Carey Price out at least a week after reinjuring lower body (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:16:44 PST)
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will be out at least one week with a lower body injury according to John Bartlett of Sportsnet. Price left the Habs’ Thursday night game at the New York Rangers after 40 minutes of action with the same type of injury that kept him out of action from Oct. 30 through Nov. 19. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien indicated there was no hard timetable for Price as he continues to recover from this issue. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] "We don't know how long Carey will be out but for us it's business as usual. We're focusing on tomorrow's game," Therrien said Thursday according to the Habs official Twitter feed. NHL.com said “Price's right leg appeared to bend awkwardly when he was trying to move across the crease during a sequence in the second period.” With Price out earlier in the year, Montreal went 5-2-2. Since his return Nov. 20, Price went 3-0-0, allowing six total goals. Price won both the Vezina Trophy and league MVP last year. He’s 10-2-0 with a 2.06 goal-against average and .934 save percentage. Backup Mike Condon is 7-2-2 with a 2.16 goal-against average and .916 save percentage. The Canadiens are 17-4-2 and lead the Eastern Conference with 36 points. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY
Rangers-Bruins Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:05:41 PST)
The New York Rangers have a gaudy record, but that was hardly on their minds after an alarming loss their last time out. Avoiding another one Friday means ending the four-game winning streak of the Boston Bruins, who have dominated their series in recent years. Despite its fast start, New York (16-4-2) stumbles into TD Garden looking to bounce back from a 5-1 rout to Montreal on Wednesday that snapped a nine-game home win streak.
Canadiens-Devils Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:48:04 PST)
The Montreal Canadiens are back to their winning ways and Carey Price is again dealing with a nagging lower-body injury. Playing his third game since missing nine in a row, Price left after two periods when he re-aggravated that injury in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the New York Rangers. Rookie backup Mike Condon stopped all 11 shots Wednesday.
Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why Evgeni Malkin is a stud, Mark Giordano is a dud (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:11:09 PST)
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Happy Thanksgiving! [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] While you’re wolfing down your turkey, hold your phone just underneath the table so nobody can see you scroll down the following chart. The following is the Top 25 players of the past two weeks based on simply ranking them in each roto-league category and then tallying up the score. Not very scientific, but a nice, quick and dirty snapshot of how things are going. This report is one of many you can run for free over at the Frozen Pool section of the DobberHockey website:
Dose: Price Concerns (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:43:00 PST)
Fantasy owners will be thankful if Carey Price's injury setback is merely minor. That and more in a massive Turkey Day Dose.
NHL Three Stars: Vatrano steals win; crazy Roy move almost works (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:08:11 PST)
No. 1 Star: Frank Vatrano, Boston Bruins The Bruins forward opened the scoring against the Detroit Red Wings with a goal and closed it out with a tip shot followed by a memorable celebration. In between, Detroit dominated, but Vatrano led the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime win. No. 2 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning Bish made 37 saves for the Lightning and only allowed one goal in the shootout as Tampa Bay defeated the Los Angles Kings, 2-1. No. 3 Star: Shane Prince, Ottawa Senators Shane Prince scored his first and second NHL goals and assisted on another, as the Ottawa Senators survived a late push from the Colorado Avalanche for the 5-3 win. Craig Anderson made 40 saves. Honorable Mention: Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves and Matt Calvert had the second-period game-winner in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. … Jack Eichel scored his seventh, but it wasn’t enough as the Nashville Predators got 30 saves out of Carter Hutton and won, 3-2. … Devante Smith-Pelly had two goals and Tomas Plekanec had three assists in the Montreal Canadiens’ 5-1 rout of the New York Rangers. Max Pacioretty scored his 12th. … Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists while Alex Ovechkin scored his 11th of the season in the Washington Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Cam Ward made 30 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals in their 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. … Radim Vrbata improved his (alleged) trade value, scoring two consecutive goals and helping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. … Kyle Okposo had the go-ahead goal and Frans Nieslen scored into an empty net for a 3-1 win over the offensively-challenged Philadelphia Flyers. … Antoine Vermette had his first two goals of the season and Max Domi had two assists as the Arizona Coyotes picked up a big divisional win, 4-2, over the Anaheim Ducks. … Evegni Malkin’s slick goal in overtime gave the Penguins a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. He previously assisted on Sidney Crosby’s power-play goal, which was Sid’s second of the game. … Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 17 games with two assists, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-2. Andrew Desjardins scored a key goal in the third period, 1:07 after Patrick Marleau’s tally. Did You Know? Patrick Roy pulled his goalie for a 6-on-4 power play, down three goals and with over 10 minutes left in the third – and it worked! Dishonorable Mention: Devils fans were outraged, but the refs were correct in taking a tying goal from Adam Henrique off the board after Gregory Campbell played the puck on a delayed call against Columbus. … Linus Ullmark was pulled by the Sabres after they went down 3-0. … Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard were all a minus-3. … Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a minus-4, while Jordan Eberle was a minus-3. … Kevin Bieksa and Cam Fowler were minus-2. … Carey Price did not play in the third period for Montreal due to injury concerns. ... Semyon Varlamov was pulled after Ottawa took a 3-1 lead. … Feeling super bad for Nail Yakupov and this freak injury.
