Crazy Gary’s hockey league

He’s got owners under indictment.

He’s got a TV deal with a U.S. cable network that no one watches.

He’s got fading defencemen signed to six-year contracts, 14-goal scorers making $4 million a season and goaltenders going

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How bad is Paul Mara?

One goal, 16 assists, plus-1 on the season, an average of 18 minutes a game.

Not Nicklas Lidstrom, but Paul Mara wasn't totally horsebleep.

Or was he?

Mara, 27, has

Rudyard Kipling on hockey

If you can keep your head while all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on Lowe ... you'll be a man in the treacherous world of salary

Halak signs

Two years, a cap-friendly $1.55 million. Halak made $500,000 last season.

Total salary, excluding bonuses, of Montreal Canadiens goaltenders this season: $1.6 million

Total salary of Chicago goalies: $12

Sundin strikes back

Eschewing phone calls or e-mails, Mats Sundin prepares a unique way of conveying his decision on where to play this year.

(Actually, it's Sundin performing in The Nutcracker ...

Potential to the Max

 In his Gazette column, Pat Hickey writes that Max Pacioretty is getting very close to turning pro.

Marc-Antoine Godin of La Presse concurs.

Also in La Presse,

Young Americans

The Canadiens' most recent first-round draft choices looked impressive on the ice at development camp and sounded impressive when today's opening session concluded.

They're all at midwestern universities: Ryan

Carbo on Tanguay, Laraque, Sundin

Guy Carbonneau called the acquisition of Alex Tanguay a "Christmas present that came before July 1."

"He may have had some difficulties last season," the coach added, "But his

The kids are alright

Best place to be on a 30-plus degree scorcher in July?

A hockey rink. It  was cucumber cool at the Centre Sportif Candiac – les 2 Glaces this afternoon

Market watch

RFA Matt Stajan stays with the Leafs: two years, $3.5 million.

The Leafs' second-round pick in 2002 scored 16 goals, 17 assists while making $950,000 last season.