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Awwww.

Our beloved Mike Modano finally jumped on the Twitter bandwagon. If it weren’t for the fact that his wife, Willa Ford, was the one that told us, I’d be skeptical. Apparently it’s legit, though. Unless she’s pranking us all.

You really should follow him, for obvious reasons — he’s Mike Modano, for Pete’s sake. But the real fun comes when you follow Willa Ford, too. They like to trash-talk each other and it’s funny.

She gave him a hard time when somebody corrected his using “there” instead of “they’re” (it wasn’t me!).

Cute couple!

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After hearing about the exciting adventures Katebits and Heather B. had recently, I started to think maybe I should re-dedicate myself to some blogging.

Also, coincidentally, the season is about to start up. I’m finally starting to get really excited about it. I’ll be picking up the pace here pretty soon.

In the meantime, check out Top Shelf Cookies and The Willful Caboose to see what Heather B. and Katebits got to do. I can’t even comprehend the excitement and fear they must have been feeling. It must have been unbelievable.

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Brad Richards entertains offers on UFA Day.

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Why? WHY?! Why, of all teams, did you pick the Red Wings?

Are you trying to drive us crazy? You couldn’t go to the Kings? Or the Sharks or something? Ack!

Yes, that’s right. Our beloved Mike Modano has rubbed salt in our wounds by signing with the hated Red Wings. Sure, that’s his prerogative. Sure, he’ll have a dumb ol’ great time and probably get back to the stupid playoffs and look all great with those overrated Wings players everybody’s always raving about. But, but…it’s…it’s the WINGS. What the hell?!

I’m happy Mike found a place to land. I’ll be happy when he has fun and plays well and enjoys his likely last season on the ice. I want him to have a great season and score lots of goals and show another team up close what a great skater he is. And while all that’s going on, I still want the Wings to lose every game they play.

I’ve been on a streak of seeing the home opener in person for several years now. Also, I swore the last time I went to a game against Detroit that I’d never do it again. Then the schedule came out and, naturally, the home opener is against Detroit. What should I do? Which vow should I break? I still haven’t decided. And now that Modano is going to be skating around the AAC in one of those garish red-and-pink jerseys, with the sweat showing through his hideous red breezers, I don’t know what I’ll do. It’s a good reason to go and to not go.

I guess I’ll go. Hmfph.

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Just in case you’re not aware, I have another mostly-neglected blog where I post non-hockey stuff that I have to get off my chest. Last weekend I went on a road trip and I chronicled it there.

The blog is called I Stopped by Target Today and if you’re interested in some pictures of Palo Duro Canyon and stuff between here and there, check out my recap.

My feelings will not be hurt if you don’t.

I’ll be back here on PK very soon.

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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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