Apr 12, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers left wing Ryan Smyth (94) stands in front of the net in his last game as a NHL player and Edmonton Oiler during pre game warm up at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Chris Austin-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: August 22nd Edition

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!

  • Jean-Sebastien Giguere Announces Retirement – Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (37) announced his retirement from hockey yesterday. Giguere finished with 597 games played, a Stanley Cup in 2007, and the Conn Smythe trophy in 2003, all in a career that spanned 16 seasons. [TMMOTS]
  • NHL Stock Watch: Which teams are going in the right direction? - Some teams during the offseason have made moves that turn them into instant contenders, while others have had long term success in mind. NHL Stock Watch takes a look at a few teams that have made smart decisions during the 2014 offseason and are trending in the right direction. [FanSided]
  • Why Does Everyone Want The Panthers To Move? – Some teams just can’t get any respect, especially the Florida Panthers. With the Arizona Coyotes safe in Glendale (at least until ownership can exercise the out clause), hockey fans in cities without a NHL franchise have turned their sights to another struggling franchise in the south. Much like the Coyotes, the Panthers ownership group, Sunrise Sports and Entertainment, takes a loss on the hockey operations, but makes money off of concerts and other events at the BB&T Center. While I am sure they would be happier with the team in the green, we forget that owning a sports franchise this days is a akin to owning a luxury yacht. It is a status symbol that costs money, not a means to make more. Sure, if you have a team that does well financially you aren’t complaining, but losses at the gate does not always indicate that a team is in trouble. [TMMOTS]

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