Vancouver Canucks: Vancouver GM Brian Burke accepted Todd Bertuzzi's suspension for the rest of the season and playoffs, but the NHL's $250,000 fine issued against the Canucks organization caught him off guard. Instead of taking his team's punishment and moving on, Burke directed shots at the media, Colin Campbell and the Colorado Avalanche. Considering Burke's trouble in acting accountable, no wonder the league didn't believe the team adequately turned down the "temperature" of ill will between the Northwest Division rivals after Avalanche forward Steve Moore's hit on Markus Naslund on Feb. 16.
A few months ago, Bertuzzi was a no-brainer pick to make Team Canada for this summer's World Cup of Hockey. Uncertainty over when he might be reinstated by the league next season and his brainless behavior on the ice combine to make the honor of playing for his country very much in doubt.
New York Rangers: Here are two words that haven't been used together much this season: excited and Rangers. But former Ottawa Senators defenseman Karel Rachunek said he is excited to be a New York Ranger now that he's over the disappointment of leaving a Stanley Cup contender.