Teemu Selanne

PHT Morning Skate: Selanne weighs in on the Ducks sweep of the Jets


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Teemu Selanne, who spent portions of his career in both Winnipeg and Anaheim, weighed in on the Ducks sweep of the Jets following Wednesday’s game. The Finnish Flash believes the Jets have a bright future while the Ducks were simply the better team in the series.

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Fighting may be down in the NHL and the role of the enforcer diminishing, but that won’t stop the production of a sequel to the movie “Goon”. “Goon 2” is expected to start shooting in June. (Bar Down)

Sticking with the fighting theme, here’s a look at the new Grantland documentary “Knuckes vs. Numbers”, which focuses on the dying breed of enforcers in the game:

The Val-d’Or Foreurs, who trailed their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League best-of-seven series with Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3-0, battled all the way back to win the series in seven games. However, following the Foreurs’ Game 7 victory, the traditional handshake line was scrapped. (The Hockey News)

One of the worst shootout attempts ever occurred in a recent Division 2A IIHF game between Serbia and Spain. Marko Milovanovic was apparently a little too excited to get his attempt started. Have a look:

PHT Morning skate: Selanne enjoying retirement as a caddy


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Retired NHL great Teemu Selanne was at Augusta National on Wednesday caddying for Finnish golfer Mikko Ilonen at The Masters’ Par 3 contest. (Puck Daddy)

Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling has teamed up with a fellow Chicago native in artist Jason Livery for his newest mask. The mask features several Chicago landmarks and pays tribute to movies shot in the city. (InGoal Magazine)


Actor Dan Aykroyd participated in the Shoot the Puck contest at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday. Aykroyd, who shot The Blues Brothers in Chicago, showed off his skills during the second intermission of the Wild’s 2-1 win over the Blackhawks.

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Speaking of the Wild’s 2-1 win Tuesday night, the victory earned Minnesota a berth in the playoffs for a third consecutive season. Here’s a look inside the Wild’s room following the win:

The New Jersey Devils have failed to qualify for postseason action for a third consecutive season. As a result, the club decided not to hand out its team awards this season. (The Hockey News)

The Toronto Maple Leafs concluded the road portion of their 2014-15 season with a 5-0 loss Wednesday night in Columbus. The Leafs managed to compile some impressively bad numbers on the road this season outlined here. Following the game, captain Dion Phaneuf was at a loss for words to describe the latest embarrassing loss.

Getzlaf not happy with Selanne comments


Last month Teemu Selanne released a tell-all book in his native Finland.

In it, he criticized current Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau over the handling of his ice time last season among other things. Selanne also felt slighted that Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf didn’t push for more ice time on his behalf.

On Thursday, while speaking with The Jim Rome Show, Getzlaf responded to Selanne’s comments.

“I was pissed off, to tell you the truth,” Getzlaf said “It wasn’t great. I thought it was kind of unnecessary for him to come out and say something like that.”

The 44-year-old Selanne appeared in 64 games with the Ducks last season scoring nine goals and 27 points.

Getzlaf told Rome the notion that he didn’t go to bat for Selanne, is just not true.

“Teemu doesn’t know everything that goes on. He doesn’t know how many times I had conversations about him in the last two years, to help him, to try and get him to where he wanted to be,” said Getzlaf.

Getzlaf admitted watching Selanne go through his final two seasons with the Ducks wasn’t easy.

“These last two years, dealing with some of that stuff was really hard,” said Getzlaf. “A Hall of Famer who has been around for a long time, someone who I looked up to when I was here, and to watch him kind of go through that, it was a little bit tough.”

The Ducks are scheduled to retire Selanne’s jersey Jan. 11 when the Winnipeg Jets visit Anaheim – could make for an awkward situation when Selanne and Boudreau meet face-to-face.

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


You knew it wouldn’t take long, but the Anaheim Ducks are going to retire Teemu Selanne’s number.

The Ducks announced they’ll be lifting his No. 8 into the rafters on January 11, 2015 when they host the Winnipeg Jets. In 15 seasons with the Ducks, the “Finnish Flash” piled up 457 of his 684 career goals and had 988 points with Anaheim alone. He is, without a doubt, the franchise’s greatest player and the face of the Ducks franchise. He was a member of the 2007 Ducks team that won the Stanley Cup.

While retiring his number was never in doubt, there’s the possibility Selanne will have a something else on his schedule that night. Jokerit of the KHL, who has been wooing Selanne to play one more year in Finland, has a game against CSKA Moscow on January 11.

It’d be a bit of a downer to have a number retirement ceremony without the guest of honor, no? Selanne hasn’t made a decision whether he’ll play in Finland next season, but for the time being it looks like he’ll be in Southern California come January.

Ducks’ Murray takes GM of the Year award


The 2014 GM of the Year Award went to Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray.

Murray is the fifth winner of the newly established trophy for the top executive in the NHL. He joked that he would easily switch places with Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi, who finished third in voting but whose team happened to win the 2014 Stanley Cup.

Plenty of votes also went to Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, who rounded out the top three finalists for the award.

The Ducks earned the most standings points in the Western Conference and the second-most in the NHL overall with 116. They went 54-20-8. The Kings ousted them in the second round of the postseason, but voting is only based on the regular season.

Murray made some bold moves over the last season-and-change, sending Bobby Ryan out of town and acquiring Mathieu Perreault via trades. He managed to bring back Teemu Selanne, yet his best work might be in developing the Ducks’ promising group of prospects. Kyle Palmieri, John Gibson and Frederik Andersen rank among young players who are already showing promise in the present and may only get better in the future.

Naturally, this award is also based on cumulative work, and hiring Bruce Boudreau in 2011 is clearly paying off.

Here are the voting results:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
1. Bob Murray, ANA 66 (9-6-3)
2. Marc Bergevin, MTL 49 (7-4-2)
3. Dean Lombardi, LA 33 (3-4-6)
4. Stan Bowman, CHI 29 (3-4-2)
5. Jim Nill, DAL 27 (4-0-7)
6. Peter Chiarelli, BOS 23 (2-3-4)
7. Chuck Fletcher, MIN 21 (2-3-2)
8. Steve Yzerman, TB 19 (2-2-3)
9. Ken Holland, DET 14 (1-3-0)
10. Greg Sherman, COL 10 (2-0-0)
11. Glen Sather, NYR 9 (0-2-3)
12. Jarmo Kekalainen, CBJ 8 (0-2-2)
13. Doug Armstrong, STL 6 (0-2-0)
14. Dale Tallon, FLA 1 (0-0-1)

Here are the five all-time winners:

Year Winner Team
2014 Bob Murray Anaheim
2013 Ray Shero Pittsburgh
2012 Doug Armstrong St. Louis
2011 Mike Gillis Vancouver
2010 Don Maloney Phoenix