Carey Price gets Canada’s offense ‘well-prepared’ for World Cup Final (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:48:52 PDT)
SEPTEMBER 16: Carey Price #31 of Team Canada makes a glove save during practice at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 16, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. TORONTO – John Tavares has 207 career NHL goals, so it’s not too often a goaltender gets him frustrated. “It’s really good for you and also can be a little frustrating,” Tavares said Tuesday of shooting on Price.
Is heavy favorite Canada taking Team Europe seriously? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:44:34 PDT)
Canada has trailed in the World Cup of Hockey for 89 seconds. Canada has faced four teams, and has trailed for less time than it takes to text a friend, watch a commercial or make microwave rice. Don’t they wish they were challenged even a little bit before reaching the final against Team Europe?
What We Learned: Dangerous move for St. Louis Blues (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:12:55 PDT)
When Alex Steen signed his current contract in December 2013, he had never scored 25 goals in a season, nor had he cleared 52 points. The problem is that bad season was last season, when he was 31 and injured for 15 games, and he’s already a question mark to start the year.
Things to watch in Team Europe-Canada World Cup finals (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:50:16 PDT)
Canada, as expected, is in the World Cup of Hockey finals. Team Europe, an unexpected contender, also is in the best-of-three series. ''Nobody would guess we could be in the final,'' Marian Hossa said after helping Europe beat Sweden 3-2 Sunday in the semifinals.
Streaking Canadians to face Team Europe in World Cup finals (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:12:02 PDT)
Sidney Crosby and the Canadians look as if they can't be stopped. Canada has won 14 straight games in best-on-best hockey tournaments since losing to the U.S. in the preliminary round of the Vancouver Games in 2010. Like the Americans in Olympic basketball, the Canadians simply seem as if they're on another level against the rest of the world.
Jaroslav Halak earns World Cup showdown with ex-teammate Carey Price (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:08:53 PDT)
SEPTEMBER 24: Carey Price #31 takes a break against Team Russia at the semifinal game during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 tournament at the Air Canada Centre on September 24, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. TORONTO – Of all the potential storylines for the World Cup of Hockey’s best-of-three final round, revisiting the epic Jaroslav Halak vs. Carey Price goaltending controversy didn’t seem to be a likely one. Not with Halak’s Team Europe starting at a 33-to-1 longshot before the tournament. And yet, here we are, with Canada and Europe set to battle for the Cup beginning on Tuesday, after Halak led his team to a semifinal win over Sweden and Price led his over Russia.
Team Europe gives players championship opportunity (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:37:55 PDT)
Team Europe celebrate their overtime victory over Team Sweden at the semifinal game during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 25, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. TORONTO – At various international tournaments playing with Team Denmark, Frans Nielsen never had a chance to win. With the Slovenian national team, Anze Kopitar’s biggest achievement was helping his country to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Olympics.
For Team Europe, in Halak they trust (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:02:14 PDT)
Now, as the backbone of the ragtag World Cup of Hockey squad collectively known as Team Europe, goalie Jaroslav Halak is expecting to face a few dozen more against Sweden. “It’ll be weird,” said Halak, a goalie for the New York Islanders. What Team Europe is playing for a chance to do what few of its players have the opportunity to do in international competition: Play for a championship.
Puck Daddy's 2016-17 NHL Preview: Florida Panthers (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:45:30 PDT)
Last Season: 47-26-9 (103 points), 1st in the Atlantic, 3rd in the East
Ageless Jagr starts yet another season with Panthers (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:13:12 PDT)
Guy Lafleur turned 65 this week, which is notable in the sense that the Hockey Hall of Famer was still playing in the NHL during Jaromir Jagr's rookie season. Another year goes by, another training camp arrives for Jagr, the 44-year-old who led the Florida Panthers in scoring and helped key their run to an Atlantic Division title last season. ''Expectations are high,'' Jagr said.
World Cup of Hockey delivering on promise of quality play (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:51:09 PDT)
The NHL has gotten almost everything it hoped for so far at the World Cup of Hockey. Two losses and an early exit by the United States isn't what anyone wanted for the sake of interest, but the 23-and-under Team North America put on a show and captured the attention of fans, coaches and players around the tournament. Team North America and the U.S. are out, with Canada and Russia meeting in one semifinal Saturday night and Sweden and Team Europe in the other Sunday afternoon.
Subban big draw as Nashville Predators open training camp (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:59:17 PDT)
P.K. Subban hasn't even taken the ice yet in his new Predators' sweater, yet the defenseman keeps hearing the same thing over and over. No, he's not being asked about winning the Stanley Cup even though his acquisition has raised expectations higher in Nashville than they've ever been. The Predators reported for training camp Thursday with Subban the big attraction as the man Nashville swapped captain Shea Weber to Montreal on June 29 in one of the NHL's biggest trades in recent years.
Undervalued ADPs (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:46:00 PDT)
Corey Abbott recommends some undervalued players based on mock draft average draft positions.
What We Learned: Silver lining as U.S. embarrasses itself at World Cup (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:30:52 PDT)
This tournament might end up being good for USA Hockey.
Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:11:18 PDT)
As usual, there was turnover in personnel from the team’s 2015 Stanley Cup championship, as forward Brandon Saad was shipped to the Columbus Blue Jackets while forward Patrick Sharp and defenseman Johnny Oduya ended up in Dallas. The start of the season was marred by a sexual assault investigation that targeted star Patrick Kane, as the Erie County District Attorney’s office ended the three-month ordeal without pressing charges.
Canada cruises to 6-0 win over Czechs in World Cup opener (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:42:31 PDT)
Canada's World Cup of Hockey opener was Carey Price's first meaningful game in almost 10 months. Price stopped 27 shots to help Canada beat the Czech Republic 6-0 on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre. Price hadn't played since late November after a knee injury cost him nearly all of last season with the Montreal Canadiens.
