Watch TSN's on-air apology to Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthbert for adultery joke (Video)Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Phaneuf's wife actress Elisha Cuthbert, have threatened legal action against TSN after the network published a tweet on-air during its Monday NHL trade deadline coverage that joked about an affair between Lupul and Cuthbert.
The network issued an on-air apology to them on Tuesday night during SportsCentre and the Leafs' game at the Florida Panthers. Delivered by lead anchor James Duthie, who hosted the TradeCentre broadcast, it read:
Whats all this crap about a lawsuit. If anyone is getting sued its TSN for being negligent not me
Yeah, about that...
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago
On Saturday, footage of a fight between Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche fans at a game in Denver surfaced, showing a nasty brawl.
New video of the brawl surfaced on Tuesday, and it’s rather intense.
City Pages reader Keenan Price sent along a much better video of the fight in the stands during Saturday night's Wild game in Colorado. Just as we suspected, the whole thing started because an angry drunken Avs fan got way too fired up.
Price, a Wild fan, said his section was full of people cheering on the Wild, and as the game progressed what started as good-natured trash-talk ramped up into something more serious.
Here’s the video:
WARNING: STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE IN VIDEO
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago
TSN’s embarrassing publication of a Twitter joke alleging an adulterous relationship between Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul and actress Elisha Cuthbert, the wife of teammate Dion Phaneuf, may end up costing the network and the fan that tweeted it.
During TSN’s TradeCentre deadline coverage on Monday, a running scroll at the bottom of the screen published tweets sent to the #TradeCentre hashtag. One of the tweets from Anthony Adragna, a Leafs fan, made the allegation.
The players and Cuthbert have retained Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP, which released the following statement on Tuesday:
"On behalf of our clients Dion Phaneuf, his wife Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul, we have sent a letter to TSN demanding that TSN issue a formal apology and pay a significant amount of damages to each of our clients for broadcasting a false and defamatory tweet during their trade deadline show yesterday. We are sending a similar letter to the author of the tweet, Mr. Anthony Adragna.
"If TSN and Mr. Adragna do not immediately comply with the demands set out in our letters, we have instructions from our clients to immediately commence a lawsuit against them.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago
One common theory about the NHL Awards this year was that we could see a goalie win the Vezina and the Hart. But unlike those seasons of Hasek-ian domination, the theory states that we could see different goalies win each award this June: Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators for the Vezina, and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens for the Hart.
The latest Bovada NHL odds have been released, and right now, Price is the odd-on favorite to win the Hart with Patrick Kane out of the mix:
Who will win the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player?
Carey Price 2/1
Alex Ovechkin 3/1
John Tavares 7/2
Here are the rest of the awards odds:
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Chad Johnson was traded by the New York Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres for Michal Neuvirth on Monday, a deal many felt was an upgrade for the Isles’ backup goalie spot. Which, conversely, meant that the Sabres downgraded their own goaltending.
Why? In theory, because the Sabres want to be as terrible as possible and Neuvirth was playing too well. So, for the second time this season, they traded their starting goalie.
Johnson went on TSN after the trade, and naturally they wanted to ask him about going from a team striving for first place to a team trying to finish last. Host James Duthie twice asked him about playing for a team that’s trying to lose. Johnson remained steadfast that the Sabres are doing everything they can to win games. Like, this season.
"You play to win. I don't think an organization wants to lose,” said Johnson on TSN, in either denial or blissful ignorance.
On Tuesday, with his new team, Johnson told the Buffalo News that the tank talk upset him:
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It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Joe Micheletti of NBC joins us to talk about trade deadline and Rangers.
• Trade deadline breakdown.
• Phil Kessel goes nutty.
• NHL Playoff races.
• The least desirable places in the NHL.
Question of the Day: Who won the trade deadline? Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
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It was quantity over quality on 2015 NHL trade deadline day. There were 24 trades made with 42 players moved, along with 21 picks. That’s ahead of last year’s total, but most of the big moves were made leading up to the March 2 deadline day.
Which teams made the biggest strides to the Stanley Cup? Which teams made the smartest moves towards rebuilding? Which teams stood pat but shouldn’t have? Which teams smartly stood pat?
Here is the Puck Daddy 2015 NHL trade deadline report card. Keep in mind we factor in the days leading up to the deadline day as well.
Anaheim Ducks: A-
If Bruce Boudreau fails to get out of the second round again, it won’t be because GM Bob Murray didn’t fill his tool chest. The James Wisniewski deal brings a longer term than one might want, but it also brings a known quantity who can help the power play. Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy? Larceny. Korbinian Holzer, when healthy, can help. And Tomas Fleischmann is a depth offensive player that Boudreau knows well. Full speed ahead. Don’t blow it, Brucey.
Arizona Coyotes: A
Boston Bruins: C
Buffalo Sabres: A-
Calgary Flames: B+
Carolina Hurricanes: B
Chicago Blackhawks: A-
Colorado Avalanche: C+
Dallas Stars: B
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
The Hawks captain scored the game’s first two goals, including a shorthanded one, in their 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He also assisted on Marian Hossa’s third-period goal.
No. 2 Star: Ben Smith, San Jose Sharks
Acquired at the trade deadline, Smith stepped into the Sharks’ lineup and scored a goal and an assist in their 4-0 whitewash of the Montreal Canadiens. Smith scored in the first period and assisted on Matt Irwin’s goal in the second.
No. 3 Star: Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers
The winger, fresh off a contract extension, assisted on goals by Marc Staal and Chris Kreider in the Rangers’ 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
Honorable Mention: Rick Nash scored his 38th. … Brandon Saad scored his 20th. … Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the shutout.
Did You Know? The Blackhawks are 21-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.
James Wisniewski had been a healthy scratch for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had been asked for a list of teams to whom he’d be willing to be traded.
He can, in fact, take a hint.
"I kind of saw it coming,” he told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, after being traded to the Anaheim Ducks. "Having my family here for four years, having my kids here, having a home here … we have roots here. That’s going to be tough."
The Ducks acquired Wisniewski and a third-round pick from Columbus for a second-round pick, William Karlsson and Rene Bourque, who was passed through waivers recently.
The trade was a bit of a surprise as Wisniewski injured his left foot against the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night. Portzline reports it was a bone bruise in his left foot, but not a break.
Karlsson, 22, was a 2011 second-round pick for the Ducks who had 2 goals in 18 games this season, spending most of it in the AHL. Bourque has been traded twice and waived twice this season, which is a heck of an achievement.
On The Milbury Scale:
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The NHL Trade Deadline can sometimes feel mechanical and cold. These are names on the transaction wire, additions to rosters. What gets lost is that these are moves that interrupt lives and affect families.
Thanks to Jordyn Leopold, we’ve all been reminded about the human side of the trade deadline.
Jordyn Leopold is the 11-year-old daughter of Jordan Leopold, a defenseman who played for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. In January, she wrote a letter to the Minnesota Wild front office asking the team to trade for her father, a University of Minnesota product who was born in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
"My dad is very lonely without his family," the letter reads. "We are living in Minnesota right now and I am lost without my dad and so is my mom, my 2 sisters and my brother. My dad is on a team with young guys and is very lonely and is not playing because the Jackets got him because they needed a D-man. I has been since November and we can not take it anymore.
“Please, please, please ask the Jackets if you guys can get him.”
On Monday, they did: The Minnesota Wild traded defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick for Jordyn Leopold’s dad.