For hockey fans, August generally sucks, but there's still some interesting news floating around.
New netminder Mark Dekanich may have just made himself a fan favorite before ever playing a game in Union Blue after hosting an extensive Q&A session over his twitter account while on layovers for his flight into Columbus yesterday.
We also had the news that Ryan Kesler required hip surgery, which explains quite a bit about why he faded down the stretch in the playoffs. Jo over at Puck That Hurts has a great look at the labrum repair and what it means for his recovery.
A stick tap to CBJProspects, who pointed out that Ryan Johansen landed in Edmonton yesterday for Team Canada's World Junior Development Camp along with fellow Jackets' prospect Boone Jenner and many other top prospects from last year's draft.
Over at Heart Of A Jacket, Alison finally admits she has a small problem.
PHT takes a look at Brent Burns' new deal, and what it means for Burns and for San Jose.
In a very Captain Ramius moment, former Jackets' coach Bob Boughner has removed the keys to the Windsor Spitfires from former head coach Bob Jones, and is giving them to himself.
I missed this when it came out, but Lori Schmidt has her own take on the Dry Island.
Justin Bourne writers over at Puck Daddy about why players fall out of love with playing hockey, including his own story of that moment.
Martini Hockey weighs in on Brendan Shanahan as the NHL's new discipline czar as part of his attempt to get past the dog days of hockey.
Paul Kukla talks his hockey guilty pleasures.
Last but not least, Lori Schmidt reminds us that it's Shark Week: