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NHL 12 Update: Salming, Roenick, and Roy Confirmed as Legends

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My apologies for not breaking this news the moment it dropped, as was the case yesterday. I happened to oversleep by a few hours this morning… anyway, here is the scoop. First, in a video released on EA’s Sports Swedish Facebook Page, further confirmed yesterday’s news about Yzerman, and then went on to reveal that Toronto Maple Leafs’ Swedish defenseman, Borje Salming, will also be one of the included Legends in NHL 12.

Update: I’ve noticed the occasion error when loading these videos, if you get one, just hit refresh on your browser a few times and the issue should be fixed.

Here is that video - via YouTube.

Video posted on EA Nordic YouTube Profile Page

 

Then, just a few hours ago, EA announced the inclusion of Jeremy Roenick and Patrick Roy via their NHL 12 Twitter Feed which included a link the following video clip…

 

Thanks to Shin547 for uploading this, as EA’s Official Video was not friendly for embedding


So… there we have it… 7 of the 9 Legends have now been made official. As I had speculated yesterday… I figured EA would have some surprises in store for us. As you can see from the last trailer, the final two Legends will to be announced sometime tomorrow. Which at this point, I’m nearly 100% confident that they will be Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe, given the teaser footage of the first Legends trailer. Looks like Bobby Orr isn’t going to make the cut after all, despite all of the speculation. Unless EA has some kind of surprise “there are actually 10 Legends” announcement on Friday, which I highly doubt, as there is supposed to be yet another “Online Communities” related developer/producer blog to be released sometime between now and then as well.

Well… what do I think about all of this? As I said, some of it is very surprising indeed… as it somehow never occurred in my mind that they might throw in a guy like Salming, but considering he was the first Swede ever inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame back in 1996… this is clearly EA’s way of showing some love to not only Leafs fans, but their rather large European fan-base as well, which are already getting the game a few days earlier than the rest of us here in North America. I don’t argue that Salming is a Maple Leafs’ Legend… but as far as an NHL Legend goes, it’s debatable… but Leafs fans feel free to make your case in the comments section.

The very same could be said about what is perhaps the biggest surprise on this list… Jeremy Roenick. At no point in any of my various and vast speculation about these Legends, did he show up on any one of my possible lists (then again neither did Salming). Although many could ague he would be on the list of some of the best NHL players, at least in recent times, to never win the Stanley Cup, along with Salming. In JR’s defense though… he is a 9-time All-Star… which isn’t something many players can claim the honor of having. Roenick was also inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame last year in 2010… although it remains to be seen if he will ever find his way into the hollowed halls among the many hockey legends immortalized in Toronto though.

UPDATE - 9AM - 8/18 Apparently even Roenick himself was surprised by the news as this post via his Twitter account an hour ago suggests -

@Jeremy_Roenick
Crazy day of media for NHL12 legends game. Really?? What a group of guys I’m w on this game. I’m truly honored. Everyone will love this game


I suppose that about does it for today’s update. I’m sure there will be much discussion about both Salming and Roenick’s inclusion… as well as what now appears to be the lack of inclusion of one of the greatest defensemen of all time, Bobby Orr.


UPDATE - 5PM - Also in some Jeremy Roenick and NHL-series related news today via an article on deadspin.com. Roenick has re-enacted that classic NHL-series scene from the movie “Swingers”. Check out the link for the full article, but here is the video of said re-enacted scene in question…

Video posted on YouTube by bman530

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Again, I apologize that I wasn’t able to bring this news to you when it broke, as I was up rather late last night brushing up on my NHL 11 skills in preparation for my review of NHL 12, so I can properly make a good comparison of the 300+ new gameplay enhancements and new features to be included in this year’s installment in the NHL franchise. I have still yet to receive my review-copy from EA, but when I do, expect to at least hear about it, as it will mean Cluster Pucks will be going on a bit of a mini-hiatus, save for one very special assignment that will be announced in a few weeks. As I will be digging myself deep into the game’s many modes, to bring you a proper comprehensive and in-depth review of the game on it’s release date… that is assuming I get my review-copy with enough time to do so.

