NHL's Western Conference race seems to be set up to be wild (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:02:50 PDT)
The NHL's Western Conference should be wild all season, perhaps as much as ever as parity reigns and points are tough to come by on any given night. The defending Conference champion San Jose Sharks, who had five players in the World Cup of Hockey finals , certainly appear to have a chance to be among the final two still skating in mid-June. The Blackhawks and Kings, who alternated as champions from 2012 to 2015 and won five Cups in a six-season span, failed to even make it out of the first round last in 2016.
Christian Ehrhoff plays through contract uncertainty at World Cup (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:56:00 PDT)
Christian Ehrhoff of Team Europe reacts during the third period against Team Sweden at the semifinal game during the World Cup of Hockey tournament at Air Canada Centre on September 25, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. TORONTO – Christian Ehrhoff isn’t worried that he doesn’t have a professional hockey contract for the upcoming season. The Team Europe defenseman knows he’ll sign somewhere after the tournament.
Kunitz scores twice in third, Penguins beat Blackhawks 2-0 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:26:14 PDT)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chris Kunitz scored two third-period goals in the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins' 2-0 exhibition victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
Panthers, Predators split split-squad doubleheader (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:39:59 PDT)
Greg McKegg scored 11 seconds into the third period to help the Florida Panthers beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 in a split-squad game on Tuesday night.
Puck Daddy's 2016-17 NHL Preview: Minnesota Wild (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:42:11 PDT)
Taking over was then-Iowa Wild (AHL) head coach, John Torchetti. In the final 27 games, the Wild were 15-11-1 and clinched a playoff spot shortly before the end of the season. Since the Anaheim Ducks lost in the first round as well and decided to fire Bruce Boudreau, Minnesota swooped in and won the bidding war by offering Boudreau four years to the Ottawa Senators three.
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.
Team Europe upsets Sweden in World Cup semifinal, will face Canada in final (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:05:49 PDT)
Tomas Tatar celebrates with Marian Hossa and Anze Kopitar of Team Europe after scoring a third period goal to tie the game against Team Sweden at the semifinal game during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 tournament at the Air Canada Centre on September 25, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. TORONTO – Team Europe’s players said they relished the opportunity to go further in an international tournament than they’ve ever gone before. All are made of up of countries that never have played deep in a ‘best-on-best’ event, which made their World Cup semifinal game against Sweden a new experience for them.
Canada rolls over Russia to reach World Cup final
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:01:22 PDT)
Brad Marchand scored twice off a pair of setup passes from Sidney Crosby as Canada rallied to beat Russia 5-3 to reach the final of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Crosby opened the scoring 7:40 into the first period as he had a goal and two assists while Marchand finished with two goals for the mighty Canadians who have won all four of their games in the tournament. The line of Crosby, Marchand and Patrice Bergeron proved to be unstoppable Saturday as they finished the game with a combined seven points in front of the pro-Canadian crowd at the Air Canada Centre arena.
Lundqvist, Sweden's elders at World Cup know time is short (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:09:36 PDT)
When Henrik Lundqvist carried a Swedish flag around the ice at the 2006 Turin Olympics with a gold medal dangling from his neck, he was a fresh-faced kid days shy of his 24th birthday. A seventh-round pick in 2000, Lundqvist was in his first season in the NHL with the New York Rangers and still relatively unknown outside Sweden. In his first major international event, he led Sweden to victory in the final Olympics for Hall of Famer Mats Sundin.
Sedins relishing chance for major title at World Cup (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:17:19 PDT)
Daniel Sedin knows the World Cup of Hockey may be his final chance to represent Sweden at a best-on-best tournament along with twin brother Henrik. ''We realize as we get older there's not going to be a lot of these tournaments moving forward,'' Daniel Sedin said. The last time Sweden won gold at a best-on-best tournament was the 2006 Olympics in Turin.
Puck Daddy's 2016-17 NHL Preview: Edmonton Oilers (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:39 PDT)
Edmonton entered the 2015-16 season with a lot of newness. It ended up being another rebuilding year for the Oilers. Almost all of the questions surrounded Connor McDavid and how the No. 1 overall draft pick would perform.
Team USA edition of 'Between Two Zambonis with Ryan Kesler' (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:14:48 PDT)
With Kesler at the World Cup of Hockey, he hosted a special feature of Between Two Zambonis interviewing his Team USA teammates, or as Kesler describes them, “A lot of guys that have a better personality than Corey Perry.
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.
Jacob Markstrom shines in goal for Sweden over Russia (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:43:07 PDT)
TORONTO – According to Team Sweden forward Daniel Sedin, goaltender Jacob Markstrom “always talks about wanting the chance and he wants to be the guy.”
Henrik Lundqvist out for Sweden's World Cup opener vs. Russia (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:49:40 PDT)
Team Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is sick and will not play in his team’s tournament opener against Russia in the World Cup of Hockey. Jacob Markstrom led Team Sweden on the ice and will likely start for the group at the Air Canada Centre. Not having the 34-year-old Lundqvist, a former Vezina Trophy winner and superstar for the New York Rangers, in net could hurt Sweden’s chances in this early game against the Russians and their powerful forwards led by Alex Ovechkin.
