Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago
On Tuesday night, the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL hosted the Norfolk Admirals. As many teams do, the Checkers invite fans to ride on the ice resurfacing machine (Zamboni, the Zamboni people reminded us via email, is trademarked) to keep things trademark generic). It’s the thrill of a lifetime, a moment some fans would never forget.
Or a chance to take a nap.
As captured on this short YouTube clip, a fan caught flies as the ice was resurfaced. Some fans – like Joe Hospoder, who hipped us to this story – wondered if it was a dummy or mannequin. Others probably wondered if this was narcolepsy at best or rigor mortis at worst.
So what was it? We asked the Checkers, and they said:
“He was just messing around. Did it the whole ride, but popped up right after.”
OK, then kudos to you, sir. That's ... well, that's a unique sense of humor you got there.
Whew. That’s a relief. For a second, we thought we were watching “Weekend at ‘Boni’s.”
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago
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Special Guest Star: Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch on Jack Johnson.
* Ron Hextall's rant on the Flyers.
* Top NHL defensemen.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago
Anatoly Golyshev is a 19-year-old forward with Automobilist in the KHL.
He has a friend named Tiffany. She’s a Yorkshire terrier. And she was hungry…
According to his team, Golishev returned to his home, throwing his keys and his passport on his nightstand before taking a snooze.
When he woke up, he saw that Tiffany had mistaken his Russian passport for Puppy Chow.
The good news for Golyshev is that Automobilist is home for the next three games, so he should be able to get the passport replaced. The Mirror (U.K.) mistakenly reported that Golyshev had been “dropped for three weeks” by his team because his pup decided to play TSA agent. He had been suspended three games earlier this season for a hit to the head. Maybe that's the confusion.
So lesson learned, KHL players: “My dog ate my passport” won't get you out of games.
And as for our Russian canine friends: Might want to watch your behavior. Putin has eyes everywhere, and David Backes has only so many dog beds...
Who do you trust with your money?
Many of us would probably list “parents” near the top of that list. Which is why the tale of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is so shocking and deplorable.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported on Thursday that Johnson filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 7, claiming assets of less than $50,000 and debts of more than $10 million. Sources tell Portzline that his debts could be closer to $15 million.
According to Cap Geek, Johnson’s made $20.9 million in his career on three NHL contracts; that money’s all but gone. His current one runs through 2018, and has him making $5 million a season; much of those future earnings have been ear-marked for repayment of loans. He’s had wages garnished from his paycheck from the Blue Jackets for last two seasons in order to settle one of three lawsuits he’s participated in.
She went on to borrow about $15 million in Johnson’s name via ridiculously high-interest loans.
NEW YORK – Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers played in Wednesday night’s loss at the New York Rangers. About 24 hours earlier, that seemed unlikely. Heck, about eight hours earlier, it seemed unlikely.
Here’s a look back at the odd journey the Flyers captain took from significant injury to starting lineup, made even odder by the media frenzy and social media inanity that surrounded it:
Nov. 17, 6:10 p.m. – The Flyers announce that Giroux will be “unable to attend tonight's Season Ticket Holder event. He is being evaluated by team doctors.” This does not sound good.
Nov. 17, 9 p.m. – Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Giroux “was evaluated by team doctors tonight and he is fine.” Sighs of relief are breathed throughout Philly fandom.
Nov. 18, 11:18 a.m. - NJ.com writer Randy Miller hears from "someone" that Giroux has a lower-body injury.
Nov. 18, 11:41 a.m. - Coach Craig Berube jokes that Giroux had a "middle-body injury." We think.
No. 1 Star: Cam Talbot, New York Rangers
The Rangers goalie made 31 saves for a 2-0 shutout win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Talbot was at his best late in the game when the Flyers tested him, but maintained the lead.
No. 2 Star: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks winger set up three goals in their 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers: Two from Radim Vrbata and the game-winner from Yannick Weber, who went to the net hard to tip home a perfect Sedin feed.
No. 3 Star: Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers
While we don’t often give out stars for losing efforts, Mason was the best player in the game for the Flyers in their loss to the Rangers, making 32 saves, many of them stellar.
