Originally written on Goon's World  |  Last updated 11/20/14
It’s the dog days of summer and it’s almost August and there isn’t a lot of hockey news to be had right now because it’s not hockey season.

Most college hockey fans are sitting on pins and needles waiting to see who else from their favorite college hockey team is going to sign a professional contract or bolt for the CHL.

The WCHA has lost a total of 12 players this summer already, the Denver University Pioneers are the team that has lost the most players this summer during the offseason.

Matthew Semisch from Radio Free Omaha has a great read on UNO situation; the Mavericks have had a tough summer in Omaha, Nebraska.

Also, the CBA is being negotiated in New York and there are a lot of us that are hoping that we won’t lose one minute of the NHL season. Especially, after the Stanley Cup Playoffs proved to be some very good hockey.

There is one NCAA Hockey Player on Canada’s WJC tryout camp roster.

The ice is coming out at the REA... s/t to Peter BottiniDown goes Brown has a very interesting article that is sure to spark some debate. Apparently, Sidney Crosby is the reason that he had to have surgery on both of his wrists after the Stanley Cup Playoffs were over.

The Flyers are feeling a little down after losing out on the Shea Weber sweepstakes. I am not sure if the rest of the league is going to feel sorry for the Flyers.
Frank Seravalli,Philly.com --- "I am sure it has been done before," Holmgren said of his summer. "We tried to add, in our minds, one of the best defensemen in the game to a good, young, up-and-coming team, and it didn't work. It was structured in a way we were hopeful they wouldn't match it. I learned at about 3:15 [on Tuesday] afternoon, and the initial reaction was disappointment, but I guess we move on."

Now, after Weber addressed the media, Holmgren probably can't help but feel a little bit used. Weber certainly seemed excited in a conference call, expressing his desire to finish his career in Nashville by asking the Predators for a no-movement clause in his new deal.
I know this one is old but It was a good read.
Lynn Zinser, Slap Shots Blog --- Just as the N.H.L. takes its turn in the line of lockout-mania, following the N.F.L. and N.B.A. to that well-worn labor dispute podium to howl that it needs economic relief from the players union, it prepared for this fight by doing what it does best. That is, throw gigantic and ridiculously long contracts at available free agents.

Yes, N.H.L. franchises are in dire financial straits, they will tell you, because of huge, onerous player contracts like the ones Minnesota just showered on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. This is why the owners want a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Wild was not formerly a player in most discussions involving 13-year, $98 million contracts, but they now have twin ones. Only a few months ago, the Wild owner Craig Leipold told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “We’re not making money, and that’s one reason we need to fix our system. We need to fix how much we’re spending right now.”

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