NHL-Highlights of Wednesday's NHL games
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:02:06 PST)
Nov 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Hockey League games. - - Canadiens 5, Rangers 1 Devante Smith-Pelly scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens earned a potentially costly 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Goaltender Carey Price stopped 22 of 23 shots to grab the win, but left the game after two periods for undisclosed reasons. He missed eight games earlier this season with a lower-body injury and was playing in only his third game since returning. ...
Price exits after 2 periods but Canadiens beat Rangers 5-1 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:45:53 PST)
When star goalie Carey Price exited after two periods with a recurring injury, the Montreal Canadiens responded. Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Galchenyuk scored in the opening 1:29 of the third, and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 5-1 Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. ''You want to keep your foot on the pedal,'' said Smith-Pelly, who did not know Price was hurt until backup Mike Condon led the team onto the ice with the Canadiens leading 2-1.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price leaves game vs Rangers (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:22:58 PST)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price exited after the second period of a game against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:20:38 PST)
The Montreal Canadiens signed general manager Marc Bergevin to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The deal will keep him with the Canadiens through the 2021-22 season. Bergevin, 50, became the 17th general manager in Canadiens history on May 2, 2012.
Canadiens sign general manager Marc Bergevin to extension (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:25:57 PST)
The Montreal Canadiens have rewarded general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin for turning around the team and leading it to the playoffs the past three seasons. Bergevin, who had a year left on his contract, signed a multiyear extension through the end of the 2021-22 season, the team announced Wednesday before facing the Rangers in New York. The Canadiens have made the playoffs in three straight seasons under Bergevin's watch, including an appearance in the Eastern Conference final in 2013-14.
Why NHL COO John Collins quit: ‘I feel like I’ve left nothing undone’ (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:53:28 PST)
John Collins joined the NHL in 2006. Visualizing where the League was at that moment speaks volumes about where Collins would take it over the next nine years. No billion-dollar contracts with Comcast and Rogers. No outdoor games, and their ancillary benefits. No deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens proclaiming that they’d tapped out every local revenue stream they could find, desperately seeking national ones the NHL hadn’t located yet. The media chatting up the idea that the NHL, stumbling after its cancelled season, was primed to be surpassed by Major League Soccer in the American sports pecking order. Hell, in the first Sports Business Journal awards that Collins attended with the NHL, the League didn’t just fail to garner a nomination – no one from the League, including Commissioner Gary Bettman, even presented an award. But in 2011, Sports Business Journal named the NHL its “Sports League of the Year. In 2014, it did it again. In 2006, the NHL was a $2 billion industry. As Collins leaves his position of chief operating officer of the League, resigning this month, the NHL is a $4 billion industry. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] “It was a great product that was underleveraged. The plan I put together was the same way we changed the business model in the NFL. What does the brand represent? What are the opportunities?” said Collins in a phone interview on Wednesday. “It’s been an amazing nine years. Hockey’s a great game and deserves the grand stage that’s been built.” Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you how much hammering Collins did in building that stage. So why leave now? OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS Collins arrived from the NFL in 2006; by 2008, he had a hand in devising the NHL’s strategy in global business and marketing, broadcast and digital media, sponsorships, licensing and several other facets. “John leaves a lasting mark,” said Bettman. “His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our League.” It was Collins that worked with NBC executive Miller to create the Winter Classic and it was Collins that expanded the scope of the Outdoor Games with the Stadium Series. It was Collins as the point man on the $2.2 billion television