The New Jersey Devils have traditionally been against any player wearing the number 13, to the point where Mike Cammalleri had to switch to No. 23 after being signed to a five-year, $25 million contract last summer.
“I just showed up and No. 23 was in my stall,” Cammalleri told NJ Advance Media last year. To be fair, he didn’t ask for No. 13, but he had been wearing it since he was seven with the exception of times when it wasn’t available to him.
“Signing in New Jersey and all the respect I have for Lou [Lamoriello], that’s not a conversation you have, what number you wanted to wear,” Cammalleri explained, per the Devils’ website.
With Lou Lamoriello gone though and Ray Shero now in charge, Cammalleri took the opportunity to become the first player in New Jersey’s history to claim No. 13. Including the franchise’s time prior to being relocated, Cammalleri will become the second player after Robin Burns.
Jordin Tootoo will also switch from No. 20, which he wore last season, to his more common No. 22. That leaves 24-year-old Eric Gelinas, who wore No. 22 last season, with No. 44.
The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will take their battle outdoors on Feb. 21 as part of the Hockey Day in America tripleheader that will be featured on NBC and NBCSN. As part of those festivities, there will be an alumni game on Feb. 20, but Chicago will have to face more than just the Wild’s veterans, per NHL.com.
Former members of the Minnesota North Stars, which moved to Dallas in 1993, will join forces with the Wild franchise that made its debut in 2000. That means that players like Hall of Famers Dino Ciccarelli and Mike Modano will participate in the contest alongside former Wild forward Andrew Brunette.
Chicago’s squad will feature Ed Belfour, Jeremy Roenick, and Denis Savard.
The alumni game and Stadium Series contest will both take place in the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. The two franchises have met for three consecutive years in the playoffs and are gearing up to once again compete against each other in the competitive Central Division.
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Las Vegas and Quebec City’s expansion bids have earned the attention of the NHL by getting through the first phase of the expansion process, but there’s still more hurdles they must clear in order to earn franchises.
Bill Foley, who is leading the charge to bring hockey to Vegas, announced that they’ve been asked to participate in Phase II.
“In this phase, we will be providing the League with additional information, including information about the Las Vegas market and the MGM AEG Arena being developed between Monte Carlo and New York New York,” Foley explained in a statement. “We will also be permitted access to information provided by the League that it deems important to us. We are hopeful that at the conclusion of this phase, the League will invite us to participate in Phase III.”
Quebecor has gotten the same invitation by the NHL for its Quebec City bid, per TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
Meanwhile, Quebecor is seeking partners to help cover the $500 million expansion fee while Poker star Daniel Negreanu would like to buy a stake in the prospective Vegas team.
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