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from Peter Zuurbier of CalgaryFlames.com,
Old is new, and nostalgia is the new black, or in this case red, as the Flames released their vintage third jerseys Wednesday.
In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Flames in Calgary, the sweater is a throwback to the days of yore, an identical replica of the original and intended as a tip of the hat to the teams that built the foundation for the organization.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I can’t think of a more significant signing this summer than Wednesday’s 12-year contract extension between Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks.
Super-elite NHL netminders are like super-elite quarterbacks in the NFL; there are only a handful of them and other teams spend years trying to land one.
So credit Canucks GM Mike Gillis for putting aside his personal preference of avoiding the kind of double digit-term deals that have plagued the NHL in the last few years; he made a rare exception because he knew he had no choice.
German psychologists have found that teams wearing red uniforms score 10 percent more than those wearing any other color. Because red equals AGGRESSION, DOMINANCE, BLOOD, DEVASTATION and CRUSHKILLDESTROY.
more from Michael Tunison of the Sporting Blog.
Listen to the interview with Sean Baligian and Ryan Terpstra of WMAX-FM Grand Rapids.
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that goaltender Roberto Luongo has agreed to terms on a 12 year contract extension through the 2021-2022 season.
“Today is a very exciting day for the Canucks organization,” said Mike Gillis. “Roberto Luongo is the leader of our hockey team; he is in the prime of his playing career and has a tremendous desire to make the Canucks a championship team. His leadership, competitiveness and character are what this team will represent for many years to come.”
“This is a great day for me and my family,” said Roberto Luongo. “I love playing in a passionate hockey city like Vancouver and along with my teammates I am committed to doing everything I can to help make this a championship team.”
from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,
The biggest challenge of ranking the top 125 forwards is not predicting who will finish first, but determining which player from the entire league other than a member of the “Big Three” will place fourth. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are the consensus top three picks, the only debate being their order (last season I ranked them Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin).
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
By the dozens, Senators players, themselves, will soon be gathering for fall training camp. Not soon enough will the real game on the ice replace the head games of summer.
Have the Senators had a worse summer, the summer of Heatley/Mlakar/Kovalev and Balsillie-bites-Melnyk?
Emphatically, no, other than the offseasons eclipsed by labour interruptions, in 1994 and 2004—blackout periods for all NHL franchises.
The Senators haven’t had a summer quite like this one. Looking back, missing the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring turned out to be the least of the team’s worries after the 2008-09 season ended.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“It was a tough ending for all of us, but I think we all got some time to think things through and also get re-energized,’’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall said Tuesday. “What bothers me the most is, I feel like we had a great team and we didn’t play as good as we could. That’s something you always have to live with.
“At the same time, we had some injuries to key players. That was a part of it, but all teams go through injuries. We were close to pulling it off but just couldn’t get there.
“When you win, people tell you how good you are. When you don’t win, people congratulate you for a good season. It’s almost like you get offended. There’s nothing but (a championship). No one counts the second guy.’‘
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