deal with NBC, and the $5.2 billion deal with Rogers. It was Collins that worked on the $1 billion digital rights deal with MLB Advanced Media. It was Collins that led the charge on the NHL’s game streaming and revitalized digital properties. And it was Collins who located those national revenue streams the NHL couldn’t find in 2006, and has them pumping out dollars to teams and players at a rate of 20 percent growth annually. “It’s been a great run, and there’s a lot still to do. But for me, I completed, with Gary … the whole business was kind of reinvented,” said Collins. “But there’s a lot of things that I want to do, but there’s nothing I feel like I’ve left undone.” Collins decided to leave the NHL because he wanted his own “skin in the game.” He said he felt an entrepreneurial spirit while working within the NFL and the NHL, but sought a chance to have his own equity at stake for his efforts. His new venture will be announced on Monday; and while details are fairly under wraps, we can tell you it involves management of Super Bowl-level events in sports and entertainment and has some significant financial backing from high-profile investors. It’s a new challenge. “When the opportunity came, I felt I had accomplished a lot [at the NHL]. Not everything, but a lot,” said Collins. It’s understandable that Collins would want one. All the wheels he’s put in motion are speeding along in the NHL. The TV deals span a decade. The outdoor games are thriving. His newly minted partnerships with companies like GoPro and SAP and MLBAM are burgeoning. The World Cup of Hockey, another Collins project, will debut in 2016; the “Ryder Cup” style tournament that will likely supplant the All-Star Game at some point is also a Collins project. “I left a five-year plan for Gary. I’m sure it’ll change. It changed under me, even when we had a three-year plan,” said Collins. (Collins, by the way, had been chatted up as an eventual replacement for Bettman as commissioner. He said he’s never considered the job, and that “inside the NHL, I had the job that I wanted.”) So he leaves the NHL at a point where nearly every innovation from Collins is thriving, Outside of potential expansion and the 100th anniversary of the NHL coming up, the League’s on a steady, successful course until the next (inevitable) lockout around 2021. It’s not that Collins felt there wasn’t work left to do in the NHL; it’s that Collins felt his primary objective – establishing the brand, growing the League, moving from local economic reliance to national revenue streams – had been accomplished. “There’s no good time for this. I sent a letter to the staff saying there’s no good time to leave a job you love doing and people you love to work with,” he said. “It’s been a great run, and there’s a lot still to do. But for me, I completed, with Gary … the whole business was kind of reinvented. There’s a lot of things that I want to do, but there’s nothing I feel like I’ve left undone.” WHY THIS ALL MATTERS There’s no question the NHL has had more than its share of good fortune in amassing its fortune since 2006: The new rules producing better hockey; the rise of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin; the return to prominence for several significant American franchises like the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, and championship finals featuring them; and as rights fees for media and sponsorship grew absurdly, the NHL became a “bang for the buck” option for companies like Adidas. What Collins did was seize upon that good fortune and, instead of coasting on the high, pushed the league in new directions with that wind at its sails. When someone asks me why Collins leaving is significant, or why Collins himself was significant, I typically offer this answer: ‘ You know the things we all want the NHL to do, because it’s what the fans actually want? Collins fought for that.’ The NHL remains an old boys network. It remains “logo on the front, not the name on the back.” It remains a sport that, at times, has to be dragged kicking and screaming into candor, into the spotlight and into modern times. Behind the scenes, Collins had to fight against all of these forces. Take the first Winter Classic for example. The NHL and NBC had to find a team willing to give up a home game, which the New York Rangers, for example, weren’t. They had to find a venue, and places like Yankees Stadium said no because they didn’t want to keep the water on in the winter. The game almost didn’t happen until the Buffalo Sabres stepped up with a venue and the Pittsburgh Penguins stepped up with star power. It’s to Bettman’s credit that he backed Collins throughout the COO’s tenure, and to his credit that he allowed Collins leeway to create opportunities and pursue deals that were unorthodox for the NHL. You’d hope that doubling a $2 billion industry’s revenue inside of a decade would encourage that type of thinking would continue inside the NHL, but without a guy like Collins carrying the battle flag, I think concern that the NHL gets a bit more conservative in its marketing and innovation is valid. And if they do, then Collins’ legacy will only look more sterling by comparison. ____ Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at email@example.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK , is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY
Habs Bergevin's extension; Vegas practice facility; Leonsis on meddling owners (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:20:04 PST)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Twins! Who's coming to Adam Henrique bobblehead night on December 1st? @NHLDevils pic.twitter.com/XIJ8KDXCZ4 — Adam Henrique (@AdamHenrique) November 24, 2015 • Actual size of Adam Henrique bobblehead. Little known fact, Henrique is 6-inches tall. [ @adamhenrique ] • Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin signed an extension keeping him with the team until the 2021-2022 season. [ Canadiens ] • A practice rink for a future Las Vegas team is set to be built in Durango, NV, for $15-million, completely funded by Clark County. [ The Sin Bin ] • Bill Foley, leading the charge for the Vegas franchise, is not scared of Seattle possibly throwing their hat back in the ring for a team. [ Las Vegas Review Journal ] • "Ted Leonsis says meddling owners might as well just fire their coach and GM." Yes, TED LEONSIS said that. [ Washington Post ] • All Team USA games for the 2016 World Junior Championship will be broadcast on NHL Network. [ USA Hockey ] • The Anaheim Ducks have announced plans to build a four-sheet public ice facility at the Great Park in Irvine. It's set to open in 2018. [ Ducks ] • Awesome story about former Wisconsin hockey player, Brittany Ammerman, and the work she's done to create the Nikumbuke World Cup in Kenya. [ SI ] • If the Boston Bruins have a chance to move Zdeno Chara, they should - no matter what. [ Boston Sports Desk ] • Are we asking the wrong questions about William Nylander? [ The Leafs Nation ] • The Dallas Stars decision to go with a goaltending tandem is working out magically. [ Blackout Dallas ] • Could the race for Travis Hamonic turn into a Black Friday mini-trade deadline? [ Isles Beat ] • Questions facing the Los Angeles Kings at the quarter mark of the season. [ THX BUD ] • Sean Couturier's fancy stats are fantastic but that hasn't translated into scoring. [ Broad Street Hockey ] • Did Mike Johnston change his system this year and that's why the Penguins are having problems? [ Hockey Buzz ] • The Boston Blades have experienced considerable turnover (and turmoil) in the past year. They recognize the growing pains associated and are building on the positives. [ The Victory Press ] • Limited practice schedules could be hindering the development of NWHL players. [ Today's Slapshot ] • Heartfelt personal story about a father who went through so much and gave his daughter the gift of the love of hockey. [ The Royal Half ] • A quick purchase at Party City turned into 'Kazoo Night' for Carolina Hurricanes fans, much to the dismay of those around them. [ Section 328 ] • Matthew Strome, younger brother of Dylan and Ryan, is learning from his brothers as he makes his way in the hockey world. [ CP ] • Buy, hold or sell Western Conference goalies in fantasy hockey. [ Dobber ] • Design breakdown of the Detroit Red Wings Stadium Series jersey. [ Hockey By Design ] • Finally, San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin is mic'd up as he faces his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. - - - - - - - Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:
Canadiens-Rangers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:11:46 PST)
Two of the NHL's best goaltenders are expected to face off Wednesday night when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers seek their 10th consecutive home win at the expense of reigning Vezina and Hart Trophy winner Carey Price at Madison Square Garden in a showdown of Eastern Conference co-leaders. The 2012 Vezina winner was at his best in the first period, helping New York (16-3-2) kill off 7:21 worth of short-handed play while being outshot 14-3 in the opening 20 minutes. "Going into every game I don't expect us to play perfect for 60 minutes," Lundqvist told the league's official website.
Keeping track of the NHL's coaching carousel (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:18:25 PST)
St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock felt a little sheepish arriving in Buffalo for a game this week. In greeting two members of the Sabres' new coaching staff, he mistakenly snubbed another. ''I forgot to say hello to Dave Barr, because I had forgotten David was here,'' Hitchcock said with a laugh.