Honorable Mention: Rick Nash scored his 13th in the Rangers’ win. Kevin Klein had the other goal. … Jannik Hansen scored a shorthanded goal for the Canucks, while Chris Higgins notched his fourth. … Steve Pinizzotto scored his first of the season for Edmonton and assisted on Boyd Gordon’s goal. … Ryan Miller improved to 4-0-0 against Edmonton this season and has won 11 straight against the Oilers in his career.
NEW YORK – Ron Hextall was a model of calm seething.
The Philadelphia Flyers general manager watched his team drop a 2-0 decision at the New York Rangers, in an uninspired effort. There was no push, no momentum. The Flyers went quietly in a four-point game in the Metro Division, dropping to 7-8-2 on the season.
“Yeah, yeah, that bothered me a lot. I didn’t think … we didn’t come out hungry enough. We didn’t play well. We gotta be a lot better than that," said Hextall, his words measured.
This was a different Hextall than the one who entered the Flyers’ changing room after the game. While reporters huddled around goalie Steve Mason, who was by far the team’s best player on Wednesday night, Hextall could be heard bellowing at the players.
"ARE YOU F--KING KIDDING ME? THAT'S F--KING EMBARRASSING! JESUS F--KING CHRIST!" he said, before opening the door to the room, entering another room and slamming it shut emphatically. It was enough to make Mason whip his head around during his scrum.
Was this the first time Hextall had gone in to lecture his players after a loss this season?
Into the changing room.
“Hollered at who?”
On Wednesday night, the Vancouver Canucks thought they put a goal past Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens. But it was waved off because Alex Burrows got a little too close to the Oilers goalie, who toppled over like a Jenga tower.
Look, we all know Burrows goofed here, getting his skates in the crease and basically allowing Scrivens to embellish to prevent a goal (or, considering he doesn’t have precognitive abilities, draw a call). And a coaches’ challenge probably doesn’t overturn this either.
But here’s our question: It’s an obvious dive. Sorta indisputable from the overhead angle, unless Burrows pulled a P.K. Subban after having a 12-pack of Pabst before the game for extra flatulent power.
So is the NHL going to go after goalie embellishment like it says it’s going after skaters who flop to draw calls? Are they exempt when it comes to plays in the crease, but get warnings/fines for stuff behind the net (a.k.a. the Mike Smith special)?
You know what’s been fun? Having the venerable Bob McKenzie on American television. He’s been a part of NBCSN’s coverage this season, offering insider knowledge on big issues and doing desk work with Mike Milbury between p
You know what’s even more fun? Seeing him zing Milbury about being a terrible GM for the New York Islanders:
The setup: a conversation between the two about the Toronto Maple Leafs. The exchange:
MILBURY: "He's not been an NHL coach, not been an NHL GM. I wish I'd done that, skipped right to the presidency, get rid of those menial jobs."
MCKENZIE: "So do the New York Islanders."
MILBURY: "OH PLEASE."
Please keep in mind that it’s generally agreed upon that Milbury was the worst GM in NHL history while with the New York Islanders.
Even though it’s #RivarlyNight, the two shared a laugh about the zinger, which indicates nothing except that Jeremy Roenick wasn’t working on NBCSN that night and the entire thing didn’t descend into a catty wailing.
As you know, the NHL moved its reality show franchise from HBO to EPIX, a.k.a. the network that is playing “Marvel’s The Avengers” but you don’t subscribe to it so instead you’re looking at the black screen with the phone number on it instead.
EPIX and the NHL dropped the trailer for the new series, “EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Winter Classic,” which will debut on Dec. 16 at 10 p.m. ET and will run for the following three Tuesdays. It’ll feature the Washington Capitals (doing their second tour in this franchise, sadly Boudreau-less) and the Chicago Blackhawks, as the world awaits the arrival of Patrick Kane in an unfiltered environment.
The second series, “EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Stadium Series,” debuts on Feb. 3 and will run for the next three Tuesdays. That’s the show that features the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings, a.k.a. the one you’d really rather watch.
Remember: You’re going to be able to see these shows in a variety of ways.
And EPIX is also going to do a free trial that’ll allow viewers to see it, too.