Another day, another step closer to players returning to the ice for training camp. Another day closer for the first puck to drop for the preseason, and most importantly another day closer for the teams to return to the ice, vying for the chance for the biggest prize in sports: The Stanley Cup. We might be in the dog days of summer (and for those in the east, we might consider this Spring/Fall), but don’t you worry hockey is just around the corner, and we simply cannot wait!
Around the NHL…
- Nicklas Lidstrom will get his number 5 retired by the Detroit Red Wings on March 6, 2013. Personally, besides Brian Leetch, Lidstrom was my favorite defenseman to ever play the game, as his skill and his ice vision was something that I really didn’t see growing up in defenseman in the NHL. His number deserves to be retired with the best of them. Also a fun fact – he’s the first non-Canadian or non-American captain to lead his team, and win the Stanley Cup. He did that in 2008 when Detroit defeated Pittsburgh.
- Jay Bouwmeester signs a 5 year extension to stay with the St. Louis Blues. The deal is for $27 million. Bouwmeester was a key player when acquired at the trade deadline, and was heavily talked by Blues upper management about keeping him, and they were true to their word. Bouwmeester will be a great asset to a young team, and will help this team grow, as they continue to improve year after year.
- Seattle, known for its grunge music, its coffee, and its hockey team? That could happen pretty soon as Gary Bettman is pushing the NHL Board of Governors to approve a franchise to Seattle as soon as the 2014-2015 season. But for how much though? $275 million, I’m looking at you Alex Rodriguez, who signed a 10 year extension with the New York Yankees for that amount back in 2007. If an ownership group finds the money to suddenly support the new franchise, it will play in a cramped Key Arena until the new arena is finished.
Around the Fansided NHL Group…
- Someone’s spying on the St. Louis Blues (Blackhawk Up)
- Blue Jackets OT Goal Scores: The Collection (Union and Blue)
- New Jersey Devils Historical Team Battle: 1999-2000 vs. 2011-2012 (Pucks and Pitchforks)
And on Twitter…
— Andy Graziano (@tazman19) August 2, 2013
Good bathroom read…
I'm getting antsy about #TimThomas' ultimate destination — and I hope it isn't his front lawn.
— Stan Fischler (@StanFischler) August 2, 2013
— NHLEXPERTPICKS.COM (@NHLexpertpicks) August 2, 2013
Don’t forget to send in those submissions for your top 10 New York Rangers of all time, we need those submissions as the deadline is getting closer. Deadline is 5PM today so make sure you give us your lists. Comment on this post, Share it with us on Twitter, or post your lists on our Facebook page! The unveiling of the list starts Sunday.