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PuckToons: Honoring the 4-S Club
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Blogs )

Aug 21st 2008 2:00PM by Earl Sleek (author feed)
Filed under: Avalanche, Ducks, Maple Leafs, Rangers, NHL General, NHL Free Agency

I was inspired by this week’s column by the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek that contemplated the short-term future of the members of the 4-S Club: Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan, Teemu Selanne, and Mats Sundin. All four remain unrestricted free agents that for various reasons have not signed for the coming season and may even end up hanging up their skates and retiring from the NHL.

These four superstars have been lighting up the league for the greater part of two decades, combining for 5,225 regular season games played, 2,380 goals scored, and 5,448 points. All are among the top 50 point-scorers and the top 25 goal-scorers in NHL history, and are members of the exclusive 500 goal club and the 1,000 point club. Collectively, it’s not like their game has slowed down considerably, either. If you tallied all their seasons before the 2004-05 lockout and pro-rated the results to an 82-game schedule, the pre-lockout 4-S Club averages 38 goals, 48 assists, 86 points. If you did the same exercise with the same group’s post-lockout results, the foursome averages 36 goals, 48 assists, 84 points. Not a noticeable drop-off at all.

I don’t know who among that group has really played their last NHL game, but it would be stunning if all four heroes rode off into the sunset together. After the break, I’ll point out where these 4-S members stand on the all-time and active scoring lists, thanks to the resources at Hockey-Reference.com. Continue Reading


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