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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL June 12, 2014

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Derek Leung

The Kings did not sweep the Rangers.

Hands up, anyone who thought the Los Angeles Kings, after toiling the maximum 21 games getting to the Stanley Cup final, were going to finish it in four.

Henrik Lundqvist?


King Henrik of Sweden votes no.

Lundqvist, who faced 41 shots, including a lopsided third period in which the Kings outshot the home side 15-1, was both brilliant and incredibly lucky — yes, there’s that word again — in erecting a wall that just barely held, allowing the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory that let them live to see another day in the Stanley Cup final.

Spezza has asked to be traded.

Jason Spezza’s lengthy run in Ottawa is almost at its end.

Before Wednesday’s Stanley Cup final game four, Senators general manager Bryan Murray revealed his captain has requested a trade and the team will try to accommodate him in the offseason.

Murray added he hopes to “send him somewhere we don’t have to play [against] him every night.”

“He requested we give him a chance to go elsewhere,” was how Murray framed it to reporters after he left the GM meetings in New York.

Spezza is going to be a challenging piece to try to move. There will be demand, as centres are going to be highly coveted this summer – especially with so few available in free agency – but he turns 31 on Friday and is coming off a difficult 11th season in Ottawa.

Ten stories of what the Cup has been through during celebrations.

1996 Colorado Avalanche-Baptized In The Holy Grail: The Cup, also known as "The Holy Grail," has been used for some disgusting and terrible things over the years, but Avalanche player Sylvain Lefebvre had different ideas for it in 1996. Lefebvre had his daughter baptized in the Cup when he had his day with it.