A brief note about my plans for this site during the upcoming Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend.

One of the few downsides of being a free-lance NHL writer/blogger is having to maintain my site throughout holiday weekends, so as not to miss any significant NHL headlines or player moves.

This is particularly true about the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend (the first weekend in October), as it tends to fall either just before the start of the NHL season, or during the season’s opening weekend.

Given the current NHL lockout, however, it’s obvious this year that won’t be a problem. Indeed, it doesn’t appear the league and the NHLPA will be holding any meetings to work out a new CBA anytime soon, plus the league has already announced the cancellation of the opening two weeks of its 2012-13 regular season schedule.

So, I’m taking the opportunity to treat myself to a brief respite, and will be taking this weekend off. I’ll be doing the usual morning updates on Friday, October 5, but after that, the next updates to the site will be Tuesday, October 9.

Of course, I’ll be monitoring my hockey news and Twitter feeds in the event there’s some major news (like a new CBA) breaking over the weekend. If anything of significance takes place, I’ll update my site accordingly.

Otherwise, I’m going to take a few days away from writing about this accursed, stupid, pointless lockout, and will instead relax with family.

I hope the rest of you will do the same. So, if you’re one of my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving. If you’re American, Happy Columbus Day. And if you’re not from either country and don’t have a holiday coming up, well, enjoy your weekend anyway.

I’ll be back to work chronicling the NHL CBA atrocities on Tuesday.