This summer, it was The Essentials project, in which we asked bloggers for every NHL team to tell us The Essentials for their franchises — everything from the defining player and trade, to the indispensable fan traditions.
Thanks to everyone that participated, because we love how it turned out. We learned things about each team we didn't know before, especially when it comes to local fan traditions and the fact that Daniel Alfredsson is the franchise villain for the Florida Panthers.
With that, yours truly heads offline for a little R&R that would have happened a few weeks back had it not been for those meddling Olympics. Sincere thanks to Leahy and Harrison for keeping this thing running during an untypical schedule this summer, and to you for coming back here every day even when next season is clouded in uncertainty. I can only assume this is because you like reading words such as "Hockey Related Revenue," "linkage" and "transitional contracts."