- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Is Tim Leiweke on his way out of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment?
Sources told Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada that the president of MLSE would be leaving the company, potentially for “a new challenge.”
(How it gets more challenging than overseeing one franchise that hasn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967 and another that hasn’t made it past the second round of the NBA playoffs, we don’t know. But to each his own …)
But Leiweke denied the report in an interview with Michael Grange of Sportsnet, when asked if there’s a timeline for his departure:
“No, there is no timeline. I’ve never said I would be here forever, but my work here is not done. We have to get the NBA All-Star Game done. We have to get the Raptors practice facility done. We have to get all three teams winning.”
But to read further, it certainly seems like it’s a “I’m here for the time being” type deal:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Ever since it debuted, the hockey stats site ExtraSkater.com has been a mandatory destination for fans seeking a user-friendly, easy-to-understand approach to advanced analytics like corsi ratings.
This season, its founder will bring that insight exclusively to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
According to multiple sources, Darryl Metcalf is one of three advanced stats analysts that are in the process of joining the Leafs to work in newly created positions dedicated to hockey metrics. Cam Charron, a blogger that most recently worked with Yahoo Sports Canada, is among that group, as is Rob Pettapiece, a blogger who worked with Yahoo Sports' Buzzing The Net junior hockey blog.
Queries to Metcalf and the Leafs for comment were not returned.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
The Tampa Bay Lightning are getting a third jersey this season to go along with that Maple Leafs-meets-Flash-Gordon jersey that some love and some loathe. Because really, what says “Florida sunshine” better than a dark noir jersey …
Hockey Bay, a blog that covers the Bolts, published an image on Monday that it claims is a third-jersey leak for the Lightning this season, writing:
“ 3rd Jersey Leak? Rumor has it the team will reintroduce a black jersey into their repertoire with a new alternate jersey. This is welcome news to fans who criticized the rebrand's lack of black.”
Let’s say you really, really hate the new jerseys. Then this one might appeal to you. Otherwise, it’s a generic, unimpressive template-like sweater that you’d expect to find a club travel team wearing, in our opinion.
But it probably won’t be the one the Bolts end up with this season.
Icethetics says this concept was “consigned to the scrap heap” back in 2006, designed as a prototype jersey. Here’s the version that showed up on eBay …
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
(UPDATE: According to Sportsnet and the Canadian Press, the deal is done. Bertuzzi's lawyer said a settlement has been reached. More to come ...)
Logically, the chances that Steve Moore’s civil case against Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks ever made it to trial were slim. According to Bob McKenzie, they’re getting slimmer.
The TSN pundit reported late Monday night that Moore and Bertuzzi could be heading off their court showdown, as the sides are “deep into discussions aimed at arriving at a negotiated (out of court) settlement.”
This comes weeks before the scheduled Sept. 8 opening of the trial, as Moore is seeking damages after a sucker-punch from Bertuzzi in a March 8, 2004 game between the Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche ended Moore’s hockey career. Bertuzzi pled guilty to an assault charge, and his suspension ended up lasting 17 months from the NHL.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and his adorable dog were chilling in his condo when inspiration struck: They would hold a massive party and invite everyone tangentially associated with the Stanley Cup champions.
OH NOES! His teammate Trevor Lewis informs him that Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, notorious party boys, are holding an “Epic Rager” of their own!
If this sounds like something that happens every weekend during the offseason for the Kings, you’re probably right. If this sounds like the plot from some cartoon sitcom version of the team … you are also correct.
“The Dewy Show” debuted this week on YouTube, created by filmmakers Chris Pavlica and Zach Baumgartner. It’s a fascinating mix of live action and animation, with some razor-sharp observational humor about the team – from the partying past of Richards and Carter to the harried home life of Dustin Brown.
It’s pretty hilarious, and laden with Easter eggs for hockey fans to savor.
Here’s Episode 1:
Here’s Episode 2:
The syrup people … the syrup.
