*In a bit of grammar/spelling nerd trivia in honor of the spelling bee, Miikka Kiprusoff is the second-most commonly misspelled name in sports with good reason. It’s a good thing he’s now retired, and his wickedly hard name to spell will recede from prominence.
*A peek into the post-career life of former Rangers goalie Mike Richter, who is a champion in the environmentalist community.
*A good take by Puck Daddy on a Boston Globe story that arrived weeks after the P.K. Subban racist tweet flap, and leaves more questions than answers despite some good intentions trying to debunk the entire scenario. The pieces written in the first couple of days afterward in other places did a good job of breaking it down. The bottom line was the same: some irresponsible reporting and tweeting blew things way out of proportion. I’m not sure it made much sense to revisit this, but that’s just one man’s opinion.
*Best of luck to Philadelphia Flyers chairman and tireless champion of hockey Ed Snider, who is battling cancer.
*Rangers GM Glen Sather was a workmanlike grinder as a player, and that kind of determination has helped him build a winner with the Blueshirts.
*Henrik Lundqvist and Martin St. Louis will get their chance at hockey immortality in the Stanley Cup Final.
*For something completely different: documented proof that 50 Cent tossed the worst “first pitch” of all time.