(Philly’s Simon Gagne makes Verne proud, putting one past New York’s Kevin Weekes during Wednesday night’s first period).

Sports Illustated’s pre-season rankings of the NHL’s 30 clubs saw the New York Rangers ensconsed at no. 30, the Forsberg fortified Flyers at no. 2.

Clearly, Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka and the New York Rangers haven’t renewed their subscriptions to Sports Illustrated.

Or perhaps they have, and just possess a thick enough skin to ignore such gloomy predictions and render my flimsy point irrelevent.

Eric Lindros scored a goal in Toronto’s 3-2 opening night shootout loss to Ottawa, but more importantly, suffered no concussions. It’s early, give him time.