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Joe Sakic about to pass Bobby Hull on career goals scored list

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Joe Sakic is about to knock a pair of NHL legends down a record book notch.

Bobby Hull, take a backseat.

Phil Esposito, you'll soon be in Sakic's rearview mirror.

The first goal the Colorado Avalanche captain scores in the new season will give him 611, moving him past Hull into sole possession of 14th place on the all-time list.

Sakic leads all active players in career points with 1,589, and only two more will lift him past Phil Esposito into eighth spot all-time.

The only active players with more goals than Sakic are New York Rangers teammates Brendan Shanahan, who has 627, and Jaromir Jagr, who has 621. Shanahan and Jagr should have no trouble passing Dave Andreychuk, who is 11th all-time with 640.

Jagr also needs just four points to surpass Paul Coffey's 1,531 and slip into 11th all-time.

Some other veterans are also looking to move up in the record book.

Martin Brodeur is 11 shy of the late Terry Sawchuk's long-standing career mark of 103 shutouts. Brodeur posted 12 last season so the New Jersey netminder will get close if not erase the league record that has stood since 1970. Brodeur needs only three more shutouts to move into second spot ahead of the late George Hainsworth, whose last NHL games were in 1937.

Toronto's Mats Sundin has 523 goals. Two more will lift him into 27th spot past Bryan Trottier, and 11 more will put him 26th ahead of Frank Mahovlich.

At the club level, Sundin needs only two goals to better the 389 by Darryl Sittler, whose record has stood since 1982.

One of the reasons why Jeremy Roenick signed with San Jose rather than retire surely had to be the fact he was only five goals shy of 500. He'll be the 40th player to reach the magic number.

Keith Tkachuk, back with St. Louis now, is in reach of 500. He's 27 short as the season begins.

Detroit defenceman Chris Chelios is about to move into eighth place in career games played ahead. He's been in 1,547. Former Red Wings star Alex Delvecchio got into 1,549. Chelios turns 46 on Jan. 25. Shanahan, 38, is second among active players in games played with 1,417 to his credit.

Behind the benches, coaches who might join the select circle of coaches with 500 NHL wins are Florida's Jacques Martin (477), San Jose's Ron Wilson (469) and Minnesota's Jacques Lemaire (460).

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