Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 17th, 2014

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Had a good day yesterday? So did Holland! He signed a two year contract with the Leafs AND got a hole-in-one.

Peter Holland celebrated his new two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs by shooting a hole-in-one.

"Decent day," the centre tweeted along with a picture from the golf course. "Sign a new contract and dunk a hole-in-one!! No bounce, straight in."

Speaking of the Leafs, they are the only NHL team of Forbes Top 50 Most Valuable Sports Franchise.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were the only NHL team to make the cut at number 26 with a value of $1.15-billion. The Leafs have been the NHL’s most valuable franchise since 2005, despite missing the playoffs for nine straight years until they qualified in 2013.

A story came out on how likeable Eric Lindros was as a 19-year old (give it a read, it's got other interesting stories).

"Hey, Eric. How are things going? How's your dad?" I asked.

The response: "[Bleep] you. Just drop the [bleeping] puck already."

Lindros was apparently in a bad mood because he'd recently missed 12 games with a knee injury, the team was in a losing skid, and he'd had a tough game in New Jersey. This game was also played about a week after Lindros had to go to court in Toronto after the Koo Koo Bananas incident. You know what? Those were his problems, not mine. But we were about to have a mutual problem.

Right off the opening faceoff, Lindros bulled forward and drilled Nicholls under the chin with his stick. I ditched Lindros on a high-sticking penalty.

Before the game, I had brought a tube filled with posters to Flyers' equipment manager Jim "Turk" Evers. The posters, which depicted Recchi and Lindros, were to be autographed and then donated to a charity auction. I had done a similar thing in other cities, such as a Cam Neely and Ray Bourque poster in Boston, and a Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in Pittsburgh.

After the game, I want to Turk to collect the poster tube.

"Stewy, you're not going to like this," Evers said. "I don't have them."

"What do you mean you don't have them?" I asked.

"Well, Rex signed the posters but when Eric found out they were for you, he tore every one of them up. I'm sorry about that."

I never spoke to Eric Lindros again.

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