Sean Tomlinson

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Our current hockey climate is starved for its superstar, causing every morsel of news, and every tweet that starts with “UPDATE” to be heavily magnified. We want Sidney Crosby, need Sidney Crosby, and were left feeling empty when Crosby vanished from the 2010-11 hockey season shortly after his magnificent 25-game point streak ended last December.

We’re sure he’ll be fine, but we just don’t know, because you never know with head trauma. Add it all up, and a mini Armageddon occurs with every report of a potential Crosby setback, followed by someone in the Pens front office dousing the burning flames with their industrial-sized bucket of water.

Start filling that bucket again, Ray Shero, because CTV Atlantic has started another raging inferno…

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We’re all remembered for something when we leave our jobs after years of diligent work, and logging hours to serve the man. Maybe it’s that time you filed a really good TPS report, or maybe you were that guy who always made sure there was paper towel on the roll in the office cafeteria. Everyone loves that guy.

Chris Drury announced his retirement today, and despite a successful if not spectacular career during stops in Colorado, Calgary, Buffalo, and New York that ended with 255 goals and 615 points over 892 games, the 35-year-old will be remembered for being an obscenely over-priced disaster in New York. But that legacy isn’t his fault.

Thanks, Glen Sather.

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Calling Ryan Jones an avid outdoorsman is like calling Lady Gaga outgoing, or saying that Derek Jeter likes to date beautiful women.

We base this on no evidence whatsoever, but we’re pretty sure that when he’s not playing hockey in Edmonton during the fall and winter Jones lives with a pack of bears.

Or maybe the bears and the entire animal kingdom are his enemy. We do have evidence to support this theory in the form of foreign excrement on a dining room table during a preemptive strike earlier this summer.

What becomes clear while scrolling through the Twitter account of the 27-year-old forward is that he certainly hasn’t let his new-found hockey riches change anything about his lifestyle. Originally drafted by Minnesota in 2004, Jones was unable to secure consistent playing time in the show until he was claimed off waivers by Edmonton last March. He promptly capitalized on his opportunity with the Oilers this past season, finishing third on the team in scoring with 18 goals to earn a two-year contract worth $3 million.

Maybe it’s his late-bloomer status that’s kept the former Hobey Baker Award finalist grounded. Or maybe he really does like bears.

Strap on your camo, we’re about to explore the Summer of Jones.

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An NHL without Teemu Selanne just doesn’t feel like an NHL at all. It feels cold, dark, barren, and empty. It feels like the 2010-11 Florida Panthers.

This isn’t necessarily because Selanne is still the same superstar he was when he first broke into the league in 1954 (that’s possibly off by a few years, but only a few). He isn’t, but amazingly at the age of 41 he’s not off by much. Selanne has averaged 35.4 goals per year over his 19 seasons, and he scored 31 times last year to go along with 80 points over 72 games.

That’s pretty damn good for a forward who played his first NHL game in 1992, the same year the world gave us such modern pop culture icons as Selena Gomez, Taylor Lautner, and most importantly, Kate Upton. He is the league’s bionic man, periodically missing time with injuries, but always recovering and reverting to his typical goal-scoring form.

So if he’s going to wait until September to tell us if he’s coming back for a 20th season, that’s just fine.

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It feels like an entire set of cutlery is being driven through our eyeballs whenever the term “enigmatic European” is haphazardly slapped onto a sentence describing disappointment in Nikolai Zherdev.

Zherdev signed with Atlant Mytishchi of the KHL earlier today, a Russian hockey outpost that’s quickly assembling a discarded dream team after also signing Alex Kovalev.

Kovalev’s defection to his native land made sense. His prime years are far in the rear-view mirror, and at the age of 38 he’s now having trouble merely keeping up with the pace of the NHL game. But Kovalev still has a desire to compete and play hockey at a high level, and he isn’t ready yet for the Dominik Hasek roller hockey league. The KHL exists for players who meet that description.

But the lack of interest that led to Zherdev’s second banishment to the KHL leaves us asking one question.

Why?

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This is also the exact face that Ryan Callahan made when he was handed over $12 million this afternoon.

Now they just need to avoid having to squeak into the playoffs, and generally stop being known more for winning free agency battles off the ice than winning anything of consequence on the ice. No big deal.

After avoiding arbitration with Brandon Dubinsky and Brian Boyle, Glen Sather found his money bag just before another arbitration hearing. The clock was ticking down to Ryan Callahan’s appointment with an arbitrator tomorrow, but New York secured the RFA just as his agent was getting ready to board a plane to Toronto.

Callahan will remain a Ranger for the next three years with a contract worth $12.825 million, and an annual cap hit of $4.275 million.

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After a one week hiatus our adventures through the offseason Twitter ramblings of NHL players returns. Previously we witnessed the fishing skill of Taylor Hall, and the engineering ingenuity of Jordin Tootoo. We now turn to Eric Tangradi, the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect who wouldn’t mind some more ice time in the show, and really, really, likes his dog.

Please indulge and excuse a brief moment of junior hockey homerism. Eric Tangradi will always hold a small place in my hockey heart because of his contributions to the Belleville Bulls’ tremendous 2007-08 season that ended in a semi-final finish at the Memorial Cup. On a team also powered by P.K. Subban, Matt Beleskey, and Shawn Matthias, Tangradi scored 24 goals and 60 points over 56 games.

In his young career Tangradi’s other accomplishments so far are limited to pissing off Canada, and being a victim of ‘roid rage. After landing in Pittsburgh as part of the Chris Kunitz trade, Tangradi has seen very limited ice time and has appeared in just 16 games over the past two seasons while developing in the AHL.

Determined to eliminate all distractions impeding his development, Tangradi pledged to abandon Twitter for one year while he attempts to maintain an NHL roster spot. He broke training camp with the Pens last fall, but was sent down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after nine games, which clearly indicates a problem with over-tweeting.

But before he imposed his self-banishment from 140-character glimpses into the life and times of Tangradi, the 22-year-old showcased his summer of pedicures, dog sitting, and restaurant angst.

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