For his part, stoic Devils GM Lou Lamoriello figures it was all just business. "I really have no thoughts about it," Lamoriello said on Labor Day. "It's behind us now."
Maybe it's behind you Lou, but I'm still thinking about it.
So, as I sit here at my laptop wondering where another summer went -- I'm already writing ESPN The Magazine NHL preview stories -- I need a little closure. I just have to get it out of my system. To that end, I took out my calendar and I tried to sketch the road traveled in the summer of Kovy.
I hope I didn't miss anything (although I probably did).
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