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42-year-old Selanne not ready to retire; re-signs with Ducks for another year

 

Teemu Selanne (megasportsnews.com photo)

Teemu Selanne is still in good shape, productive and still wants to play hockey.

The 42-year-old has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks which will allow him to return for his 20th NHL season.

Selanne has been a member of the Ducks for the past seven years, winning a Stanley Cup in 2007. He played in all 82 games last season without any injuries. He is the oldest player to accomplish that feat, no injuries in an 82-game regular season.

Next season, current free-agent goaltender, 43-year-old Dwayne Roloson may still be in the league and Dominik Hasek, who is 47, is talking about a comeback. Selanne for the moment is the oldest in the NHL.

A native of Helsinki, Finland, Selanne is the NHL’s 19th-leading scorer in history with 1,046 points in two decades playing for Colorado, San Jose, Winnipeg and Anaheim. A right winger, he is 12th NHL history with 663 goals and is very close to entering the top 10.

13-year veteran Hejduk staying with the NHL’s Avalanche

 

Milan Hejduk (2008 photo by FrenchKheldar via wikipedia commons)

Milan Hejduk, right winger for the Colorado Avalanche is one of their last remaining links to the franchise’s Stanley Cup days.

He has spent all of his 13 years with the NHL team.

The native of the Czech Republic will remain in Denver for at least one more year as he signed a new contract.

The captain is 36 years old and was drafted 87th overall in the 1994 NHL Draft.

Hejduk has played in 991 games, with 794 points. He is fourth in franchise goals with 371 and fifth in assists with 423.

 

Info compiled from the NHL & Colorado Avalanche

Prospal given one-year contract extension by Blue Jackets

 

Press release courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets

 


COLUMBUS, OHIOThe Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Vinny Prospal to a one-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season, according to club Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson.

Prospal, 36, has registered nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points and 18 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He ranks second on the club in points and is third (tied) in goals. He was signed as a free agent by Columbus on July 23, 2011.

“We are very excited to have Vinny signed for another year,” said Howson. “His leadership and play on the ice have certainly been positives for us this season.”

Vinny Prospal (file photo)

 

Philadelphia’s second pick, 71st overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft, Prospal made his NHL debut with the Flyers in 1996-97 and has collected 236-477-713 and 531 penalty minutes in 1,031 career games with Philadelphia, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, NY Rangers and Columbus during his 14-plus NHL seasons. He has registered five 20-goal seasons, eight campaigns with 50 or more points and missed just 13 games in eight seasons from 2001-10, appearing in 643-of-656 contests during that span.  He has also appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs nine times, tallying 10-25-35 and 26 penalty minutes in 65 games.

The Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic native has represented his country in international competition on several occasions, including at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. He played in the 2004 and 2005 World Championships, winning the gold medal in 2005, and in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournament. Prospal also represented the Czech Republic at the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Championships.

VINNY PROSPAL, Left Wing

Hgt.: 6-2, Wgt.: 191, Shoots: Left, Born: February 17, 1975 (Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic)

Career Statistics                                                                     Regular Season                                                       Playoffs

Year           Team                             League    GP        TOI         G         A    PTS       +/-    PIM          GP       G       A    PTS    PIM

1991-92     C. Budejovice Jr.         Czech Jr.   36          n/a       16       16       32      n/a       12            …      …      …        …        …

1992-93     C. Budejovice Jr.         Czech Jr.   32          n/a       26       31       57      n/a       24            …      …      …        …        …

1993-94     Hershey                         AHL          55          n/a       14       21       35      n/a       38              2        0        0          0          2

1994-95     Hershey                         AHL          69          n/a       13       32       45      n/a       36              2        1        0          1          4

1995-96     Hershey                         AHL          68          n/a       15       36       51      n/a       59              5        2        4          6          2

1996-97     Philadelphia                  NHL          18          n/a          5       10       15          3          4              5        1        3          4          4

Philadelphia                  AHL          63          n/a       32       63       95      n/a       70            …      …      …        …        …

1997-98     Philadelphia                  NHL          41     12:04          5       13       18      -10       17            …      …      …        …        …

Ottawa                           NHL          15     14:49          1          6          7        -1          4              6        0        0          0          0

1998-99     Ottawa                           NHL          79     13:03       10       26       36          8       58              4        0        0          0          0

1999-00     Ottawa                           NHL          79     16:26       22       33       55        -2       40              6        0        4          4          4

2000-01     Ottawa                           NHL          40     12:57          1       12       13          1       12            …      …      …        …        …

Florida                           NHL          34     16:36          4       12       16        -2       10            …      …      …        …        …

2001-02     Tampa Bay                  NHL          81     17:31       18       37       55      -11       38            …      …      …        …        …

