You have to give the Stanley Cup Finals this: there is no shortage of drama.
From "biting" fingers to one-goal contests, goalie critiques to the latest: parade planning.
Word started spreading late Sunday and into Monday that Vancouver was beginning the process of planning a parade for the Canucks. This seems to happen every year in every sport and the other team and its fans become incensed at the hubris of their competitors. After all, you can plan a parade on the fly because they're so easy to assemble (I hope you get that sarcasm).
At this point, the origin of the story is simply "NHL sources." The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa cited them when saying the league rejected Vancouver's bid to sell broadcasting rights for the parade.
As I said, this happens all the time in sports. It happened most recently with the Miami Heat after Game 1 and infamously happened in 2006 to the Mavericks against the Heat. Both times, the teams "planning" lost the championship series.
But much like the criticism of Roberto Luongo's comments about Tim Thomas after Game 5, I really think there's not much here. There's nothing wrong with getting ahead of the eight ball. But it does create another layer of intrigue and can be added to what I'm sure is a full poster board of material in the Bruins locker room.
-- Brian Stubits