NHL COO John Collins departs, 'leaves lasting mark' on league (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:43:57 PST)
NHL COO John Collins has left his position with the league to pursue a new business opportunity. Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick initially reported Collins’ departure. Collins was an instrumental force in many of the NHL’s high-profile ventures and deals since the league hired him in 2006. He became the NHL’s COO in 2008. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] “John leaves a lasting mark,” commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our League. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavors.” Said Collins in a statement: “I’m grateful to Commissioner Bettman for his leadership and friendship over the past nine years. He had a vision for extending the reach of the NHL and supported us completely as we set out to make the game as big as it deserves to be. The NHL’s future is filled with promise and potential and I will admire and cheer the League’s successes to come on the global stage.” Collins was a vital part in the NHL’s upward business path since the 2004-05 lockout. He was one of the creative minds behind the Winter Classic and Stadium Series events, that have become a major league initiative in the last several years. He also helped with the media side of the league, pushing for all-access shows on HBO and EPIX leading up to the Winter Classic and Stadium Series games. Collins helped broker a 10-year, $2 billion deal with NBC Sports for US television rights and a 12-year $5.2 (Canadian) billion deal with Rogers for Canadian TV rights. Last summer the league announced a six-year digital partnership with MLB Advanced Media. Collins was an important cog in the NHL’s push to restart the World Cup of Hockey as well as the league’s addition of “enhanced” stats to its website. In 2008, when Forbes announced its NHL team valuations, the Toronto Maple Leafs led the NHL at $448 million. On Tuesday, when Forbes announced its most recent valuations, three teams – the Leafs, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens – were at $1.15 billion or more. The league did not immediately name a successor for Collins, but it will likely be an important hire for the NHL to continue the financial and brand growth it exhibited under Collins. Before joining the NHL, Collins worked for several years in the NFL and was also the CEO of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns directly before jumping to hockey. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper
Flyers-Islanders Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:54:54 PST)
After failing to contain their latest opponent, the New York Islanders are likely relishing a chance to face one of league's least prolific teams. The visiting Philadelphia Flyers are coming off an end to a lengthy scoring drought and will attempt to claim a rare set of consecutive victories Wednesday night. The Islanders (10-8-3) gave up nine goals in back-to-back losses to Montreal and faltered late in a 4-2 road defeat Sunday.
NHL announces Winter Classic alumni game rosters (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:15:29 PST)
The NHL announced the rosters for the Montreal Canadiens/Boston Bruins alumni game the day before the 2016 Winter Classic at Gilette Stadium. And the teams an homage to all eras of each organization’s long and distinguished history with players from multiple – and even brief – eras. Here is the list of both rosters, provided by the NHL.
Canadiens' Gallagher out for six weeks after hand surgery
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:01:35 PST)
(Reuters) - The Montreal Canadiens were dealt a serious blow with high-scoring right wing Brendan Gallagher set to miss a minimum of six weeks after having surgery on his left hand, the National Hockey League team announced on Tuesday. Gallagher, who has scored nine goals and recorded 19 points in 22 games this season, broke two fingers during Sunday's 4-2 win against the New York Islanders while blocking a shot. "It's a big loss," coach Michel Therrien told nhl.com.
NHL-Canadiens' Gallagher out for six weeks after hand surgery
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:55:28 PST)
The Montreal Canadiens were dealt a serious blow with high-scoring right wing Brendan Gallagher set to miss a minimum of six weeks after having surgery on his left hand, the National Hockey League team announced on Tuesday. Gallagher, who has scored nine goals and recorded 19 points in 22 games this season, broke two fingers during Sunday's 4-2 win against the New York Islanders while blocking a shot. "It's a big loss," coach Michel Therrien told nhl.com.
Rangers replace Maple Leafs as most valuable NHL club
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:28:25 PST)
The New York Rangers, worth an estimated $1.2 billion (1.1 billion euros), were named Tuesday as the National Hockey League's most valuable team by Forbes magazine, replacing the Toronto Maple Leafs. The story on the magazine's website said the average value of an NHL club was $505 million, up three percent from last year. The Rangers, on top for the first time since 2004, were bolstered by generating the most revenue in the NHL last season at $229 million, boosted by a $1 billion renovation of home rink Madison Square Garden and runs to the 2014 Stanley Cup finals and 2015 Eastern Conference finals.
The Price is Right (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:56:00 PST)
Joey Alfieri has everything you need to know about goaltending matchups for the upcoming week.
