It’s July 4th, Independence Day in the US. Beer, fireworks, barbecue…the works, you guys. I live in Arizona, so naturally, I’m petrified to walk out my front door today.

Still, it’s a big day in the US of A, and even bigger this year for US hockey fans. Please note:

The two biggest free agents available in the NHL this year? Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. American. (Maybe Matt Carle will be next.)

The day they chose to sign their new contracts? Independence Day.

The team they went to? American.

Somebody turn up the goddamn Toby Keith and fetch me my pistols. YEEE-HAWW!

(But seriously, happy Independence Day, my American friends.)