Great weekend to everyone. Today we’re bringing you yet another “Screenshots” column in which we’re breaking down a few highlights of hockey into smaller parts for your interest in reading. Time to move on to the first topic:
– In recent weeks there was a notable campaign that Ottawa Senators legend Daniel Alfredsson be honored with an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. From this author’s point of view, Alfredsson has done enough to earn the HHOF’s approval. He may not have been the strongest player in his position, but in 18 seasons in the NHL, as well as 14 international elite hockey tournaments, the Swedish winger has built enough influence to earn a place in the Hall of Fame.
Alfredsson, 49, has retired since 2014 and still holds many Senator records, including most regular season goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,008), and most playtime games played. off (121). , as well as the most post-season goals (51), assists (49) and points (100). He played 1246 games and scored at least 20 goals in 13 seasons; he had at least 32 goals in four seasons. There are current members of the HHOF who have far fewer points than Alfredsson and he is as synonymous with the Sens franchise as few of his peers have ever been on their particular NHL team.
When it comes down to it, the HHOF awards should be given to players who have demonstrated first-class “ability, sportsmanship, character, and contribution to their team or teams and to the game of hockey as a whole.” Who can deny that Alfredsson meets all these requirements? He was one of the finest NHL players of his or any generation. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1996. His philanthropy was evident when he won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (for leadership and humanitarian work) in 2012, and his ability as a phenomenal locker room example was highlighted when he received the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2013.
That should be more than enough to get Alfredsson into the HHOF – and that’s before you even consider his impact on the international game. He was part of the Olympic gold and silver medals for Sweden and was also part of two Swedish teams that won silver medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. He never won the Stanley Cup, but that’s not what HHOF is about. It’s about “glory”, and Alfredsson certainly achieved it during his years on the ice. He totally deserves a place in the HHOF.
– After losing Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Friday, the Colorado Avalanche announced that veteran goaltender Darcy Kemper would play in Game 6. This shouldn’t be a problem, right? Last summer, Avs spent a lot of money to acquire Kuemper. They’ve been chasing him to a Western Conference best record all year, and just because he let Ondrej Palat score overtime, now they have to drop him?
No, they made a bed with Kemper, and they’ll have to sleep in it for the next two games. Kemper’s job is to be equal or better than his Lightning colleague Andrey Vasilevsky, and that’s not an easy task, no matter who you are. For better or worse, the fates of Colorado and Kemper are tied together. Reserve Pavel Francouz is not the answer. It’s better to play in front of Kemper.
The Nashville Predators are in strange public contract negotiations with star forward Philip Forsberg, and on Thursday GM David Polis revealed The Pres extended the unrestricted free agent for eight years, one year more than any other team can offer Forsberg under the current collective bargaining agreement.
However, what Poyle didn’t make public was the dollar amount of the contract offer, telling NHL.com only that it was “disappointing” that they couldn’t agree on terms with the 27-year-old who has achieved career highs. in goals (42), assists (42) and points (84) in just 69 games last season. Forsberg had the final year of his contract with an average annual value of $6 million and a number of teams will line up to pay him significantly more.
Poyle’s stance on Forsberg’s contract situation is like a public relations exercise designed to soften the blow of Forsberg’s move to a new employer. Time will tell if Forsberg will settle for a lower salary to surround himself with the best players in Nashville, but with the UFA season just around the corner, he appears determined to test the open waters and see how the Preds react when a serious, big one comes up. . money offer on the table from a competitor.