By John D’Agostino
News and Notes from around the NHL:
First off, some sad news for the NHL. Wade Belak, a respectable and fan favorite defenseman was found dead in his apartment last Wednesday. He was very involved in every community no matter where he played. He was a great man and will be sure to be remembered by everyone who plays in the NHL.
Some updates on Teemu Selanne. He had surgery on his knee, and the recovery is in the process. The good news is that he still wants to play. The GM for Anaheim has said that Selanne still has a great interest to play in the NHL, and is trying to do whatever he can to get back and play. He is trying to follow-up an 80 point season last year, an impressive season for a 41-year-old hockey player. Selanne is an unrestricted free agent right now, but said he will only play in the league if the Ducks take him back. Only time will tell.
On a final note, James van Riemsdyk signed a new contract with the Flyers this past week. The contract is a six-year deal worth 25.5 million dollars in total, or about 4.25 million a year, which in my mind is a great deal. After a growing season last year, JVR really turned a corner in the playoffs leading the league in shots on goal, and scoring 7 goals in 11 playoff games. He was quite dominant in every game he played. Some people are upset that he is making more than Claude Giroux but they have to realize Giroux’s deal will be up in 3 more years and he will be getting a very big pay raise, so they shouldn’t worry.
Training camp is close, and the season starts a month from today!