NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- Anaheim Ducks retiring Teemu Selanne‘s jersey this season – The Anaheim Ducks will honor Teemu Selanne this season by raising his number 8 jersey to the rafters before a January 11th game against the Winnipeg Jets. The first incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets was Selanne’s first NHL team, so the choice to hold the ceremony that night is appropriate. There have been rumblings that Selanne could play in the KHL this season, but so far it appears that he will remain retired. [FanSided]
- Advanced stats catching on – There is no question that the advanced stats movement is starting to catch on in the NHL. However, there are still teams that stick to the “old way” of doing things. The Dallas Stars choose to take a more balanced approach; they have a computer program that analyzes the numbers and highlights points of interest. The Stars then compare those points of interest to their own notes to make personnel decisions. Not quite an advanced stats revolution, but at least they are using them in some capacity. [TMMOTS]
- Are P.K. Subban‘s days as a Hab numbered? – The Montreal Canadiens and P.K. Subban were unable to reach an agreement during arbitration and that has sent most Canadiens fans into panic mode. While it could be posturing, Subban appeared to be disappointed by Montreal’s offer yesterday. His contract for next season will now be decided by an arbitrator. While that will take care of this latest dispute, it is likely we will see more of this in the future from the two sides. There is also the possibility that next time around, Subban won’t want to play for Montreal anymore, and instead will test the free agency waters and see what other teams have to offer. [TMMOTS]