Nov 12, 2011; Toronto, ON, Canada; The Air Canada Centre before the Hockey Hall of Fame Game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Roundup: Your Morning Links

Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL.  The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.

The 2013 NHL Hall of Fame class has been chosen and it’s a good one. The headliners are Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, and Brendan Shanahan, three no-brainers. They will be joined by Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero:

Only Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was an older NHL player than Chelios, the only player in league history to play in at least 400 games with three different teams. His career ended with the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2009-10 season when he was 48.

”I was part of an era, Chris was part of a few,” Niedermayer joked.

The top pick in the draft, Nathan MacKinnon, inked his three-year entry level deal with the Avalanche yesterday:

“The signing of this first NHL contract represents for me another step toward becoming a professional hockey player,” MacKinnon said in a statement. “I am excited and thrilled to have been drafted by the Avalanche, and I am already working very hard in order to be ready physically and mentally for training camp.”

MacKinnon, 17, led the Halifax Mooseheads to their first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title and first Memorial Cup championship in 2012-13. He was named MVP of the 2013 Memorial Cup after recording a tournament-high 13 points (seven goals) in four games, including a hat trick and five points in the final game against the Portland Winterhawks.

I think we all share the sentiment of Ken Campbell, who takes a look at the crazy deals being handed out these days:

A little lost amid the frenzy of free agent singings last Friday was a comment made by Toronto Maple Leafs GM David Nonis after signing Dave Clarkson to a bonus-laden deal worth $36.75 million over seven years. When asked about the possibility that Clarkson might not merit a cap hit of $5.25 million in the latter years of the deal, Nonis responded: “I’m not worried about six or seven right now. I’m worried about one. And in Year 1, I know we’re going to have a very good player.”

Now I’m not here to dump on Nonis, a good man and an astute hockey executive who has done an admirable job of cleaning up the messes left by his predecessor. But wasn’t this specifically the kind of thing the NHL was trying to avoid during Lockout, Part III? As I recall, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said at one point that contracts maxing out at five years was, “a hill we will die on.” We all know how that turned out and now we all know how the lockout turned out.

And finally, Tyler Seguin, who has been making news for all the wrong reasons of late, apologized again for his anti-gay slur on Twitter at his introductory press conference:

Tyler Seguinwants to become the new face of the Dallas Stars. He’ll have to wipe a little egg off it first.

That process started at an introductory news conference Tuesday when the dynamic young forward with a penchant for Twitter controversy apologized again for an anti-gay comment that showed up on his account over the weekend.

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