2002-03     Tampa Bay                  NHL          80     18:39       22       57       79          9       53           11        4        2          6          8

2003-04     Anaheim                       NHL          82     18:37       19       35       54        -9       54            …      …      …        …        …

2004-05     C. Budejovice              Czech-2    39          n/a       28       60       88          1       82           16     15     15       30       32

2005-06     Tampa Bay                  NHL          81     19:10       25       55       80        -3       50              5        0        2          2          0

Czech Republic            Olympics     8          n/a          4          2          6        -1          2            …      …      …        …        …

2006-07     Tampa Bay                  NHL          82     19:04       14       41       55      -24       36              6        1        4          5          4

2007-08     Tampa Bay                  NHL          62     20:00       29       28       57        -7       39            …      …      …        …        …

Philadelphia                  NHL          18     17:15          4       10       14          7          6           17        3     10       13          6

2008-09     Tampa Bay                  NHL          82     17:41       19       26       45      -20       52            …      …      …        …        …

2009-10     NY Rangers                  NHL          75     20:06       20       38       58          8       32            …      …      …        …        …

2010-11     NY Rangers                  NHL          29     15:19          9       14       23          4          8              5        1        0          1          0

2011-12     Columbus                     NHL          53     18:11          9       24       33      -13       18            …      …      …        …        …

NHL Totals                                                   1,031     17:21     236     477     713      -62     531           65     10     25       35       26

AHL Totals                                                       255            …       74     152     226        …     203              9        3        4          7          8

 

Capitals stun Blue Jackets with four, 3rd period goals; wins 4-2

 

Alex Ovechkin (file photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — If the NHL had a rule where the teams could play only two periods instead of three, the Columbus Blue Jackets would be one of the top teams in the league. They usually out-play teams for the first 40 minutes most of the time.

But the 3rd period is the enemy of the Blue Jackets and it reared its ugly noose around the teams neck again on New Year’s Eve night.

The Jackets leading and dominating the game for 2 periods, saw their 2-0 advantage slip away as Washington scored four goals in a span of 6:40 overall and tying and go-ahead goal in a span of :28 seconds in a 4-2 loss.

Heartbreaking, late game collapses have slowed the Jackets all year long and has fans and media wondering when changes will be made to the coaching staff. Columbus has been outscored 52-26 in the 3rd period this season.

Alex Ovechkin, the star of the Capitals scored the first and last goals in the four-goal period.

A few weeks ago, there was talk around the NHL that Ovechkin was losing his game because he only scored eight goals in the Capitals first 29 games. But he has rebounded to post seven goals in the last eight games, including a six-game points stretch of six goals and three assists.

Winning and scoring late in games is nothing new to Washington, always a Stanley Cup contender. The Capitals have scored 12 third period goals in their past six games. They’ve scored 46 goals overall in the final period this year, one of the best in the National Hockey League.

The disappointed crowd of 18,199 at Nationwide Arena did witness some positive play by the Jackets as they received goals from rookie John Moore and Sammy Pahlsson.

The three stars were: Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Wideman from Washington. Sammy Pahlsson was the Blue Jackets selection.

Columbus head coach Scott Arniel, obviously hearing and feeling the heat from fans and media, walked out of  his post-game press conference after answering only six questions. He was irritated when two reporters pointed out that the team is getting hammered on 4-on-4 play. Arniel said the stats were even, but another reporter said the Jackets are getting outscored 8-1 in 4-on-4 hockey. Then the beleaguered coach walked out of the room.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

49 123 Dennis Wideman Washington Def 4-0n-4 hockey in 3rd period turned the game around for Capitals

49 128 Dennis Wideman Washington def This past week was a crucial time for the Capitals

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

49 133 Derek Mackenzie CBJ center The inability to close out games is the team’s biggest problem

49 134 Scott Arniel CBJ coach Another 3rd period letdown. How much more can the team take

 

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

 

Ex-hockey star Wilson dead at 82

 

Ice hockey rink layout (By Jecowa via wikipedia commons)

Former hockey star, Johnny Wilson, who was a Stanley Cup champion four times with the Detroit Red Wings, has died. He was 82.

Wilson, who was seen very frequently at Red Wings home games, died in the Motor City after battling lung disease and colon cancer for several years.

Wilson helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955.

The famed left winger, who played from 1949-1962 in the NHL with Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and the New York Rangers, scored 161 goals and notched 171 assists in 688 games.

The native of Kincardine, Ontario, Canada was an NHL coach for seven seasons with Los Angeles, Detroit, Colorado and Pittsburgh.

His nephew is current Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson.

 

Info compiled from NHL, Detroit Red Wings, Radio & TV news

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