Last year after getting shot down for press credentials, I shot a letter off Eric McErlain over at Off Wing Opinion. Eric posted a story about it and a few things happened from there...

NHL rules stated that online media must be established press agents or companies - not bloggers. But that didn't stop Eric from getting press credentials during last season. He also struck up a dialog with Capitals owner Ted Leonis and has now presented a proposal for blogger media credentials.

Eric is an outstanding journalist and a blogging institution. Ever still, and you can call it ego if you want, but I'd like to think I had a small hand in things by failing to gain credentials with the Lightning and sharing my story with Eric to begin with.