* If, as advertised, Jonathan Quick played hurt through the last two playoff rounds, it only goes to prove how heroic hockey players can be when the chips are down.

* Ditto for the facing-surgery Sidney Crosby who never let on how he was hurting during the Penguins ill-fated treadmill to playoff oblivion.

* Dany Heatley's bounce-back with Anaheim is proof-positive that in the current players' market virtually anything is possible when it comes to finding a job.

* Bob Murray's gamble is a long-shot but now it's Heatley's challenge proving that he can keep up in an ever-faster NHL.

* Hey, long-shots sometimes win races; which makes one wonder precisely which general manager's ear Martin Brodeur has listening.

* Since Heatley is getting a-mil-a-year, you have to figure that the g.m. -- if there is such a person -- to sign Brodeur will cough up twice as much.

* All things considered a one-year, $2 million deal for Marty who'll play no more than 30 games is bordering on being a steal.

* The Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane signings ensure that Chicago will remain a hot hockey town for the next decade.

* Don't know about you but I can't figure that Evander Kane and his huffy-miffy act in Winnipeg.

* Who does he think he is -- Patrick Kane?

* That said, I believe that goaltending may -- that is, MAY -- soon become a Windy City issue and that ain't hot air either.

* The guy who wrote that Ray Emery's re-signing in Philly "solves" the Flyers netminding situation for the new season must not have seen Emery blowing playoff games to the Rangers in April.