May 11, 1997 |
Jari Kurri wants to play one final NHL season, score his 600th goal and play for Finland in the Olympics again before ending his Hall of Fame career, he said Saturday. "I'm going to play one more year, that's all. Where, I don't know," said Kurri, awaiting a decision from the Mighty Ducks shortly on whether they'll exercise their option on his $1.5-million contract. If the Ducks don't renew Kurri's contract, they still could try to sign him as a free agent at a lower salary.
February 11, 1997 |
Enforcer Ken Baumgartner was placed on the injured reserve list Monday after he suffered a fractured bone in his right hand during Sunday's 6-1 loss to Calgary. Baumgartner is expected to be sidelined up to three weeks. The Ducks recalled rookies Ruslan Salei and Jeremy Stevenson from their minor-league affiliate at Baltimore. * The object of the game is to put the puck in the net, but it's difficult to win when only a couple of players do so consistently.
October 7, 1989 |
Give Jari Kurri an assist on the all-time scoring record that Wayne Gretzky is going to set any day now. Record it in the Official Guide and Record Book of the National Hockey League the way it happened. Individual records, career, most points: Wayne Gretzky (assist to Jari Kurri). After all, that's the way so many of Gretzky's goals were recorded. Or it was Jari Kurri (Wayne Gretzky). One or the other.
September 12, 1996 |
At 36, Jari Kurri is nearing the end of a Hall of Fame career. But he chose to sign a $1.5-million free-agent contract with the Mighty Ducks--not with a top Stanley Cup contender. After all, he has won five. "The Cup is always the thing players have in their minds, but it's not always going to work that way," Kurri said Wednesday. Traded to the Rangers by the Kings last season, Kurri had offers from the Rangers, Vancouver and Dallas.
February 24, 1997 |
Jari Kurri moved closer to becoming the eighth player in NHL history to reach 600 goals Sunday, scoring the 593rd of his NHL career. But the goal was only Kurri's 10th this season, so it might prove difficult to reach the 600-goal mark in the final 21 games--and the Ducks have the option on his $1.5-million contract. "I don't know how many games I have left to do that," said Kurri, who turns 37 in May but wants to play one more season. "I've got to push, push, push to get that done."
April 6, 1997 |
The Ducks have some unfinished business, even though they've clinched a playoff spot. Four more goals, and Jari Kurri becomes only the eighth player in NHL history to score 600. It's a bit of a longshot with two games left, since Kurri hasn't had a two-goal game all season, but if the Ducks get safe leads over the Kings and San Jose, don't think they won't be setting up Kurri. By the way, Kurri, 36, is the Ducks' unlikely ironman: He's the only one who has played in all 80 games.
July 2, 1990
Jari Kurri of the Edmonton Oilers became a free agent with compensation Sunday, but it appeared unlikely that any other NHL club would pay the price to get him. Kurri, who became the NHL's all-time playoff goal-scoring leader and led the Oilers to their fifth Stanley Cup last spring, has said he expects to sign a contract to play in Italy. "It should be done by the first or second week of July for sure," Kurri said of negotiations with officials in Milan.
March 19, 1986 |
Jari Kurri scored his 60th goal of the season and Wayne Gretzky his 50th Tuesday night at Edmonton to lead the Oilers to a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. It was the Oilers 10th victory in the last 11 games. But the Oilers failed in their bid to get Paul Coffey the goal he needs to break Bobby Orr's record for most goals in a season by a defenseman. Coffey scored his 43rd Friday night to tie Orr. He had two assists in this one and has eight games left in which to break the record.
October 8, 1996 |
Jari Kurri is off to a quick start as a Duck with two goals in two games after scoring 18 all last season. Kurri's career is on the wane at 36, but playing for the Ducks might rejuvenate him. Kurri was no longer a first line player with the Kings and Rangers, but he's getting all the ice time he could want with the Ducks--plus the chance to play with Teemu Selanne and eventually Paul Kariya. "I'm not setting any goals for Jari," Duck Coach Ron Wilson said.