+ The New Jersey Devils retired Scott Niedermayer's jersey number last week in a classy ceremony. Niedermayer won three Stanley Cup championships with them before leaving to join brother Rob in Anaheim and win the Cup together in 2007.
+ The latest HBO "24/7" series focusing on the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers should be as entertaining as last year's edition, which featured the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. But wouldn't it help promote the league to expand the participants beyond a select few Eastern teams?
+ The reaction in Winnipeg to Teemu Selanne's return there Saturday after a 15-year-absence was heartwarming. No one is likely to touch the rookie records of 76 goals and 132 points he set in 1992-93. Which is more remarkable: that he's still playing or that the NHL came back to the 'Peg?
- This could be a weekly note: What is going through the head of Montreal General Manager Pierre Gauthier? He fired Coach Jacques Martin on Saturday, and though Martin was hardly Mr. Excitement, he did what he could with a small team and weak defense that was built poorly by Gauthier.