Sean Leahy

  • Mark Giordano needs season-ending surgery on torn biceps tendon

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    Mark Giordano attempted to play through an arm injury suffered last week, but after he took warmups against the New York Islanders on Friday night, he felt he just couldn’t go. The diagnosis? A torn biceps, a complete tendon tear. According to Flames GM Brad Treliving, that’s a four-to-five month recovery time.

    Calgary has dropped six of their last 10 games and are clinging to a playoff spot with the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks right behind them.

    It’s a huge blow for both the Flames. They lose their best player and leading scorer as they slowly drop out of the Western Conference playoff picture. It’s also tough news for Giordano, who many had pegged as a Norris Trophy favorite and some had on a long list for the Hart Trophy. He missed a little over a month last season due to a broken ankle, an injury that likely cost him a spot on Team Canada’s entry at the Sochi Olympics.

    Despite the free-fall, Treliving stuck to his guns and didn’t mortgage the future to help claw out a playoff spot. 

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 6

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    3:35 p.m. ET: The Bruins have traded defenseman Jordan Caron to the Avalanche for Max Talbot. Sort of a minor move in general for both teams. Boston was done with Caron, and the Avalanche needed some defense depth. Meanwhile, the Bruins seemed to feel the desire to get a playoff-tested gritty forward like Talbot, who has won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009. 

    3:20 p.m. ET: Sven Baertschi goes from the Calgary Flames to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick, according to TSN. The 22-year old Swiss forward has spent most of this season in the AHL where he's scored eight goals and recorded 21 points in 34 games. He'll reunited with Travis Green, who coached him in Portland. The move won't make Flames Nation happy, as Baertschi showed tremendous scoring ability in junior and is still young. It feels like Calgary is giving up on the forward, feeling he's moved in the wrong direction on their organizational depth chart.

    UPDATE: Trevling told reporters that Baertschi was unhappy with his role and had asked to be traded, citing his unwillingness to re-sign with the organization.

    3:05 p.m. ET: Willie Mitchell, your thoughts on Glenn Healy:

  • Olli Jokinen playoff-bound again after being traded to Blues

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    Olli Jokinen has played 1,223 games in his NHL career, but has only been involved in six playoff games. That number will increase this spring after the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt him to the St. Louis Blues for forward Joakim Lindstrom, a conditional 2016 sixth-round pick 15 days after acquiring him from the Nashville Predators.

    The condition, according to Pierre LeBrun, is that the pick becomes a fourth-rounder if the Blues reach the Stanley Cup Final and Jokinen plays.

    Jokinen was not a happy camper to be traded to Toronto from the Cup-contending Predators last month. 

    “Years go by fast. Any year you go in, you always think any team’s got a chance. Maybe I will get lucky one of these days," he said last week.

    Jokinen told Armstrong that he feels like he hit the lottery being traded to the #stlblues

     

     

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 4

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    1:55 p.m. ET: The Islanders stay active and upgrade their backup goalie spot by nabbing Michal Neuvirth from the Buffalo Sabres for Chad Johnson and a conditional third-round pick in 2016. Tim Murray sees your tank, Don Maloney, and just raised the game. Johnson has struggled in New York, and has posted an .904 even-strength save percentage in 17 starts this season, compared to the .932 ESVP he put up a year ago in Boston. Neuvirth, who was acquired for now-crease partner Jaroslav Halak at last year's deadline, has played well for a tanking Sabres club, recording a .934 ESVP in 27 starts.

    1:40 p.m. ET: Another deal goes down with Ian Cole heading from the St. Louis Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Robert Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-rounder. Both are set to become UFAs this summer. Bortuzzo will provide some insurance while Zbynek Michalek deals with a concussion. Cole has the better game and could fit in nicely for the Penguins, who were looking to add to their blueline.

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Day drinking game

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    It’s been more like NHL Trade Deadline Week rather than Day, huh? All the excitement has occurred in the days leading up to today’s 3 p.m. ET deadline. Who knows what kind of action we’ll see over the next few hours, but the excitement sure seems to have been sucked out of today.

    While you either sit at home skipping work or school or are slacking off at work or school waiting to see who’s moving where, we felt like injecting your day with a bit more fun by bringing back out world famous drinking games. 

    We hope this helps and please do add your own submissions in the comments. We suspect that'll be more fun than these next several hours. 

    Enjoy.