The Great Canadian Ratings Report: A great Grey Cup could save TV season for the CFL (Eh Game)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:41:57 PST)
Rangers replace Maple Leafs atop Forbes' most valuable list
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:14:03 PST)
(Reuters) - The New York Rangers have ended a decade-long reign by the Toronto Maple Leafs as the most valuable franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL), according to an annual survey released by Forbes on Tuesday. The Rangers, who return to the top of the rankings for the first time since 2004, were valued at $1.2 billion with the Montreal Canadiens ($1.17 billion) second on the list and the Maple Leafs ($1.15 billion) third. The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks ($925 million) and the Boston Bruins ($750 million) rounded out the top five.
NHL-Rangers replace Maple Leafs atop Forbes' most valuable list
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:09:36 PST)
The New York Rangers have ended a decade-long reign by the Toronto Maple Leafs as the most valuable franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL), according to an annual survey released by Forbes on Tuesday. The Rangers, who return to the top of the rankings for the first time since 2004, were valued at $1.2 billion with the Montreal Canadiens ($1.17 billion) second on the list and the Maple Leafs ($1.15 billion) third. The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks ($925 million) and the Boston Bruins ($750 million) rounded out the top five.
Howe in good health; Gallagher out 6 weeks; Norris Trophy debate (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:44:15 PST)
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Rangers are NHL's most valuable team in annual Forbes rankings (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:46:44 PST)
The New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valuable team. Forbes annual NHL franchise valuations puts the Rangers as the NHL’s most valued franchise, currently listed at $1.2 billion. According to Forbes, it is the first time since 2004 that the Rangers have been the most valued team in the NHL. Said Forbes: The Rangers generated the most revenue ($229 million) in the league during the 2014-15 season, cashing in on the $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden and drives to the Stanley Cup finals in 2014 and Eastern Conference Finals in 2015. The Rangers took in more than $95 million from premium seating and advertising at MSG last season, tops in the NHL. Forbes also notes the average NHL team is worth $505 million, a three percent increase from a year ago and revenue was up to $133 million – an eight percent increase. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] Operating incomes were averaged at $15 million “almost identical” to last season, says Forbes. Forbes says the NHL’s deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media is a sign that even greater progress is on the horizon. The most bullish signal for the league since the Rogers media deal was the agreement reached with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, baseball’s internet and technology arm, this summer. MLBAM will pay the National Hockey League $100 million annually starting next year to operate the NHL.com website, and the NHL Network will also distribute out-of-market games online through NHL GameCenter Live and through television providers on NHL Center Ice. In addition to the rights fees that MLBAM will pay, the NHL will get a stake of 7% to 10% in BAM Tech, which could fetch between $3 billion to $5 billion if it were carved out of its parent. Here are the teams and valuations: 1. New York Rangers, $1.2 billion 2. Montreal Canadiens, $1.18 billion 3. Toronto Maple Leafs, $1.15 billion 4. Chicago Blackhawks, $925 million 5. Boston Bruins, $750 million 6. Vancouver Canucks, $745 million 7. Philadelphia Flyers, $660 million 8. Detroit Red Wings, $600 million 9. Los Angeles Kings, $580 million 10. Washington Capitals, $565 million 11. Pittsburgh Penguins, $560 million 12. Edmonton Oilers, $455 million 13. Dallas Stars, $450 million 14. San Jose Sharks, $445 million 15. Calgary Flames, $435 million 16. Anaheim Ducks, $400 million 17. Minnesota Wild, $380 million 18. Ottawa Senators, $370 million 19. Colorado Avalanche, $360 million 20. Winnipeg Jets, $350 million 21. New Jersey Devils, $330 million 22. New York Islanders, $325 million 23. Buffalo Sabres, $300 million. 24. St. Louis Blues, $270 million 25. Tampa Bay Lightning, $260 million 26. Nashville Predators, $255 million 27. Columbus Blue Jackets, $226 million 28. Carolina Hurricanes, $225 million 29. Arizona Coyotes, $220 million 30. Florida Panthers, $186 million According to Forbes, the Canadiens added 18 percent value from the previous year. Last season, the Canadiens began a long-term local television deal with Réseau des sports that will pay the team an average of C$68 million a season, more than double their previous agreement. The Toronto Maple Leafs were the most valued franchise since 2006, but lost their top spot due to a devalued Canadian currency and various other factors – such as making the playoffs once since 2006 and a 13-year sellout streak ending last March. Forbes said, the Habs were the only Canadian team to increase value over the last year. Here is our blog of last year’s rankings. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper
