First, congratulations to Doug Armstrong, who is the St. Louis Blues' new vice president of player personnel. He will hold that title until 2010, when he assumes the general manager position with the Blues. Just talked to him a few minutes ago. As he said, he will be working with some greats up in St. Louis, including John Davidson, Al MacInnis and current general manager Larry Pleau. The Blues should be going nowhere but up from here on out, as they've got a great group of young guys and prospects taking them through the next few years.
Now, the sad news... Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luc Bourdon was killed in a motorcycle accident in New Brunswick today. He was just 21 years old. Bourdon played 27 games last season with the Canucks, who were pretty banged-up on the blue line if you recall. I'm going to get a little mushy here, so forgive me. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family. No one should be leaving us at age 21. And no parent should ever, ever have to watch their child go before them.