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The Buffalo Sabres have managed to top themselves for worst jerseys of all time!


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Introducing the next New York Islanders Captain: John Tavares


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Looks as though the New York Islanders have found a replacement for ex-captain Mark Streit — and, to nobody’s surprise, that person will be John Tavares.

That’s the word out of Long Island on Tuesday —Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports the Isles are set to name Tavares as the 14th captain in franchise history at some point next week.

Tavares, 22, led the Isles with 47 points in 48 games last season and earned his first-ever Hart Trophy nomination for league MVP.

He’s the club’s most talented player and the face of the franchise, so no real surprise the organization feels he’s ready to wear the “C.” Tavares also signed a long-term pact with the Isles in 2011, agreeing to a six-year, $33 million extension that goes through 2018.

The move to such a young captain is a significant one from New York. Streit was 34 at the time of his appointment; prior to him it was 38-year-old Doug Weight and prior to Weight, it was 37-year-old Bill Guerin.

Tavares had previously served as an alternate captain behind Streit — now in Philadelphia — along with fellow forward Kyle Okposo.

No. 91′s promotion to the full captaincy means New York will need to find another person to wear an “A,” and candidates could include veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky or the club’s longest-tenured player, forward Frans Nielsen.




Chicago gives Corey Crawford a 6 year extension!


 

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The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with goaltender Corey Crawford to a six-year contract extension, the club announced Monday morning.

Crawford began the 2012-13 with people outside the organization questioning his viability as a No. 1 goalie for a contending team and finished it with a superlative performance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs en route to winning a championship.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports the contract is worth $36 million. Crawford will count $2.667 million against the salary cap in 2013-14 in the final year of his current contract.

At $6 million per season, Crawford’s deal is the fifth-most costly among goaltenders for the 2014-15 campaign, though two netminders with higher cap figures (Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Miller) are set to become unrestricted free agents in July.

The 28-year-old Crawford went 19-5-5 for the Blackhawks during the regular season with a .926 save percentage and a 1.94 goals against average, and then got even better during the playoffs. He posted a .932 save percentage and a 1.84 GAA as Chicago claimed the Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons.

Crawford is celebrating his day with the Cup on Monday.

When the Blackhawks won their first championship in 49 years in 2010, starting goaltender Antti Niemi was one of several casualties of the club being close to the salary cap ceiling, and it allowed Crawford the chance to become the No. 1 guy.

He had a strong rookie season, particularly near the end as the defending champs squeezed into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. After a .917 save percentage and 2.30 GAA as a rookie, he slipped in his sophomore campaign.

Crawford still had a 30-17-7 record, but also a .903 save percentage and 2.72 GAA, and the Blackhawks bowed out in the first round of the playoffs for a second straight season. He responded with a very good regular season, and a fantastic postseason in 2012-13, and is now the undisputed No. 1 goalie in the Windy City. He’s also a candidate to make the Canadian team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.



Teemu Selanne’s Decision to come back for one more season!


After watching video of Teemu Selanne’s golf game, it’s easy to see why he is staying active in the NHL.

In a humorous clip posted on the Anaheim Ducks’ website Friday, a frustrated Selanne is seen throwing his golf bag in the water, then swimming after it to retrieve a cell phone. He calls Ducks general manager Bob Murray to let him know he is returning to the team for the 2013-14 season, his 21st in the NHL.

In the video, Selanne said, “I’m coming back. This is it. This is my final one.”

“I think it’s good for people to know it will be the last one,” Selanne said in a conference call Friday. “I haven’t said that officially before, and it will be easier for me to take advantage of every day and enjoy. I think it’s good for everybody, my family too. They’ve asked questions over the years, and now it’s a very clear situation.”

According to the Orange County (Calif.) Register, Selanne signed a one-year, $2 million contract.

“It’s great to have Teemu back. He clearly still has passion for the game and can’t wait to get started,” general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. “We are so pleased that Teemu will end his career where he belongs.”

Selanne said conversations with coach Bruce Boudreau about the wing’s role on the team helped him make his decision.

“I had a good meeting with Bruce and I’m very happy with how it turned out,” Selanne said. “He was very open. I wanted to know how I would fit in his roster, and he said he was expecting a lot from me. Those were good things, and that was the final thing I wanted to hear. …

“I never wanted to get any promises because I know the coach can’t really do that,” Selanne added. “Obviously, we have a great group of guys. Getting those guys in, I didn’t want a situation where we pushed them in no matter what happened.

“It’s a competitive situation and everyone has to earn their ice time and power play. I know I can do it. I just needed to be on the same page with the coach. That’s what happened. I’m very happy about that.”

Selanne, 43 in July, had 12 goals and 12 assists in 46 games last season, and enters 2013-14 with 675 goals and 1,430 points in 1,387 NHL games. He’s 11th all-time in goals, six behind No. 10 Jaromir Jagrand 15 behind No. 9 Mario Lemieux. Selanne is 15th all-time in points, 37 behind No. 14 Stan Mikita.

“I have high expectations about myself. I haven’t had any numbers, but I know how well I can play,” Selanne said. “I don’t think anybody can have more expectations for myself than myself. I want to be a big part of it, otherwise I wouldn’t have even considered to keep playing. Hopefully the biggest thing for me is staying healthy. That will give me the chance to succeed.”

Known as “The Finnish Flash,” Selanne has represented his country five times in the Winter Olympics and expressed a desire to make a sixth appearance on that stage for Finland at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

“That’s also a big bonus for the next season,” Selanne said. “This could be my sixth Olympics, which I’m very proud of. We have a Finnish coach (Erkka Westerlund) who will pick the team, but that’s my goal for sure.”

 

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G: 675 | A: 755 | P: 1,430
SOG: 4,429 | +/-: 87

The Ducks won the Pacific Division and returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2012-13, but theDetroit Red Wings defeated them in seven games in the first round. Anaheim lost three games in overtime, and Game 7, 3-2 at home.

“If we had gone to the Finals or close, you just leave everything out there, and it would have been a different case,” Selanne said. “I really felt, like everybody else in our locker room, that there is unfinished business and we have a better team than this.

“We have so many good things going on right now, and we know we can do better, and that’s a main reason why I’m here. I’m still very hungry to win again. We have a good team and a lot of good things going here.

“If we had a bad team and bad season, it would be an easy situation to just say, ‘Thanks for everything,’ and go on. But I felt we can do better and I can do better, and everybody can do better. There’s unfinished business for sure.”

Win or lose this season, Selanne said his time in the NHL will be complete.

“There is no handbook about how you’re going to feel when you retire,” Selanne said. “I’ve never gotten the feeling that I’m done and this is enough. I’m just waiting for my body and my mind to say, ‘I’m done.’

“I’ve been able to enjoy this game so much that even on the tough nights and days, I still enjoy it. It’s going to end somewhere, and I decided now for my family and everybody that it’s going to be my last season. That’s fair for everybody. But I haven’t yet had a moment where I felt, ‘This is it.’”



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