Longtime NHLer Sami Kapanen has announced his retirement from professional hockey, according to IIHF’s Risto Pakarinen.
Kapanen, 40, last played in North America during the 2007-08 campaign but had been active with SM-liiga team KalPa, of which he is the majority owner and general manager.
The 87th overall pick at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Kapanen spent the first seven years of his NHL career with the Hartford/Carolina organization, scoring a career-high 27 goals and 69 points during the 2001-02 campaign. That was the same year he advanced to his first and only Stanley Cup Final with the ‘Canes — after moving to Philly, he played in a pair of Eastern Conference Finals with the Flyers but never again made it to the big dance.
Kapanen retires as the NHL’s 10th-leading Finnish scorer of all time and eighth in goals, with 189.
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With a quote that’s sure to raise the ire of the stats crowd, here’s Jonathan Quick on his .833 save percentage to start the season:
“That’s for people that don’t know the game. Those numbers don’t mean nothing. We’re 0-2, though. That number means something, so that’s something that we’ve got to get better at.”
(That quote, per LA Kings Insider.)
Quick allowed four goals on 22 shots in his last outing, a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Friday, after which head coach Darryl Sutter said of his star goalie: “He didn’t play very well tonight, did he?”
So even if Quick doesn’t think much of statistics, he should still be extra motivated for tonight’s home game against Vancouver, assuming he gets the start.
Last season, Quick’s .918 save percentage ranked in a three-way tie for 14th out of the 29 goalies who started 40 or more games.
After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.
Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.