By Mary Paoletti
PITTSFORD -- Shawne Merriman is denying reports he was in possession of Zdeno Chara at the U.S.Canada border just before training camp. Merriman on Thursday acknowledged he was stopped at the border coming from Canada before camp, but said there was no issue with the crossing.
"No problem," he said. "They just wanted to go through all my stuff."
Asked if he had weapons in his possession, the Bills linebacker said, "No, un-uh. I had stuff coming to camp. They went through all my suitcases, and that was it."
Rumors about Merriman being stopped at the border with Chara, a known menace, circulated among Buffalo governmental offices for weeks; they hit the Internet Wednesday.
Chara is believed to be dangerously tall and armed with a long composite stick (even more deadly when broken) and at least two hands.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having never said “break a leg” for good luck to fellow Stoneham, Mass., native Nancy Kerrigan on social media, or otherwise.
*A brief video history of Sidney Crosby spearing, or otherwise targeting, opponents in the crotches prepared with care and thought by the Puck Daddy himself, Greg Wyshynski.
*Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts for the week and a few of them centered around new Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.
*Could the NBA’s star-resting phenomenon reach into the NHL when it comes to getting in-season time off for the superstars?
*Give the Leafs credit because they picked up coach Mike Babcock when he made a rare screw-up against the Blue Jackets.
*Check out the sick USA/Russia skating kicks on Alex Ovechkin, who had them custom made for a charity event.
*Speaking of Ovechkin, could T.J. Oshie and not Ovechkin actually lead the Capitals in scoring this season?
*For something completely different: Hide the women and children, the Scorpions and Megadeath are going on a North American tour together.