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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago
According to Igor Eronko of Sports-Express, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will begin his jail sentence on Monday, July 6.
Voynov pled no-contest on Thursday to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse, and his jail time will be up to 90 days along with 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and eight hours of community service (that better damn well be at a women’s shelter).
Voynov’s NHL agent, Rolland Hedges, said in statement: “Mr. Voynov accepts responsibility for his actions the night of the incident and will complete his sentence as required by the court. Mr. Voynov and his wife believe that ending domestic violence both inside and outside of professional sports must be a high priority.”
Another priority, according to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times?
Ending Slava Voynov’s time with the Kings.
The Kings can terminate his contract, trade him, or keep him with the team. Here's a vote for one of the first two options.
If he can play again, of course. As Elliott writes:
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago
It’s something that brings us great sadness when we think about: a diminutive New York Ranger, deciding to walk away from something we all celebrate.
No, not Martin St. Louis retiring; Mats Zuccarello refusing to embrace his legacy of being the Norwegian Hobbit Wizard, which was his Elijah Wood-inspired nickname when he entered the NHL.
Well, nothing speaks to the magnitude of St. Louis’ retirement on Thursday after 16 season than the fact that Zuccarello gave him an Instagram send-off using the very meme he’s attempted to avoid for years.
Check out the Tolkien-esque celebration of Mats and Marty, a.k.a. Frodo and Samwise:
What, no Henrik Lundqvist as Aragorn and John Tortorella as Gollum?
T.J. Oshie was traded by the St. Louis Blues on Thursday to the Washington Capitals.
Whenever a fan favorite is sent packed, emotions will run high, and Oshie was certainly a favorite of Blues fans. Especially young ones, because he had really big eyes like an Anime character.
Like, for example, this five-year-old girl, who hid in a closet weeping upon finding out that “T.J. OSHIE LEFT THE TEEEEEEEEAM!!!!!”
Kelly Manno found her, and conducted this brief experiment in burgeoning fandom, as Manno discovered our young Oshie fan can’t accept the idea of rooting for him when the Capitals play the Blues … which is a level of dedication we’d expect from, say, a six year old.
This entire sub-genre of “Adult Sports Fans Filming Children Who Don’t Yet Have The Emotional Capacity To Deal With Loss” exists somewhere in between exploitation and guilty pleasure entertainment. We’ll just go ahead and assume this moppet is being filmed so her family can have a good-hearted chuckle when Troy Brouwer skates the Cup next June.*
* Provided he’s traded to the Blackhawks, of course.
T.J. Oshie, American hero, is headed to Washington, D.C.
The St. Louis Blues traded the winger to the Washington Capitals on Thursday in exchange for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. From the Caps:
“T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set,” said MacLellan. “He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal. We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis.”
Oshie, 28, had 19 goals and 36 assists for the Blues last season in 72 games. He’s of course most famous for scoring in four of six shootout attempts in Team USA’s preliminary round win over Russia in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which turned him into an overnight household name and remains the only thing worth a damn that Olympic team accomplished before sulking out of Russian sans medals.
The market was going to dictate Martin St. Louis’s future in the National Hockey League as a 40-year-old forward.
The market spoke, St. Louis heard it and decided that 16 seasons was long enough to call it a career, officially retiring from the NHL on Thursday.
“I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride,” he said, through the New York Rangers, his final NHL team.
The winger split from the Rangers after the season, the team having acquired St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014 in a blockbuster deal. He struggled offensively last season, with 21 goals and 31 assists in 74 games, the lowest offensive numbers he posted in nine years.
He retires after having been one of the most explosive point-producers on the wing in recent NHL history, despite being one of its most diminutive stars, at a listed height of 5-foot-8.
Fare thee well, Marty St. Louis. We’ll always remember your thighs.
Because we can’t un-see them.
Jack Eichel officially signed with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, and has been hitting the town with the team to celebrate the arrival of their hockey savior.
That included a stop in Larkin Square, where Eichel exhibited a skill that may not have come to light at the NHL Combine: a joyous mastery of the hula hoop.
Seriously, look at this kid.
Shakira hips that simply do not lie, his arms flailing like he’s riding a wave, a look of gleeful satisfaction one normally associates with a well-told dirty limerick. Jack Eichel hula-hooping might be our new spirit animal.
This Vine alone proves that the Buffalo Sabres may have gotten the best player in the 2015 NHL Draft. Unless, of course, Connor McDavid is an absolutely wizard on the Pogo-Ball.
In deciding what went wrong in a given team’s season, one assigns some players as being part of the problem and others as part of the solution.
A lot went wrong with the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. The idea that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, with his eight goals and 44 points in 56 games, was part of the problem and not the solution is hard to comprehend.
And yet his name bounced around the rumor mill at the NHL Draft, with the Edmonton Oilers the most prominently mentioned courter of the 26-year-old defenseman.
His agent denied that Shattenkirk was being shopped, but it got us thinking: Why would the Blues ever consider dropping Shatts?
It could be because the club has defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester locked up in long-term contracts. Pietrangelo is signed through 2019-20 with a salary cap hit of $6.5 million, while Bouwmeester is inked through ’18-19 at $5.4 million.
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Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr., sat before the assembled media in Raleigh on Wednesday and was asked if he takes responsibility for the buyout of Alex Semin, whose bloated and ill-conceived deal was ended this week.
“Ultimately, you have to take responsibility for everything, alright?” he said.
“I do not have to take responsibility for Pittsburgh signing Kessel, however.”
Oh, OK … wait, what the hell just happened?
First, Kessel was a trade acquisition for the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a move that was universally approved, especially because the Leafs retained salary. Second, it was GM Jim Rutherford, who served the Hurricanes for decades and helped Karmanos move the Whalers from Hartford to North Carolina, that made the Kessel trade.
So will Brad Richards wear No. 91 with his new team, the Detroit Red Wings?
We only ask because, technically, it’s available. Sergei Fedorov, the only player to have worn it, doesn’t have it retired despite 908 games and 954 points and three Stanley Cups with Detroit.
Why? Well, there was that holdout in 1997-98 that resulted in his signing an offer sheet with owner Mike Ilitch’s mortal enemy Peter Karmanos, Jr. and the Carolina Hurricanes. And there was that bitter split in 2003, when Fedorov signed a 5-year, $40-million deal with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, spurning an offer from Detroit over one year difference in the contracts.
He retired from hockey in 2012, and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame last week.
Should the Red Wings hold off on giving Brad Richards No. 91 and put it in the rafters instead?
GM Ken Holland, who watched Fedorov leave for Anaheim 12 years ago, says they’ll talk about it.
Holland said that the Red Wings have made some fairly easy calls on number retirements in the last few years, with Steve Yzerman (2007) and Nicklas Lidstrom (2014) joining the likes of Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk, Alex Delvecchio and Sid Abel.