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Chris Kunitz announces retirement after 15 NHL seasons

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Chris Kunitz has decided to hang up the skates.

The veteran forward announced Tuesday that he will retire from NHL, and take on a role as a player development adviser for the Chicago Blackhawks.

“I’d like to sincerely thank the Anaheim Ducks, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks. Every one of these organizations was the ultimate example, not only to me, but to my children, on what true professionalism should be” said Kunitz in a statement.

“I’d like to thank the owners, coaches, trainers, management. Your love for the game, the team and the community was exemplified daily. I am very fortunate to have worked with every one of you.”

“To my teammates, thank you for everything. As a young player you taught me to give my very best. Your leadership helped mold me into the player I knew I could be. I was given the opportunity to play with the very best teams and the very best players and I’m grateful for the laughs and the friendships that we shared together. Thank you for making my childhood dream come true.”

The 39-year old, who went undrafted, amassed 268 goals, 351 assists and plus-184 rating over 15 seasons and 1,022 career regular season games, and posted 93 points in 127 playoff games split between the Anaheim Ducks, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Chicago Blackhawks)

Kunitz has won four Stanley Cups (three with Penguins, one with Ducks) and an Olympic Gold Medal with Team Canada in 2014.

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Josh Anderson returning to Blue Jackets lineup after six-game absence

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will be getting some reinforcements back for their Monday night road contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The team announced that winger Josh Anderson will be returning to the lineup after being sidelined for the previous six games due to a undisclosed lower body injury.

The 25-year old Burlington, Ontario native hasn’t played since the team’s 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 5th.

Fresh off a promising 2018/19 campaign where he posted a career-high in goals (27), assists (20) and points (47), Anderson has registered four penalty minutes and a minus-4 rating through two games this season.

He is currently in the final season of a three-year, $5.55 million contract extension that pays him an annual average of $1.85 million.

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John Tortorella has procedure to remove skin cancer from forehead

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The Columbus Blue Jackets can breathe a sigh of relief, their head coach is going to be just fine.

The team announced that John Tortorella underwent a successful procedure earlier this week to remove a form of skin cancer known as basal cell from his forehead.

Apparently the condition was considered to not be serious, and he had been holding off from getting it removed for a bit. Per American Cancer Society, it is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States that affects millions on an annual basis. It usually grows on sun exposed areas of the head and neck.

He met with media in great spirits, sporting a surigical cut on his forehead prior to Wednesday’s game vs the Dallas Stars. They ended up winning the contest 3-2 to improve to 3-3-0 on the season.

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Lightning star Nikita Kucherov no longer concerned about individual accolades, focused on winning Stanley Cup

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Last postseason’s embarrassing sweep in the first round has changed Nikita Kucherov’s mentality in the best way possible.

Instead of looking back at his individual success, the Tampa Bay Lightning star admits he is playing this season with a different mental approach. The only thing that truly matters is winning the Stanley Cup.

“I don’t care about the personal stuff, I mean you do care because you want to play well. But at the end of the day, you want to remember the fun part and winning the Cup and having your name on it.” said Kucherov earlier this week.

The 26-year old, who won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award as league MVP after recording 128 points in 2018/19, posted two goals and two assists in the team’s 7-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.

He has three goals, three assists and a plus-2 rating in four games so far this season.

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