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At 88 years old Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe passed away. He never played for the New York Islanders but his impact on the game transcends allegiances. He was one of the legends of the game, even the greats called him the greatest.
Howe played 26-years in hockeys major league, playing in 1,767 games and scoring 1,850 points. Howe wasn’t just a finesse player hiding from confrontation. Howe welcomed it. TSN analyst Bob McKenzie recalled a story of Howe taking it to Rangers tough guy Lou Fontinato
Howe’s memory will live on for however long the game is around.The Gordie Howe hat-trick, a goal, an assist, and a fight have engrained itself in every hockey fan’s vocabulary.
The stories of Howe’s prowess in every aspect of the game will swirl for the next few days as we all come to grips with this monumental loss to the community of hockey. Expect a rousing tribute in game six of the Stanley Cup finals in San Jose on Sunday as the game gets to pay its last respects.
It’s said that the game is bigger than any single player. But only a few players can rise to such greatness to actually shape the game and mold it. Howe was one of these great men.
Rest in peace Gordie Howe.
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Moving Grabovski’s significant $5 million cap hit needs to move in order to reinvest into other, more impactful players. (JIM Fans United)
We also take a look at why the Isles may not want to rely solely on the free agency market to complete their roster for 2016-17. (Eyes on Isles)