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.
Puck Daddy's 2016-17 NHL Preview: Los Angeles Kings (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:11:44 PDT)
The Kings started out their season with three straight losses, being outscored 12-2, which made some wonder if 2015-16 would be a further fall from their 2014 Stanley Cup. General manager Dean Lombardi got to work with a few moves after the New Year. The biggest move the Kings made was locking up franchise center Anze Kopitar to an eight-year, $80 million contract on Jan. 16.
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.
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
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.
Puck Daddy's 2016-17 NHL Preview: Dallas Stars (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:45:18 PDT)
The Dallas Stars were who we thought they were: an offensively dynamic roster with questionable postseason goaltending. The team tore through the NHL season, coming in second to the Washington Capitals in the race for the President’s Trophy. The Stars took the St. Louis Blues to seven games in the second round where they got smoked 6-1.
Anatomy of Nathan MacKinnon’s thrilling OT goal in World Cup (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:51:05 PDT)
Team North America has become a World Cup of Hockey’s obsession because of the stamina and speed of their under-23 NHL stars. The Colorado Avalanche center, 21, was in the midst of a 1 minute, 20 second shift in the 3-on-3 overtime between North America and Sweden on Wednesday, and in the midst of a heart-exploding sequence of back-and-forth hockey. MacKinnon took a shot that was saved by Henrik Lundqvist.
Team North America downs Sweden in thrilling overtime win (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:02:58 PDT)
Nathan MacKinnon celebrates with Shayne Gostisbehere of Team North America after scoring an overtime goal on Team Sweden during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 21, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. TORONTO – So far in the World Cup of Hockey, Team North America’s quick strike ability has been their calling card. In their last game of group play the team made of up of NHL stars from the U.S. and Canada age 23-and-under used this prodigious skill to once again push the pace to beat Sweden 4-3 with a dramatic overtime finish.
Puck Lists: Ranking the World Cup's No. 1 defensemen (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:30:12 PDT)
With the World Cup officially under way, we’re getting a good look at how things are going through four or five games with each of these teams. Just as last week saw a ranking of each World Cup team’s centers, it’s interesting to see which defensemen teams rely on the most. Canada and Sweden have such great embarrassments of riches that any of their top-three defensemen would probably beat out the guys below them on the list.
Puck Daddy's 2016-17 NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:19:33 PDT)
Todd Richards was dismissed following a 0-7-0 start and team president John Davidson’s good buddy John Tortorella was brought in. Ryan Johansen, their No. 1 pick in 2010 and superstar, was dealt to Nashville in early January for defenseman Seth Jones. In June, Pierre-Luc Dubois was selected third overall and longtime vets, Jared Boll and Fedor Tyutin, were bought out.
Team North America: Declare your allegiance to TNA, puckheads! (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:17:53 PDT)
TORONTO – The moment the World Cup of Hockey began, the hockey world was split in two.
Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: Colorado Avalanche (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:53:02 PDT)
The Avalanche stayed in the playoff race until the end of March when the bottom fell out after a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. From that moment on, the Avalanche won one game. In that stretch they were drubbed 4-0 by the Minnesota Wild in a contest that involved major playoff implications. Matt Duchene’s 30 goals led the team but really they didn’t get much offense from others.
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.
Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: Carolina Hurricanes (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 18 Sep 2016 05:00:33 PDT)
Of those expected to make the Hurricanes out of camp, only six players are over the age of 30: Lee Stempniak, Bryan Bickell, Jay McClement, Viktor Stalberg, Ron Hainsey and Cam Ward. Led by 24-year-old Justin Faulk, the defensive group has four d-men coming into their sophomore seasons: Jaccob Slavin, Noah Hanifin and Brett Pesce.
McDavid's Team North America is fascination at World Cup (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 17 Sep 2016 01:02:52 PDT)
The fastest show on ice is the biggest attraction at the World Cup of Hockey. Team North America is made up of the best 23-and-under American and Canadian players, a combination of speed and skill that captivates even the most old-school of hockey people. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said North America has ''captured people's imaginations'' before the real games even started.