    Take One Drink When ...

    • Any trade is announced.

    • Anyone on the TSN or Sportsnet panels looks down at their Blackberrys for more than a 5-second count.

    • A player acquired is called "the last piece of the championship puzzle."

    • The phrase "what we're hearing" or "according to sources" is uttered.

    • They throw to reporter on location in a Canadian city.

    • Tim Murray, Peter Chiarelli, Dave Nonis or Ron Hextall are mentioned.

    • The phrases "Buyers" and/or "Sellers" are used.

  • Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 1

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    10:50 a.m. ET: Minor deal involving Tim Murray and the Sabres: pending RFA winger Bryan Flynn heads to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick, according to Bob McKenzie.

    Back on the Phaneuf front, The Hockey News' Ken Campbell reports that Brendan Smith may be a sticking point in any deal involving the Red Wings.

    10:35 a.m. ET: DRINK!

    Tradecenter has taken a drastic turn #TSN pic.twitter.com/pEi98sF3mo

    Speaking of the Maple Leafs, Ron Wilson sighting!

    Be sure to follow the Puck Daddy Chatterbox for all the Trade Deadline Day madness

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  • Curtis Glencross dealt to Capitals for pair of 2015 draft picks

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Curtis Glencross wanted an extension from the Calgary Flames. The team didn’t agree with the numbers his camp put together so on Sunday the forward was dealt to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a second and third round pick in the 2015 draft, according to Chris Johnston.

    Glencross, who had to waive his no-trade clause to approve any deal, has 9 goals and 28 points in 53 games this season, while his fancy stats are okay for someone who’s played tough minutes. He was also a key cog on the Flames' power play, averaging 2:14 of ice time with the man advantage, recording eight points.

    As Calgary slowly says goodbye to their playoff hopes, the Capitals are hoping Glencross can find a fit somewhere in their top 12. But does his acquisition settle Barry Trotz's lines going forward or muddy the waters?

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  • Watch KHL player sneakily try to score goal by lifting net (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    There’s that old saying, “If you ain’t cheatin', then you ain’t tryin'.” This was probably going through the mind of Sibir forward Jonas Enlund during Saturday’s KHL playoff game against Traktor. 

    With Sibir trailing 3-1 with under seven minutes left in the third period, Enlund was tied up behind the Traktor net by Ilya Davydov as both battled for the puck. That’s when Enlund tried to fool the officials with a little sleight of foot.

    Points for creativity, for sure.

    The goal was obviously waved off and Traktor would go on to win 4-1 to take Game 1 of the series. Sibir would even things up with a 5-2 win on Sunday.

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  • KHL netminder robbed of goal, thanks to diving defenseman (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    There have been three KHL goaltenders credited with goals in the league's history, and last week former NHLer Jeff Deslauriers nearly added his name to the list.

    With under 30 seconds to go in Dinamo Riga’s 3-1 win over Medvescak Zagreb last Friday, Deslauriers caught a dumped-in puck from center ice, allowing him more than enough time to take a stab at scoring a goal. His attempt was fine, but Zagreb's defenseman Mark Flood’s effort to prevent the goal was finer:

    Deslauriers' eyes must have bee as big as saucers once he saw the trajectory and accuracy of his shot. But what an effort by fellow ex-NHLer Flood to go all out and prevent a potential goal as his team was down two with time running out.

    Stick-tap Robert Soderlind

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  • Greg Ostertag, 7-foot-2 ex-NBA center, enjoying rec league hockey in retirement

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    We’ve seen what it’s like to watch a giant in 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara play hockey. We came close to seeing 7-foot-7 Manute Bol on the ice, but sitting on the bench during an Indianapolis Ice game in 2002 caused his chronic rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and swell his feet, preventing him from taking a shift during a publicity stunt.

    But if you want to see a 7-foot-2, ex-NBA player lace ‘em up and skate, head out to the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona and you’ll catch Greg Ostertag playing beer league hockey.

    Ostertag, who spent 11 years in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, grew up in Texas loving hockey before steering himself towards a professional hoops career. Once he left the game in 2006, he eventually grew tired of the standard retired athlete hobby of hitting the links.

    From Jim Leitner of USA Hockey Magazine:

    After moving to Arizona, Ostertag became friendly with Shane Doan and Derek Morris of the Coyotes, who helped keep his love of hockey alive.