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Earlier this afternoon, some NHL 12 fans on the internet found a new Legends video, posted exclusively on the EB Games (now GameStop) webpage for NHL 12. However, the video was kind of “hidden”, thankfully over the time it took for me to write this update, there has been a new link to this new video released by EA Sports in an exclusive with GameStop’s official site, which makes it much easier to find, and is of much better quality that the original one that was found.
Read on, as I’ll provide a link to this new video ( UPDATE - Days later, I finally have the video included in this post ), which reveals several bits of juicy new info on the Legends, including what their team uniforms look like, some info about unlocking them, and best of all, what their overall ratings will be! Also included in this update is some additional news about the Jets’ new sweaters potentially not being in the game upon release, and some new quick-clips about HUT and the EASHL.
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Rumours are a-swirlin’ - is it true that Nikolay Zherdev wants to don a Winnipeg Jets jersey (whatever that might look like) next year? The former fourth overall pick (2003, Columbus Blue Jackets) is said to have a desire to play for the Jets, according to a tidbit out of Russia (article in Russian - Google translate this puppy).
From Bob McManaman at the Arizona Republic:
History has a funny way of repeating itself and on Wednesday night, in front of a “white out” crowd at Jobing.com Arena - much as it was 15 years ago in Winnipeg - the Coyotes might have played their last game in Arizona.
Again, it was Detroit that ended their season. This time, it was a series sweep punctuated by a 6-3 victory in a bitter Game 4 before a sellout crowd of 17,314.
“Nobody likes to leave their home, ever,” Doan said after the game. “Fifteen years ago, it was an emotional time to leave. When you’re told to leave your home, it’s always difficult.”
The only difference is, back then the Jets and their fans knew it was coming. The relocation to Phoenix was a done deal before the playoffs even began in 1996.
This time, there is nothing but uncertainty.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
He’s a hardened, often cynical 71-year-old, with a voice as rough as Manitoba gravel and a tongue sharper than a Wiltshire.
But there was Bobby Hull, overcome with emotion, his eyes welling with tears and his voice quivering like the goaltenders he used to stare down.
All it had taken to reduce the Golden Jet to a whimper was a reunion with Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson — the first time the Hot Line had come together on Winnipeg soil since they were members of the Winnipeg Jets in 1978.
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
We come to you today to express concern for an endangered species.
We are talking about the Winnipeg Jet, a creature once beloved and abundant in these parts.
Now, 12 years after the local NHL team became extinct (or at least packed up and flew south to Phoenix) they are truly a dying breed.
With the retirement of former Jet Stu Barnes Thursday, a month after Dallas Drake did the same thing, there are now only seven ex-Jets with the potential of playing in the NHL this coming season.
From Randy Turner at the Winnipeg Free Press,
It’s difficult to forget how in the immediate aftermath of the Jets’ departure to Phoenix, the sense of mourning—for most hockey fans, at least—was palpable. There were fond and fresh memories of white-outs, now a staple in the land of the Penguins. Then there were long-standing feelings of bitterness and cynicism toward a league that never really wanted Winnipeg in the first place.
Not to mention the subsequent hundreds of millions of dollars frittered away to finance the facade of the NHL someday operating a successful franchise in the Arizona desert.
But now, with the passage of time, there’s a void replaced by… what? Ambivalence? Acceptance? Disinterest?
*thanks to a KK reader for passing this on
From Mike Smith’s blog at The Hockey News:
I was recently asked, of the many trades I made, which had the most interesting story to it? I answered immediately, “the Tie Domi-Kris King for Ed Olczyk trade I made with Neil Smith in New York while I was in Winnipeg.”
My first NHL job was as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers. The genesis of the Domi-King trade began when I went to a Ken Norton heavyweight fight at Madison Square Garden…