As you might’ve heard, the once-again extant NHL has reached an agreement with the Outdoor Life Network. Though claiming to now be known by the acronym OLN, the Comcast-owned channel is best known for its coverage of the Tour de France, along with BBQ cook-offs and “Survivor” re-runs.

I am hopeful that by appealing to the NHL Board Of Governors, along with the Truth In Advertising Council, steps will be taken to make certain the 2005-2006 NHL season will be played outdoors. For a league in dire need of a ratings boost, what could be more tantalizing for the casual fan than the possibility of Eric Lindros falling through the ice?