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Daily Skate: Lucic Cup day muted; injury updates

Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:14 am

By Brian Stubits

LOUSY FOR LUCIC: The Stanley Cup continues to make the rounds among the Bruins, and now it's Milan Lucic's turn. He was the player that had the honor of raising the Cup in his hometown, being met with a mixture of cheers and boos. As we have seen already this summer, a lot of players like to bring the Cup home and share it with the public, but Lucic won't be doing that seeing as how rough some in Vancouver took the Canucks' Finals loss. There was even a party slated for a beach that was scrapped due to fear of hooligans ruining the day. Instead he will have a low-key affair (The Bruins Blog) at his Vancouver home with some family and friends. It's the smart move, but that doesn't make it any less sad to hear.

INJURY ISSUES: When the Maple Leafs traded for Cody Franson and Matthew Lombardi, there was some trepidation considering Lombardi missed almost the entirety of last season after suffering the second concussion of his career. Kevin Allen at USA Today says the Leafs and Lombardi are expecting him to be present when camp begins. Allen also goes on to offer updates on a bunch of other injured players such as David Perron, Sidney Crosby and Jonas Hiller.

REWRITING HISTORY: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is doing a summer series on a bunch of what-if scenarios in Minnesota sports, the latest being on if the North Stars never left the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Sure, the city would have a championship to boast about in the last 20 years, but it wouldn't have the Wild and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Worth the robbing of the team?

DOUGHTY SPECULATION: The negotiations go on and on and on in the Drew Doughty talks with the Kings, the possibility growing that they will continue well into September. So while we all wait, Red Light District decided to take a gander at what Doughty's contract should be worth, which should put him at the top of the Kings payroll.

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Daily Skate: Lucic Cup day muted; injury updates

Lucic needn't have worried about party-crashers.  Any concerns for reprisals in Vancouver are unwarranted.  I went and saw the Dropkick Murphys at the Commodore Ballroom (a classic small venue to watch a concert if you're ever in town), and they came out to "We are the Champions."  Ken Casey then passed around a picture which showed him holding up the Cup on the Canucks' home ice, and it came back in one piece.  While this was surely a partisan crowd, it mostly seemed that the Finals were in the past.  And, let's face it, the best team in the series was rewarded.  And thank God for England.  As humiliating as the Vancouver riots were, we still cannot hold a candle to one of our former forebearers.  In today's media-driven age, you certainly become old news fast.

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