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 Posted: Fri Aug 30th, 2013 08:49 pm
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If he can say healthy, He should get to 700 goals and 1500 pts.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
If he can say healthy, He should get to 700 goals and 1500 pts.

It's gonna be hard for Selanne to score 25 goals and get 70 points with Saku Koivu as his Center.



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This is like his fourth final season.  I could see him playing again next year.



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Cory17 wrote:
This is like his fourth final season.  I could see him playing again next year.

So you think he might " Favre " it ????



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CanadianHorseman wrote: Cory17 wrote:
This is like his fourth final season.  I could see him playing again next year.

So you think he might " Favre " it ????

I wouldn't go that far.  I can actually enjoy watching Selanne play, Favre was annoying as fuck.  Plus Teemu has never come out of retirement, like Favre has.



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CanadianHorseman wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
If he can say healthy, He should get to 700 goals and 1500 pts.

It's gonna be hard for Selanne to score 25 goals and get 70 points with Saku Koivu as his Center.


PP My friend.



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CanadianHorseman wrote:
Cory17 wrote:
This is like his fourth final season.  I could see him playing again next year.

So you think he might " Favre " it ????


Unlike Favre, people like Selanne. The Guy is in great shape for someone that's 43 years old.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/02/chicago-signs-crawford-to-six-year-extension/

Chicago signs Crawford to six-year, $36 million extension

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Sep 2, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

After winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, goaltender Antti Niemi promptly left Chicago due to the Blackhawks’ cap restraints. He was replaced by Corey Crawford and who just helped Chicago reclaim the Cup and this time, the team will be keeping its victorious goaltender for a very long time.

The Blackhawks announced that they have signed Crawford to a six-year contract extension. The financial terms of the deal were not released, but along with the season left in his previous contract, the 28-year-old netminder is now under Chicago’s control through the 2019-20 campaign.

Update: Crawford’s new six-year deal is worth $36 million, according to Renaud Lavoie. Compared to other goaltenders who are early on or just entering the first season of their long-term contracts, Crawford’s $6 million cap hit ranks below Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask, who will both earn $7 million this season, and above Mike Smith‘s roughly $5.7 million as well as Jimmy Howard‘s cap hit of about $5.3 million.

This is an obvious risk for the Blackhawks, given that just a year ago, Crawford was seen as Chicago’s biggest X-factor after his rough sophomore campaign. Even after posting a 1.94 GAA and .926 save percentage in 30 regular season games in 2013 and putting up similar numbers in the playoffs, Crawford wasn’t able to fully shake off his critics.

If Crawford regresses or simply doesn’t age well, this contract could severely limit Chicago’s chances of winning another Cup with its current core. On the other hand, if Crawford’s success in the shortened campaign was any indication of what to come, then he could be a key member of the next NHL dynasty.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/04/hjalmarsson-agrees-to-five-year-extension-with-chicago/

Hjalmarsson agrees to five-year, $20.5 million extension with Chicago

Ryan Dadoun

Sep 4, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

Niklas Hjalmarsson has already won the Stanley Cup twice with the Chicago Blackhawks and the team wants to keep him around as they try to become a modern dynasty. That’s the backdrop as the Blackhawks announced that Hjalmarsson has agreed to a five-year extension.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the deal is for $20.5 million with a $4.1 million average annual value.

Hjalmarsson still has one season at $3.5 million left on his old deal, so he’s now locked up through the 2018-19 campaign. Although he’s never recorded more than 17 points in a single season, Hjalmarsson is a solid defender who’s willing to sacrifice his body by blocking shots. He averaged over 20 minutes per game in each of his last two campaigns.

The 26-year-old defenseman becomes the sixth Chicago Blackhawks player signed through at least 2016-17. Forwards Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, and Bryan Bickell as well as fellow blueliner Duncan Keith are also on that list. Recently goaltender Corey Crawford joined them with a six-year, $36 million extension.

