Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
Connor McDavid really isn’t going to shake this McJesus stuff if he continues to do things like healing faster than the Edmonton Oilers had anticipated.
McDavid broke his clavicle on Nov. 3 in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, who intentionally injured him according to Don Cherry. Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli set his recovery time at five months, which could have meant early March.
Well, praise Connor! He will hath risen by mid-to-late January, according to this report from Mark Spector of Sportsnet:
Though no one would offer a firm date for McDavid’s return, at this rate the betting is that he could be back in the Edmonton Oilers lineup in mid-to-late January, rather than the early March return originally forecasted by the team.
Hockey Jesus powers aside, “sooner than later” was always the safest bet for McDavid.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving time in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are some of our favorite writers and hockey people, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Consider these the tastiest leftovers you’ll have today!)
When you cover hockey for a living, you get incredibly jaded. It's very easy to lose sight of the fact that your "work" involves going to practices, talking to players and coaches, eating free food and basically doing what just a lot of other people would kill to do for "work." Somehow, someway, you just lose a lot of joy you have for the sport.
Covering that event was easily the most fun I've had a hockey game in at least a half decade.
2. Old hockey arenas
But it's marvelous.
Rexall Place has a sign reminding you to use ashtrays in the press box.
And I left my Marlboros at home: pic.twitter.com/TaoQg7nKsq
If your team still plays in an older building, cherish it why you still have it.
(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are the editors and writers from Puck Daddy and Yahoo Sports, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Happy Turkey Day!)
Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Editor
1. Outdoor Games.
There aren’t too many of them. OK, maybe there are too many of them that involve the Chicago Blackhawks. But if you go to one, you know what I’m talking about: 50,000 fans getting loaded and celebrating the game and, in some cases, just hoping the game doesn’t go to a shootout so they suffer hypothermia.
2. Barry Trotz
Simply one of the most dedicated, smartest and level-headed hockey guys I’ve ever come across and I’m thankful that he’s behind the bench for a Capitals team that might have this thing figured out finally. Would love to see this lifer lift the Cup.
I can’t thank you all enough. I’m so honored. Or if you bought it on Amazon.ca, honoured.
4. Hockey Podcasts
Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy Editor
1. Jaromir Jagr.
2. Teemu Selanne.
3. Hilary Knight.
5. Pranking rookies.
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.
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!
On Wednesday, former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matthew Barnaby dropped a bombshell on Sirius XM Radio:
“The more and more I looked into it, the more I found out, people with the same sentiments that there’s a big falling out between Mario (Lemieux) and (Sidney) Crosby. Now whether that pushes them to move him at some point? Whether he wants to move? That I don’t know.”
Barnaby went on to say that the rift is over “coaching” and “maybe the personnel” on the Penguins.
Mario Lemieux said, through the Penguins’ Twitter feed, that the claim was “not true” and “silly.”
Sidney Crosby was given his chance to refute the claim after the Penguins’ win over the St. Louis Blues, and he took it:
"I honestly don’t even know what to say to that. If people are going to make stuff up, it’s totally out of my control. I feel stupid even commenting on it, to be honest with you.
Barnaby, meanwhile, stood by his story in a series of tweets:
In a separate story Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are just working together. Both reps deny
There’s a lot to love in this clip of the Boston Bruins’ overtime game-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings in their 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.
Let’s start with the call from NESN’s Jack Edwards (listen here), who basically acknowledges that the Bruins had no business winning:
“THE BRUINS, AGAINST ALL ODDS AND HOCKEY JUSTICE, TURN THE TABLES ON THE RED WINGS! THE BETTER TEAM DID NOT WIN TONIGHT, BUT THE BRUINS WILL TAKE IT AND STUFF IT IN THE TURKEY!”
Like everyone else that watched the game, Edwards knew that the Red Wings absolutely dominated in possession and the Bruins needed a Colin Miller goal at 18:16 of the third to send the game to overtime.
It was Miller’s shot that Frank Vatrano tipped home for the overtime game winner, and that brings us to the greatest thing about this clip: Vatrano’s hilarious goal celebration, rubbing his glove on the ice before throwing an air punch near the glass.
Or, in the words of Jack Edwards (we imagine): “HE SAID TAKE THAT CELEBRATION AND STUFF IT IN THE TURKEY!”
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Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers hasn’t scored a goal since Oct. 18, and had one point in his last 10 games heading into Wednesday night’s contest at the Carolina Hurricanes.
So things were going pretty poorly for Yakupov.
And then a linesman fell on him, injuring him and ending his night in the second period.
The bizarre play occurred with the score tied 1-1 and 17:43 left in the second period. Mark Letestu of Edmonton and Riley Nash of Carolina took the faceoff. Linesman Matt MacPherson backed up and tripped over a stick. He reached out and grabbed Yakupov’s shoulder, bringing the Oilers forward down with him and pinning Yakupov’s leg under the player.
Yakupov was helped off the ice, and the Oilers said he wouldn’t return to the game.
So, in summary, you really don’t know “struggling” as a player until a linesman accidentally puts you in an MMA submission hold and ends your night.
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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.
(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 pleasant surprises of the season so far; we chronicled the unpleasant ones yesterday.)
10. The Devils Aren’t The Devils
So not only are they not tanking for Auston Matthews, they’re a contending team with a young roster, an aggressive offense and a strong reliance on analytics that’s kept them far from the cap ceiling. These are not Mr. Lamoriello’s Devils.
9. Twin Magic
Daniel Sedin, 35, has 23 points in 22 games, including 10 goals. Henrik Sedin – spoiler: also 35 – has 21 points in 22 games. They’ve combined for 15 points on the power play, where their Swedish sonar remains in full effect. Still a blast to watch.
8. San Jose Sharks Lovefest
7. Tryouts Work Out
6. No More Raffis
Sure, Raffi Torres got his, but we’ve only had five suspensions through Nov. 25. We had eight last season. Progress!
5. Leon Draisaitl and the Not-Jack-And-Connors
4. The Bread Line
It's a new edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, in which we discussed:
- Ray Shero, GM of the New Jersey Devils, discusses their surprising start, how they used analytics to build a thrifty roster and a hilarious story involving his Hall of Fame dad.
- Brendan Gallagher and the dangers of shot-blocking.
- Cocaine testing in the NHL.
- What we're thankful for in hockey.
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]