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I just can't get enough of the Shorepine Bog near Tofino.
I just can't get enough of the Shorepine Bog near Tofino.

Ah, finally home from a 3 week holiday that spanned Kamloops with family, then camping at Herald Park near Salmon Arm, then visiting family in Enderby, Hope and Abbotsford, and spending quality time in Tofino (stayed at the Crab Inn=sweet) and Parksville at a bed and breakfast (called simply, Our Place). Great times. I recommend all those places for accomodations. I think I put 4000 km's on the car. Well worth it. Advice: don't swim in the Pacific in Tofino without a wet suit. The surfers thought I was nuts. But I'll try anything. Too cold though. Feeling a little hypothermia coming on.C

It's a slow day in the NHL but I'll try to give you all something to read / discuss regardless. 

  • Manny Malhotra and Dan Hamhuis react to the NHL and NHLPA agreement over the circumvention issue. You'll find Hammer's thoughts rather insightful: "Maybe they're just trying to feel us out to see with the new structure with the PA, how it works." I think it's a lot more than that. Management doesn't take too kindly to "rule-bending" or loophole-finding" no matter what company you work for.
  • Kovalchuk's deal passing the trial means the Devils are $3 million-plus over the salary cap and rumored names being shipped out are Jamie Langenbrunner, Travis Zajac and Bryce Salvador. You know Lamoriello has some tricks up his sleeve (see Mogilny and Malakhov).
  • How Jonathan Cheechoo has fallen. From a Maurice Richard trophy win with the Sharks now to Dallas Stars' camp on a tryout basis. You can price your way out of this league pretty quickly.
  • Mario Lemieux has been honored in the Order Of Canada. Joining Lemieux are former premiers, a former Prime Minister, Burton Cummings (hell yeah) and Ivan Reitman, who directed Ghostbusters. Why do I find this humorous? 
  • Jaroslav Halak was in Montreal today to say goodbye and thank the fans and Canadiens' organization. He then signed autographs and apparently over 5000 people showed up for that. A funny response from a Leafs fan to that on Twitter: "Bah! Toskala had 4 times that at Pearson Airport waving goodbye!" No love. No love. 
  • Cam Neely, AHL Prez David Andrews, and college coach legends Jack Parker and Jerry York are the 2010 recipients of the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the USA.
  • Bobby Ryan and James Neal remain unsigned as restricted free agents. Wow. Times are tough.
  • OT: Universities in Canada are teaching Facebook etiquette. FFS. Need a professor to tell you to skip putting drunken pics of yourself on Facebook? 
  • OT: Hurricane Earl storms across the Maritimes. Not much damage. Power loss, trees losing branches, delayed ferry routes...consider yourselves lucky.
  • OT: Christians are damaging sex. Haha, no seriously. I agree with this article, actually.
  • OT VIDEO: A fight breaks out in the stands at the US Open. 
  • OT VIDEO:  I can haz restraining order.
  • OT MUSIC VIDEO: Slayer: World Painted Blood. Because I can.
  • GEEZ! I forgot about the daily question. Hmm..what was the best vacation you ever had? The one that stands out most in your memory?