Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
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Special Guest Star: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet on the KHL crisis and the NHL in general.
• Marty Brodeur's rough night.
• Bruins, Blues talking trade?
• News and notes.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago
The salary cap molds and shapes the future plans of NHL teams. Such is the case for the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and, potentially, T.J. Oshie.
Oshie is signed through 2017 at $4.175 million annually. He’s a well-liked player, meshes with David Backes and gives them an aggressive forechecker. And as we saw in Sochi, he's pretty OK in the shootout sometimes.
But where would you rank him among the best Blues forwards? He’s currently seventh among them in scoring with 12 points in 24 games. He’s been eclipsed by Vladimir Taresenko, Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera. He’s not as vital as Alex Steen or David Backes. He’s probably ahead of Patrick Berglund, but mostly because Berglund’s been a dud this season.
About that salary cap: The Blues project to have well over $12 million in space next season, but with only 15 players under contract. Jake Allen needs a deal. Taresenko (hoo boy) needs a deal. Lehtera’s up in 2016 as a UFA. Schwartz is up in 2016 as well, as an RFA.
The Blues have to look to the future, and Oshie might not be a part of it.
So they’re listening to offers, and Elliotte Friedman says a lot of interest is trickling down from the Boston Bruins.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago
(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)
It hasn't been the busiest year for the NHL's Department of Player Safety, which is good news: It means players are getting it. Alas, as we see in this countdown, many do not. Including some that are one their way to the NHL one day.
Here are the top 10 most heinous on-ice acts of 2014:
10. John Moore’s head-shot on Erik Haula
The Rangers defenseman was given a 2-game ban for a hit on Dale Weise on the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Just 12 games later, he was given a 5-gamer for this hit on Erik Haula of the Minnesota Wild that had a little bit of that ‘ol Cooke-on-Savard black magic.
9. Mike Rupp’s head-shot on T.J. Oshie
8. Gianluca Curcuruto head-shots Travis Konecny
7. Ryan Garbutt gets trippy vs. Winnipeg
The Dallas stars pest had a two-fer against the Winnipeg Jets in December, with a straight-legged trip of goalie Michael Hutchinson and then a slew-foot that lifted the 526-pound* Dustin Byfuglien off the ice and then crashing down. He earned a 3-game suspension from the NHL.
4. Milan Lucic spears DeKeyser
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I’m the lead physician for Hockey Monitoring Mumps Measles, Muscus and Mirsey, a.k.a. HMMMMM…
“We’ve instructed the members of the National Hockey League to do what they can to stop the spread of infectious diseases, lest anyone wish to see Sidney Crosby do another media availability looking like he’s hiding a boomerang in his cheek.
“To that end, we present this short feature called ‘How To Not Spread Bodily Fluids And Be Generally Gross, Starring Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers.
“Here we see Mr. Giroux, once called the best player in the world by the current coach of the Nashville Predators, taking off his glove, bringing his finger to his face and then vigorously wiping his hand on the back of a linesman before a faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The common theory here is that Mr.. Giroux is applying a viscous colloid, a.k.a. a ‘booger’ to the official’s shirt, a common practice among second graders but a bit of a lost art in pro hockey.
“Later in the week, Mr. Giroux was playing the Florida Panthers when he leaned over and began gnawing on the sweater of defenseman Erik Gudbranson.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar has a career-best 5-point night as the Los Angeles Kings won a wild 6-4 game against the St. Louis Blues and Marty Brodeur. Kopitar assisted on Marian Gaborik’s two goals, Jeff Carter’s game-trying goal and Jake Muzzin’s game-winning goal. He also scored a goal of his own in the second period, his seventh.
No. 2 Star: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins
Fleury made 29 saves for his NHL-leading sixth shutout as the Penguins defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 1-0. Blake Comeau had the lone goal.
No. 3 Star: Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals
After a brilliant set-up by Mike Green, Fehr’s goal at 42 seconds of overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He also assisted on Joel Ward’s opening tally in the first period. The Capitals ended the Jackets’ winning streak at seven games.
Did You Know? The Oilers only win over their past 18 games is against the Sharks.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago
Martin Brodeur visited the site of his 2012 Stanley Cup Final loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
And things were … weird.
