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Mid Summer Refuge? My deck... Not the Course!!

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

July 18

The dreams of golf, regrouping with family and enjoying some time away will be on hold for the next couple of weeks. Surgery on the left knee on July15th has set me back a little (Tiger and I do have one thing in common and it stops there with the surgically repaired knee, as I hope to return within the first part of August). It was difficult to pass up several chances to play in some of the charity outings in and around the city, but there will be more come August and September. Share with my pain…ok don’t.

On the hockey front you have caught all the news about the 2008-09 schedules on CBJ TV with Jeff and me. It doesn’t seem to be too bad, but going on the road for a quick three to the West coast will follow up with our home opener against Nashville will certainly find out the state of what type of team that has been assembled.

News around the league is still in the eye of those of us that are looking hard for it.

• Doug MacLean has been co-hosting the Fan 590 in Toronto and appears to be heading to the media end of the spectrum for the upcoming year.

• Michel Therrien signs a 3-year deal in Pittsburgh to the dismay of some of the players in the room. Discussion over about his demise.

• The new KHL has reacted to the IIHF quickly, as several of the players have been suspended until more research has been carried out. The inconstancies and relationships between the new league, the NHL and the IIHF are growing more intense each day. Caught in the middle of this controversy is our own Nikita Filatov… Time will sort things out, but the feeling with the NHL is that there isn’t much of a concern this end. This is where the news will take center stage in the next few weeks.

• A third jersey is about to be unveiled in Carolina in the fall with the approval of the league.

• The staple for the Buffalo Sabres has been signed for the next five years. The former Hobey Baker award winner, Ryan Miller is now in the fold, but will need some assistance in front of him for the Sabres to take the next step.

• Winter Classic II will be played at Wrigley Field on January 1st between the Hawks and the Wings. That is great for the rejuvenated Blackhawk organization…but….we need to do something as well, what do you think?

I have stated this for the last several years that it would be great to have a double header at Ohio Stadium with Michigan Wolverines coming in for a late afternoon tilt, and then the CBJ against the Wings that night. What a day that would be for the battle of Ohio and Michigan!!

Have a great weekend and stay tuned!!!

*Throughout the season, AAA brought you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you updated on all the offseason action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets get to the free agency period.

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