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The Summer Of Henrik Lundqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Risto Pakarinen at ESPN,

You will hear New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist before you see him.

Or, rather, you will hear the roar of his black Maserati as it winds through the streets of this west coast city.

As a father of a 2-year-old daughter, he also has other cars, but there are no baby seats in the Maserati, so when he's driving solo, it's the Maserati with the matte finish that rolls out of the garage.

After the longest season in his career, Lundqvist took time off to recharge his batteries, but in the first week of August he was back on the ice, skating with local players in the Frolunda Indians practice facility, Frolundaborg, on the south side of town.

He arrives in the Maserati, stops at the parking lot meter, feeds it with a few kronor, grabs his ticket and parks his car around the corner, closer to the entrance. His famous hair is tucked under a baseball cap adorned with his own logo that combines his No. 30 with a crown.

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The Picture Said It All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.M. Swift of Sports Illustrated,

For SI's 60th anniversary, we asked readers to vote on the most iconic cover in the magazine's history. The winner was the March 3, 1980 "Miracle on Ice" cover, which featured the U.S. hockey team's joyous celebration after its improbable victory over the Soviet Union at Lake Placid. Below is the cover story from that issue.

For millions of people, their single, lasting image of the Lake Placid Games will be the infectious joy displayed by the U.S. hockey team following its 4-3 win over the Soviet Union last Friday night. It was an Olympian moment, the kind the creators of the Games must have had in mind, one that said: Here is something that is bigger than any of you. It was bizarre, it was beautiful. Upflung sticks slowly cartwheeled into the rafters. The American players--in pairs rather than in one great glop--hugged and danced and rolled on one another (see cover).

The Soviet players, slightly in awe, it seemed, of the spectacle of their defeat, stood in a huddle near their blue line, arms propped on their sticks, and waited for the ceremonial postgame handshakes with no apparent impatience. There was no head-hanging. This was bigger, even, than the Russians.

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Mike Modano On The Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

"They have the pieces and the personnel, it’s just a matter of whether it will come together," said Modano, who helped bring Dallas its first Stanley Cup in 1999.

Trades for top playmaking centers like Seguin and Spezza don't come by often and they aren't easy to make, but Modano wasn't surprised Nill was able to pull it off in consecutive offseasons.

Modano, regarded as one of the best American-born centers to play the game, has known Nill for a long and knows him to be a savvy hockey mind. Nill knows the game, how to treat his players and understands the business side.

"I think it says a lot about Jim Nill. Good GMs around the league have a way of luring good players to play for their organization," said Modano, who amassed 561 goals and 1,374 points in 1,499 NHL games. "That comes with his history with the [Detroit Red] Wings, working with Kenny Holland, [Mike] Ilitch.

"You create some opportunities for individuals getting a second chance or reinventing themselves as players. He's kind of got that asset to him that he's able to do that and get them excited about being here. The stability with ownership here, that does a lot too." 

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“Thousands” Of Pre-Season Tickets Available For Toronto Maple Leafs Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Star,

The Maple Leafs have made available “thousands” of tickets to the public for the team’s four pre-season home games.

While the number is uncommon for a franchise with a decades-long waiting list for tickets, the club targeted a large ticket offering to help make the club more accessible to fans.

According to team officials, the Leafs gave season ticket holders the opportunity to turn down some or all of the pre-season games, specifically to open up the opportunity for fans who do not normally attend games.

Some 40 per cent of the season ticket holder base turned down the tickets, resulting in about 15,000 tickets being made available for the four pre-season games.

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Questions Facing The Colorado Avalanche

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from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

Did the Avalanche do enough to improve their weakest link? -- Colorado's defense allowed 40-plus shots on goal in 10 games and between 35 and 39 shots in 18 others. The Avalanche added a much-needed physical presence in Brad Stuart, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a sixth-round selection in 2017. He'll be paired with Erik Johnson, whose 39 points matched a career high.

Colorado signed Zach Redmond to a two-year, $1.5 million contract, believing he has the potential to develop the way Nick Holden did last season. Holden, who played in seven NHL games in five previous professional seasons, blossomed into a top-four role. He played a physical style and had 10 goals and a plus-12 rating in 54 games. Redmond, 25, played in 18 games with the Winnipeg Jets in four years with the organization. The Avalanche have yet to re-sign restricted free agent Tyson Barrie, who is expected to be fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Can Vezina Trophy finalist Semyon Varlamov build off last season, and will Reto Berra be a capable backup? -- Varlamov's work with goalie coach Francois Allaire worked wonders for his game and his confidence, and he should be entering the prime of his career at age 26. The Avalanche think so, having signed him to a five-year, $29.5 million contract extension that begins this season.