Weird in the sense that the St. Louis Blues managed to secure a 3-0 lead in the first period, only to see the Kings rally to tie; and then a 4-3 lead entering the third, only to see the Kings score three goals in 12:06 to secure a 6-3 win.
Weird in the sense that Brodeur made a save on Tyler Toffoli in the third period, and then had the puck literally disappear in his gear. It took about 90 seconds for the game officials to locate the puck, searching his glove and his pads and, finally, watching as Brodeur basically dropped it on the ice like a chicken would an egg:
The highlight that launched a million “Marty ate the puck!” jokes on social media.
Weird in the sense that, moments later, things got a little less funny for Brodeur.
Although we can’t say the same for the Kings and Dwight King:
Some goals from the red line are bad. Some are just unfortunate and borderline freaky.
It was that kind of night for Marty Brodeur.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago
The Montreal Canadiens could have used Max Pacioretty late in their game against the Anaheim Ducks. But as they scrambled to find a way to tie Thursday night’s game – which ended in a 2-1 win for the visiting Ducks – Pacioretty was getting evaluated after a brutal Clayton Stoner hit along the boards.
Pacioretty left the game at 4:04 of the third period. He passed the puck up ice and, frankly, admired the pass a bit. But Stoner delivered a hard check to his side, twisting the Montreal forward’s body around. Pacioretty face-planted into the glass. He was helped to the back and was eventually taken to the hospital for precautionary tests.
Expectedly, the two sides had differing views of the incident. From the Gazette:
“I didn’t like the hit,” said [Montreal Coach Michel] Therrien, but he refrained from discussing the matter further.
What do you think? With no penalty on the play, could Stoner get something from the league?
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago
“Decimated” might be putting it kindly.
The Winnipeg Jets currently have their top four defensemen out of their lineup, at least through mid-January. Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian are out with lower body injuries, and won’t be back until next month. Jacob Trouba is out until February with an upper body injury. Ditto Mark Stuart with a lower body injury.
That’s four of the team’s five leaders in ice time, and their top four penalty killers by ice time.
Pressed to make a move, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff did what he does best: Acquire a body without giving up one.
The Jets snagged Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes for a sixth-round pick in 2015 which previously belonge to Ottawa.
The 32-year-old defenseman has four points and a minus-5 in 20 games this season. He’s been a healthy scratch on multiple occasions for the basement-dwelling Hurricanes.
Harrison carries a $1.5 million cap hit through 2016.
Maurice knows him well, having coached him with the Toronto Maple Leafs and with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
Like a few other teams in the NHL this season, the New York Rangers have been hit with a mumps outbreak. Forwards Tanner Glass and Derick Brassard were both out with the viral infection, and forward Lee Stempniak is being tested for it.
Now, it appears mumps have been demoted to the AHL, too. And behind the bench.
AHL Hartford Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander has been isolated from the team for five days and is being tested for mumps. He’s the first coach in the NHL or AHL to go missing in action due to suspicion of the mumps.
Forward Joey Crabb was also isolated and is being tested for the disease.
Assistant coaches Jeff Beukeboom and Pat Boller will take the bench for practices and for home games vs. the Syracuse Crunch and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Gernander has been the head coach for Hartford since 2007. When he retired as an active player, he was the top-scoring American-born player in AHL history.
The incubation time for mumps is about two weeks. Interestingly, the Rangers haven’t shuttled anyone from MSG to Hartford or vice versa during December.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
Steve Moses of Jokerit is one of the KHL’s leading offensive players this season: 43 points in 39 games, including 26 goals. He’s a scoring machine; alas, that includes his own net.
In a game against Slovan on Monday, goalie Riku Helenius made a terrific pad save on Vaclav Nedorost. The puck rested on the goal line, its momentum stopped.
That’s when Moses decided to liberate the puck from the crease. And it worked out about as well as it did for the Egyptian army crossing the Red Sea.
Our hero pulled the puck back off his goalie’s elbow. It bounced back to the goal line. He tried to bring it out again … and he put it into his own net.
Helenius was, uh, not amused, smacking his goalie paddle against the cage in frustration.
Or maybe he's angry he hasn’t gotten a check in two months. Thanks, Ruble.
Memo to Leominster's own Mr. Moses: STOP TRYING TO BE SO HELPFUL. You're the guy who tries to save a kitten from a tree and drops the poor thing into a sewer.