Former Sabres assistant Scott Arniel has been named the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Captain Rick Nash had 22 points on the power play last season and his numbers should improve with a special teams guru behind the bench. The Sabres power play really hasn’t been great since Arniel left for Manitoba in 2006.
If you’re looking for a local feel-good story, look no further than the MLB Draft. Yesterday, former Lockport High School and Pitt Panthers catcher Cory Brownsten was selected in the 15th round by the Atlanta Braves. Cory’s a friend so we wish him the best of luck.
The overnight ratings from when the NHL and NBA went head-to-head on network TV on Sunday are in. The spectacle of Lakers-Celtics hammered the NHL by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. I can’t wait to see how the NHL spins this trouncing.
We’re very excited about the World Cup here in the Roost, but I wouldn’t want to be in South Africa right now. While I’m sure these things “happen all the time,” I don’t see stampedes and robberies in hotels fitting into any of my immediate vacation plans. Besides, it looks like the TV coverage will be pretty good anyways.
There are some developments in the front office of the Coyotes once again as Ice Edge Holdings and the city of Glendale have agreed on a preliminary lease deal. Puck Daddy has the latest.
Tim Graham has a post up on his AFC East blog that’s worth checking out. Remember when Jim Kelly said teams should avoid quarterbacks from California like the plague? Yeah, well, following a thorough examination by the guys at Football Outsiders, it turns out Kelly has no idea what he’s talking about. And the general fan consensus is that we want this guy running the team after Ralph Wilson dies? Yikes.
Finally, there’s a nice piece by Alexander Wolff in this week’s upcoming Sports Illustrated about John Wooden. Many of us never had the privilege of seeing him coach, but there’s no question that Wooden’s legacy will endure for a long, long time to come. He gave so much to the game of basketball, yet I think that the life lessons he taught and personified are what he will truly be remembered for.