Getting to Grey Cup puts expansion Ottawa Redblacks in rare company (Eh Game)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:32:06 PST)
The Ottawa Redblacks are in pretty elite company when it comes to a few things. Obviously, they're among the few teams in sports to be named after a multi-hued colour scheme. And then there's the lumberjack sawing logs on the sidelines during games (MLS Portland's Timber Joey predates them with that tradition, but hey, they're borrowing from one of the best rituals in sports there). But as they head into Sunday's Grey Cup game, they've already established themselves as one of the most successful expansion teams in sports history. In only their second season of existence, the Redblacks are vying for a championship. As incredible as that may seem, especially when you take into account their 2-16 record last season, they're not the fastest when it comes to expansion teams reaching a final -- or even winning a championship. Of course, that depends on how you define an expansion team and the route taken to arrive at the big game. Take the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues, for example. They reached the Stanley Cup final in their first season. But they had an advantage: an expansion team was guaranteed a berth in the final thanks to the NHL's divisional setup. So, there's a bit of an asterisk there. As for the most successful, there's no denying the Baltimore CFL team known as the "CFLs" (worst name ever) and then the Stallions. A product of the CFL's ill-fated U.S. expansion , the team played its first game in 1994 and reached the Grey Cup game later that season, getting there by knocking off established Canadian-based teams in the playoffs. They won it in their second season before landing on the sports trash heap and re-emerging in Montreal. But everything about that CFL expansion requires an asterisk. Keeping all that in mind, here's a list of the expansion teams that found success quickly: BALTIMORE CFLS/STALLIONS Baltimore had a big advantage over their Canadian opposition in their first year: they didn't have to adhere to the CFL's Canadian-American ratio. Still, by employing a lot of CFL veterans (Americans all), they outdistanced the rest of their American counterparts before the team known as the CFLs lost to the B.C. Lions on a controversial call in the 1994 Grey Cup. They made up for that, winning it all in their second season when they were known as the Stallions, beating the Calgary Stampeders. ST. LOUIS BLUES The Blues, like all of the NHL expansion teams in 1967-68, were a collection of aging castoffs and young minor leaguers. They finished their inaugural season with a losing record, but got hot in the playoffs and knocked off two other expansion teams to make it to the Stanley Cup final against the Montreal Canadiens. It didn't go well (a four-game sweep), though it was the first of three straight appearances in the final. Sadly, they've never been back. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS The Chiefs joined the NFL in 1966 following a merger with the American Football League. They made it to the first Super Bowl later that season, though the old AFL teams had been guaranteed a spot in the big game. The Chiefs lost that one to Green Bay, but won it all in 1970 by beating the heavily favoured Minnesota Vikings (who had CFL alumnus and future YouTube star Joe Kapp at quarterback). But were they really an expansion team? They had won the AFL championship the year before and pretty much fielded the same team in their NFL debut. Whatever the answer, they've never been back. NEW YORK JETS Like the Chiefs, the Jets became NFL members in 1966 and although they took a little longer to get to the Super Bowl, they became the first AFL team to win it by upsetting the Baltimore Colts in 1969. But like the Chiefs, their expansion bona fides are suspect. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS The D-Backs were a typically hopeless Major League Baseball expansion team when they joined the National League in 1998. But thanks to wise free-agent signings and a productive farm system, they not only made the World Series four years later (2001), but won it. EDMONTON OILERS The Oilers found instant success when they joined the NHL in 1979, making it to the final in 1982-83 and winning their first Stanley Cup in 1983-84. But were they really an expansion team? They basically arrived in the NHL fully formed after coming over from the World Hockey Association. FLORIDA MARLINS When the Marlins joined MLB in 1993, they were awful. Five years later, they secured a wild-card berth and improbably won the World Series with an upset victory over the Cleveland Indians. Okay, it was Cleveland, but still ... REAL SALT LAKE Like most expansion teams, this MLS team was awful. After joing the MLS in 2005, the team struggled badly and at one point lost 18 straight games. But