Oh, what a difference a year could make! It seems like just yesterday, Toronto's Joffrey Lupul was on the recieving end of a hilarious Twitter prank, which saw the 28-year old forward being shipped to Alcatraz Long Island in a deadline deal. Luckily for Lupul, he wasn't sent to the Nassau Mausoleum where careers go to die, and was kept north of the border to spend more time with buddy Phil Kessel.
Lupul, who has been traded four times over the course of his seven-year NHL career, is en route to shattering his personal best in goals, assists and points. His 20 goals and 31 assists ranks him fourth in the NHL in the points category, which helped earn the honor of being Zdeno Chara's assistant captain for this year's All-Star game.
Standing opposite Chara and Lupul, will be the Swedish tandem of captain Daniel Alfredsson and his assistant, Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist, who will be playing in his third All-Star game, has once again been dominant for the New York Rangers. King Henrik is enjoying another stellar season, stealing 21 wins for the Blueshirts, with a miniscule 1.93 goals against average and 9.36 save percentage.
Both Lupul and Lundqvist will help their respective captains in all areas of All-Star Weekend, being held in Ottawa from January 26-29. In addition to helping set the lineups for both the Skills Competition on Saturday and the actual All-Star Game on Sunday, Lundqvist and Lupul will have their hands in perhaps the most entertaining part of the All-Star festivities: the draft.
This coming Thursday, both Chara and Alfredsson will select which players they want on their team, gym-class style!
An idea which came to fruition during last year's All-Star game, the draft has become many fans' personal highlight of the weekend. The draft, which will be televised live on the the brand new NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m. EST, should make for some great storylines heading into the weekend.
Hey, maybe with Lupul helping pick the teams this year, Phil Kessel wont have to wait until the last pick until his name is called!
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been named the assistant captain of Daniel Alfredsson's team for the 2012 All-Star Weekend in Ottawa next week. It was pretty much a given that these two would end up on the same team anyway being that they are great friends out of the Swedish Hockey system, but now they will take that a step further as captain and assistant captain...
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and forward Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs have been named Assistant Captains for the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa, the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today. Lundqvist joins the team of Captain Daniel Alfredsson from the All-Star host Ottawa...
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will be assistant captains for the NHL All-Star game.
The league said Saturday that Lundqvist will join the team captained by Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, a fellow Swede. Lupul will assist the team led by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.
Lupul and Lundqvist will help in selecting the teams during...
I know, I know. It’s a pet peeve of mine. The actual word is alternate captain. But in this case, the assistants will assist the captains in selecting the all-star rosters.
Henrik Lundqvist was assigned to countryman Daniel Alfredsson’s team, which means he will play for co-coach John Tortorella.
Here’s the info from the NHL/NHLPA (apologies for the spacing):
TORONTO -- Ron Wilson's message was heard loud and clear.
Mired in a three-game losing streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs coach split up top scorers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul for the first time all season and both produced during a 4-1 victor...
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will be assistant captains for the NHL All-Star game. The league said Saturday that Lundqvist will join the team captained by Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, a fellow Swede. Lupul will assist the team led by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.
TheNYRBlog reader Paul M. sends me this pic of his son and friend getting autographs from Henrik Lundqvist before the Rangers 2-1 win vs. Coyotes two weeks ago...As always please continue to e-mail (email@example.com) your Rangers related pictures to me so I can post them on the blog.Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at ...
TheNYRBlog reader Anthony F. sends me this pic of his brother Tommy with Henrik Lundqvist during a recent autograph signing in Yonkers that the two brothers worked at. Also in attendence were Ryan Callahan (over Tommy's shoulder), a hungover Brandon Dubinsky, Mike Richter and Eddie Giacomin...As always please continue to e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) your Rangers related pictures...
Phil Kessel scored his team-leading 25th goal and Joffrey Lupul picked up three assists to help the Toronto Maple Leafs snap a three-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
Nazem Kadri, Joey Crabb and Mikhail Grabovski also had goals for Toronto, which avoided its first four-game losing streak since last season.
That was more than enough offense for...
After last Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, despite the obscenity of it, you could say that the New York Rangers were still in first place so it was a game that the team could just put behind them and move on. While the Blueshirts will want to do the same after tonight’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden, there still has to be a little...
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