The city of Toronto thinks it is the center of the hockey universe. Though that's no longer even close to true, annoyingly, they still believe it. So, trust me when I tell you it pains me to say it, but we need to pay attention to what's going on there.
The Maple Leafs, which are owned by a teachers' pension fund of all things, will be hiring a new GM soon. They plan to go after a big-name person, maybe someone who is already with another NHL team. The dominoes that fall from that hire will likely spread out in many directions as underlings, like coaches, are effected. One of those many directions the dominoes could spread in is Atlanta.
Or not, depending on who they pick. The waiting is maddening isn't it?
Meanwhile, here in Atlanta, the scouts are gathering to pound out the final list for the 2008 entry draft, in which the team holds two first-round picks. Just six more weeks until the draft in Ottawa. Not very much time at all.