Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/09/13 at 10:55 AM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- It is expected there will be conversations this week between the Rangers and Lundqvist's agent, Don Meehan. Does the goalie agree with Phil Kessel about no talks during the season, or is he like Dion Phaneuf, who doesn't mind? "We'll see. Hopefully, we'll have some good talks in the next couple of weeks. If we don't have a solution, we'll have another discussion on how to move forward."
Lundqvist will be 32 in March, which is the Rangers' biggest concern. His last three seasons were the best of his career in save percentage. He was second, fourth and fifth overall among full-time starters during that time. Can't find a full-timer who had a save percentage of .920 after the age of 37. But, I can find 23 who did it from 32-37 -- including Dominik Hasek (four times), Tim Thomas (four times), Patrick Roy (twice), Ed Belfour, Martin Brodeur and Miikka Kiprusoff. He's in that class, which would make it easier for me to take the risk.
- Tim Thompson, who does many HNIC opening videos, is working on a piece about players' musical choices. There were some surprising responses. Crosby, a fan of Great Big Sea (which played his Stanley Cup party), sheepishly admitted liking "Wake Me Up" by Avicii, a Swedish DJ. The biggest stunner was Blues captain David Backes praising the motivational messages of Matisyahu, a Hebrew Hip Hop artist. The NHLer who said he prefers Katy Perry? We'll keep that one a secret for his own sake.
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