It may only seem like Al Strachan has disappeared but he's still churning out his usual brand of Bettman bashing over on Fox Sports.
In this article he gets into European expansion but ends up in outer space. Seriously.
"There is, however, faint hope on the horizon. Aeronautical engineers say that we're not that far away from flights that escape the earth's atmosphere.
In other words, the plane would go so high that it would escape most of the earth's gravitational pull. While it's up, the earth would turn and then the plane would come down on the other side of the ocean. In theory, this would reduce the length of a transcontinental flight to two hours."
Always a good read, that Strachan.