things started to turn around in their third season and hit the heights in 2009 with a championship win over the L.A. Galaxy. MONTREAL ALOUETTES After a 10-year absence from the CFL, the Alouettes were reborn in 1996 after the Baltimore Stallions franchise moved north. They made their first Grey Cup game five years later and won their first title two years after that. Whether or not they were expansion team is up for debate. Although all of the Stallions players were released before the team headed north, many were re-signed as Alouettes. But there was that tricky ratio thing to deal with, so more than half the team was brand new. MIAMI DOLPHINS The Dolphins brought NFL football to Florida in 1966 and did what most expansion teams do for the first few years -- stank. But in their sixth season of existence, they made it to their first Super Bowl and won their first the next year with a perfect season. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS Like the Blues, the Flyers joined the NHL for the 1967-68 season as part of the league's first expansion. They struggled early on, but after some productive drafts and the adoption of a punch-first, ask-questions-later attitude, they became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup, doing it in their seventh year. Then they won it again a year after that. NEW YORK METS They were simply one of the worst, and most celebrated, baseball teams ever when they entered the National League in 1962 -- losing 120 games their first year with the likes of Marvelous Marv Throneberry (he wasn't) and Hot Rod Kanehl (he wasn't, either). Eight years later, the Miracle Mets caught the world's attention by winning the World Series.
The 10 most unpleasant surprises of the 2015-16 NHL season (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:21:07 PST)
(There’s really no such thing as the “quarter pole” of the NHL season, but most teams have cleared their first 20 games. Here are the 10 most unpleasant surprises of the season so far; we’ll get back on the positive tip with the pleasant surprises later.) 10. Alex Semin Who would have figured that the Montreal Canadiens would be one of the best offensive teams in the League, and free agent Alex Semin would play absolutely no role in it? He has one goal and three assists in 14 games and has been a healthy scratch. If only there was a word that could capture the perplexing nature of a non-North American player’s performance … 9. Mark Giordano After two injury-shortened seasons in which the Calgary Flames defenseman flirted with the Norris Trophy, Giordano has six points in 21 games and it a minus-11. He clearly missed partner T.J. Brodie in October, as did the Flames, whose defense has been hot garbage this season. 8. Dave Hakstol The former North Dakota coach managed to take a mediocre Philadelphia Flyers offense and make it the worst in the NHL. Worse yet, his former NCAA team is now called the "Fighting Hawks." [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] 7. The Triplets Line The belles of the Stanley Cup Playoff ball last spring tripped, fell and lost their parasols. Tyler Johnson has 10 points in 19 games. Ondrej Palat had two goals in 15 games before being injured. Nikita Kucherov has managed six goals in 22 games. But the Triplets were broken up as the Tampa Bay Lightning struggled offensively. 6. Raffi Torres You know, for a second, we thought Torres might have gotten it through his thick skull not to target the thick skulls of his peers with illegal hits. And then he kabong’d Jakob Silfverberg and earned himself a 41-game suspension. Maybe not a surprise, come to think of it. 5. Columbus Blue Jackets The strong finish to last season and the Brandon Saad trade had expectations sky high for the BJs. Then they started 0-7-0, Todd Richards was fired, John Tortorella was hired, Ryan Johansen had some mystery ailment and Nick “Team” Foligno had one goal in 22 games. But hey, they own their first-round pick next summer! 4. Connor McDavid’s Injury
Watch awesome stick save by KHL’s Atte Engren (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:45:19 PST)
In the grand pantheon of goalie saves, the ‘reaching back with the stick to make a desperation deflection after making the initial save’ has to be one of our favorites. Witness this stop by Atte Engren of Spartak (coached by German Titov!) in their 3-1 win over Omsk on Saturday. Alexander Perezhogin takes the initial shot on goal, which Engren saved. Perezhogin (remember him, Montreal Canadiens fans?) then took a second shot into what appeared to be an open net … until Engren lunged over and knocked the puck away with his paddle. Engren was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the seventh round in 2007, but only appeared with the Milwaukee Admirals for 27 games in two seasons. He's played in the KHL for the last three seasons. LISTEN TO YAHOO SPORTS' DAILY NHL PODCAST Marek Vs. Wyshynski: a Yahoo Sports Hockey Podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed ____ Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at email@example.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK , is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.