Price starting for Canada, Weber expected to play vs Czechs (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:06:09 PDT)
Canada is turning to Carey Price to start the World Cup of Hockey. Coach Mike Babcock designated Price as Canada's starter Saturday night against the Czech Republic . Price has always been the presumed No. 1 for Team Canada.
Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: Buffalo Sabres (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:29:20 PDT)
After an impressive tank in 2014-15, the Buffalo Sabres started the 2015-16 with rookie Jack Eichel as the centerpiece, Ryan O’Reilly as a significant offseason addition, a healthy Evander Kane and expectations … rather low. An injury to goalie Robin Lehner lowered them even more. O’Reilly (60 points) led the team in scoring, while Eichel led with 24 goals.
When will we stop hearing about the Subban trade? (Trending Topics) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:12 PDT)
Thursday was Media Day at the World Cup of Hockey, and one of the biggest issues that came up throughout the day was the relitigation of whether the P.K. Subban-for-Shea Weber trade was a good one for Montreal to have made. It’s mid-September, still months away from the first game between the Predators and Canadiens (slated for Jan. 3 in Nashville), but Marc Bergevin, Carey Price, and Weber himself were fielding questions on one of the biggest trades in hockey history anyway. Sure, occasionally dip back into the issue when Weber turns the puck over at the attacking blue line and gives up a 2-on-1, just to have a laugh at Bergevin’s expense again.
P.K. Subban, Shea Weber trade shockwaves felt at World Cup (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:04:10 PDT)
Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban have traded words, slashes and sticks to sensitive areas during their battles within the Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens wars. “[Weber] is the kind of guy when you’re going down one-on-two, you go to the other guy,” said Marchand. At the World Cup of Hockey, it was hard to avoid the trade that rocked the NHL this summer.
Pacioretty says Therrien’s ‘worst captain’ comments ‘obviously not true’ (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:32:21 PDT)
As the United States prepared for the World Cup of Hockey, coach John Tortorella called out forward Max Pacioretty’s effort. According to a report from radio host Michel Villeneuve’s program, Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was overheard saying on a golf course that Pacioretty is “the worst captain” in Canadiens history.
Graham James paroled; Alfie's Canadian citizenship; World Cup news (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:30:29 PDT)
• Who knew Kimmo Timonen was so small and/or Teemu Selanne a giant. • Former junior coach Graham James, who was convicted of sexually assaulting his players in the 80s and 90s, has been released on full parole. • Theo Fleury reacts to the decision to release James from prison.
Carey Price's comfort level rising after successful adjustments (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:00:23 PDT)
Carey Price will be Canada’s starter when they kick off the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto Saturday night against the Czech Republic. The game will be Price’s third since returning from a November MCL sprain in his right knee that ended his season with the Montreal Canadiens. When Hockey Canada was putting together its roster for this tournament, there was question as to whether he would be healthy enough to play.
Players to watch at World Cup of Hockey (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:12:43 PDT)
The reigning NHL MVP and three-time Stanley Cup winner gets another showcase stage in international play after not producing up to expectations at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Kane won't have usual Chicago Blackhawks teammate Jonathan Toews, but he'll likely have either 30-goal scorer Joe Pavelski or Derek Stepan as his center.
US holds on to beat Finland in final World Cup exhibition (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:14:24 PDT)
John Tortorella sensed his players were tired of practicing and getting coached and were ready for the World Cup of Hockey. The United States beat Finland 3-2 on Tuesday night in each team's final exhibition game before the World Cup begins this weekend in Toronto. Goaltender Jonathan Quick played well enough to earn the starting job for the first game of the tournament, and despite some late trouble the Americans looked prepared for the real thing.
Funko POP! NHL players are finally on the way (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:11:52 PDT)
As we recently dug through a pile of adorable Funko POP! dolls looking for obscure Doctor Who characters and non-Jared Leto Jokers, we came across an Odell Beckham Jr. NFL figure. This bummed us out because there haven’t been any National Hockey League versions of these addictively creative collectables.
What We Learned: Team North America is future of NHL (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:29:29 PDT)
SEPTEMBER 11: Johnny Gaudreau #13 of Team North America celebrates his goal with teammate Ryan Murray #27 during the pre-tournament World Cup of Hockey game against Team Europe at the Bell Centre on September 11, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Team North America defeated Team Europe 7-4.
North America beats Europe 7-4 in World Cup exhibition (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:55:30 PDT)
Aaron Ekblad, Johnny Gaudreau and Dylan Larkin each scored twice to help North America beat Europe 7-4 on Sunday night in the second of three exhibition games for both sides leading into the World Cup of Hockey. Morgan Rielly also scored, and John Gibson made 29 saves for the team made up of Canadian and U.S players 23 or under as of Oct. 1. North America led 5-1 after the first period.
US beats Canada 4-2 in World Cup hockey exhibition (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:45:04 PDT)
Patrick Kane and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist to help the United States beat Canada 4-2 on Friday night in an exhibition game before the World Cup of Hockey. ''When the U.S. plays Canada you're going to get that type of game whether it's an exhibition, preliminary game, semifinal or final,'' Kane said. In the third period, Pavelski's check sent along the boards sent Claude Giroux out of the game.
Patrick Kane selected US alternate captain (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:36:13 PDT)
A year after Patrick Kane's career appeared in jeopardy because of a sexual assault claim, the Chicago Blackhawks star was named one of the alternate captains for the United States for the World Cup of Hockey. ''It's a huge honor for sure,'' Kane said. The sexual assault case in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, was dropped Nov. 5 for what the prosecutor said was a clear lack of evidence, and Kane quickly put the off-ice troubles aside.