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Auf wiedersehen, Nolan

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nolan Pratt has signed with EV Duisburg of Germany's Second Bundesliga for the remainder of the season. Pratt will join Die Fuchse (that's "The Foxes" to you and me) in a couple of weeks, at which point there will be only about a month remaining in their season. If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about how the CBA negotiations are going, you're thicker than a Hardee's half-pounder. Pratt's been keeping in shape playing pickup with Cory Sarich, Chris Dingman, Dave Andreychuk and Johnny Grahame at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.

European Prospects Update

Ahhhhh, my first European Hockey Update away from the third world dictatorship that HF has become. Lets begin: All in all, the beat goes on in Europe for the Lightning's prospects. They have some excellent overage properties like Somervuori, But and Norrena but have yet to see the explosion from youngsters like Polushin and Kazionov they might've hoped for. The exception to the rule is 2004 entry draft 6th rounder Karri Ramo, who is emerging as one of the two best young goalies in all of Finland after having a remarkable performance at Traverse City.

BBCode and CSV Filter

After a number of days of posting content using the HtmlArea plug-in, I've decided to switch it off. The main reason for using it was the built in HTML table generation. But, in the end, I didn't like the way it created and formatted tables. In essence, it allowed too much flexibility in table generation, and I was looking for a way to lock down a single BP site style for our tables. There's a much better module for that called [b]CSV Filter[/b]. Also, I didn't like the way HtmlArea created all these new paragraphs. It just didn't feel *right*. Anyway, I turned it and the contextlinks module off.

Are we not Joe's blog?

This is really just a test, a chance to dip my toes in the new site. C'mon in, the water's fine.

Site Configuration Progress

Today... I think I've managed to finalize the user roles and permissions for the BP community. I also got the hourly cron job installed so that Drupal time-based events and triggers will be executed. Finally, I got the site locked down against non-friendly web crawlers per Nic Ivy's recommendations from http://njivy.org/node/677.

Next up to the plate are:

  • Getting a handle on the taxonomy of the site
  • Getting the forums up and running
  • Testing the user permissions using some fictious role-based users
  • Installation/configuration of the following plug-in modules: Attached Node, bookmarks, captcha, CSV-filter, Feedback, Glossary, Image, Image Filter, Image Assist, Notify, Print Friendly Pages, Quote, Title, Urlfilter, userposts
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