Also, on a personal note, I am very happy to announce that my all-star filled HUT team - “Cluster Pucks” (surprise eh?) did go on to win their first online HUT tournament last night, in what was a very dramatic and intense final game. In which my worthy opponent tied up the score 3-3 after a deflected point shot found it’s way to the back of my net with a mere 6.4 seconds renaming on the clock in the third period. However, I managed to seal the deal with about 15 seconds remaining in 4-on-4 overtime, before we would have gone to a shoot-out. After a breakaway pass was sent up-ice to my second liner Marian Hossa, who then got stonewalled by the opposing Dwayne Roloson on my breakaway attempt, thankfully, fellow second-liner Ilya Kovalchuk, had just come off my bench after a line change, and was able to bury the rebound on a bank-shot off the post and Roloson’s right pad. Accomplishing my goal of winning at least one online HUT tournament in NHL 11 (for achievement’s sake) before NHL 12 came out. As my star-laden HUT team was very much “built to win now” as they say, as I had collected a number of big time NHL players, “over-trained” them, and had a rather short window of opportunity to grab an online tournament win before some long-term contracts would expire, and I would have been forced to make some line-up changes due to HUT’s salary cap, which I was a mere $10 under. Sorry for the long personal note, but I just wanted to assure you guys that my oversleeping today did indeed have a valid reason. wink

 

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I’m just going to assume there were licensing issues or something that keeps Orr (my assumption too) out of the Legends line up.  JR, while a very good player just simply isn’t on the same level as the rest of them. Heck he’s the only one that doesn’t have a guaranteed spot waiting for him in the HOF.  Maybe his NHL ‘94 glory is what snuck him in?  Still, leaving Orr out of NHL Legends makes no sense.  Bourque was an elite talent and belongs there, but not over Orr for Pete’s sake.

Posted by Bosephus from Behind enemy lines, Denver, CO on 08/17/11 at 08:02 PM ET

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Wow.  Roenick… really?  I wouldn’t put him on par with an NHL “Legend”.  Where’s Orr, where’s Savard, Messier?  Sakic?  Coffey?  Oates?  Kurri?  Robitaille?  Gartner?  Francis?

There are just so many more that could’ve been there instead of him.  I’m astonished they missed the rest of these.  Maybe they’ll be dlc, who knows, but Roenick should not be part of the primary set.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 08/17/11 at 08:25 PM ET

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I’m just going to assume there were licensing issues or something that keeps Orr (my assumption too) out of the Legends line up. Posted by Bosephus

That would be my best guess too. Apparently Mr. Orr has a high price tag. Here’s to hoping that this Legends feature continues on with the series, and this list of players will grow next year… with Orr being on the top of that list at the moment, with names like Messier, Beliveau, Coffey, Bossy, M. Richard, Sakic, Murphy, Clarke, R. Hull and Hasek right behind him. Hopefully in a few years they will have a true “All-Legends” team to mess around with.

If and when EA ever does get the coaches license back from the NHLPA, I would expect none other than Scotty Bowman to be coach of this future Legends team.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/17/11 at 08:25 PM ET

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Maybe they’ll be dlc, who knows Posted by Matt Fry

That rumor has just gotten started today actually… likely because of the majority of the reaction to Roenick.

However, I doubt it will happen, they have a short development cycle as it is… and have never really done any king of extensive DLC like this before, and I’m sure they would want to save said announcements for the hyping of future games in the series.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/17/11 at 08:28 PM ET

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Why do you think you would already have a review copy? The games releases in 4 weeks and a couple days for US. You will get it a week and a half before it’s released if your lucky…

Posted by Johnson from Colorado on 08/17/11 at 08:33 PM ET

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Hasek won’t be a legend because he still plays for HC Pardubice in the game, I use him in shootouts whenever I play you.

Posted by Shawzamot from Calgary on 08/17/11 at 08:36 PM ET

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I remember in NHLPA 93 for the SNES, Roenick could score from almost anywhere on the ice with a slap shot.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/17/11 at 08:47 PM ET

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Why do you think you would already have a review copy? The games releases in 4 weeks and a couple days for US. You will get it a week and a half before it’s released if your lucky… Posted by Johnson from Colorado

The video game industry has changed quite a bit in recent years, and games have become far more complex and comprehensive, especially sports games, with their multitude of game modes… in the case of the NHL-series, things like Be and GM, Be a Pro, EASHL, and HUT, take a long amount of time to really get deep into, and thus a lot of play-time is involved to get a proper review written up. In my eyes, the sooner the better, as there is a lot to take in with all of the new changes across the board in NHL 12. I’ll get it when I get it… if I get it, as I was not given any guarantee, but I am on the list.

