Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL June 23, 2014

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

HHoF announcement will be done today, Peter Forsberg is on the list of possible, maybe even probable, inductees - for those wondering some of his gear has been displayed in the past. There are a number of former Avalanche players being mentioned as well - including the former Captain: Adam Foote.

When the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are announced on Monday afternoon (TSN, 3 p.m.), it could be the first time in history that no Canadian player is on the list.

There are some obvious first-time candidates — stars who haven’t played pro in three seasons — who should be shoo-ins: American forward Mike Modano, Czech goalie Dominik Hasek and Swedish centre Peter Forsberg.

There are Canadians worthy of consideration for the first time — defenceman Adam Foote and winger Mark Recchi — and many who have been eligible before but didn’t make it: Eric Lindros, Paul Henderson, Rob Blake, Theoren Fleury, Paul Kariya and Dave Andreychuk.

But if no Canadian makes it this time it will be worth celebrating, says hockey historian James Duplacey, former curator of the hall.

Legendendary NHL player Guy Lafleur isn't a big fan of Vanek or Pacioretty.

Even in the ritual silence of a losing dressing room, it was hard not to see truth in some of the optimism. Montreal was the only Canadian team to qualify for the playoffs this spring and progressed deeper than anyone would have predicted.

Speaking with La Presse, Guy Lafleur singled out Max Pacioretty and Thomas Vanek as causes for the team’s continued title drought. The Canadiens were the only Canadian-based team to qualify for the NHL playoffs this spring — they are also the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup, in 1993.

“You can’t keep guys like Vanek and Pacioretty on the team,” Lafleur told the newspaper. “They should stay home if they’re not willing to pay the price. Your team won’t win with players like that who disappear under adversity.”

Brad Richards has been bought out.

The Rangers bought out the contract of veteran forward Brad Richards on Friday, creating much-needed salary-cap space and parting ways with New York’s de facto captain one week after the club was eliminated from the Stanley Cup finals.

Both the Rangers and Richards’s agent, Pat Morris, confirmed the move.

“Tough last few days,” Richards said in a statement released by the team. “I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans. I’ve met many new friends, excellent teammates and staff, and I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.

“(General manager) Glen Sather, the management and owner, Mr. Dolan, are all class acts. I want to thank them for letting me be a part of New York life and the Rangers family. With this decision finalized, I can now look forward to starting the next chapter in my career.”

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