Kukla's Korner Hockey
Here we are in the middle of August and most of us are anxiously awaiting the opening of NHL training camps in less than a month.
With that in mind, I am going to take a very mini-break over the next three days before the action picks-up.
I am not going anywhere but just plan to take it easy, re-charge my mind and do a little couch sitting while things are still slow.
You will be in good hands with George and Monica filling in and if anything major does pop-up, I am only a few steps away from my computer.
I planned on going back to bed, but the neighbor across the street decided to have a huge tree removed today and the grinding noise will prevent me from getting some rest at this point in time.
I am on the lookout for bloggers for the upcoming NHL season.
Also, I wanted to thank all of you who continue to use the KK affiliate link to Amazon.com. It has been a pleasant surprise seeing the recent purchases during the last few months.
I am done for the day/night. Been a long one but wow, some movement happened we neve expected.
I will be back tomorrow and have no plans for a vacation in the near future, so remember to stop by for the latest hockey news.
George may return later tonight, but in meantime, if anything breaks, feel free to leave a comment below or, as always, discuss anything hockey related.
Enjoy the day and the very long weekend too and be careful with the fireworks.
I will be monitoring all the hockey news today and of course will be around tomorrow and the weekend as the UFA signings start.
added 8:52am, Thanks to a Sean Leahy tweet for this pointer...
- Teams are now allowed to make their sales pitch to any UFA player but cannot sign them to a contract until noon ET, July 5th.
- Still shaking my head on the decision by Vinny Lecavalier to play for the Philadelphia Flyers. I am not sure what the attraction was and if I am a Flyers fan, I'm still pinching myself.
- I have over the years interacted with a few folks from the Phoenix Coyotes and with that, I am so happy the team will be staying in Phoenix. I can imagine their stress level dropped and now they have to clear one more hurdle, will the new ownership group be making internal changes? I hope that is not the case and everyone can move forward and not face any more uncertainty.
- Many of you in the good old USA mayb be starting a long holiday weekend today or tomorrow. But not us here at KK.
We will be providing as much coverage as possible regarding the UFA period, which starts at noon ET on Friday. So plan on making KK a destination while you are enjoying the fireworks, hot dogs and a few pops.
- Note to Ken Holland: Wings need a pure goal scorer, his name is Jarome Iginla.
My plans for tonight are feet up first, then do anything I want to do from that position.
Of course, if any major news comes about, I will post, if not see you tomorrow morning.
In case you are wondering, KK won't slow down for around another month or so.
Compliance buyouts officially start tomorrow night, NHL Draft is Sunday at 3:00pm ET and UFA period begins on Friday, July 5th at noon ET.
Diabetic, strike one, heart issues, strike two and I plan to avoid strike three as long as possible.
First off, thanks to all of you who have commented and sent emails regarding and showing concern about my health, they were much appreciated and held close to my heart.
I am returning today but it will take me a few days to get into the swing of things. My health outlook moving forward is good, medication, diet and something I really need is a little rest.
So with that, let's get back to hockey and before we do, a big thanks goes out to George for not missing a beat while I was away.
May your day be filled with much love and happiness.
I've been doing what I do long enough to know readership goes down and the post-season progresses, then picks up as we get closer to the UFA period, then drops again in late July until the middle of August or so.
This season has been one where I feel like I have been in "catch-up" mode since losing some five months due to the lockout.
I wanted to do something for those of you who have remained dedicated to KK so here is a very limited offer for you.
How about an IceJerseys.com ecertificate for $250 made available to you for only $125?
No strings attached, no hoops to jump through except to email me now and purchase the ecertificate through me and have it delivered to your inbox, with no limitations on how you spend it.
There are no restrictions at all, you can purchase sale items with it, us it for shipping costs, etc.
I can only make four of these available to you, so to begin the highly discounted purchase, email me and be prepared to hear back from me quickly. Then you must complete the process within 20 minutes or the offer will go to the next person or until all four ecertificates are gone.
Start sending your emails right now.
update 6:21am, One is gone, three to go. .update 7:36am, Two down, two to go. Update 7:44am, one more to go. Update 9:39am, sorry, all the ecerts have been purchased. I will try to do this again next week and post at a different time so all get a chance.
Last week a truly deserving person asked me if I could get them two tickets to game 6, Wings/Blackhawks. I made a few calls, sent some emails and finally found someone who said, "no problem" and to contact him the day before the game to arrange the details.
Well, I contacted the source of the tickets yesterday- "oops, sorry, can't do" and so I have been trying to chase down two tickets for tonight's game since then with no luck.
I have been in panic mode the last 24 hours trying to find tickets for the deserving person, but then something hit me this morning.
Tickets, I am worried about tickets on Memorial Day? I now feel like a schmuck, concerned about something like that on a day when I should be thankful for what we have, freedom and all that goes along with that freedom.
People served in order to make this country what it is today, people died for our country and I am worried about tickets.
No more, never again, will I be on edge for something as petty as this.
Thank you to all who are serving and have served our country, this day belongs to you.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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