Lightning Round: Two jersey retirement ceremonies and other news around the league
The Syracuse Crunch are preparing to celebrate Black History Month
Friday night was a pretty special night for two NHL franchises as the New York Rangers retired number 30 in honor of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, while the Dallas Stars retired number 56 after defenceman Sergei Zubov.
The first ceremony of the night was in New York, where a full Madison Square Garden welcomed the legendary Swedish goaltender with a standing ovation.
Please welcome:— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 28, 2022
Henrik. Lundqvist. pic.twitter.com/954RLz7mtU
Henrik Lundqvist officially retired last summer after having some serious heart issues, which required open-heart surgery earlier that year. Lundqvist played in 887 regular season games with the Rangers, recording 459 wins and 64 shutouts. He won a Vezina Trophy after the 2011-2012 regular season and reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Rangers in 2014. Since last October, Lundqvist has worked with MSG Network as a studio analyst. Here’s a piece about him by our colleagues at Blue Shirt Banter:
The his final home game and his eventual formal exit from the team felt out of place and incomplete considering his tenure to the team, and overall meaning to the franchise. The decision to buy out Lundqvist didn’t come overnight, and had the pandemic not resulted in an early end of the 2019-20 regular season, I’d like to believe that there’s a good chance his final game as a Ranger would have been an special affair. His final victory at MSG took place on December 27, 2019, an evening in which he stopped 39 of 42 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes.
Gifts fit for an icon. 👑— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 29, 2022
Thank you, Henrik, for all that you’ve given us. pic.twitter.com/BwKC69OgAs
Another hero of the night, Sergei Zubov waited for his jersey retirement ceremony a little bit longer. He played his last game in the NHL during the 2008-09 season, spending one season after in the KHL. Zubov played in total 1068 games in the NHL, spending most of them in the Dallas Stars jersey — during 12 seasons with them he played in 839 regular season games, scoring 111 goals and 438 assists, which remains the best result for defenceman in the Dallas Stars history. He won two Stanley Cups — in 1994 with the New York Rangers and in 1999 with the Dallas Stars.
Dallas to Retire Sergei Zubov’s Number Tonight https://t.co/zDldTT8xfr— DefendingBigD (@DefendingBigD) January 28, 2022
Honoring a legend. #Forever56 pic.twitter.com/8WLik9Ap20— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 28, 2022
"Last, but certainly not least, I need to thank all of you- the fans. Thank you."#Forever56 pic.twitter.com/Ry48VKMoym— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 29, 2022
The Syracuse Crunch will be celebrating Black History Month during February by supporting local predominately Black nonprofit organizations. The team will also celebrate their alumni Mathieu Joseph, Daniel Walcott and Gemel Smith, who made history last spring as the first ever all-Black starting forward line in the NHL with a special t-shirt.
During Black History Month, we will also be celebrating @WallyD19, @MathJoseph7 and @gemel_smith who made history on May 10, 2021 with the @TBLightning as the first-ever all-Black starting forward line with a Walcott & Joseph & Smith t-shirt.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) January 28, 2022
👕: https://t.co/hoxuuaXZ4V pic.twitter.com/riube6cyjs
The Crunch lost to the Rochester Americans 1-2 on Friday night. Alex Green scored the only goal for Syracuse, Amir Miftakhov was the third star of the night after making 20 stops in this game.
That was a heart breaker.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) January 29, 2022
📝: https://t.co/E7jprc1lJp pic.twitter.com/91Booyn0CE
The full results of previous gameday.
The @DetroitRedWings, @mnwild, @Capitals, @Avalanche & @NHLBruins earned wins as visitors.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 29, 2022
DYK? The NHL has featured more road teams win every game contested in a single night 3 times: Feb. 11, 2018 (9), March 10, 2000 (7) & March 11, 1999 (6). #NHLStats: https://t.co/20iWD2pO9t pic.twitter.com/KmDwXm3wYA
The Colorado Avalanche’ Nathan MacKinnon will miss the next three games due to facial fracture and a concussion.
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon will miss the next three games after suffering a facial fracture and a concussion, coach Jared Bednar said.— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) January 28, 2022
It's unclear if MacKinnon, the captain of the Central Division All-Star team, will participate in the event.https://t.co/FrlJN4BGwz
The New York Rangers’ Adam Fox is also expected to miss three games due to upper body injury.
UPDATE: Tim Gettinger and Nils Lundkvist have been recalled to the active roster. Morgan Barron has been assigned to the #NYR taxi squad. Adam Fox (upper body) was placed on IR.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 28, 2022
The PHF Players Association has parted ways with Alex Sinatra three weeks after hiring her as the PA’s Executive Director.
Source: PHFPA and Alex Sinatra to Part Ways https://t.co/FMoyenoFs2— The Ice Garden (@TheIceGarden) January 28, 2022
The Colorado Avalanche are reportedly interested in acquiring Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux.
Friedman on 32TP on Avs/Giroux:— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) January 28, 2022
I think what Colorado decides to do here is going to play a role, I think they're interested in him, I think he's interested in them, it just comes down to what does Colorado decide it needs to do to go out and get to win the Stanley Cup.