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July 13, 2013

July 13, 2013

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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MACKINNON REOPENS DEBATE

NATHAN MACKINNON BOLTED across the ice and leapt into the Halifax Mooseheads bench moments after he flipped a shot into an empty net from center ice. The insurance goal capped off a sublime fivepoint night as he led the Mooseheads to their first Memorial Cup championship with a 6-4 win over Seth Jones and the Portland Winterhawks. The center was also the tournament MVP thanks to his 13 points in just four games. Was MacKinnon’s performance enough for him to leap over Jones as the No. 1 pick at the draft June 30? It’s reopened a debate that appeared to be all but closed. “There are people out there that say they don’t care about one tournament, but when you have a tournament like the one Nathan MacKinnon just had you…

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CANUCKS MUCK-UP

VANCOUVER’S 2013 CAMPAIGN is over, but the silly season in B.C. has already begun after another postseason faceplant. Vancouver products Jason Brough and Mike Halford, formerly of Orland Kurtenblog and now with NBC’s ProHockeyTalk.com, take a lighter-side look at what changes are coming for the Canucks. JASON BROUGH Hey, did you read that letter Mike Gillis sent to Vancouver season-ticket holders? Apparently he believes the Canucks have to “reinvent” themselves this summer. MIKE HALFORD Yeah, should be an interesting off-season. He said after the Sharks swept them that “significant changes” were coming. JB So fire the coach and… what…new uniforms again? MH Might be a bit more dramatic than that. Two straight first-round exits for a team that went to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in 2011. The paying customers aren’t very…

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HENRIK LUNDQVIST

IF YOU EVER HAPPEN TO SEE New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist walk through a room in a social setting, you’ll understand why they call him ‘King.’ Simply put, the Vezina Trophy-winning netminder commands a room and does so with the greatest ease. Despite gawkers yelling his name, he glides across the floor, never breaking stride – just smiling and maybe politely waving, like royalty. Lundqvist has a lot going for him. Not only is he consistently one of the best at his position in the world, but he’s a handsome man. People magazine has included him on its list of the 100 most beautiful folks in the world and ‘Hank’ was part of a photo shoot for Esquire with a few of his New York teammates. Playing in the biggest…

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THN INBOX

ICE PP ICING, BABY Even more incomprehensible than a team having a 50-50 chance of getting the puck back after being responsible for a stoppage of play (Editor’s Notebook, June) is how we give a privilege to a team that has committed a foul. That is exactly what happens when a penalized team gets to shoot the puck the length of the ice without icing being called. You do that during 5-on-5 situations and you get the faceoff in your own end, without being able to change players. The same rules should apply throughout. Normand Tratt, Mascouche, Que. CONTACT US: letters@thehockeynews.com /thehockeynews /+thehockeynews YOU’RE KID-DING? Your views are absolutely biased towards the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby is not the best player in the NHL (2013 NHL Awards, June). You cover the Islanders like Marc-Andre Fleury trying to stop…