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Toni Lydman

Report: Lydman may retire


Veteran NHL defenseman Toni Lydman is pondering retirement, according to TSN’s Aaron Ward.

Ward reports that Lydman has turned down a pair of two-year, $5 million contract offers. (From which teams, and why he turned them down, wasn’t reported.)

Lydman is only 35 and averaged almost 20 minutes per game last season with Anaheim. He did, however, miss the last four games of the Ducks’ first-round playoff series with Detroit due to a head injury (courtesy Justin Abdelkader, who was suspended two games for charging on the play.)

Lydman — a veteran of 847 NHL games with the Flames, Sabres and Ducks — became an unrestricted free agent after his three-year, $9 million contract expired.

Selanne, goalies headline Finnish Olympic camp roster


Earlier on Monday, the American, Canadian and Russian Olympic orientation camp rosters were revealed. NHL.com also shared Finland’s group, which includes 18 returning members of the team that won the bronze in 2010.

The two biggest questions that come to mind are:

1) Will Teemu Selanne hang up his skates before the 2014 Winter Olympics?

2) Which goalie will stand out in a distinguished group of netminders to become the No. 1 guy?

Here’s the full camp roster:

Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim, *Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, *Niklas Hagman, Teemu Hartikainen, Juha-Pekka Hytonen, Jarkko Immonen, Jesse Joensuu, Jussi Jokinen, *Olli Jokinen, *Niko Kapanen, *Mikko Koivu, *Saku Koivu (Anaheim), Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jarno Koskiranta, Jori Lehtera, Ville Leino, *Antti Miettinen, Janne Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Antti Pihlstrom, *Jarkko Ruutu, *Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Veli-Matti Savinainen and *Teemu Selanne.

Defensemen: Juuso Hietanen, Topi Jaakola, Joonas Jarvinen, Jere Karalahti, *Lasse Kukkonen, Teemu Laakso, *Sami Lepisto, *Toni Lydman, Tuukka Mantyla, *Janne Niskala, Petteri Nummelin, *Joni Pitkanen, *Sami Salo, *Kimmo Timonen, Sami Vatanen and Ossi Vaananen.

Goalies: *Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Antti Raanta, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Karri Ramo and Petri Vehanen.

* – means that player was part of the 2010 squad.

Selanne, Rask highlight Finland’s Olympic Camp roster


Finland has named its 54-man camp roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — a group filled with veteran experience at forward and arguably the best goaltending depth in the world.

Up front, the Finns have invited a slew of NHLers, including a number of elder statesmen: Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, Olli Jokinen and Antti Miettinen, all of whom are 32 or older.

The most notable inclusion is Selanne, the 42-year-old winger that would be participating in his sixth Winter Olympics should he be selected for Sochi.

Selanne made his Olympic debut at the 1992 games in Albertville, finishing fourth in scoring (behind Canada’s Joe Juneau and Czechoslovakia’s Robert Lang, to give you an idea of how long ago that was.)

In goal, Finland boasts a wealth of talent.

Tuukka Rask, fresh off a Stanley Cup Final appearance with Boston, has been selected for camp, as has ’13 Vezina nominee Antti Niemi, ’12 Vezina nominee Pekka Rinne, NHL wins leader Niklas Backstrom, Dallas starter Kari Lehtonen and newly-signed Flames goalie Karri Ramo.

The Finns are weakest on defense, where only a handful of NHL regulars — Toni Lydman, Joni Pitkanen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen — made the camp roster.

Here’s the full list of invitees:


Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Antti Raanta, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Karri Ramo, Petri Vehanen


Jusso Hietanen, Topi Jaakola, Joonas Harvinen, Jere Karalahti, Lasse Kukkonen, Teemu Laakso, Sami Lepisto, Toni Lydman, Tuukka Mantyla, Janne Niskala, Petteri Nummelin, Joni Pitkanen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Sami Vatanen, Ossi Vaananen


Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Niklas Hagman, Teemu Hartikainen, Juha-Pekka Hytonen, Jarkko Immonen, Jesse Joensuu, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Niko Kapanen, Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jarno Koskiranta, Jori Lehtera, Ville Leino, Antti Miettinen, Janne Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Antti Pihlstrom, Jarkko Ruutu, Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Veli-Matti Savinainen, Teemu Selanne

No buyouts planned for Anaheim

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After a disappointing finish to their season, the Anaheim Ducks’ offseason is at least shaping up to be limited on drama.

Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports the Ducks won’t be using either of their compliance buyouts this summer. With a handful of recently signed long-term deals just starting and a shortage of bad money deals elsewhere, there’s no need to buy anyone out. The Ducks are also doing well against the salary cap.

According to CapGeek.com, the Ducks’ payroll is at $52 million for next season and they have 19 players under contract. With about $12 million to spend to fill out the rest of the roster, their issues don’t lie in cutting costs. Instead, Anaheim’s problems surround which players to sign back before free agency.

The Ducks have 11 free agents-to-be this summer and only two of them are restricted (Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey). Veterans like Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, and Toni Lydman figure to get the most attention before the Ducks go looking elsewhere to fill spots in the lineup. Stephens says the Ducks will give Selanne as much time as he needs to decide if he’ll return next season or retire while Koivu appears set to return.

Detroit’s Colaiacovo to make postseason debut in Game 6


Facing playoff elimination, the Detroit Red Wings will make a change on defense tonight.

Carlo Colaiacovo will draw into the lineup for the first time this postseason, replacing Brian Lashoff, according to MLive.com.

“I don’t know what the word is to use, I think excited is a small word,” Colaiacovo said. “It’s real gratifying obviously.

“This is the biggest reason why I wanted to come here, to play at this time of the season for this team.”

Colaiacovo, 30, only appeared in six regular-season games with the Wings this season, missing a large chunk of the year to a shoulder injury. He notched one assist and went minus-4, averaging close to 19 minutes per game.

Lashoff has appeared in three of five playoff games thus far, going scoreless while averaging 18 TOI per.

In another lineup move, forward Justin Abdelkader will draw back in after serving a two-game suspension for charging Toni Lydman.

Patrick Eaves will be a healthy scratch.