Looking back at Selanne's 600 goal career

teemu.jpgIn the same year that his former partner-in-crime Paul Kariya netted his 400th career goal, “The Finnish Flash” Teemu Selanne hit the 600 career goal milestone during the Ducks’ 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Sunday night. The San Francisco Examiner painted the picture.

Selanne connected 34 seconds into the second period on his fifth shot of the game, scoring into a wide-open net during a power play with goalie Craig Anderson out of position after a furious scramble in front of the crease.

Selanne is now the 18th player in NHL history to hit that mark, but apparently the Finnish winger has at least a few other milestones ahead of him. The Los Angeles Times points out that Selanne can pass his boyhood idol Jari Kurri to become Finland’s all-time NHL goal scoring champion. I’m not sure if the still-fairly-potent Finn will come back next season to chase other records, but he could also eclipse Jaromir Jagr’s all-time goal scoring record for European players (649) if he had a great season or two.

Either way, Selanne is one of the greatest Finnish players ever and seems like a shoo-in to make the Hockey Hall of Fame. After the jump, I’ll provide a timeline of Selanne’s career.

selanne600.jpg* – Interesting factoid to start things off: Selanne originally wanted to wear No. 8 but his future coach Randy Carlyle already had that number. Then again, that bit of trivia was taken from Wikipedia so administer your grain of salt.

* – That didn’t impede Selanne’s progress at all, however, as he famously scored an incredible 76 goals and 132 points in his rookie season. Hitting that mark is particularly special since he and Alex Mogilny are the last two players to score at least 70 goals in one season.

* – The next few years were a little rocky, with injuries and the lockout curtailing his production. Selanne eventually would be traded to the new Mickey Mouse organization in Anaheim.

* – Selanne had a great run in what would be his first stay with the Ducks, even if the team didn’t have much beyond him and Kariya at the time. Among his honors were an All-Star Game MVP and a Rocket Richard trophy.

* – Eventually the Finn was traded to the San Jose Sharks in 2001. Let’s just say that things did not go very well with the Bay area team.

* – Way back in 2003, Selanne agreed to join forces once again with Kariya … this time with the mighty Colorado Avalanche! I once compared this situation to Karl Malone and Gary Payton joining Kobe Bryant and Shaq for the Lakers. Oddly enough, the Kariya-Selanne experiment was an even bigger letdown than Payton-Malone.

* – After a lockout year that included knee surgery, it looked like Selanne was done. Brian Burke didn’t think so and signed the Finn to very reasonable contract to return to Anaheim. He had such a great rebound season that he won the Bill Masteron trophy in 2005-06.

* – Selanne had two fantastic seasons back with Anaheim, scoring 90 and 94 points. Of course, in 2006-07 he also was an important part of the Ducks’ dominant Stanley Cup victory.

* – The last two years haven’t been kind to the winger injury-wise, but he’s still been pretty solid all things considered (90 points in his last 110 games isn’t too shabby).

It’s been a career of dramatic highs and lows for “The Finnish Flash” but I think he should be remembered as a graceful, swift skater with one of the deadliest releases the league has ever seen. I wouldn’t mind seeing one more year out of Teemu, either. Feel free to share some of your favorite memories of the great sniper.

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    After missing on Ducks gig, Richardson lands with Hockey Canada

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    Luke Richardson, the former player and bench boss that interviewed for Anaheim’s vacant head coaching gig this summer, has caught on with Hockey Canada as an assistant coach for the upcoming Deutschland Cup, per the Ottawa Sun.

    Richardson, 47, is considered to be a quality NHL coach-in-waiting.

    A veteran d-man with over 1,400 games played in Toronto, Edmonton, Philly, Columbus, Tampa Bay and Ottawa, he’s since enjoyed success as both an assistant coach with the Sens, and as their bench boss in AHL Binghamton.

    In his first year with Bingo, Richardson led the club to a 44-21-1-7 record. He was named the AHL’s Eastern Conference all-star coach in his second year.

    Richardson’s been praised for his work developing young prospects. Upon departing the Sens organization this summer — he asked GM Pierre Dorion to be considered for the head coaching gig in Ottawa, but was turned down — the club noted that 13 of Richardson’s players were recalled from Binghamton last season.

    Earlier, Richardson received accolades for his work with the likes of Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman and Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

    Unsurprisingly, he’s been linked to a variety of NHL jobs.

    Richardson was considered a frontrunner for the Sabres gig that eventually went to Dan Bylsma and, as mentioned above, was shortlisted and interviewed by Ducks GM Bob Murray to replace Bruce Boudreau (the job eventually went to Randy Carlyle).

    “My confidence grew when I was with Binghamton and I have a plan about how to be successful in the NHL,” Richardson said, per the Sun. “But there are only 30 jobs and you’ve got to be patient.

    “It’s unfortunate that if you do get a chance, it’s at somebody else’s expense, but I know that if I sign somewhere, I would immediately be on the clock, too.”

    Taking a tourney gig with Hockey Canada has proven an effective way to break into — or, back into — NHL coaching. Guy Boucher led Canada at the 2014 and 2015 Spengler Cups, and subsequently scored the Sens gig this summer.