Once the game goes “gold” and is finalized, they begin mass producing copies for release, and this is usually around the same time the review-copies begin to get sent out to the media as well. As far as I know from what I have looked into, this happened a week or two ago. So as for when it might show up at my door, if at all, is anyone’s guess. As KK isn’t exactly a major outlet for video game related news, and really, just started covering the NHL-series on a regular basis when I began writing about it a month ago.. so a late arrival wouldn’t surprise me at all, but as I said, I am hopeful that it will be sooner rather than later, considering all that I have to digest in a short amount of time, to bring you guys the proper review, as it should be.

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Hasek won’t be a legend because he still plays for HC Pardubice in the game, I use him in shootouts whenever I play you. Posted by Shawzamot

That is currently true, as of this year. Next year, who knows. I’ve got a gut feeling though, that as they continue to improve the physics engine with little tweaks, next year will see the inclusion of the now live goalies being able to lose their paddles upon certain types of contact. The only reason I think that they didn’t throw it in this year was because they would literally have to double the amount of save animations currently in the game, which is already going to be more extensive than last year with the inclusion of live goalies, and whatever new moves might be at their disposal now as a result. Not to mention the inclusion of the new “Goalie V-H Technique” - which I am very eager to get my hands on and put through it’s paces.

However, I can think of no better goalie to show off this potential new “goalie without a stick” feature than Hasek. Even if he is still playing for HC Pardubice next season, I wouldn’t rule out his potential inclusion as a Legend next year… as they are all represented as being in the “prime” of their careers, which Hasek is certainly well past at this point. Again, I just have kind of a gut-feeling about this one… but more often than not, those feelings turn out to be somewhat accurate when it comes to predicting upcoming changes to the NHL-series.

Also Shawzie, I don’t even remember the last time we played a shoot-out, but generally, we just did them to screw around and kill time… I’m still surprised you could hold onto the puck with that team’s players. Speaking of which, if you happen to read this follow-up comment, I’d like to get some games in between now and next Monday night (or Tuesday afternoon) whenever the NHL 12 demo drops, as that will mark the end of me touching NHL 11 ever again, unless I get my review-copy before then, which I highly doubt. I don’t mean EASHL games per say, as I know you’ve got that little Club of yours in a decent spot at the moment, for the final season of EASHL play in NHL 11. I wouldn’t have to play goalie if you’ve got a good one on hand, and can play forward just fine at the moment, as I have been doing more as of late to prep for my NHL 12 review. Might be fun to have some Online Versus matches too. My FB tab is always open these days, watching for NHL 12 news, so just message me on there sometime if I’m not already online and playing.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/17/11 at 09:46 PM ET

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I remember in NHLPA 93 for the SNES, Roenick could score from almost anywhere on the ice with a slap shot. Posted by Da lil Guy

Just about every decent player could score from anywhere on the ice back then, haha.

All the kids today think the current generation of the NHL-series is bad for “always goals”... yet I doubt few of them have any idea how bad things used to be, back in the day. It was more about pure fun back then though, and while the series still is pure fun for casual fans, it’s also become a very realistic hockey simulation, for the hardcore crowd… it’s about as close as you can get to the game without actually being on the ice.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/17/11 at 09:50 PM ET

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I reckon Roenick’s inclusion must a homage to his outstanding performances in NHL 94 (if video game stats counted towards the HoF, he’d be in on the first ballot…), and in keeping with that, I would be very disappointed if he wasn’t the best player and highest-rated Legend on the game.

Also, how clearly were EA trying to get all of the Original 6 teams represented? Borje Salming, good grief. Not as if the Leafs had any better candidates tbf. Suppose Messier for the Rangers is all but a certainty now. Next year I’d expect Philly (Clarke), Vancouver (Bure), Calgary (MacInnis) and Buffalo (Hasek) to be represented, if this pattern is continued.

Posted by fcjbencard on 08/17/11 at 10:23 PM ET

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I would be very disappointed if he wasn’t the best player and highest-rated Legend on the game. Posted by fcjbencard

He won’t be… they are keeping things realistic. Which is why my gut tells me that Gordie Howe (to be confirmed tomorrow) will end up as the highest-rated Legend… since they are going for having all of these players in the prime of their careers… and Gordie could do it all, and had a toughness factor that Gretzky didn’t. That said, it wouldn’t shock me if they somehow tweaked the stats so that Gretzky ends up a 99 overall, just for the sake of it being ironic. This would be kind of disappointing though, as I said… Howe should by all means end up with the highest overall rating, since all stat categories are taken into account for a players overall score.

