Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, 36, will be retiring at the end of this season, marking a 17-year career all with Anaheim, including a Stanley Cup and over 1000 points to be the franchise leader. Last summer when Getzlaf was a free agent, there was speculation he might go elsewhere for another Cup — one of those places being here with his long-time running mate Corey Perry — but he ended up staying and closing out an entire career with just one team.
Emily Kaplan of ESPN reports Getzlaf might take on a front office role with the Ducks as their rebuild moves along.
Thank you, Captain. #FlyTogether https://t.co/36YM5HiEXQ— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 5, 2022
Ryan Getzlaf contemplated retirement since before the season & officially told teammates last week, per sources. He retires as Anaheim's all time leading scorer.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) April 5, 2022
Getzlaf has talked with Ducks about joining the front office, but no role is formalized yet. https://t.co/Hew6nwXF7P
This was a weird and sad story. The Hockey News reported a few days ago that NHL legend Mike Bossy had died of lung cancer. The story was taken down rather quickly and no statement or apology was made at the time. Now, the Bossy family had to make a statement saying the former NHLer is resting peacefully at home while he battled cancer. The Hockey News then changed their story to say he is in palliative care.
At the end of the day, sports shouldn’t try to be TMZ, and instead give privacy and respect to former players and such. It’s just not necessary.
Contrary to speculation, Mike Bossy’s family tells @tvasports he is resting peacefully at home as he continues his battle with cancer. He thanks everyone for their support and asks for all to respect his privacy. https://t.co/9hWcVJ97o8— Louis Jean (@LouisJeanTVAS) April 4, 2022
In the KHL, the non-Russian teams Dinamo Riga (Latvia) and Jokerit Helsinki (Finland) have left the league. There are about 120 foreign players in the KHL who are also planning an exodus as the country faces sanctions and potential war crimes for its invasion of Ukraine. Those players are hoping to populate the rest of European hockey, or potentially come to the AHL and ECHL.
We've known for awhile, but it's now official.— This was the KHL (@KHLreplays) April 5, 2022
Per league President, Dinamo Riga and Jokerit have left the KHL.
They will not participate in the 2022/23 season. pic.twitter.com/fo7f7SlBOn
Jokerit will not continue in the KHL— Jokerit Helsinki (@Jokerit_EN) April 5, 2022
Jokerit has made the decision to not continue playing in the KHL and Club President Jari Kurri has left his position on the KHL Board of Directors.
Jokerit will announce the club's future plans as soon as possible.
In Lightning news, the team is trying to get out of their slump of poor play. There’s a lot of talk this team isn’t what it used to be, they’re trying to prove the doubters wrong.
On facing adversity: "You have no choice but to step back, look at yourself in the mirror and be honest with yourself." pic.twitter.com/vWouwg9Ntd— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 5, 2022
“Defending well will be paramount in the playoffs and it has been a critical element in the Lightning’s Cup runs. Getting that part of their game in order is perhaps the biggest priority for the @TBLightning in the regular season’s home stretch.” https://t.co/mDwZRySHY3— Dave Mishkin (@DaveMishkin) April 5, 2022
In Orlando, the Solar Bears had a winless week and are slowly falling back into the clutches of the non-playoff teams. [Raw Charge]
“After briefly falling out of the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division, the Solar Bears hoped to get some breathing room between them and fifth place Greenville. Unfortunately, a 0-1-2 week did not help with that cause, and with just five games to go in the regular season, it’s going to go down to the wire.”