Friday, November 1, 2002
University of Colorado star tailback Chris Brown apparently has no plans to enter the NFL draft early. Buffaloes coach Gary Barnett and Brown's father, Levelle Brown, said there's little doubt Brown will play out his senior year with CU. "He went there to get an education and get a degree," Levelle Brown told The Denver Post from his home in Naperville, Ill. "There hasn't been any talk about him jumping ship."
In 3 1/2 years, Curt Fraser couldn't win with the team built by general manager Don Waddell. Now Waddell gets a chance. Fraser was fired Thursday as coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, who have the worst record in the NHL. He has been the only coach in the team's history.
Bertuzzi makes a (cheap)name for himself
Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi is making nearly $3 million this season and next, but he's getting the reputation of being a miser.
"He's so cheap he wanted me to pay for dinner," former teammate Jason Strudwick, now with the Chicago Blackhawks, told the Vancouver Sun. "He's got a lock on that wallet. ... He made me pay for the parking and everything."
Chimed in Canucks teammate Brendan Morrison: "Bert's wallet is like an onion. Any time he opens it, he starts crying."
Which begs the question: In hockey, is cheapskate one word or two?
A bobblehead doll is out of the question
It doesn't pay to procrastinate on Christmas shopping, even for one of the NHL's top 10 goal-scorers.
Olli Jokinen of the Florida Panthers reported last week that his wife, Katerina, wanted to pick up a few Olli jerseys as gifts for family members but was stunned to discover that Pantherland, the official team store, doesn't stock them.
"And it's not because they've run out," Jokinen told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, laughing. "They have almost every other jersey, but they didn't have mine.
"Obviously you score nine goals last year, I guess people who work there really didn't think people wanted my jersey. My wife was a little mad and left the store, but there's still a couple days before Christmas. I'll tell her to check again, and maybe they'll have some."
No word on whether Katerina scored on the rebound.
-- From wire reports