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Orange Oversight

Uscorange_2The BCS national championship may not mean a whole hill of beans to hockey fans north of Minnesota.

But, in the immortal words of Frank Drebin of Police Squad: This is our hill. And these are our beans.

Seems someone in the NHL scheduling office forgot that our collegiate national football championship will be held on Jan. 8 at Miami Gardens Stadium. The, presumably but not assuredly, two best teams in college football will square off in our little corner of the world that night.

Kuorange As it stands right now, your Florida Panthers will be playing host to Carolina at about the same time as the two college teams are warming up just a few miles away in Miami-Dade County.

I think it's a safe bet that the Panthers move up their game with Carolina, perhaps with a 5 p.m. start. The Panthers are not going to win a head-to-head contest with the BCS championship, not in the TV ratings nor at the turnstile. Of course, the Panthers could gamble and keep the game at 7, knowing that Fox's pregame show probably won't end until 10 and kickoff won't commence until the hockey game is long over.

And believe it or not, they may decide the risk is worth the reward. No one wants an early start time for a hockey game on a Thursday. Truth is, the Panthers are in a no-win situation as far as this game goes.

Moving the game up a day is not an option either; the Panthers visit the Toronto Van Ryns on Tuesday.


-- The LA Kings, in a move that smacks of trying to reach the salary cap floor, gives Jarrett Stoll a big honkin' contract, four years for $14.4 mil. Stoll is a good player, I can't deny that, but this is a huge deal Rachelhunter for what he's done so far. Of course, the Kings could figure that by signing him long-term means more visits to Staples by Stacy's Mom -- AKA, Jarret's fiance Rachel Hunter.

You know what?

Good move Los Angeles.

-- Vancouver to honor Trevor Linden, retiring his jersey and everything.

-- Dougie Mac is back. Doug MacLean, who apparently used to coach the Panthers, will be part of Rogers Sportsnet's new Hockeycentral Tonight. New show kicks off Sept. 22, and since I'll be in Canada with the Panthers, I will be sure to check it out. Doug is a fun guy with a lot of opinions. He's a natural for one of these gigs.

"After 22 years in the NHL, this is a challenging new role," said MacLean. "Analyzing hockey. It doesn’t get any better."

Rachelhunter2 -- Jarret Stoll would probably disagree.

-- The new Russian Super League, the KHL, says the NHL is poaching its players after the LA Kings -- and Rachel Hunter -- signed two of their draft picks. the KHL says Vjateslav Voinov and Andrei Loktionov -- both selected a few months ago by the Kings -- are under contract to KHL teams.