Well, the good news is, we are about halfway through the month of August. Which means hockey is getting closer and closer as the minutes pass by. I don’t know about anybody else, but I actually have a countdown set in my phone. Counting down to training camp, the start of preseason, and the start of the regular season. There is a method to my madness. But, let’s get to the latest news around the league.
Just announced a little while ago, the NHL Board Of Governors have officially approved the sale of the New Jersey Devils. The Devs will now be operated by a group led by investment banker Joshua Harris. ”It is with great pride that I stand here today at the Prudential Center … and share with you the sense of excitement we have as the new owners of the New Jersey Devils,” Harris said. ” … I can assure everyone here that David [Blitzer, co-owner] and I take the responsibility for being stewards of this great franchise seriously and we look forward to building excitement on and off the ice.”
As we all know, superstar goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has only one year remaining on his contract. Which means next summer he will be an unrestricted free agent. It is terrifying to think that Hank might be playing in a different uniform next season. Even he finds it hard to imagine. ”The way the organization and fans have treated me and how much I’ve enjoyed it, it’s hard to picture myself playing elsewhere,” Lundqvist told Swedish TV network SVT2 when asked about his future with the Rangers and signing a new contract, according to translations by SVT’s Marie Lehmann via her Twitter account. ”It’s obviously going to be a very important part of my career, this next contract, there’s no reason for me to deny that.” Next year is going to be a very difficult time for Ranger fans. As the likes of Ryan Callahan, Derick Brassard, and Chris Kreider will be joining Lundqvist in needing contract renewals.
— Jay O’Connor (@Jokker_Jay) August 15, 2013
— Heather (@hscott10) August 15, 2013
— Peter Blennerhassett (@PetaBeeee) August 15, 2013