Good morning, Glendale

Good morning, Glendale, and good morning, Insiders.

[yawns] [pours a cup of coffee]

A very happy Black Friday to you. An early flight from Santa Barbara necessitated a 4:45 a.m. taxi to the airport, and after our 6:10 PT takeoff and 8:15 MT touch down, I completed the journey by arriving at the Westgate Entertainment District, where Gila River Arena is located, just after 9:00 a.m. To this blogger’s surprise, I was met not by [howling], but by packed parking lots, strollers, families, dogs and one guitar-carrying drifter, with all, perhaps other than the drifter, looking to take advantage of early holiday season deals and savings as only Tanger Outlets Westgate can provide.

I hope you all spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends and football. If there’s anything I’m thankful for beyond all else, it’s the ability to spot authentic Munters units amidst the worthless Trane knockoffs that have become so frustratingly prevalent across this cursed league. I used to know Glendale as the league’s premier Munters outpost. I used to know a lot of things. Sadly, it’s all garbage.

Today’s morning skate will take place at 11:00 local time. Based on some correspondence last night, Torrey Mitchell was not expected to meet the team in Arizona because immigration issues needed to be worked out first. No biggie! There’s still a ton to go over as both the Kings and Coyotes kick off the first night of divisional back-to-back sets. There’s lots more to come on a busy game day from the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert. Let’s talk soon, Insiders. Thank you for reading.

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