Teemu Selanne

Fanspeak: Selanne voted greatest Duck in franchise history


This summer, NBC Sports’ social media team is conducting the #NHLGreatest initiative, designed for fans to choose the best player in each franchise’s history. Balloting was conducted through three platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — with thousands of votes being cast. The results of this initiative will be released throughout the month of August, in conjunction with PHT’s Team of the Day series.

Anaheim Ducks

1. Teemu Selanne – 1,597 Votes

2. Paul Kariya – 446 Votes

3. Other – 253 Votes

This was one of the most overwhelming majorities we’ve seen during the #NHLGreatest campaign, and one of the least surprising.

I mean, c’mon. It’s Teemu.

Had he not wrapped this up prior to his final NHL campaign, this year’s swan song/Jeter-esque retirement tour cemented it. Almost everywhere he went, Selanne was showered with praise and applause and, in an incredibly special moment for Ducks fans, Selanne and another ex-Anaheim standout — J.S. Giguere — took a final lap following the last game of the regular season, to a thunderous ovation:

Last week, the Ducks announced that Selanne’s No. 8 would be raised to the Honda Center rafters this season — the first number Anaheim will ever retire.

“Teemu is our franchise icon and deserves to be the first player in club history to have his jersey retired,” Ducks owner Henry Samueli said in a statement. “His dedication to this franchise and our community is unmatched.”

Upon retiring after a playoff loss to Los Angeles, Selanne left the Ducks organization as the franchise leader in almost every single significant offensive category, appearing in 966 games over the course of 15 seasons. He was also an instrumental figure in the club’s first and only Stanley Cup championship in 2007, scoring 15 points in 21 games — which included the crucial OT winner in Game 5 of the Western Conference final against Detroit.

So yeah. No surprise that Teemu’s been voted the greatest Duck ever.

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

Torres hit

What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.