Jon had been qualified by the Wild this summer, so there was the chance for a negotiation with the NHL club before the season started. Of course, nothing would be made public until a deal was hammered out, but I had been keeping an eye on Emilie's Twitter account for an announcement of her returning to Hockey Wives where the world was introduced to the funny, spunky blond woman. She had indicated on The Hockey Show that she would be delighted to return if they asked, and we were hopeful that she would get that opportunity.
However, Hockey Wives released a tweet with the returning women from Season One, and there was a conspicuous absence on that image. I didn't want to ask Emilie about what may have happened, so I let it slide as I knew that Emilie had her pet merchandise business, Double Dog Pet Supply, on the go. She had been in Las Vegas at a trade show which would be awesome for her business. On top of that, I assumed the negotiations with the Wild might have kept Hockey Wives from piping up about Emilie's return if Jon signed a two-way deal over a one-way deal.
And then there were some tweets that hindsight now says should have been given more notice.
The last big home project before Jon leaves! Getting our whole downstairs painted white! Brightens everything! 😍🏡👍👫 pic.twitter.com/1JibRicKLq— Emilie Blum (@ebeesworld) August 5, 2015
#mnwild RFA defenseman Jon Blum confirms he has signed w/ Admiral Vladivostok of the KHL. Thanks the "amazing" fans of MIN & especially Iowa— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) August 8, 2015
To Jon Blum, I'm excited for your new adventure, and I know things should go pretty well for you despite playing in the most easterly city in the KHL which means a lot of travel. We'll be keeping track of your progress on The Hockey Show as the season starts, so get over there and have a whale of a season!
To Emilie Blum, let me know every now and then and we'll call and chat puppies, business, hockey, Vladivostok, and get updates from Jon himself on how the season is going. You've got a couple of friends in Beans and I on The Hockey Show, and we'd love to hear from you as the season progresses. Keep up the great work with Double Dog Pet Supply, and we'll talk soon!
To everyone else, I'll keep you updated on how everything is going as the Blums embark on a new chapter in their lives.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!