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I've had enough of ...

Tuesday, 08.10.2010 / 10:07 AM / Columns

By Paul Kukla - NHL.com Correspondent

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I've had enough of ...
Some hockey fans feel there's still way too much time to go until the 2010-11 season starts, and Paul Kukla certainly is one of them. His summer can't end soon enough.
* The weather report predicting another warm and muggy evening. Come on calendar, get to mid-September quickly.

* People either posting on their blog or tweeting: "NHL sources tell me this trade (insert the names you've heard the most lately) is about to happen." All I know is these sources aren't very good, maybe they should retire.

* All the Ilya Kovalchuk talk. Just get it done the right way this time -- and hurry.

* Brian Burke being quiet this summer. Yes, we have a little over a month before training camp starts, so Burke still has some time left.

* Many of the mainstream media guys being on vacation. Time to get back to work.

* The spam e-mails I keep receiving, asking me if I want to buy a case of field hockey sticks.

 
* One local sports radio station not talking enough about hockey. But when they do, they get everything wrong, so they may be better off not talking hockey.

* Searching my favorite Web sites, looking for hockey news and not finding any.

* The type of person you meet every so often who claims to be an expert but calls Steven Stamkos Steve when doing a video interview with him at the NHL Awards Show.

* The athlete who thinks it is all about him. Luckily, in our game, we don't see that type of player very often.

* People suggesting a trade when it will not fit under the team's salary cap structure. 

* NFL training camp talk. I want my hockey, not football.

* Going to YouTube, searching for "NHL" and getting more videos of video games instead of real hockey.

* Hockey hats that are half mesh. I owned a few, but tossed them away yesterday.

* Some unrestricted free agents feeling they are worth way more than what the market is telling them. 

* Dreaming about dropping the puck. I want the real thing now.

* The kids down the street playing street hockey with a softball and the goalie wearing a football helmet.

* Driving by local hockey rinks and thinking the ice is not "in" yet.

* My barber asking for free hockey tickets. As I told my gas station attendant, do you give me free gas?

* The guy at the local watering hole who told me he played for the Detroit Red Wings. When I asked who he was he said I shouldn't even have to ask. When I questioned him about some of his teammates, he named people I never heard of. Busted!

* Looking at some NHL rosters and thinking of a few tweaks that could be made. OK, I am taking off my GM hat.

* Me being grouchy today. I am just tired of all the action off the ice, instead of where it belongs -- on the ice. Hopefully next week I am in a better mood.

Want to get something off your chest? E-mail me at pk@kuklaskorner.com or follow me on Twitter.


Quote of the Day

Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals