From the Dept. of Self-Congratulatory Nonsense: The family roadster is gassed up*, so that must mean it's vacation time for yours truly next week. Which naturally means that Heatley gets traded, the Coyotes move to Hamilton and Hossa's contract is invalidated within the next seven days.
Headed up to picturesque Maine for a jaunt, but mostly just chillaxin'. Finally going to read "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain, and picked up a book that somehow had been off my radar for years: "The Death of WCW." I've always said those Nitro/Raw battles would make an epic movie some day.
Speaking of movies: The only question about seeing "G.I. Joe" is whether I'm dressing up like Snake-Eyes or Zartan ...
Anyhoo, the venerable Sean Leahy will have the helm (and be sure to follow breaking news on his Twitter feed and the Y! Sports hockey news feed). The "5 Reasons I Love Hockey" series has some outstanding guest bloggers next week, too. (Two words: Hockey Monkey.)
If we haven't said it lately: Thanks for reading and participating this summer. Our traffic is well over double what it was in 2008 for the post-free-agent-frenzy doldrums, and we appreciate you visiting our dopey blog during a time of year when the only ice you should be thinking about is blended in a margarita. Or that permafrost on old ice cream. One of the two.
Coming up today: Roenick's Hall of Fame chances, another "5 Reasons I Love Hockey" and a spectacular Puck Daddy chat with Ryan Kesler(notes) in which we ask about the Olympics and he pulls what can only be called "the double Messier."
* R.I.P. John Hughes, by the way.
- Anthony Bourdain