I expect all of the Legends to be in (or very close to) the mid-to-high 90s overall though. However, as we saw with the case of Chelios’ HUT card though, he is ranked an 86 overall, but can grow to at least an 88 (and slightly beyond) with proper training in HUT, as well as I would imagine would be true of all the other game modes with player-growth, such as Be a Pro and Be a GM.

I’m still very curious as to what all the stat rankings will end up being for these various Legends… and really hope they made sure to include Roy’s signature “glove flair” save. Which might be in the video, but I have yet to go back over them frame by frame, and look for those little details… although upon second viewing of the Yzerman footage, I did notice their attempt to recreate his infamous double-OT goal against St. Louis, which was a nice touch.

Also, how clearly were EA trying to get all of the Original 6 teams represented? Borje Salming, good grief. Not as if the Leafs had any better candidates tbf. Posted by fcjbencard

Agreed, as I remember a reader of an earlier update bringing up the notion of hoping that there would be a Leafs player included… I said, if that were to happen, I’d have my money on Mats Sundin… and never saw Salming coming… so it is a bit of a surprise. As I said in the blog though, I think Salming’s inclusion has got a lot to do with EA Canada showing some love for their European fan-base, which is very heavy on Swedes and Finns.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/17/11 at 10:52 PM ET

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JR needs to go away!!!  Completely overrated as a player, and brutal behind the mic!!!  He and Versus are perfect for each other, shitty channel, shitty player/personality!!!  I’m glad I still get CBC and TSN.

Posted by Kye from Detroit on 08/17/11 at 11:38 PM ET

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I’m glad I still get CBC and TSN. Posted by Kye from Detroit

I had to sacrifice CBC for NHL Network, which so far has been a pretty good trade off, as they usually carry all the HNIC broadcasts anyway.

I must ask though… how the hell are you getting TSN in Detroit? I really need to know… because it would greatly improve the quality of my day to day life! smile

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/17/11 at 11:49 PM ET

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I would be very disappointed if he wasn’t the best player and highest-rated Legend on the game. Posted by fcjbencard

He won’t be… they are keeping things realistic. Which is why my gut tells me that Gordie Howe (to be confirmed tomorrow) will end up as the highest-rated Legend… since they are going for having all of these players in the prime of their careers… and Gordie could do it all, and had a toughness factor that Gretzky didn’t.

The way you’ve quoted that makes it look like I was being serious, where really I was kidding around; on the basis JR’s mainly in the game for being really good in NHL 94, they might as well pay homage to that. That said, nothing wrong with a bit of realism, and on that basis I’d expect Howe to get higher than Gretzky just like you. One thing last year’s game was particularly bad for was giving too much emphasis to toughness in the overall ratings, which left Boogaard on an 81 iirc… jarring in itself, but worse, it meant the computer always put him on the Rangers’ 1st or 2nd line in GM mode. Very much like how previous NHL games gave European player ratings based on a different scale, which was also annoying (Fredrik Norrena once scored an 89 overall when playing in the SEL).

Posted by fcjbencard on 08/18/11 at 12:43 AM ET

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The way you’ve quoted that makes it look like I was being serious, where really I was kidding around Posted by fcjbencard

I figured you were joking around, and was presuming most people would have realized that as well if they read your comment. I just used it as a segue into talking about Legends ratings in general. Sorry if it came off as serious, as that wasn’t my intention.

One thing last year’s game was particularly bad for was giving too much emphasis to toughness in the overall ratings, which left Boogaard on an 81 iirc… jarring in itself, but worse, it meant the computer always put him on the Rangers’ 1st or 2nd line in GM mode. Posted by fcjbencard

Well there is no real “toughness rating” it’s just a general term for the combination of checking, aggressiveness, fighting skill, strength, balance, durability, etc. All of those stats (and others) do factor into hitting, except fighting skill, which only factors into fights. Many of those stats factor into other things too, as strength also modifies shot power, punching power, and factors into board-play as well, hence why the overalls end up what they are, because just about every stat factors into a variety of things, as was the case last year, and will likely be extended into even more areas this year with the new full balance control and net-front battles systems in place.