Chicago is in a potentially tricky spot from a cap perspective. With Hjalmarsson signed, they now have about $36.6 million in cap space dedicated to just seven players in 2015-16 and that doesn’t include Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane as both are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2015.



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Great signing. Cap hit is reasonable, decent term...good stuff.

 



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http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/sean-avery-bravo-andy-cohen-respond-engagement-rumor-223400436--nhl.html





Former NHL pest Sean Avery has lived what one can conservatively call an examined life. From his antics on the ice, his politics off the ice and his non-hockey pastimes like fashion design and modeling, Avery has been equal parts lightning rod and gossip magnet. This latest rumor about Avery … well, admittedly, we didn’t see this coming.

On Tuesday, gossip site The Fame Driven reported that the ex-New York Rangers forward Vogue intern is engaged to Andy Cohen, mastermind of Bravo TV’s addictive programming and a star in his own right as host of “Watch What Happens Live!”
Yes, engaged. From Fame Driven's source :
“I’m not sure if you are aware or not but Andy Cohen has been dating former NHL star Sean Avery for almost a year and a half now, it will be two years in March. And get this, they are secretly ENGAGED! There have been rumors for years in the NHL league about Sean Avery’s sexuality, but he has always vehemently denied it, Sean even went as far as to “date” a beard girlfriend (Elisha Cuthbert), who he was never even remotely into, to cover up him receiving backlash from his NHL teammates and internally in the NHL for being gay.

“… Sean thinks that by having an openly gay relationship with another pubic figure such as Andy will give him the title of “NHL’s first openly gay athlete dating a BRAVO Executive” following him and people not notice him for anything else. Sean is openly gay/bisexual around close friends, but not to the public.”
Cohen is known as the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.
Avery was the first NHL player to speak out in favor of marriage equality in New York and was the catalyst for discussions about gay athletes that have continued with campaigns like “You Can Play.” He was on the board of Athlete Ally, “a group of straight athletes devoted to eradicating homophobia in sports.” Avery has also been the target of gay slurs during games, including an infamous one from Wayne Simmonds of the Flyers.

Avery has appeared on Bravo’s programming for years, and even made a de facto retirement declaration on Cohen’s show. The two have had a “bromance” since 2011, joking with NY Magazine about their dating life.

They continued to have fun with their "relationship" after the “engagement” rumors started this week.

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Steve Ott unveiled Buffalo's new 3rd jerseys today via twitter:







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Former Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke is in discussions to join the Calgary Flames in an executive position but no deal is in place.

"Could very well get done. Enough moving parts/complexities that there could be issues," said TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie on Twitter.

Burke was with the Leafs for four seasons until his firing in January of this year. He then accepted a part-time scouting position with the Anaheim Ducks.

During his tenure in Toronto, the Maple Leafs compiled a record of 129-135-42 and missed the playoffs in each of his four seasons.

Burke's NHL career began in Vancouver in 1987 when he was hired by Pat Quinn to be the director of hockey operations for the Canucks. In 1993, he left the job to become GM of the Hartford Whalers before stepping down after one just one season to join the NHL front office as executive vice president and director of hockey operations.

In 1998, he returned to Vancouver to become GM of the Canucks. Following the 2003-04 season, ownership chose not to renew his contract and named current Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis his replacement.

Burke then became general manager of the Ducks, where he won the Stanley Cup in the 2006-07 season. He was reunited with Nonis the following season after Nonis was relieved of his duties with the Canucks.

On November 29, 2008, Burke was introduced as president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, replacing interim general manager Cliff Fletcher, and just six days later, Nonis accepted the position of senior vice president and director of hockey operations of the Maple Leafs. It marked the third time he had served under Burke.

As GM of the Maple Leafs, Burke swung a major deal with the Flames in 2010 that included defenceman Dion Phaneuf being traded to Toronto.

Earlier this summer, the Flames had discussions with the NHL's director of player safety Brendan Shanahan about a possible front office position with the team.

