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Afternoon Line- Henrik Zetterberg

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“I didn’t see myself last this long when I got drafted back in ‘99. I’ve been through all the good things, and some low things, during my career. Being in one organization for the whole time, being named the captain for this organization, I think that’s something special.

“It’s kind of surreal standing here and talking about that, that I’m done playing. I’ve played with some great teammates. Had some great teams throughout the years. In ’08, winning the Cup is probably the highlight.” 

-Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings.  Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has more.

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Video- Henrik Zetterberg Today

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11 minutes long.

 

 

added 11:36am, Below, watch Ken Holland today.

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Morning Line- Joe Murphy

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“The people here are so kind and they love hockey and I love to talk about hockey, here’s the truth. I’m sleeping on the ground right here and I’m worried about my health. I am soaking wet and cold all of the time. I have a headache. My head is pounding. I need a place to stay. I’m disappointed that no one from hockey has been in touch with me but I’m not mad at the alumni. I don’t need money. I know I wouldn’t spend it properly. But I need help. I’m also just a little disappointed with my life. I’ve made some bad choices.”

-former NHL player Joe Murphy.  Rick Westhead of TSN has more.

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Chinese Businessman Idolized Bobby Orr

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from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

Zhou Yunjie points to his eyes. He explains, in Chinese, that he nearly cried when he met his idol almost two years ago, on a night in Boston that was the culmination of a childhood dream.

Bobby Orr was in Boston, set to drop the ceremonial puck alongside Milt Schmidt. Later, in a suite, Zhou met the man that had introduced him to hockey.

It was emotional then. It feels almost emotional now.

"It was quite exciting," Zhou said, through a translator. "I almost burst into tears. Because Bobby Orr was my idol since [I was a] child."

Zhou has become a towering figure in the bid to introduce hockey to China, using his O.R.G. Packaging to bring the NHL to his home country. That includes this week when the Bruins and Calgary Flames play two preseason games in China, the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games, with the first at Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen on Saturday (2:30 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN) and the second at Cadillac Arena in Beijing on Wednesday (7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

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Henrik Zetterberg’s Career Is Over Due To Back Issues

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added 9:54am,

 

 

added 9:57am, Cap hit information below regarding the Wings/Zetterberg.

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A Black Cloud Continues To Hover Over The Ottawa Senators

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The New York Islanders Without John Tavares

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from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Now what?

That is the question that is plaguing the Islanders in the aftermath of their captain and franchise cornerstone, John Tavares, leaving to sign a free-agent deal with his hometown Maple Leafs this summer. With a new team president in Lou Lamoriello and a new head coach in Barry Trotz, the team has established a new identity. Both have a history of winning, which the Islanders have lacked in the past three decades.

But the on-ice product is still something that is very much in flux. The questions abound with a team that might or might not be in the middle of a rebuild.

1. How to replace Tavares?

There is no way to fill the space left by a player who was a two-time Hart Trophy finalist. Lamoriello did what he could in filling roster spots with players who he considered “high-character,” but that hardly makes up for talent.

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Philipp Grubauer Wants To Be The #1 Goaltender For The Colorado Avalanche

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

There’s a new goaltender in town, and he wants to take Semyon Varlamov’s job.

“That’s the next step for me, taking over as the No. 1,” Philipp Grubauer said Thursday, as he stood in the Avalanche dressing room on the eve of training camp. Make no mistake, Grubauer wants to own the room.

Colorado has a goaltender controversy. And that’s a very good thing.

The Avalanche is a team on the rise. In Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado has a superstar that’s half magic and half mercury, so mesmerizing quick he can change the course of a game or a playoff series in the blink of an eye. “He’s the best player in the world,” said teammate Nikita Zadorov....

So what’s missing? A truly elite goalie Colorado can ride all the way to the Stanley Cup.

You say Varlamov is that goalie? I say check your calendar; it hasn’t been 2014 in a very long time.

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Training Camps Have Changed

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from Joe McDonals of The Athletic,

NHL training​ camps have drastically​ changed​ over​ the years.

When​ he​ reported​ for​ training​​ camp, Hall of Fame goalie and one-time Bruin Rogie Vachon would run a couple of miles and then sit in the locker room and enjoy a cigar and beer. He wasn’t the only player from his era — he retired after the 1982 season — to swear by this type of regimen....

Imagine current goalie Tuukka Rask smoking and drinking after the performance testing?

“Maybe not the cigar, but maybe having a beer,” teammate Torey Krug said with a laugh. “It’s a different time. You hear war stories about the guys showing up in training camp just to get in shape and that’s not the way it goes anymore.”

When today’s players return to their respective teams in late August and early September, they’re already in outstanding physical shape after an offseason of relentless workouts on and off the ice. As a result, the actual training camp portion of the preseason is much shorter than it once was, and exhibition games begin almost immediately. Teams now have nutritionists on staff, as well as skating and skill coaches.

Puke buckets, a onetime staple, are no longer needed on the ice.

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Erik Karlsson Says Goodbye

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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Erik Karlsson’s time as an Ottawa Senator has gradually yet suddenly expired sooner than he ever wished it to.

So, he’s buying a little more.

A cluster of credentialed messengers are gathered in the club’s press room. Some have been hanging around the Canadian Tire Centre for more than eight hours waiting for Ottawa’s most dynamic hockey player to appear at camp and speak his mind.

They can wait a few extra minutes for his heart.

Karlsson — now devastatingly, dangerously a San Jose Shark — is making his way around the bowels of a rink he wowed for nine seasons with those sky-high saucer passes that grazed the Jumbotron and a skating stride that blew his hair like a poem, on half an ankle you’d swear was a full and on an Achilles he’d make you forget was once hanging by a thread.

Two floors removed from the cameras, the man they affectionately call “Karl” wants a moment to dish out hugs to employees, to friends, those who watched all those thrilling highs and crushing lows of arguably the franchise’s greatest pure talent. A gift whose unceremonious departure is being cursed.

“I wanted to say goodbye to everyone first,” says Karlsson. “I don’t think I’d ever in my wildest imagination thought I’d leave this place.”

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