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January 22, 2019
NHL News and Notes
by Michael Menser Dell, Editor-in-Chief
Every dark cloud has a gin lining.
Detroit's Stanley Cup victory was enough to convince Dominik Hasek to retire. Yeehaw! Beat it, creep! Please let the door hit you on the way out.
Saying he no longer had the motivation necessary to compete at the highest level, the Flopinator decided to hang up his lucky charms. When reporters fired a few questions at him during the press conference, Hasek instinctively dropped his blocker, rolled over on his back, and kicked his legs in the air.
Hasek is one of my least favorite hockey players ever. Yeah, he was great, but he was a terrible teammate. I mean, how big a douche do you have to be to make Ray Emery seem cool? Ottawa is full of the biggest quitters and crybabies in hockey, yet even the Sens couldn't stomach Hasek.
Even though he got his name on the Cup again, at least Hasek left us all with those magical memories from Game Four of the Nashville series. He's still looking for that Jason Arnott slapper. But without doubt, this is my favorite Hasek moment...
“It is an incredible honor to be named to the cover of NHL 09,” said Phaneuf. “I’ve been a really big fan of the franchise for as long as I can remember and am looking forward to being the face of the game this year, particularly because of the significant improvements that have been made to the defensive game and the new checking engine.”
I haven't played any of the new hockey video games. I'm old school. I don't think it gets any better than NHL 94. And if anyone wants to go against me and the Mighty Whale in some online NHL 94 action, just let me know.
But NHL 08 supposedly won all sorts of awards and honors and whatnot, so maybe the franchise has experienced a renaissance. This year's version will feature all sorts of new features, including a revolutionary Skill Stick System to provide players with unparalleled control on defense. You'll now be able to sweep check to block passing lanes and lift your opponent's stick to prevent one-timers. So right there the game is already better than Brian Campbell.
NHL 09 will also boast expanded online play, allowing up to 12 players from around the world to compete in the same game, each controlling an individual player. That would be wicked nice. Hmm ha. Maybe I'll have to get in on this.
VEZINA: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils; Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers; Evgeny Nabokov, San Jose Sharks.
NORRIS: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins; Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings; Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames.
CALDER: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals; Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks.
LADY BYNG: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings; Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning.
SELKE: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings; John Madden, New Jersey Devils; Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings.
HART: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames; Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals.
ADAMS: Mike Babcock, Detroit Red Wings; Bruce Boudreau, Washington Capitals; Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens.
As part of the Draft festivities, Upper Deck will be presenting the 2008 NHL Entry Draft Trading Card and Memorabilia Show. Nick Foligno will be on hand to sign autographs. The show will also be at Scotiabank Place, running from 4-6:30 PM on Friday and 9AM-1PM on Saturday.
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