Teemu Selanne

Selanne tempted by KHL offer


Teemu Selanne is clear when he says he won’t play in the National Hockey League again.

However, when it comes to whether he’ll play professional hockey again, well that seems up in the air.

While speaking at a press conference to announce the Teemu Selanne Hockey Academy in his native Finland, the 44-year-old wouldn’t rule out a possible return to the game.

Finnish hockey reporter Juha Hiitelä has more:

Selanne, who played 1451 NHL games over 21 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, has reportedly been offered as much as $10 million to join Jokerit of the KHL in his hometown of Helsinki.

Selanne, the 10th overall selection of the Jets in 1988, scored 684 goals and 1457 points during his NHL career. He is a four-time Olympian and was a part of the Finnish team which won the bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics in Socchi. Selanne won his one, and only, Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.

Related: Ducks to retire Selanne’s number Jan. 11 vs. Winnipeg


Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.