No one argues the point that August is the slowest month of the year for a hockey fan. No games, drafts or free agent frenzy; just a month for beat writers to go on vacation (yes, I'm talking about Mike Russo here) and others to dream for the upcoming months. Even The NHL Network seems to be taking the month off...between showing re-runs of past playoff games and episodes of "Top 10 Back-up Goalies of the 1991 Playoffs", the network has little to offer.
I have a solution: develop a hockey TV drama in the spirit of "The West Wing". Watching the inner-workings of the NHL League Headquarters would make terrific TV...actors that look like Gary Bettman and Collin Campbell could argue about the league's insanely inconsistent conduct policies, pseudo-Bettman could go suit shopping and maybe even have Brendan Shanahan play himself for a few episodes during sweeps weeks. I'd start by trying to talk Kevin Spacey into the Bettman part, in a Lester Burnham-like role. Then team him up with Nick Nolte for the Campbell part; the hijinx would come naturally. I'd watch every week, as long as they didn't schedule it against "The Real World: New Orleans". Knight's a spectacular d-bag.