Berra, who replaces Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the No. 2 goalie, remains a question mark. He had an 0-1-1 record in two starts with a 5.83 goals-against average and .781 save percentage after the Avalanche acquired him March 5 from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2014 draft. Colorado signed Berra to a three-year, $4.35 million contract and is hopeful Allaire's magic will pay off the way it did with Varlamov.

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Minnesota Wild GM Says Goaltending Looks Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Fletcher has also spent the month dialing up some veterans to check in. Two include the goalies, Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding.

Backstrom had season-ending abdominal surgery and hip surgery last season and Harding didn’t play in 2014 due to complications with multiple sclerosis. Fletcher has talked with both the past two weeks to ensure that they’re still both well and that he doesn’t need to go out and sign a free agent, like Ilya Bryzgalov, who remains unsigned despite going 7-1-3 down the regular season’s stretch to guide Minnesota into the playoffs.

“Everything’s a go with both goalies,” Fletcher said of Backstrom and Harding. “Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, knock on wood, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season is feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we’re not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training camp medicals.

“Now’s the time of the year, with about a month to go, you want to reach out and make sure there’s no issues you don’t know about so if there is something you have time to help the process. With Josh and Nik, you’re just trying to reach out and see how they’re doing. They’re both doing really well.

“There’s still some quality goaltenders out there. Ilya’s out there and a few others, so there’s that type of option out there. But we’re happy with the quality of our goaltending.

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Red Wings overnight report: Holland on the youth movement, a Paek interview and some rambly stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' media corps and out-of-town media both did a fine job of covering the stories regarding Ken Holland's signing of a four-year contract extension on Thursday, but in light of Holland's evening remarks to MLive's Ansar Khan and the Windsor Star's Jim Parker, I'd figured that I wouldn't find anything else of note overnight.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Holland actually addressed the team's youth movement (though he didn't explain how exactly a youth movement and re-signing Daniel Cleary, giving him a $1 million bonus for playing 10 games and a $250,000 bonus for signing a promise-keeping contract and giving Kyle Quincey a half-million-dollar raise over the course of 2 more years in July jibes with the team's willingness to play "the kids" to the point that Luke Glendening is out of waiver options) over the course of an interview with the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

“With the injuries we’ve suffered over the last couple of years, it’s been the depth of the organization that’s allowed us to stay in the race,” Holland continued. “It gives me optimism that we’ve got the depth in the organization we need. You’ve got to draft and develop in order to get that push from players. We have a lot of young players that look like they have a chance of being good players.”

Holland also suggested that "the kids" might help remedy the team's status as a one-playoff-round-and-done team...

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Video- Gary Bettman Accepts The Ice Bucket Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Gary Bettman accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS Awareness...

 

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Red Wings’ re-signed GM issues some ‘real talk’ regarding recent ups and downs

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 7:13 PM: I wrote all that "stuff" about Ken Holland's extension this afternoon, and just around the time I hit "submit entry," Holland made some very intriguing comments regarding his team's underwhelming regular season and playoff performances of late in a conversation with the Windsor Star's Jim Parker and MLive's Ansar Khan, and Holland's comments change the commentary equation significantly.

Holland was blunt about the team's "retooling" process when speaking with Parker...

“I’m as motivated and energized today as I was when I got the job in 1997,” Holland said. “It’s a different job than it was in 1997. We overhauled the team in the early 2000’s and made a nice run. We’re in the process of overhauling the team again, but I believe we can compete for a playoff spot. I’m excited, I’m optimistic. That’s what motivates me.”

And he addressed the Wings' status as a "bubble team," too:

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Remembering Referee Frank Udvari

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Frank Udvari was an NHL referee in the 1950s and ’60s who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973. According to Josh Brown of the Waterloo Region Record, Udvari passed away at the age of 90 on Thursday.

Udvari is perhaps best known for being the referee in charge of the infamous game that eventually led to the Richard Riots in Montreal. On March 13, 1955, the Montreal Canadiens played the rival Boston Bruins on the road. During play, Bruins defenseman Hal Laycoe caught Richard with a high-stick by the eye and Udvari put his arm in the air to call a penalty.

But Richard was ready to take the situation into his own hands.

“I told him, ‘I got it, Rock. I got it,’ ” Udvari said when he recalled the incident years later.

Of course, that didn’t stop The Rocket. 

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