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Things have been pretty dull around here, what with all the lack of hockey and everything.

At first I kind of enjoyed the relief of nothing going on. Nothing I can do about Crawford now. Last season is gone, no getting it back. It was relaxing.

But now I’m getting the itch again pretty bad. August is infuriating me by just plodding along at a snail’s pace, with a constant 98-and-sunny forecast. I never liked August, even as a kid. It’s too hot, for one thing, and there are no holidays. When I was in school it was the last month of summer vacation — it was the equivalent of Sunday night. It’s hard to enjoy it knowing what’s just around the corner. Plus it was too hot.

Now that I’m a hockey fan, I am not sure which I look forward to most. Hockey, because it means cool weather, or cool weather, because it means hockey.

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The Dallas Stars have named Charlie Huddy as Marc Crawford’s new assistant coach. I really should know more about him, considering the fact that I was kind of an Oilers-blog groupie for a while. I do recognize the name, but I don’t know how Oilers fans felt about him.

If what Mike Heika thinks is true (and it usually is), he’ll do well developing our d-kids.

I honestly think he has one of the most important jobs in the organization in the next two or three years, as he will have a direct hand in developing youngsters like Matt Niskanen, Nicklas Grossman, Mark Fistric, Ivan Vishnevskiy and maybe even Philip Larsen.

If what I’m hearing is the case, he’ll be joining Marc Crawford in changing the mood to more skating and more offense. He has the players to do it. Even a kid like Fistric, who’s mostly a stay-at-home defenseman, can skate and move the puck well. If we’re about to see Daley finally get to kick off the reins and be the offensive guy we all thought he’d be, I’m all for that. If Matt Niskanen can keep up his improvement after, really, only 3/4 of a sophomore slump, we’ll be in pretty good shape.

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