• Teemu Selanne: “I’d still be playing” if Bruce Boudreau wasn’t Ducks coach

    Adam Proteau
    Teemu Selanne (Getty Images)

    Never ask Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau to play Crazy Eights.

    That was the takeaway Thursday after Finnish journalist Juha Hiitelä began Tweeting excerpts from Teemu Selanne’s soon-to-be-released book.

    Essentially – and despite calling Boudreau a “nice man” – Selanne threw his former coach in Anaheim under the bus, drove over him with it, backed up, and repeated the process seven or eight times. In the most shocking statement, Selanne said he’d have returned to the NHL for a 22nd season if Boudreau wasn’t still the Ducks’ coach.

    But he said much more than that. Here’s the now-retired Selanne describing his experience in the 2014 playoffs, when Boudreau made him a healthy scratch prior to Anaheim’s first round, Game 4 showdown against Dallas: Read more

  • Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin to miss start of training camp

    Rory Boylen
    Crosby & Malkin (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Try not to be alarmed Pittsburgh Penguins fans – but Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will miss the start of training camp.

    From the team’s website:

    Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will be held out of the start of training camp, it was announced today by Pittsburgh Penguins Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.

    Rutherford said the decision was made as a precaution after both players suffered injuries while preparing for camp. Read more

  • Players try to guess their rating in NHL 15, Alex Ovechkin steals the show

    Rory Boylen
    Alex Ovechkin

    So, we’re not going to recommend that you buy EA Sports’ NHL 15 this year because there are too many modes missing, but this video that shows players trying to guess their overall rating in the game is pretty neat.

    Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Travis Zajac and more try and guess what their overall player rating is in this year’s NHL video game and some of them come pretty close.

    The best answers out of the bunch come from Ovechkin. Oh Ovie – don’t ever leave for the KHL. Read more

  • THN’s 2014-15 NHL season preview: Florida Panthers

    Rory Boylen
    Florida Panthers. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

    2013-14 record: 29-45-8

    Acquisitions: Greg Zanon, Willie Mitchell, Al Montoya, Dave Bolland, Jussi Jokinen, Shawn Thornton, Derek MacKenzie

    Departures: Peter Mueller, Scott Clemmensen, Tom Gilbert, Jesse Winchester, Matt Gilroy

    Top five fantasy players: Nick Bjugstad, Aleksander Barkov, Jussi Jokinen, Brian Campbell, Jonathan Huberdeau

    Boom, Bust and Bottom Line: The best, worst and most likely scenario
    Boom: The Panthers will have a full season with Roberto Luongo as their starter and Al Montoya as their backup, which alone will give them a huge boost. Last season’s combination of Tim Thomas, Scott Clemmensen and Jacob Markstrom was awful and cost the Panthers plenty of games and goals against. Read more

  • Red Army trailer provides peek at amazing archival Soviet footage

    Jason Kay
    Alexei Kasatonov, Viktor Tikhnonov, Vladislav Tretiak, Igor Larionov and Slava Fetisov.

    In the post-screening interview he conducted with the audience at the Toronto International Film Festival, Red Army director Gabe Polsky said he reviewed about 10 percent of the archival hockey footage made available to him. The vault, it turns out, is massive.

    We can only imagine the gems still to be unearthed in the remaining 90 percent, because what viewers are treated to in the 76-minute chronicle is a series of fascinating visual revelations.

    We’re exposed to the “other side”; the formative years of the program through Anatoli Tarasov, the unique training methods, clips from Soviet TV, Slava Fetisov on home video.

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  • Blue Jackets reveal three offers made to RFA Ryan Johansen, agent says negotiations should be private

    Rory Boylen
    Ryan Johansen. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The John Davidson-Kurt Overhardt/Ryan Johansen tilt just keeps getting more and more entertaining.

    Tuesday, of course, Blue Jackets president John Davidson told THN’s Ken Campbell that Johansen’s contract demands made no sense.

    “When you see numbers that are thrown at us, we shouldn’t even respond,” Davidson said. “That’s how bad it is. It’s embarrassing. And if the kid sits out, he sits out. I wonder if the agent’s going to pay him his money back that he’s going to lose by sitting out.

    “With the numbers they come back with…are so one-sided it’s nonsensical. It’s extortion is what it is. I don’t make this stuff up. I’ve been in this league doing this for a long time now and this one here, it’s baffling is what it is. This one’s baffling. Baffling.”

    Today the Columbus Blue Jackets had their media day and Davidson didn’t take his foot off the gas. He gave three examples of contract offers the team made to Johansen and his agent – and remember, the two sides are still reportedly $3 million apart. Read more

  • KHL coach Andrei Nazarov goes nuts, flips off refs and fans

    Matt Larkin
    Nazarov Mad

    Andrei Nazarov had quite the heel turn in Wednesday’s Kontinental League tilt between Barys and Admiral.

    Nazarov, Barys’ coach, wasn’t pleased with a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. He took it out on the refs, flipping them off, and when he was tossed out of the game, he turned his attention to the Admiral fans.

    Nazarov was extremely efficient in his obscene gestures, packing many into a rapid-fire barrage. Take a look:

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