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Euro Pop: Teemu Selanne can't golf, returns to Ducks; Kovalchuk captains SKA
It's probably unfair to call it a viral video just yet. It's meant to be viral, sure, but Teemu Selanne's humour and fitness – both clearly evident in the Ducks' Friday film release – is what's kept him alive in the NHL, post-lockout. Post two lockouts, really.
In a YouTube flick that's been quickly passed around to every hockey blog of note (even this one), Selanne announced he was returning to the NHL and Anaheim – at age 43 – for one "final" season.
Last year, Selanne compiled 24 points in 46 games and the Ducks torched the Pacific Division to finish second in the Western Conference.
They did, however, lose in seven games to the Detroit Red Wings, bottoming out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round.
Selanne began his career in the 1992-93 season with the Winnipeg Jets, when he set a rookie record with 76 goals and 132 points.
He's also candid in front of the camera, and a documentary on his life and career is expected to hit Lapland theatres real soon. Boy, do we have they have subtitles for this bad boy:
Ilya Kovalchuk named captain of SKA St. Petersburg
Kovy's exodus – abandonment – from the NHL and his contract with the New Jersey Devils was shocking to many, and probably typical to some.
In his 11 years in the league, Kovalchuk displayed an insane abundance of skill, perhaps the most lethal shot in the world, and an excitement for the game that bordered (just a little) on brash.
Of course, to many, he was just another Russian who didn't care about his team, the league, or the Cup.
(That is perhaps a slanderous statement, but can you tell me that wasn't passed around once in some Edmonton basement?)
On Friday, Kovalchuk was named captain of his new KHL club (or is it klub?), SKA St. Petersburg, and he was quick to point out he pleased he was with his decision.
"I've got room to grow. I didn't come here to sit and wait for the Olympics. I've got to claw and work to prove everything on the ice," Kovalchuk said, according to R-Sport. "There's no limit to perfection."
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello was gracious in letting Kovalchuk walk, and it appears his former star returned the favour on Friday, thanking him publicly.
"I'm very happy that it happened... The KHL is developing and growing, and at this point I want to be a hockey player in this league."
Of course, in very Kovy-ish fashion, he couldn't help but tease with this little nugget earlier this week:
Ilya Kovalchuk to Rsport.ru: 'Stanley Cup remains my target. I'm just 30, it's yet to come'— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) August 24, 2013
Daniel Alfredsson officially a Detroit Red Wing
So, you've got the fleeing of Kovalchuk, the loyalty of Selanne, and then – somewhere in between – you have Daniel Alfredsson.
The former Ottawa Senators captain has been a target of Canadian capital blogging hate since he spurned his longtime club (who he'd been with since the 1995-96 season) for a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
On Friday, Alfie (as his fans call him) got to wear that Winged Wheel for the first time.
"I definitely feel rejuvenated...I've got to prove myself again...I'm really looking forward to the challenge." - @DAlfredsson11— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 30, 2013
Alfredsson's Ottawa teammate for the second half of last season, Cory Conacher, spoke on his one-time captain's decision to leave Parliament Hill for the Motor City earlier this week (Sportsnet):
"He spent a long time in Ottawa and did a lot for the city... Unfortunately, it's sad to see him go, but he's going to try to win a Stanley Cup in Detroit.
"If we're in the playoffs against him, I'm not cheering for him – I'm hoping we beat him – but if we're not in the playoffs, then I'll be rooting for him to go all the way."
What a nice guy.