"In closing, I'd like to thank the Academy for recognizing my single-take work in that art house picture from a few years back."
From Kukla's Korner on Sunday:
"KK" site founder Paul Kukla is the undisputed czar of the non-Twitter daily hockey breaking news world and related commentary on the sport (with a dreadfully unhealthy dose of Wings coverage, but whatever it takes to stay on top). Forgetting the Winnipeg aspect of the day's "major" headline, he's right on a number of levels in our case, beginning with how profoundly spoiled we in SoFla found ourselves since early spring, certainly in comparison to the past 11 years. Suddenly we're stuck in a news Dead Zone reminiscent of my favorite video game of the last decade.
A to-the-wire - and first-ever - Southeast Division crown. An opening-round series completed in the second overtime of a Game Seven against the eventual Eastern Conference champion. Brian Campbell's Lady Byng victory (hey...batting .500) at the NHL Awards. A solid if undramatic 2012 Entry Draft. Several mid-profile signings - particularly D Filip Kuba, F George Parros, and some-risk, high-reward Peter Mueller - since July 1. Oh, and Development Camp was a veritable showcase of prospect progress for fans of the Panthers, far more so than one year prior. Nick Bjugstad will head back to Minnesota for his junior year. COO Michael Yormark appears to have a thing for Las Vegas, possibly equal to the reported desire of a certain Western Conference goaltender's return to the Mean Streets of Sunrise. And there is of course this.
So what's next? Talks are finally underway between the league and Players Association aimed at banging out a new collective bargaining agreement; the current deal expires September 15. Kris Versteeg and the Cats have an appointment with an arbitrator (July 23?), while Dmitry Kulikov remains in RFA limbo...expect both to be in Kevin Dineen's lineup whenever the season begins.
In the meantime: what to do? Short of creating rumors (no shortage of outlets for that garbage anyway) how about tossing us your Most Anticipated Headline of the summer, going forward. Whether a parody, for-real, a fantasy deal involving the team...whatever. Let's have it.