It's lovely weather we're having here on the Pacific Coast, and the view from my room on the 23rd floor is absolutely stunning. This place may be super-expensive, but there's no doubt it is one of the best cities in all of North America. I love coming here.
Big news today is that Cory Stillman will make his return tomorrow against the Canucks. Stillman has been out for more than a month with post-concussion symptoms. Stillman was hurt Nov. 2 in Atlanta and returned against Detroit two weeks later only to be faced with some setbacks.
Just got word that Tanner Glass is the odd man out, sent back to Rochester to make room for Stillman on the roster.
PDeB says he's not going to rush Stillman, and says "we know he's been out a long time,'' and that "we don't expect him to play 19, 20 minutes tomorrow.'' Stillman will probably be on the one of the lower two lines to start, with PDeB saying he'll be part of the power play from the start.
-- PDeB also says that he put Kamil Kreps on the Stephen Weiss/Michael Frolik line last night because he thought Kreps "had a real jump" and that he added some good speed to that line. He says they're going to stay together tomorrow as well.
-- Word out of Canucks camp is that Roberto Luongo (don't know if you've heard of him) is still out with that groin injury suffered last month in Pittsburgh. Louie didn't go with the team to Edmonton (Canucks play Oil tonight) and one scribe says he'll be surprised if Louie is in the lineup by Christmas. That gives him plenty of time to do his shopping.
-- Oh, yeah, they don't call him Louie up here. It's now Bobby Lou.
-- Speaking of Luongo, special props to Hero of the Day Steve Gorten. While dropping off the rental car today in Calgary, he went inside the booth where a young lady was on her cellphone. She had left her baby on the counter in the car seat; the baby was about to fall to the ground when Steve reached out and made a great glove save. Or so it was explained to me by the very appreciative mother and the clerk. I was dismantling the XM radio at the time.
So kudos to Gorto, The Miami Herald's Hockey Hero of the Day*.
(*) We usually don't have a Hockey Hero of the Day, it's just something I came up with. Today.
-- Congrats to the Pahokee Blue Devils; they didn't win the Muck Bowl this year, but they won their third straight state championship today. Good for them, especially after the tragedy they suffered early in the year.