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August 13, 2013

August 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.

DEPARTMENTS

PLUS MINUS

+PLUS NEW JERSEY NICE Devils trade for seventh-rounder, so Martin Brodeur can announce the selection of his son Anthony. –MINUS SHREDDED TWEET Tyler Seguin apologizes, says his Twitter account was hacked after a homophobic slur appears on it. +PLUS WELCOME BACK Dominic Moore returns to the NHL after stepping back for a season when he lost his wife to cancer. –MINUS EARLY RETIREMENT Ilya Kovalchuk retires from the NHL at 30, though it’s widely speculated he’ll play in the KHL.…

FEATURES

BLUE SKIES AHEAD FOR JACKETS

THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS WALKED INTO the 2013 draft with a spring in their step. After all, the franchise was quickly resurrected by Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky during the shortened season, albeit a smidge late to earn a playoff berth. Nonetheless, the new brain-trust of GM Jarmo Kekalainen and president of hockey operations John Davidson commands respect around the NHL and after drafting three players in the first round, the Jackets are looking viable now and in the future. “I’m excited,” says left winger Kerby Rychel. “It’s a young team and an organization that is turning the corner. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the city.” Rychel was the second of three forwards taken by Columbus in the top 30, sandwiched at No. 19 between Swedish pivot Alexander Wennberg…

FEATURES

ALL-ACTION OFF-SEASON

THE INK WAS BARELY DRY on more than a half a billion dollars worth of new contracts when Ilya Kovalchuk dropped a bomb on the hockey world in early July. Yes, it’s been that kind of NHL off-season in 2013. And like all seismic activity, it will have future repercussions. Along with players we thought were out the door staying (Roberto Luongo) and others we thought would be in one place forever leaving (Kovalchuk, Daniel Alfredsson), fans will have to adjust to a lot more than just four new divisions. For example, how great is it that Alfredsson will have to play at least twice in the Canadian Tire Centre (or whatever they’re calling it these days) as a member of the Detroit Red Wings? How great is it that we…

IN THIS ISSUE

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

NEWARK, N.J. – The new face of the Colorado Avalanche, like that of most soon-to-be 18-year-old hockey players, is a little pimply. That will change. The new face of the Colorado Avalanche is quiet and shy. That will change, too. After all, the guy running the place now was so timid he could hardly put a sentence together at that age. The new face of the Colorado Avalanche switched his allegiances once Sidney Crosby entered the NHL in 2005. That, too, of course, will change. Not surprisingly, Nathan MacKinnon is a big fan of Crosby. Lots of kids had posters of Crosby all over their bedrooms, but the connection between the two goes far deeper. They grew up eight years apart in almost parallel universes, just blocks from each other in…