- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
What happens when your economic engine begins to sputter?
By some estimates, roughly one third of hockey-related revenue is generated by the NHL’s seven Canadian teams. For several years, one of the reasons the League’s been fat and happy was the thriving Canadian dollar; but some claim that it could drop to $0.85 against the American dollar by next year.
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette asks what the impact might be on the NHL as oil prices and the value of the Canadian dollar continue to plummet:
Because NHL salaries are paid in U.S. dollars, all the Canadian teams will feel a pinch, but there may be an unusual burden placed on well-heeled teams like the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs, who have the wherewithal to spend up to the cap. The Canadiens have already committed $56 million in salaries for next season and they have to negotiate second contracts for Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at email@example.com for inclusion in future installment.
Sometimes you get those Fouls that you know are Fouls but you can’t help but respect.
Like a New York Islanders jersey that blends an endorsement of their arena move with a tribute to the Beastie Boys.
Saw this at the Isles home opener. It will be, undoubtedly, the first of many Brooklyn references this year. Just hoping this is re-purposed Brad Isbister jersey and not a Clutterbuck.
R.I.P. Adam Yauch
(Coming Up: Carl Hagelin Fouls, flipping for Hurricanes, Jazz Hands and a simply terrible ‘69’ Sweater.)
And here … we … go.Sat, Oct 254:00 PM PDTDallas at NY IslandersPreview Game
The word is "ouch."
No. 1 Star: James Neal, Nashville Predators
Looks like James Neal is doing just fine without Evgeni Malkin as his center. The winger had a hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving the Predators all three of their goals in their 3-2 win. He now has five on the season. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in the win.
No. 2 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick posted his 33rd career shutout to earn the Kings’ franchise record over Rogie Vachon, as L.A. shut out the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar had the goals.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
The captain was awesome in the third period: Scoring his third of the season; working hard to set up Pavel Datsyuk, who set up Niklas Kronwall for the game-tying goal; and forcing a turnover that led to Justin Abdelkader's game-winner against the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3.Sat, Oct 255:00 PM PDTChicago at St. LouisPreview Game
Boston Bruins star defenseman Zdeno Chara left their 3-2 loss vs. the New York Islanders during the first period with an injury, and the news isn't good.
Chara was evaluated at a local hospital after the game. Speculation is that Chara was injured on this hit against John Tavares of the Islanders:
As you can see, there was some knee-on-knee action there.
Chara threw another check on that shift against Kyle Okposo, but didn’t skate again during the period.
“When you lose your captain and your best defenseman, there’s no doubt it’s going to have an effect on your team. You’re going to lose guys during the season. It’s going to happen. How you react to it and how you respond to it is what’s important.”
Ryan Miller faced the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night for the first time since his brief, underwhelming tenure there ended last season. And so, of course, he played outstanding in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 victory over the Blues, including this incredible save against Jori Lehtera that led to a Nick Bonino goal the other way:
Miller made 31 saves in the win. Here's a bit longer highlight:
He was 10-8-1 for the Blues last season with a .903 save percentage, which dropped to .895 in their six-game loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. While the fans felt Miller’s time there was a bust, he enjoyed playing in St. Louis.
For a family of four, the price of attending an NHL game rose by 4.7 percent from last season, according to the latest Team Marketing Report analysis of the League.
TMR released its new Fan Cost Index for 2014-15 on Thursday, and found that a theoretical family of four would spend $363.58 on average to attend a game.
(At this point, we make the annual acknowledgement that the Fan Cost Index is built on the most gluttonous, materialistic family in the known universe: The FCI comprises the price of four general -- not including premium seats -- season tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-sized hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two adult-sized caps.)
The Toronto Maple Leafs, as they do every year, lead the FCI at $572.58, which is up 1.9 percent. The Boston Bruins were second at $509.80, and Jeremy Jacobs has apparently decided to pass the lockout savings on to the fans by increasing their FCI by 14.8 percent.
They’re followed by the New York Rangers ($479.48), Chicago Blackhawks ($463.20), Vancouver Canucks ($456.35), Montreal Canadiens ($413.04) and Winnipeg Jets ($411.94).Sat, Oct 254:00 PM PDTBoston at TorontoPreview Game
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Sportsnet has a debate segment on its NHL coverage called “To The Point”in which Nick Kypreos and Glenn Healy argue different perspectives on hockey’s most pressing issues. Or if they run out of them, “Is Alex Ovechkin coachable?”
That was the topic on Wednesday night* during the Washington Capitals’ game at the Edmonton Oilers, one of the few games this season in which Ovechkin went scoreless.
Kypreos took the “I believe in Ovie” side, although he said Ovechkin is “not the sharpest knife in the drawer” and said it’s “his last chance to prove he’s not a coach killer.” Which sounds really ominous, until you consider that it doesn’t really mean anything except that he’ll get another coach or two or 10 before his contract runs out.
Healy attempted to make that point, although it was like giving a filet mignon to a hot dog vendor to cook. Here’s Healy on Ovechkin’s coachability:
“He is NOT coachable. Here’s the number that matters to me: $124 million that goes to 2021. The only one that’s got a longer deal than that is Rogers, OK?
The Detroit Red Wings are holding Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Thursday night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins roll into town. That mean’s lavender dashboards around the rink at the Joe, as well as goalie Jimmy Howard busting out his pink goalie mask for charity.
It’s a pink version of Howard’s usual mask, with a script “Hockey Fights Cancer” adorning it.
For the second straight year, Howard and the Red Wings will be auctioning off gear to support Hockey Fights Cancer. That includes sticks with lavender tape the Red Wings will be using in warm-ups.
As far as we know, Howard isn’t busting out the pink pads from last season for tonight’s game. But we can dream …
Images via Red WingsSat, Oct 254:00 PM PDTDetroit at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
Last season, Garth Snow got aggressive for the New York Islanders, and it was a mistake.
Acquiring Thomas Vanek was a redundant move. It was clearly a rental, as everyone and their mom knew he was going to Minnesota, or at the very least not staying on Long Island. It cost the Islanders a first-round pick in a draft so deep that it probably reaches the Earth’s core.
This season, Garth Snow was patient, and it’s been brilliant so far.
He knew he had two things coming into this season: a weak blueline and a ton of cap space. He knew the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins had two things: a surplus of defensemen and cap problems. So like a frugal shopper waiting for that party dress to hit the clearance rack, Snow acquired Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, who were thrown together as a pairing and have been part of the foundation for the team’s stunning start.