Shhhhhhhhh ….

How quiet is it on the hockey beat on the first Sunday in August?

So quiet you can hear a boll weevil whizzing on cotton.

But in lieu of dwelling on that sleepy southern metaphor, take a stroll down memory lane at the Can

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Stevie: Y Mats should be sure

Steve Yzerman says players should think long and hard before hanging up their skates.

''If there's any doubt and guys aren't sure, I think they should be playing,''

Stop the press!

In an exclusive interview with Habs Inside/Out Stockholm bureau chief Bjorn Jesterdee, Mats Sundin promises a decision his future by Thanksgiving at the latest.

"And I mean Canadian Thanksgiving,"

Bulletin!

We interrupt regular Habs Inside/Out programming for news from Sweden, where H I/O special correspondent Hakan Weezin reports Mats Sundin will DEFINITELY make a decision about his hockey

The 2008 Boys of Summer

Less Leafs on HNIC?

How do you spell relief?

N-O-L-E-A-F-S

Better Saturdays may be in store for long-suffering Hockey Night in Canada viewers who yearn to see teams not wearing blue and white jerseys.

William

Bowman to Chicago

One of the most astute men in the history of hockey is bringing his smarts to the Windy City.

In another step in the ongoing revival of one of

Vermette signs

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports Antoine Vermette has signed a  two-year contract with the Senators: $2.525 million this season and $3 million in 2009-10.

They cut it  pretty

The plot thickens …

Please make this merry-go-round stop before we all hurl.

In the latest episode of As the Stomach Turns, J.P. Barry, Mats Sundin's 10-per-center, has told a Vancouver radio

Gainey drops a dime

RDS reports Bob Gainey phoned J.P. Barry, Mats Sundin's agent, on Tuesday.

While  the sports network did not reveal the substance of the conversation, a source in