24 AM ET

It's almost June and the NHL is everywhere -- on TV, on the ice, in court ... maybe even in Hamilton.

Even some Americans in Phoenix are paying attention.

Through it all, NHL bigwigs have earned a few kudos.

But, also, a d'oh or two.

KUDO: What sheer brilliance by the NHL to move up the start of the Stanley Cup final, so we didn't have to wait for a week in sweltering heat (okay, lukewarm heat) for the games to begin.

And imagine, weekend games on back-to-back nights to kick it off. Woo hoo!

D'OH: Bankruptcy judge Redfield T. Baum reschedules to June 9 a hearing into whether the Phoenix Coyotes franchise can be moved. That could steal the thunder from a potential Game 6 that night.

KUDO: Maple Leaf Short of Excitement Ltd. brass have been strangely quiet as Jim Balsillie tries to finagle his way into their territory.

This is a good option to take for Larry Tanenbaum et al.

Obviously, MLSEL isn't going to say it welcomes the competition of a team in Hamilton. However, publicly ripping RimJim's plan would be Coyote ugly and wouldn't gain MLSEL any sympathy.

But maybe the Leafs know something we don't. Maybe the "T" in Redfield T. Baum stands for "Tanen."

D'OH: A headline on Fark.com: "For all six of you hockey fans out there: Pens sweep the 'Canes. Oh, you were a 'Canes fan? For all five of you hockey fans left, Pens sweep the 'Canes.

KUDO: Hey, Colin Campbell, we haven't heard from you in days. Are you on vacation?

D'OH: Sid Crosby eschewed superstition and hoisted the Prince of Wales Trophy after the Penguins won the Eastern Conference final.

This could backfire on Snivelling Sid, already the reigning Prince of Wails.

Fragrant Fenway

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has been speculating that the NHL's next Winter Classic will be held at Fenway Park.

"Everything I have seen acts like, looks like and smells like it's going to be in Boston."

Thanks for the sniff test, Jeremy, but maybe it's just a bad batch of clam chowder.

No stoppin 'em

The city is planning to make Torontonians healthier by encouraging more bicycling.

There is actually some encouraging news in having cars and cyclists sharing the road.

For instance, it might speed up traffic flow if drivers, like cyclists, are allowed to treat stop signs as merely suggestions.

Say what?

"Going to the golf course is the most interesting thing I do. If I'm not doing that, I might just be walking around a mall and eating dinner by myself. I'm not that interesting."

-- The Atlanta Braves' Greg Norton tells MLB.com what he likes to do on off-days.

GARY.LOEWEN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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