When approached by members of the media on Wednesday night at Calgary International Airport, Burke would not speak to the discussions.

"I'm not going to talk about it tonight," said Burke to reporters. "Sorry you had to camp out here."

Upon being pressed on whether or not there was interest on his part in a role with the Flames, Burke reiterated his position of silence.

"I'm not going to talk about it tonight," said the 58-year-old native of Providence, RI. "I appreciate you have to ask and I think you should appreciate I don't have much to say tonight."

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Former Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke is in discussions to join the Calgary Flames in an executive position but no deal is in place.



I guess the Flames will now have higher levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence.




from tsn.ca:






The Calgary Flames are looking to Brian Burke to help with their rebuilding effort.

The longtime hockey executive has been named the team's president of hockey operations, a new position that puts Burke in charge of what president Ken King termed the "sports side of the Calgary Flames."

Burke will report directly to King, while general manager Jay Feaster will now report to Burke.

It's not a normal arrangement in the NHL, but is common in other sports, Burke pointed out during a news conference Thursday morning.

"This is a relatively new structure in professional hockey," he said. "There are two teams in the NHL that have this type of management structure. There are a number of teams in the National Football League that do, a number of teams in Major League Baseball that do and a number of teams in the NBA that do. And it works effectively. And it's going to work here."

He stressed that he will not be taking on the role of general manager.

"I'm not the general manager of the Calgary Flames, Jay Feaster is," Burke said. "Jay and I have been friends a long time, we met this morning, we talked about how to make this work, we're both committed to winning."

The Flames are in rebuilding mode after missing the playoffs for the last four years.

"I think I can provide some help but I think Jay's got great ability," Burke said. "He's already made some important steps towards fixing things here and it's my pleasure and honour to be able to work with him."

King said the hiring of Burke was a plan that was in the works for many months, as the team started with some 60 potential candidates for the job.

"Both Jay and I feel very strongly that Brian will bring an added dimension of experience, guidance and mentorship that will add greatly to the progress that Jay has already made to improve our team," King said, adding that Feaster has been involved in the process from the beginning.

Burke's contract with the Flames doesn't have a set term, but is instead an open-ended work agreement.

The 58-year-old was fired as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs in January. He had been working as a part-time scout with the Anaheim Ducks since February.

Burke has had a lengthy career behind the scenes in the NHL.

After graduating Harvard Law School in 1981, he became a player agent until 1987 when Vancouver Canucks general manager Pat Quinn asked him to become the director of hockey operations for the franchise.

Burke held that post for five years, until the 1992-93 season when he became the GM of the Hartford Whalers. He stayed in Connecticut for a year before moving to the NHL's head office, becoming commissioner Gary Bettman's executive vice-president and director of hockey operations.

In 1998, Burke returned to Vancouver to become the GM of the Canucks. He drafted several key players, including superstar twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, as well as centre Ryan Kesler. Team management elected to not renew Burke's contract after the 2003-04 season.

After spending time as a TV analyst, Burke returned to management, becoming the GM of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2005-06. He won his first Stanley Cup the next season.

He stepped down from the Ducks in November 2008 and two weeks later was hired by the Maple Leafs.

But the Leafs never made the post-season during Burke's tenure as Toronto remained the team with the longest playoff drought in the league. The Maple Leafs finally returned to the playoffs this year under new GM Dave Nonis, who replaced Burke.

"There was a lot that needed to be done in Toronto that took longer than I thought," Burke said Thursday.

But he believes the Flames are on the right path.

"I think Jay has already taken many steps to rebuild," said Burke, adding that he thought Flames had the best draft of any team in June.

A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Burke's on the board of directors for Rugby Canada and is the director of player personnel for the American men's hockey team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Also Thursday, the Flames promoted John Bean from CFO and senior vice-president, finance and administration to chief operating officer.



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Feaster will be gone by the new year.



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