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Henrik Lundqvist, one of the greatest goaltenders of his generation, announced his retirement Friday less than nine months after heart surgery.
Excluding goaltenders selected within the past five years because it's too early to judge them, it's fair to say that eight of the 27 netminders picked in Round 1 since 2000 have panned out. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Semyon Varlamov, Carey Price, Tuukka Rask, Devan Dubnyk, Cory Schneider, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Cam Ward have all been fine, but for every success story, there are two busts. Looking at how historically difficult the position has been to project makes trading up to select a goalie an even more egregious mistake for Yzerman. Additionally, trading up at this point of the draft while both Jesper Wallstedt and Cossa were on the board is increasingly questionable.
"We know the game is sacred. We think we have the greatest jerseys in sports. We are careful when we do these things," Wachtel said.
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Fast forward a year, and Armstrong managed to move Ekman-Larsson and his onerous contract (although it did cost promising Conor Garland), trade Kuemper for a solid prospect in Timmins and a first-rounder, and build a treasure trove of picks that includes five (!) in next year's second round.
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Earlier this year, the NHL started exploring the revenue possibilities for jersey advertisements. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in June that the NHL had no plans for jersey ads in the upcoming 2021-22 season, but left the door open for future advertising.
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It’s never fun looking at the bottom of the barrel, but it’s been a familiar spot for some teams. The Buffalo Sabres’ point total odds are set at 68.5 wins, after finishing dead last in the league last season. Buffalo traded away Rasmus Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart and drafted Owen Power with the first overall selection in the 2021 NHL Draft, but Power elected to go back to the University of Michigan for his sophomore season.