Reflecting on Ron MacLean's Good Samaritan moment

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In case you missed yesterday’s news, CBC personality Ron MacLean helped save a man from drowning (our own Joe Yerdon shared his thoughts/jokes here). The initial mental image is a little misleading, or at least it was in my head, as I imagined some Superman scenario in which MacLean did it all by himself … on his lunch break or something. Instead, he was part of a group of people who retrieved a man (rumored to be attempting suicide) from the Delaware River.

Whatever way you slice it, the story is compelling and odd, but also with precedent.

Whenever I hear about a celebrity (or quasi-celebrity) saving a “normal” person’s life, I immediately think of the time former Terrell Owens agent Drew Rosenhaus saved a drowning boy at Disney World.

Rosenhaus, whose hardball negotiating tactics have made him perhaps the league’s most notorious agent, said he was at the Grand Floridian to visit clients and ran to help when he heard screaming after the boy was pulled from the pool.

“I dropped my phone, which is pretty rare,” joked Rosenhaus, who worked as a lifeguard as a youngster. “I was thrilled to help the boy. It was nice to be a good guy for once.”

These stories usually fill me with an odd mixture of conflicting emotions. After reading of these heroics, am I evil for mocking the world’s Rosenhaus types? Perhaps, instead, I’m evil for occasionally wondering if the story was fake altogether. Then I wonder if maybe the bad person mark is hit simply because I haven’t saved anyone’s life.

Hat’s off to MacLean, either way. It’s great to see a big fancy media type get his (or her) hands dirty when everything’s on the line. After all, does it get more “clutch” than helping to save someone’s life?

Another Sabre hurt: Gionta (lower body) day-to-day

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On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.

Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.

The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.

There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.

Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.

Blues put Berglund on LTIR, use savings to sign Gomez

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As was the case last season, Scott Gomez accepted a professional tryout offer because he went unsigned over the summer and once again he has used that opportunity to extend his career.

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed Gomez to a one-year contract. They didn’t disclose the financial terms, but it’s a two-way deal that comes with a base salary of $575K at the NHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

In order to free up the space necessary to sign him, St. Louis moved Patrik Berglund to the long-term injured reserve list. Berglund had shoulder surgery in August and isn’t expected to be available until January.

Gomez, 35, is coming off of a resurgence campaign where he recorded 34 points in 58 games on a Devils’ team that finished near the bottom of the pack offensively. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will be bringing more than a 1,000 games worth of NHL experience to St. Louis.

He’s not the only veteran forward to make the team off of a PTO as the Blues signed Scottie Upshall on Monday.