Apr 27, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (7) celebrates a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus defeated Nashville 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Skate: 6/21/13

Jun 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) scores a goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period in game four of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

It is officially the first day of Summer and the NHL is still playing hockey. I don’t know about you, but I love it! I could watch hockey all year round, especially playoff hockey. It’s too bad the players can’t turn it up a notch all season, games would be intense and exciting every night.

This time last year, Lord Stanley’s Cup had already been hoisted and skated around the ice, June 11th to be exact. Obviously because of the lockout the season was pushed back slightly, which is giving us this great hockey series running into the summer.

There is still a lot to be excited about this summer though, other then the culmination of the Stanley Cup Final. The draft is right around the corner, and I know you all are excited about that. Plus, there is free agent frenzy, which I feel has been somewhat downplayed because there is no clear cut superstar available.

As much as I don’t want to wish away the Summer months, I can’t wait until October when the 2013-14 season starts up. With how well CBJ played at the end of the season, it has got me anxious to see what this next season will bring. An exciting race to claim a playoff spot? Or another disappointing year without CBJ in contention for the greatest trophy in all of sports?

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Last but not least, a new member has joined the ranks of Union and Blue. Please welcome Clint Linn, here is a link to his first post. Congrats Clint, and welcome to the team.


Charging Through The Headlines:

Lindy Ruff will be named the next head coach of the Dallas Stars according to Bleacher Report.

Raffi Torres has a new deal with the Sharks [USA Today], and Logan Couture signs an extension as well [Yahoo Sports!].

SabreNoise.com announces the re-signing of goaltender Jhonas Enroth.

Apr 22, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) during the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the First Niagara Center. The Jets beat the Sabres 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports


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