TV Analyst, Ex-Player Olczyk Has Colon Cancer – Former hockey player and current TV color commentator Eddie Olczyk announced Tuesday that he is being treated for colon cancer. “I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment,” Olczyk said in a statement. “Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments.” Olczyk, who will turn 51 on Aug. 16, played 16 seasons in the NHL for the Blackhawks, Jets, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Penguins and Kings. Blackhawks team physician Michael Terry said that Olczyk was diagnosed last week and underwent a surgical procedure to remove a tumor. He will undergo further treatment, including chemotherapy.
Preds Captain Fisher Retires After 17 Seasons – Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher has announced his retirement after 17 NHL seasons. Fisher, 37, told The Tennessean on Thursday that he was hanging up his skates after 1,088 career NHL games with the Predators and Ottawa Senators. “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I know I’ve made the right one,” Fisher wrote in a letter for Thursday’s edition. “I’ve decided to retire from the NHL.”
Dumoulin, Pens Agree to 6-Year, $24.6M Deal – The Pittsburgh Penguins have locked up one of their young defensemen, agreeing to a deal with Brian Dumoulin on a six-year, $24.6 million contract to avoid arbitration. Dumoulin, 25, has played in all 49 of the Penguins’ playoff games the past two seasons, helping Pittsburgh win back-to-back Stanley Cups. He had six points (one goal, five assists) this postseason and averaged 21.59 minutes of ice time, the most of any Penguins player in the playoffs. His plus-9 in the postseason was best among the Penguins’ defensemen.
Oduya Signs 1-Year, $1M Deal With Senators – Defenseman Johnny Oduya has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Ottawa Senators that includes bonus provisions that could add up to another $1.25 million. He can achieve bonuses for games played, time on the ice and various playoff incentives.
Blackhawks’ Campbell Retires After 17 Seasons – Defenseman Brian Campbell, who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, announced his retirement Monday after 17 seasons in the league. The Blackhawks tweeted that Campbell is “not done with the Hawks! Soupy will join the front office, assisting with marketing, community and youth hockey initiatives.” Campbell, 38, was a four-time All-Star, who also played for the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers. He finishes his career with 87 goals, 417 assists and was a plus-63.
Selanne, Recchi Among Hall of Fame Inductees – On his first shot at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Teemu Selanne has scored, not surprising for someone who tallied 684 NHL goals. The 46-year-old headlined the class announced Monday. Joining the 10-time All-Star in Toronto are Selanne’s longtime teammate Paul Kariya, Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi, Danielle Goyette, and in the builders category Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs. Selanne, nicknamed the Finnish Flash, was the 10th overall pick of the Winnipeg Jets in the 1988 draft. In 1993, he won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie after he scored a league-leading 76 goals and added 56 assists. He holds NHL records for most goals and points by a rookie.
Blackhawks Trade Away Hjalmarsson, Panarin – The Chicago Blackhawks made two draft-day trades Friday, dealing defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and winger Artemi Panarin in swaps with the Arizona Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively. The Panarin trade brings back former Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad, who spent the past two seasons in Columbus after starting his career in Chicago as a 2011 second-round pick. The Blackhawks also sent Tyler Motte and a 2017 sixth-round pick to the Blue Jackets in return for Saad, Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-rounder.
Top 10 Round One Picks:
- 1. New Jersey Devils: Nico Hischier, C, Halifax
- 2. Philadelphia Flyers: Nolan Patrick, C, Brandon
- 3. Dallas Stars: Miro Heiskanen, D, HIFK
- 4. Colorado Avalanche: Cale Makar, D, Brooks
- 5. Vancouver Canucks: Pettersson Elias, C, Timra
- 6. Vegas Golden Knights: Cody Glass, C, Portland
- 7. New York Rangers (from ARI): Lias Andersson, C, HV 71
- 8. Buffalo Sabres: Casey Mittelstadt, C, Eden Prairie
- 9. Detroit Red Wings: Michael Rasmussen, C, Tri-City
- 10. Florida Panthers: Owen Tippett, RW, Mississauga