Updates on Teemu Selanne, Sheldon Souray, Jaromir Jagr, Victor Hedman, Vladimir Tarasenko, Gustav Nyquist and more.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Teemu Selanne expects to make a decision next week if he’ll return with the Anaheim Ducks or retire from the NHL. Top-six minutes and power-play time are important for Selanne, though he suggested he’d be willing to accept a lesser role if he’s outplayed by younger Ducks teammates.
“My point is, if they’re better than I am, I am expecting and accepting a smaller role,” Selanne said. “But if I’m better, I need to play more. I need to play top minutes. That’s what I’m looking for.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That sounds fair. If Selanne is capable of top-six minutes, plays well on the power-play and out-performs his younger teammates, he deserves to have those minutes. If not, he should accept a lesser role.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Anaheim Ducks have lost defenseman Sheldon Souray four-six months to a torn wrist ligament. In response, they’ve signed former Oilers blueliner Mark Fistric to a one-year contract.
TSN.CA: Jaromir Jagr indicates this coming season could be his last in the NHL. The 41-year-old signed a one-year contract this summer with the New Jersey Devils.
TAMPABAY.COM: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman claims he’s received a positive response to his recent comments slamming Russia’s new anti-gay laws.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues sophomore Vladimir Tarasenko could be primed for a breakout season. Tarasenko struggled to adjust to the NHL last season, hampered in part by a concussion. He has since recovered from the injury, feels more comfortable with his surroundings in St. Louis, has a better command of English and claims to be better-prepared for the NHL game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tarasenko dazzled at times last season, giving glimpses of the skill level he’s capable of. If he avoids further concussions and continues to adjust well to the NHL game, he has the makings of a star.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings yesterday re-signed forward Gustav Nyquist to a two-year, $1.9 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings have now re-signed all its key free agents, but are currently above the salary cap by over $600K and are carrying two forwards too many. The Wings must free up roster and cap space before the season starts on October 1. Nyquist could be demoted as he doesn’t have to pass through waivers, which would address the cap issue.
NHL.COM: Patrick Burke is stepping down as executive director of the You Can Play project. One of the co-founders of the project, Burke will remain as the group’s president. Former NFL player Wade Davis will take over as executive director.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke has worked tirelessly to end homophobia in sports. He may be taking on a less- public role with the group, but he’ll continue the good work he started with the You Can Play project.
SPORTSNET: Former Montreal Canadiens player and coach Mario Tremblay faces DWI charges.