World Cup of Hockey: Team Sweden preview (Puck Daddy) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:31:00 PDT)
Vancouver Canucks fans are getting a preview of what could be this coming season with Sweden’s top line of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Loui Eriksson. Of Eriksson’s three goals scored in exhibition play, he connected with at least one of the Sedin twins on each tally. The Swedes roll a strong second line of Patric Hornqvist and Filip Forsberg centered by Nicklas Backstrom.
US will mix Tortorella hockey with speed, skill at World Cup (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:08:43 PDT)
John Tortorella stood in the middle of the ice and bellowed at the top of his lungs: ''Too slow! We're too slow. Tortorella was imploring Team USA to practice the way he wants them to play at the World Cup of Hockey. The team's identity is in-your-face aggressive, while NHL MVP Patrick Kane and talented winger Zach Parise and others will bring the flash and flair as the Americans attempt to avenge a disappointing finish at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: Boston Bruins (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:33:24 PDT)
The Boston Bruins began last season looking to get back to the postseason after missing the cut in 2014-15 and then seeing a major turnover in personnel that included new addresses for Milan Lucic, Dougie Hamilton and GM Peter Chiarelli. Coach Claude Julien was spared, however, with the vow that the Bruins would be more aggressive offensively. Despite some bright spots – Brad Marchand’s 37-goal season, the emergence of David Pastrnak – the Bruins fell short of the playoffs for a second-straight season with a 42-31-9 (93 points) campaign, missing the last wild card by just three points and losing a tie-breaker to Detroit for the last playoff spot in the Atlantic.
Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: Arizona Coyotes (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:00:05 PDT)
The Coyotes were early season darlings last October, getting off to a strong start before slowly fading down the Pacific Division playoff picture. Early front office moves by the young GM included bolstering the team’s analytics staff and hiring Dawn Braid as skating coach, making her the first woman to be employed full-time by an NHL team. As far as player transactions go, Chayka got creative in both ensuring the team was well over the cap floor and picking up pieces for the future.
Goalies getting pants’d by NHL’s new equipment rules (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:03:21 PDT)
Every inch counts when it comes to goalie equipment and increasing goal-scoring (at least in theory). Or, as NHL fans will see this beginning in the 2016-17 season, snugger pants. Slim-fit,” said Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.
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.
Manny Malhotra returns to Canucks as development coach (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:45:50 PDT)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Former Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra returned to the team Wednesday as a development coach.
Pens set Obama date; Nestrasil returns; signing Versteeg (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:15:21 PDT)
• The Pittsburgh Penguins will meet President Barack Obama again on Oct. 6 at the White House. • Alex Ovechkin will captain Russia at the World Cup of Hockey. • Joe Pavelski will captain Team USA, and Ryan Suter and Patrick Kane will serve as alternates.
Davidson, Kekalainen ink extensions; Gomez's poem to first love (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:41:53 PDT)
• Apparently Team North America received a collared shirt group discount at The Gap for making the squad. • Columbus Blue Jackets President of hockey operations John Davidson, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and assistant general manager Bill Zito all signed two-year extensions. • Through a Freedom of Information request, learn how involved Toronto Mayor John Torry was in the Steven Stamkos pitch and how his office did their best to steer clear of delivering the devastating news to Leafs fans.
Henrik Sedin replaces Zetterberg as Sweden World Cup captain (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:33:15 PDT)
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Henrik Sedin will replace the injured Henrik Zetterberg as Sweden's captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
What We Learned: If World Cup players don’t care, should you? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:03:05 PDT)
In the past week or so, Sean Monahan, Jeff Carter, Tomas Hertl, Radko Gudas and David Krejci have all begged out of appearing in the World Cup. Oh and Henrik Zetterberg. And Niklas Kronwall. And Duncan Keith and Jamie Benn. We might soon find out that Frederik Andersen, possibly injured in Olympic qualifying, is begging out too. And Henrik Lundqvist.
Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird NHL Recap (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 03 Sep 2016 06:00:09 PDT)
[Ed. Note: Some lists chronicle the best in hockey. Others the worst. Others the most memorable or greatest or essential. What Puck Daddy’s 2016 Summer Series seeks to do is capture those indefinable, quirky, oddities that occur every season. Moments that defy prediction or, in some cases, logical explanation. Welcome to WEIRD NHL.]
Crosby opens up; Subban on World Cup; Szabados targets ECHL (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:53:12 PDT)
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. • After spending the last two seasons with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL, goaltender Shannon Szabados is looking for a tryout in the ECHL. • The Florida Panthers have hired former captain Olli Jokinen to run informal practices for the team prior to training camp.
2016-17 Preview Part 6 (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:51:00 PDT)
Joey Alfieri evaluates the Sharks, Coyotes, Flames, Canucks and Oilers in Part Six of the season preview.
EA Sports producer Sean Ramjagsingh on NHL 17 customization, improved goalies (Puck Daddy Q&A) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:24:21 PDT)
What were some of the more consistent pieces of feedback you received on the beta?