Read: Matthew Lombardi’s career of injuries

In his NHL career, Matthew Lombardi has only played 82 games in a season once and over 78 games 3 other times.

In his career, Lombardi has had the following injuries (TSN):

  • 2003-04 playoffs: Missed Conference Final and Stanley Cup Final (13 games) with a head injury
  • 2005-06: Missed 24 games with an ankle sprain
  • 2008-09: Missed 13 games with an upper body injury
  • 2009-10: Missed 4 games with a lower body injury
  • 2010-11: Missed 80 games and 12 playoff games with a concussion
  • 2011-12: Missed 18 games with an arm injury
  • 2013: Missed 14 games with an upper body injury

Last season in Switzerland, Lombardi played in 46 of 50 games.

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Read: Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis are going to Scotland to golf

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of their 2004 Stanley Cup Win, Brad Richards, Marty St. Louis, Freddy Modin and Tim Taylor are going to Scotland to golf. (Blackhawks)

Richards said that they will play 36 holes per day. (Blackhawks)

Modin, Richards and St. Louis were a line for the Lightning when they won the Cup. 

Taylor played a season and a half for the Rangers from 1999 to 2001.

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Picture: Henrik Lundqvist’s Mask for next season

7/25/14 | 11:28AM:

Lundqvist’s masks from the last few years:

 

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Read: How close Mats Zuccarello came to not coming back to the NHL

Mats Zuccarello7/25/14 | 1:24PM: Mats Zuccarello signed a two-year deal with the Rangers on May 26, 2010.

He played 52 games with the Rangers over those two years and scored 8 goals and had 18 assists.

During his initial contract with the Rangers, Zuccarello was called up and sent down 5 times before breaking his wrist in 2012 and missing the Rangers run to the Eastern Conference Final.

He left the NHL for the KHL and played with Magnitagorsk during the lockout before finishing the 2013 season with the Rangers and signing a one-year deal for this past season.

Zuccarello said that when he was in Russia he wasn’t expecting to come back to the NHL after he battled for two years and then started to play “real hockey” while in the KHL. He said that it was said going to Russia because while he was happy to be playing, he thought his time in the NHL was over.  (Daily News)

He said that when the Rangers asked him to come back after his season in Russia, he wasn’t sure that he wanted to come back but his brother told him not to “be stupid” and that everyone wants to play in the NHL. (Daily News)


 

Zuccarello signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with the Rangers this past week.

Derick Brassard

Buzz: The numbers submitted to the arbitrator for Derick Brassard’s contract

Derick Brassard has asked for $4.95 million in arbitration. ( Elliotte Friedman)

The Rangers countered with $3.825 million.

Brassard’s arbitration award would only be for one-year since he is eligible to become a UFA next summer.

The two sides can still settle before Monday’s hearing.

Last season, Brassard had a cap hit of $3.2 million but had an actual salary of $3.7 million.

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Read: Marc Staal on adding Dan Boyle

Marc StaalMarc Staal said that he is excited to get to know Dan Boyle and the team is excited to have him. (TBNews)

Staal said that Boyle is still a great player, very talented with the puck and will be a “huge help” on the power play. (TBNews)

It’s been speculated that Boyle will shift into Anton Stralman’s spot and skate with Staal but Staal said that he isn’t sure what the pairings will be. (TBNews)

Asked about Staal, Boyle said “him and I played in the All-Star game a few years ago so I do know him a little bit but he had to deal with the eye injury but he looks like he has come back from it. As far as playing with him, any partner I have had in the past has kind of had to adjust to me a little bit more, I can play with anybody. I am a positive guy on the bench, I am hard on myself but when it comes to my teammates I am very positive and supportive and whatever he needs from me, I’ll be there. He is a responsible D man and allows me to go out there and do what I do best and hopefully it’s a good match. (Rangers)

Recap: Henrik and Joel Lundqvist interview

LundqvistHenrik and Joel Lundqvist were on TYT Sports while in California recently: (TYT Sports)

  • Can hockey grab the excitement that soccer gets around the World Cup, Henrik: “Having big tournaments creates interest and passion for that sport and World Cup is huge. With hockey, our big opportunity, playoffs is big but Olympics is a great stage for hockey where we have a big platform and reach new fans.”
  • How important is international competition, Joel: “It’s very important, like Henrik said, and Olympics, World Championships, it’s good for hockey. If you go back 5-10 years it was only like 5 countries who were really good and now it’s 8-9 countries that produce a lot of good players.”

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Read: When Lee Stempniak has been at his best

John Davidson, the former President of the Blues, said that when he signed Lee Stempniak to a three-year deal following a 27 goal, 25 assist season, he was locking up a good young player with upside.  (CP)

Stempniak played 4 years for St. Louis and had 130 points in 223 games. He was traded to Toronto where he played 123 games and only had 61 points.

From Toronto he was sent to Phoenix where he played in 100 games and had 56 points, including 14 goals in the 18 games right after he was traded.

He adds that his success in Phoenix was due in part to joining a winning team and “it’s always easier to play well and have individual success on a good team.” Stempniak said that when he got to Phoenix he played wanted to play his game which is skating, shooting, playing at both ends and being a two-way player. (Globe and Mail)

Don Maloney said that Stempniak is a player with good hockey sense .(Globe and Mail)

When Stempniak was signed to a two-year extension with Calgary in 2012, former Flames GM Jay Feaster said that Stempniak has offensive upside, has shown he can play at both ends of the rink and his ability to skate and forecheck will fit in with Bob Hartley’s coaching style. (National Post)

At one point this part season, Stempniak was a candidate to be a healthy scratch and Flames coach Bob Hartley said that everyone needs to work hard and no one is entitled to anything. (Wes Gilbertson)

He had 11 points in 21 games after being sent from Calgary to Pittsburgh this season.

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