Unsigned players at World Cup assume risks, embrace chance (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:50:28 PDT)
Every day over the summer, Johnny Gaudreau thought about not having a contract. Gaudreau worried about it and obsessed over it but he wasn't going to let stalled negotiations with the Calgary Flames keep him from playing in the World Cup of Hockey. ''You don't get many chances to play in the World Cup,'' Gaudreau said.
Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: Calgary Flames (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:40:23 PDT)
After riding a 101 PDO in 2014-15 into a playoff appearance, the Calgary Flames came back down to Earth last season. Johnny Gaudreau (30 goals, 78 points) and Sean Monahan (63 points) had great seasons and Mark Giordano (56 points) was healthy for all 82. During the year, out would go Markus Granlund, Jiri Hudler, David Jones and Kris Russell.
Alabama Hockey to host 'Harambe Night,' raise funds for primate sanctuary (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:12:41 PDT)
Later this month will mark four months since the death of Harambe, the gorilla who lived at the Cincinnati Zoo before he was shot and killed by a worker after he grabbed a three-year-old child who climbed into his enclosure. To honor the fallen gorilla, the University of Alabama hockey team will host a “Harambe Night” during their Oct. 21 game against Vanderbilt. “With Harambe’s story in the national spotlight we thought this was a perfect opportunity to raise awareness for the care and outlook of endangered species,” Alabama hockey head coach John Bierchen said.
World Cup restricted free agents shrug off contract uncertainty (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:32:41 PDT)
For Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, the business of hockey has been difficult for the last several months. “Honestly throughout the whole summer contract situation has been so painful … just every day, just something that’s on my mind,” Gaudreau said. For several high-end restricted free agents like Gaudreau, the World Cup of Hockey is a break from the monotony of sitting around and wondering when a new contract will get finished.
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.
Babcock on Seguin injury; Captain Clarity; RIP Kroppy (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:30:33 PDT)
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USA World Cup win remembered; Tortorella and over-coaching (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:15:32 PDT)
• Team USA coach John Tortorella is wary of over-coaching his group in the World Cup. • What if there had always been a Team North America? What if every Canada Cup and World Cup had featured a team of the best 23-and-under Canadian and American players of the day?
World Cup of Hockey: Team Czech preview (Puck Daddy) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:14:22 PDT)
The World Cup of Hockey is back, with the NHL-backed tournament scheduled for the next few weeks in lovely Toronto. Yahoo Sports will offer on-site coverage from the event; but first, here’s a look at the six nations and the two made-up teams that will battle for the funny-looking trophy.
Cooper's citizenship; Trouba's contract negotiations (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:17:58 PDT)
• Dual citizen Jon Cooper is the quintessential Team North America representative at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. • If Team Europe makes a run at the World Cup, captain Anze Kopitar will likely play a major role in the group’s success. • The Winnipeg Jets and defenseman Jacob Trouba have kept the state of negotiations private, but the fact a deal hasn’t been made yet is getting closer to becoming an issue.
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.
NHL adding ‘video concussion spotters’ to protocol for 2016-17 (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:03:29 PDT)
The NHL’s decision to add “concussion spotters” inside their arenas last season was seen by some as a proactive move to further police the health of its players, and by others as ineffective window dressing influenced by ongoing concussion litigation.
Johnny Gaudreau, Flames reportedly have gap to fill in extension talks (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:17:56 PDT)
While the Calgary Flames signed Sean Monahan to an extension last month, there’s still the contract for his pal Johnny Gaudreau left to be sorted. Gaudreau won’t be putting his signature on a contract any time soon considering he’s at the World Cup with Team North America and has said he’ll be focusing solely on the tournament and not financial matters until its conclusion. According to the Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis, Gaudreau’s camp and the Flames are $1.5 million apart per year on contract talks.
Setoguchi's struggles; Sweden's World Cup chances (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:44:36 PDT)
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John Tortorella would bench Colin Kaepernick anthem protesters (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:27:44 PDT)
John Tortorella, head coach of both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, is a fairly outspoken guy. Who in the NHL coaching fraternity, for example, can boast to having paid a $30,000 fine for insinuating that the Winter Classic was fixed for television?