Still crazy after all these years – Iginla and Doan were cream of the ’95 draft

Shane Doan (left) and Jarome Iginla (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

With Jarome Iginla scoring his 600th goal last night and Shane Doan on something of an offensive tear of late, we thought it would be interesting to reconfigure the 1995 draft, the one in which Iginla was taken 11th overall and Doan seventh.

Here’s how we’d do it all over again knowing what we know today. Hint: The top two picks would have been teammates with the Kamloops Blazers.

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Big, strong Russians put the boots to Team USA

The Russians celebrate against Team USA  (Photo by Markku Ulander/AFP/Getty Images)

HELSINKI, FINLAND – In a classic Cold War battle, the Russians had the better strategy, beating Team USA 2-1 in a grinding war on ice. The Americans’ top line of Auston Matthews, Colin White and Matthew Tkachuk was held off the scoreboard, despite an inordinate amount of ice time given to them by coach Ron Wilson. And while Tkachuk, a top prospect for the 2016 draft, hit a crossbar and came close on several other great chances, the crease in front of goalie and Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov was largely a no-go zone for Americans.

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Watch Shane Doan become Coyotes franchise leader in goals

Jared Clinton
Shane Doan (Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

Since being drafted seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1995, Shane Doan has played every single game one of his career with the Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise. It may have taken 1,422 games, but Doan finally etched his name atop the franchise’s record books Friday. And he did it, fittingly, against the new Winnipeg Jets.

Midway through the first period, Doan and Max Domi broke down the ice on a 2-on-1. Doan was carrying the puck down the right wing and used his veteran savvy to wait until Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien dropped to block the cross-ice pass to Domi. With Byfuglien down, Doan snuck around the downed defenseman, got his stick on the ice, took a perfect pass back from Domi and tapped home career goal 380: Read more

Year in review: Top 10 trades of 2015

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Be it trade deadline deals or big off-season moves, 2015 wasn’t short on big names getting moved in the hockey world. Cap crunches and playoffs misses yielded the trades of core players, while some big name deals had the hockey world shocked at how quickly things can change.

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Jets’ Mark Scheifele sidelined with concussion, no timeline for return

Jared Clinton
Mark Scheifele (John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

It would be unfair to call Winnipeg’s situation disastrous right now, but the Jets have won only four of their past 10 games, are dead last in the Central Division and have the only negative goal differential in their entire division. Things aren’t looking up for Winnipeg after the holiday break, either.

The Jets announced Sunday that center Mark Scheifele has been placed on the injured reserve with an upper-body ailment, which coach Paul Maurice later confirmed is a concussion. Scheifele and Jets captain Andrew Ladd collided in practice which resulted in the injury. There’s no clear timeline on when Scheifele could return to Winnipeg’s lineup.

“He sustained a concussion [Saturday],” coach Paul Maurice said. “He’s out a minimum of seven days — he’s on the IR. We normally don’t go into detail about our injuries, but this is not one he’s coming back from until he’s 100 percent. So when he’s at 100 percent and the doctor says he’s at 100 percent, then he’ll be ready to play.” Read more

No-movement clauses have made NHL’s trade market boring and predicatable

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Phil Kessel (Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

The hockey world – with the exception of those fans in Tampa Bay, I am certain – is downright giddy at the prospect of Steven Stamkos hitting unrestricted free agency next summer.

The last time a player of Stamkos’s stature was available was the summer of 2010 when Ilya Kovalchuk was a UFA after being traded from Atlanta to the New Jersey during the season. Kovalchuk signed a massive deal with Devils, caused more harm than good and abruptly left the organization to play in the KHL.

The Stamkos situation got me to thinking about how much fun it is to contemplate the notion of big-name players changing teams. And that led me to thinking about hockey’s trade market.

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Rumor Roundup: Flyers face tough decision on Gostisbehere when Streit returns

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Shayne Gostisbehere. (Getty Images)

Philadelphia Flyers rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is making the most of his call-up to the big club. Since joining the Flyers in mid-November, the 22-year-old has 11 points in 15 games. He’s among the league’s rookie leaders in game-winning goals (three) and leads all freshman blueliners in goals.

In about two weeks, however, veteran blueliner Mark Streit and his $5.25-million cap hit comes off long-term injured reserve. Unless GM Ron Hextall can find a way to free up some cap space, he’ll have to return Gostisbehere to the minors.

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Report: Jets’ Ladd, Byfuglien, Trouba looking for long-term, big-money deals

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Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd (Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Winnipeg Jets are preparing for the biggest off-season since the franchise came to Manitoba in 2011, and it could be an expensive summer.

With the current campaign inching closer to the halfway point, the Jets are staring down the potential free agencies of three key players: captain Andrew Ladd and defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba. Both Ladd, 30, and Byfuglien, 30, are set for unrestricted free agency as of July 1, 2016, while Trouba, 21, is coming to the end of his entry-level deal and will be a restricted free agent. No matter how you look at it, though, Winnipeg is going to have to make some big money decisions about their future.

The Winnipeg Free Press’ Tim Campbell reported Monday evening that the Jets, if they wish to retain each of Ladd, Byfuglien and Trouba, could be forking out $152 million over the next several seasons. Per Campbell, Ladd is asking for a six-year deal worth roughly $41 million, Byfuglien is looking for $55 million over eight years and Trouba is eying up an eight-year deal worth $56 million. All of these numbers, Campbell noted, are simply starting points. All three reported asks would give the Jets a new highest-paid player — the title defenseman Toby Enstrom currently holds with an average annual salary of $5.75 million. Read more