Even though the 2013-14 season is still pretty far off, there’s been a steady trickle of news coming in from all across the NHL this off-season. These developments continue to shape what’s sure to be an interesting upcoming year. With that in mind, let’s take a look toward the ice and examine some of the recent happenings around the league. Here’s the latest.
Lidstrom to Have Number Retired: Recently-retired Detroit star Nicklas Lidstrom will have his number retired by the Red Wings this season. No. 5 will hit the rafters as part of a ceremony scheduled to take place on March 6 before a game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Lidstrom’s highly-decorated career included four Stanley Cup wins, seven Norris Trophy wins and the honor of being the first European-born captain to win an NHL championship.
Blackhawks Will Sell Ice: Need a gift for that hard-to-shop-for Hawks fan who has everything? Well, here’s your answer. After melting and removing the home ice from Chicago’s championship run at the United Center, the team has packaged it up into individual containers and will be selling the Stanley-Cup-winning water to lucky fans. No word yet on the details, but the proceeds will go to charity.
The Blackhawks’ home ice was definitely part of a magical season. The team finished with a 36-7-5 record, won the Presidents’ Trophy and their second Stanley Cup since 2010.
Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks: One of the bigger news items this week was the re-signing of Sharks center Joe Pavelski. He inked a cozy $30 million, five-year deal on Tuesday, which was identical to the contract signed by fellow San Jose star Logan Couture. They’ll both be in town through 2018-19.
Pavelski has been an important part of the team for years, and he’s coming off a 16-goal, 15-assist campaign that saw him rank third on the team in points. Now that he’s under contract, the Sharks can turn their attentions toward the looming contract expirations of Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle.
Jay Bouwmeester, D, St. Louis Blues: One more noteworthy move from late last week: the Blues agreed to terms on an extension for five years and $27 million. It’ll take effect after his current deal expires next season.
St. Louis acquired Bouwmeester in a mid-season deal with the Flames last year, and he’s put in some nice numbers since. In 47 games this past year, he tallied seven goals and 15 assists. He’ll be a very valuable anchor piece for the Blues as they attempt to overcome their first-round playoff bounce.
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