NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Full Disclosure: I'm a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. They're among hockey's hottest teams with nine wins in their last 12 games. Phil Kessel's on fire. And the way the boys continue to bounce back from spurts of poor play (like Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to Florida) makes me think this year could be different than others with similarly high hopes.
So, given this hot streak, the Leafs fan in me worries about the unknown of how teams will respond after having their seasons interrupted by the National Hockey League's participation in the Sochi Winter Olympics.
A whole slew of clubs could use the break, but it seems to me the Leafs would be better off smokin' 'em while they got 'em. A break could make the recent run go limp.
But there's a bigger issue at play here.
One that relates, in some fashion, to CVS Caremark's (CVS) decision to stop selling cigarettes and focus on its image and core (?) business as a healthcare provider.
Let's not mince words -- it took balls to make this move.
CVS sees the future. There will come a time -- in the not so distant future -- when selling cigarettes at CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid will be akin to openly displaying porno mags in the checkout line. Probably worse.