* The two most underrated defensemen in the NHL -- by far -- are Francois Beauchemin and Andy Greene.

* How the U.S. Olympic hockey pooh-bahs could omit Greene from consideration for a roster spot is the definition of management astigmatism.

* I'm hoping that Jay Feaster lands a job in a hurry. He did a much better job in Calgary then he got credited for but everyone knew that once Brian Burke moved in, Feaster would be out.

* Speaking of the Lords of Hockey, how come the Oilers front office wasn't vacuumed by now. Talk about an underachieving team, what about the leaders who continually hire coaches and general managers who fail?

* Isn't time some NHL got around to giving Mark Messier a significant leadership role?

* One upcoming UFA I'd love to have on my team is Paul Stastny, a chip off his Hall of Fame father's block.

* I don't know about you but I found the funniest story of the last week that line brawl between the women's teams representing Canada and Uncle Sam in the Olympics.

* I said a sad good-bye to Teemu Selanne last night. He's right up there on my list of superstars who have been super-people throughout their careers. Gordie Howe is the undisputed champ.

* How do you explain this; on Saturday night the Oilers thoroughly outplayed St.Louis in Edmonton and got nothing on the scoreboard. The game ended Blues 6, Oilers, 0. How can that happen? How does Coach Eakins allow a team to crumble so easily?

* Ryan Getzlaf is scary just standing at the face-off circle doing nothing. However, once the puck is dropped he does a lot.

* The Senators are impossible to figure. On paper they seem to have a solid nucleus with established vets such as Chris Phillips and Jason Spezza. The goaltending is good enough and reliable toughies such as Chris Neil still can play. Yet, they appear to be in free fall.

* David Clarkson is not being paid to be a flub.

* My buddy Travis Green has done a terrific job turning around the Utica Comets. In the process the new AHL club has won the hearts of Upstate New York hockey fans.

* Say what you will but more and more NHL cities are clamoring for outdoor games. Credit Bettman, Inc. for turning this one-shot gimmick into an annual cash cow.

* I still can't figure why Bobby Orr only mentioned his onetime journalist-buddy Joe (Boston Herald) Fitzgerald just once in Number Four's book. Joe was Bobby's Boswell.

* You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of NHLers who can deliver a clean, old-time hip check.