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by Kevin Sylvester / Buffalo Sabres
Drew Stafford (Photo: Getty Images)
Kevin Snow in our public relations department sent me a sobering message this morning: “60 days until opening night!”  Really?  Wow. 

It took a few minutes for it to sink in.  Sixty days is not that far away.  There are too many boxes unchecked on the “beach list” at home on the refrigerator.  Matter of fact, going to the beach is on the list.  Has summer even begun? 

In the spirit of the “beach list”, here is what needs to be checked off in the NHL before October 3.

--The Coyotes need to find a new owner and one that will make the team a winner.  If they win, people will show.

--Drew Stafford needs to agree to a new contract.  I have no knowledge on how negotiations are going, but a monster deal is not in order.

--Dany Heatley needs to be traded.  He doesn’t need to be, but I think if he moves, more trades will happen around the league.

--Team USA and Team Canada need to get through Olympic camps in August without any injuries.  There has been some flap over inappropriate insurance coverage, and you’d hate to see a camp injury ruin Olympic participation in future years.

--I need to clean out the garage.

--We have to find out if Jiri Hudler is playing for the Red Wings or in the KHL next season.  I don’t care all that much, but find it odd that he would sign in Russia and then have things done with the Wings.  From what I’ve read, it sounds like a mess and could make that league go after more NHL players in the future.

--And someone needs to explain to me how the Flyers will be under the cap this coming season.

That is the short version.  Feel free to add to the list by sending me an email.  I will also accept offers to help me clean out the garage. 

Kevin Sylvester
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