George Gosbee wants the world to know that the Arizona Coyotes are putting roots down in Glendale with a series of long-term financial deals.
The problem is that even with that apparent stability, the focus for many remains on the fact that the franchise could be planted in another city in four years.
That’s the lament of the Coyotes’ chairman in an interview with FOX Sports Arizona. "I wish people would stop looking at the five-year out clause and start looking at all the long-term deals we're signing,” Gosbee told Craig Morgan of FOX Sports Arizona. "I'm not sure it will matter if I say it, but we're committed to this market for the long run and we keep proving it."
He points to the following as evidence:
- Nine-year arena naming rights deal with Gila River Casinos that will pay them $3.5 million annually.
- 15-year food and beverage deal with LEVY Restaurants.
- 10-year deal with Ticketmaster.
Is Michael Leighton the most unremarkable goalie to ever play for a Stanley Cup?
It’s possible, although unremarkable doesn’t equate to unmemorable – who among us will forget Leighton surrendering that overtime goal to Patrick Kane in 2010, in which no one was really sure what happened and then everyone started celebrating and then the linesman stole the puck?
Well, Leighton’s gone full circle. And by that we mean he’s signed a 1-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks, who actually drafted him in the sixth round of the 1999 NHL Draft, which really does make us wonder whether he was a sleeper agent four years ago.
Leighton, 33, has posted 35 wins (35-41-14), a 2.97 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 105 career regular-season games over parts of eight seasons with the Blackhawks (2002-2004), Nashville (2006-07), Philadelphia (2006-07; 2009-13) and Carolina (2007-09). He has notched an 8-4 record in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games and currently holds the NH
It’s August, and the only ice on the minds of most pro hockey players these days is being dropped from a bucket in support of ALS research.
But the Kontinental Hockey League is in its preseason, and Ak Bars defenseman Yevgeny Medvedev scored a hell of a goal* in a game against Traktor Chelyabinsk last Friday.
Seriously, light some candles, pour some wine and put on a little R. Kelly next time you undress a goalie like this, sir …
(We have a Justin Azevedo sighting!)
Oh, there’s nothing a goalie hates more than getting the Forsberg. It’s like a skater using a cheat code.
The victim here was Vasily Demchenko, a 20-year-old goalie who spent most of last season in the KHL’s developmental league.
Medvedev, showing some impressive wheels on this breakaway goal, is a 31-year-old defenseman who’s played with Ak Bars for the last seven seasons.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 days ago
Ah, the selfie: a whimsical vessel of self-expression, or a scourge of ill-timed, high-angle duck-faced moments of egomania. (Also, the new ABC sitcom starring Amy Pond.)
The Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League announced this week that they're affirming the selfie’s cultural relevance as only a hockey team can: By featuring them on a specialty jersey.
Some teams wear their love of fans on their sleeves. The Oilers will just wear their fans.
“Snap A Selfie Night” is Nov. 28, and the Oilers are going to wear sweaters comprised entirely of fans’ selfies. This gimmick was already used in baseball, where the independent Kalamazoo Growlers rocked “Selfie Jerseys” last season.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 days ago
(Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine in the summer. So your friends at Puck Daddy are offering a month of thrown shade and perpetual gloom. Behold, our Summer of Disappointment series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to recall the biggest bummer moments, teams and players in franchise history! Please wade into their misery like a freezing resort pool, and add your own choices in the comments!)
By Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Editor (and Jersey native)
Most Disappointing Team: 1995-96 New Jersey Devils
I was tempted to put the 1988-89 Devils here, which was a team that followed their first-ever playoff appearance with a fifth-place clunker that saw their point total drop by 16, with mostly the same roster. But at least that playoff team was one that needed to qualify in the last game of the season. It’s not like they, you know, won the Stanley Cup or anything ...
The 1995-96 Devils were, on the other hand, defending Stanley Cup champions and hence their failure to make the playoffs the following year – becoming the first NHL team to go from top of the playoffs to out of the money since 1970 – was the franchise’s greatest disappointment.