Al, Hound Central 5.0's Toronto-based correspondent, went out Wednesday morning with a plan of cherry-picking two of the newest Maple Leafs -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere, above, and Dion Phaneuf.
Let's just say, as Al reports, he had mixed results:
"Funny thing is they came together in Giguere's VW SUV, had the California plates on it. They must be staying in the same hotel and are now carpooling.
"When they pulled into the practice rink's parking lot, it was full, thanks to all the hounds taking the overflow spots. So, Giguere drove to the entrance for the players. The two of them got out and a security guard parked it when a spot became available.
"I got all my autos before practice, except for Giguere, who came out by himself after practice and signed the two photos for me.
"He was telling everyone he was going to be one-per. However, I looped around and got the second one done.
"Phaneuf never came out after practice. Rumor was that he got picked up by a cab in the front of the arena to go downtown to do a radio interview.
"As I told my buddies, 'There's still a lot of practices to be had and sooner or later we will get him.' "
Here are those two 8x10s that Jiggy signed for Al:
It wasn't all that long ago that he was signing photos like this down in Hockey Bay.
A sweet item, but have you ever seen a more-conflicted Conn Smythe Trophy winner?