    Stecher to make NHL debut for Canucks

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Troy Stecher #2 of North Dakota skates against the Boston University Terriers during the third period of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship semifinals at TD Garden on April 9, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.The Boston Terriers defeat North Dakota 5-3.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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    It didn’t take long for the injury bug to bite the Vancouver Canucks again. Head coach Willie Desjardins announced this morning that forwards Alex Burrows and Derek Dorsett were expected to miss 7-10 days, each with undisclosed ailments, and that defenseman Chris Tanev was day-to-day after getting banged up Sunday in Anaheim.

    Of the three injured players, Tanev has by far the biggest role. The 26-year-old typically logs 20 minutes on the top pairing with Alex Edler. Tonight against Ottawa, Tanev will be replaced by rookie Troy Stecher, who will be making his NHL debut.

    Stecher, 22, signed with the Canucks in April after three years at the University of North Dakota. He had an impressive preseason but was sent down to AHL Utica to start the year.

    “Playing with Edler, certainly he’s going to get some hard match-ups,” said Desjardins, who opted to keep his other two defensive pairings together. Vancouver’s second pairing is Ben Hutton with Erik Gudbranson, its third is Luca Sbisa with Philip Larsen.

    Another former college star, Jayson Megna, will make his Canucks debut tonight, stepping in for Burrows on the fourth line.

    As for Nikita Tryamkin, the big Russian d-man is expected to be a healthy scratch for the seventh time in seven games.

    “He’s still on the program,” said Desjardins. “We’re still trying to get him to where we want him to be. He’s not quite there yet.”

    Tryamkin, 22, has refused to accept an assignment to the AHL.

    Investor offers to build Seattle arena without public financing


    From King 5 News in Seattle:

    Chris Hansen and his investment team on Tuesday offered to forgo public financing to build a new sports arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.

    The group also said it would cover the current funding gap to build an overpass over Lander Street, a project long desired by freight and industrial interests concerned about congestion in around the Port of Seattle.

    The proposal amounts to a stunning and swift turn in the nearly five-year debate over building a new arena and, ultimately, bringing a professional basketball and hockey team to the city.

    Be sure to click on the story for all the details. These stories are rarely simple, and there’s still no guarantee that Hansen and his group will get permission to build their new arena.

    But suffice to say, if a new arena does get built, Seattle will have a much better chance of landing an NHL franchise. Hansen has said he’s only interested in owning an NBA franchise, but back in 2014, billionaire Victor Coleman was reportedly working with Hansen to land an NHL tenant. It’s not clear if Coleman is still working with Hansen.

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said that Seattle is not a consideration for relocation or expansion until there’s a suitable arena.


    — Bettman rejects notion that the NHL is waiting for Seattle

    — Pacific Northwest will ‘get serious consideration’ for expansion or relocation


    Goalie nods: Subban to make second career start

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    Plenty of noteworthy starts on a busy night — 11 games! — but let’s focus on the situation in Boston.

    Yes, again.

    Malcolm Subban will make his first start of the season and second of his NHL career when the Bruins host the Wild at TD Garden.

    Guaranteed he’s hoping this one goes better than the last.

    Subban lasted half a game in a loss to St. Louis last February, allowing three goals on just six shots before getting hooked. This test against Minnesota will be a tall one, especially given how Subban’s brief time in the AHL has gone — the former first-round pick is 0-3-1 with Providence this year, posting a 4.50 GAA and .846 save percentage.

    As we wrote earlier, both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin are injured, meaning Subban’s goalie mate in the American League — Zane McIntyre — will serve as Boston’s backup.

    For the Wild, Devan Dubnyk gets the start.


    — Justin Peters will make his first start for the Coyotes, who are in New Jersey. The Devils will go with Cory Schiender, after he stopped 28 of 29 shots in a win over Minnesota on Saturday.

    James Reimer gives Roberto Luongo a night off as the Panthers visit Pittsburgh. He’ll be up against Marc-Andre Fleury, who continues to shoulder a heavy load with Matt Murray (hand) still out.

    — It’s Cam Ward versus Petr Mrazek as the ‘Canes visit Detroit.

    — The Bolts will go with Ben Bishop (even though Andrei Vasilevskiy will get more starts) in Toronto. No word on a Leafs starter yet, but it’s expected Frederik Andersen will go. Mike Babcock fielded some questions about Andersen this morning, in case you missed it.

    Anders Nilsson makes his first start of the season for the Sabres tonight. Philly has yet to announce who’s going.

    — After getting parked for the first meeting against his old team, Brian Elliott will start in goal for the Flames in St. Louis. Carter Hutton gives Jake Allen the night off for the Blues.

    — It’s Michael Hutchinson versus Antti Niemi as the Jets take on the Stars in the first of a home-and-home set.

    — Ottawa will give Craig Anderson the nod in Vancouver. No word on a Canucks starter yet — Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom split back-to-back games in Anaheim and Los Angeles over the weekend, with Miller playing in Sunday’s loss to the Ducks.

    Martin Jones is going for the Sharks tonight, as they host the Ducks. Anaheim has yet to announce a starter.

    — The in-form Sergei Bobrovsky, fresh off Saturday’s shutout of Dallas, goes for the Blue Jackets in Los Angeles. Peter Budaj was first off at the Kings’ morning skate. He’s been getting the job done for L.A. thus far, with both Jonathan Quick and Jeff Zatkoff out with injury.