Teemu Selanne: Return of the Finish Flash

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Teemu Selanne makes his glorious return to Winnipeg tonight. According to TSN’s Sara Orlesky, Teemu has been looking forward to this day from the moment the NHL schedule was announced, way back in June. But regardless of how high his expectations are for tonight’s game, chances are that Selanne will be blown away by the outpouring of support he’ll receive from the vast sea of Jets fans. It will be an incredibly special night for Teemu and his family, who have flown down to .

Despite the fact that Selanne played just 3.5 seasons in Winnipeg, he is among the two most beloved Jets in history. And though Dale Hawerchuk had a much longer tenure with the Jets (9 seasons), Selanne is absolutely revered by virtually every Winnipeg hockey fan under the age of 35. That’s because of the connection we all have to his ’92-’93 rookie season, which saw him score 76 goals and 132 points, and break almost every rookie scoring in the books. But not only is Selanne the best rookie in NHL history, he also posted one of the most dominant goal-scoring seasons for any player, ever. In fact, only three players have scored more than 76 goals in a single season – Brett Hull, Mario Lemieux, and Wayne Gretzky. (Alexander Mogily and Phil Esposito have each tied his total of 76).

After many great years in Anaheim, including a Stanley Cup win in 2007, Selanne now ranks 13th all-time in NHL goal scoring, with 647 goals. And he has the second most goals among active players, just 9 goals behind Jaromir Jagr. So to commemorate one of the best goal scorers in NHL history, here are the three best hat-tricks in Teemu Selanne’s long, storied career. Enjoy the game! 😀

Top-3 Teemu Selanne Hat-Tricks

(3) Teemu dedicates hat-trick to a friend suffering with cancer:

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(2) First career playoff hat-trick (also first ever playoff goal):

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(1) Teemu Breaks Rookie Goal-Scoring Record!

Goals 1+2:

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Goal 3! (Most famous Jets goal ever)

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2011 Free Agents

(This summer’s big fish – Brad Richards)

(Note: I’ll keep this on a permanent page and will update the list frequently when we get closer to July 1)

Here’s the 2011 UFA crop. It’s extremely weak on forwards, but pretty loaded with defencemen. I’ve included salary expectations, which is a hybrid between how I think the market will view them, and what I personally think their value is. I’ve also included a small list of players who may be facing retirement, as well as those who may be playing overseas next year. Continue reading