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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL August 12th, 2014


Gentlemanly Rob Blake is getting his number retired by the Kings.

Former Los Angeles Kings star Rob Blake will have his No. 4 jersey retired by the team during a pregame ceremony at Staples Center on Jan. 17.

The ceremony will take place before the Kings' game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Blake, now an executive with the Kings, was the team's captain and a defenseman during his 14 seasons in Los Angeles.

Blake spent a total of 20 years as an NHL player. He will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.

NHL'ers have taken the bucket challenge to a new level!

We've all watched a ton of these ice bucket challenge videos over the last week -- good news, they're working! -- and frankly, the ones including NHL players have been pretty dull. You mean to tell me that Sidney Crosby can't challenge Scott Hartnell or something? What is wrong with these guys?

That all changed Sunday, though, with former Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski challenging their old general manager Dave Nonis and old coach Randy Carlyle. So perfect.

Wang sued for $10 million?!

Islanders owner Charles Wang is being sued for reneging on the sale of his NHL franchise and accused of allowing "greed" motivated by an "unrelated," more lucrative bid for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers to compromise the deal.

Wang was whacked on Monday with a $10 million lawsuit from Philadelphia-based hedge-fund manager Andrew Barroway and his company, NY ICE, for backing out last-minute on the corporation's agreement to purchase the Isles for $420 million.

In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Barroway's corporation blames Wang's "about-face" on a whimsical case of "seller's remorse" directly influenced by the "unrelated news" of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's $2 billion bid to buy the NBA's Clippers from Donald Sterling, the team's embattled, soon-to-be-former owner.