I’ve seen the CPU do crazier things in Be a GM though… like putting the Sedin twins on separate lines… that has to take the cake for me, in terms of wacky stuff I’ve seen computer GMs do. Thankfully they have continued to work on improving that logic as well in NHL 12.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/18/11 at 01:26 AM ET

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Methinks Kyle does what the vast majority of the Red Wings do…He’s got a PO box in Winnipeg which just happens to be his “residence” for the bill Rogers, Bell or another Canadian satellite provider. The Wings get Canadian satellite TV at the Joe, too, though nobody knows how wink

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/18/11 at 02:26 AM ET

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Hi Doug, congrats on your first HUT online tournament title. It took me also a long time for my first title…

Just wanted to inform you that a moderator from EA stated that the Online Leagues are fixed for NHL 12, would be great if that’s true, look here:
http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/7481629.page

One other thing about HUT. i played it rather much the last 2-3 months and enjoyed it.
One thing that bothers me is the fact that you can almost turn any player into a superstar.
That just doesn’t seem right- IN FIFA’s UT Mode you can boost players for 1 game in single categories, that’s a better approach…in HUT you lose the individual feel for a player if any grinder can stickhandle like Datsyuk, fly like Helm, and shoot like Franzen…. wink

Posted by steph from Bonn, Germany on 08/18/11 at 03:47 AM ET

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Me thinks Kyle does what the vast majority of the Red Wings do…He’s got a PO box in Winnipeg which just happens to be his “residence” for the bill Rogers, Bell or another Canadian satellite provider. The Wings get Canadian satellite TV at the Joe, too, though nobody knows how - Posted by George Malik

I kinda figured it was something like that… now if only I had more money to pull such a thing off…

Hi Doug, congrats on your first HUT online tournament title. It took me also a long time for my first title -Posted by steph

Thank you. I’m surprised I managed to pull it off, as I’m a pretty crappy versus player… as I hate the player switching, which is why I prefer the EASHL. So much easier to play hockey when you can just focus on what your job is at your position and not everything else. Plus it just never wants to switch me to the player I want, and I know how to use the whole “last man back” button too… would be nice if they had some kind of directional switching option… but I digress.

Just beefed up the HUT team to be a 5 star team, so I can try and nab that “5 Star Battle Achievement” - as it’s one of the last few I need in NHL 11, besides the HUT playoff ones, because I never played the mode all that much, and won’t have the time with NHL 12 right around the corner. I just finished up playing a really good 5-star team just now… and totally got wiped… 6-0. That guy had one hell of a team though, and was a good player to boot. Didn’t help that I was half-asleep at the time either. He was cool though, sent me a message after the game saying he’d check out “my site” - by which he was referring to here, as I have some KK info listed on my Xbox Live profile.

I’m trying to work out a deal with him where if I can get him to agree to let me win a match, then I’ll just throw him whatever cards he wants out of my vast collection, via trade, either for his own use or to sell for pucks. That same deal goes for the rest of you readers who might happen to be reading this. if you’ve got a 5 star team in HUT... help me get my 5-star win before the NHL 12 demo drops, and I’ll let you have whatever amount of cards you want out of my massive HUT card collection in NHL 11, including players who are currently on my team. I have too many good cards to even list on here… although I did just snag a Shea Weber, who I signed to an 80 game contract - which is the entire length of his career in HUT, keeping his contract at it’s original low starting price (for a top d-man at least). Already applied 3/5 training cards too, got him up in the low 90s already, but don’t have a place for him on my team at the moment. That’s just an example of the kind of awesome cards I just have stock-piled over my HUT playing time. Normally, I like to earn my achievements, but with NHL 12 on the way, I could care less at the moment. Anyway, I’m rambling… sorry.. happens when I’m half-asleep.

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Just wanted to inform you that a moderator from EA stated that the Online Leagues are fixed for NHL 12, would be great if that’s true, look here:
http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/7481629.page - Posted by steph

That is awesome news, although I remember telling you I figured they would finally fix it this year. That’s a reliable source too, since most of the mods there went to EA Canada’s community day play-test months ago. So I’d be willing to bet that it is quite true.

One other thing about HUT. i played it rather much the last 2-3 months and enjoyed it.One thing that bothers me is the fact that you can almost turn any player into a superstar.That just doesn’t seem right- IN FIFA’s UT Mode you can boost players for 1 game in single categories, that’s a better approach…in HUT you lose the individual feel for a player if any grinder can stickhandle like Datsyuk, fly like Helm, and shoot like Franzen….Posted by steph

Eh, you can’t do that with every player… older players don’t have that many training slots. For the most part though, from what I’ve noticed… most of the top teams in HUT consist of a majority of good younger players. People sign them to an 80-game contract, which is the longest I think is in HUT, and I’ve only ever gotten two of them in all my many, many card packs, so they are super-rare and fetch a high price. Then it’s just a matter of applying as many +9 training cards, or +3 to all (I think 3 is the highest) you can get your hands on… and then you have yourself a 90-something ranked superstar for next to nothing salary cap wise, with a long career. It’s insane the number of players and goalies I’ve seen on the HUT market that have 99 or 98 in everything… and most of those fetch some insane prices, depending on how much career time they have left, and current contract cost.

Crap, I’ve gone and written a small blog post in a comment… man I need to get to bed… I’ve got exciting news to cover tomorrow… whenever the Super Mario and Mr. Hockey confirmation video hits the wire…

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/18/11 at 05:35 AM ET

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wheres mario lemieux?  One would think he would be a lock to be in here, unless he didn’t want it

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 08/18/11 at 07:05 AM ET

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Knowing Roenick he probably paid EA to put himself in the game.

Posted by BigE on 08/18/11 at 08:20 AM ET

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Roenick begged EA to make him a legend because he wants to win a championship any way he can.

Posted by Geno71 on 08/18/11 at 09:46 AM ET

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Doug,

The one thing I’m hoping EA adds this year is a Free Agency room for the EASHL.  The room would list each player that is not currently on a club along with their # of games played, stats, overall grade etc…Then GM’s from clubs who are seeking players for their team can go to this FA room, look over the list and choose who they want to send an invitation to.

Posted by Geno71 on 08/18/11 at 09:51 AM ET

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wheres mario lemieux?  One would think he would be a lock to be in here, unless he didn’t want it Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero

All indications are that he will be announced later on today along with Gordie Howe as the final two Legends. There was a short clip in the initial teaser trailer, which showed a right-handed Penguin making a move around a Bruin defensemen, this shot was all from the thighs down… but clever people noticed that it was pretty much an exact recreation of Lemieux’s infamous move around Bourque before scoring a goal. Go check the older NHL 12 updates, where I talked more about this and said real life clip in question. Also, I love the avatar, big House fan myself.

The one thing I’m hoping EA adds this year is a Free Agency room for the EASHL.  The room would list each player that is not currently on a club along with their # of games played, stats, overall grade etc…Then GM’s from clubs who are seeking players for their team can go to this FA room, look over the list and choose who they want to send an invitation to. Posted by Geno71

They would need to put it in the OTP lobbies, as even desperate GMs and FAs aren’t just going to sit around in a lobby to look at stats. It’s already been confirmed that there will be a “Club Scouting” tool in the pause menu of the EASHL this year (see older updates where I talked about this) - but it’s essentially an in-game version of what you are talking about.

Personally, I think it’d just make more sense then when highlighting a player’s name in the OTP lobby, you would at least see their EASHL-stats instead of their versus stats, which would include if there were a FA or not. Then there should be some kind of further option when selecting a player’s name, that on the drop down list, you could easily view more extensive EASHL stats, etc.

Expect to find out something more about this kind of stuff “soon” - as EA is supposed to post another blog soon, talking more about the online game modes, and I suspect they will get into more details about things like this. I expect that blog to come sometime today, or more likely, tomorrow, as they tend not to update much on the weekends, and the demo will be out sometime next Tuesday. Although I suspect we will continue to get updates even after then, so expect me to report on them as they happen.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/18/11 at 10:57 AM ET

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Roenick?..... eww sick.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 08/18/11 at 02:01 PM ET

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Roenick?..... eww sick. Posted by bezukov

Personally, I’ve never really had a problem with JR… dunno if he’s “Legend” worthy, but in EA Sports NHL-series he is… has he has been pretty high up on several “virtual athletes of the decade” lists, at places like IGN.com over the years.

Plus JR more or less just spilled the beans on both Lemieux and Howe via his Twitter, as he was given the chance to play some NHL 12 today with EA. However, I’m still waiting on the the video to drop before I put up my next post… which could be rather soon considering JR has already spoiled the complete lack of surprise anyway… at least for those of you that have been paying attention to the details of my blogs… as we all knew these two were coming today… it’s just a matter of when EA makes of official…

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/18/11 at 02:09 PM ET

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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