Sean Leahy

  • Bergeron's back; GMs on the hot seat; Flyers to honor Snider (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

    • Things are coming along nicely for this weekend’s Heritage Classic.

    • Patrice Bergeron will make his season debut tonight during the Boston Bruins’ home opener. [NESN]

    • Patrik Laine is settling in nicely in Winnipeg thanks to his mom. [Winnipeg Sun]

    • That tough-angle late goal by Steven Stamkos the other night wasn’t a product of luck, just hard work. [Tampa Bay Times]

    • Jarmo Kekalainen, Garth Snow and Ken Holland are just a few GMs currently on the hot seat. [The Hockey News]

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  • Carey Price to make season debut Thursday night vs. Coyotes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    When the Montreal Canadiens host the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night, there will be a familiar face back in their net.

    Carey Price will make his first start for the Habs since Nov. 25, 2015. He missed the final five months of last season due to a lower-body injury and has been sidelined for the start of the 2016-17 NHL campaign with the flu.

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    After skating and taking shots on his own for the last several days, Price took part in a full practice on Wednesday with his teammates and said he felt good. He told reporters that he lost 7-8 pounds while being quarantined in his basement battling the flu. Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said it was the netminder’s “best day” on the ice and was optimistic for his return Thursday night.

    This won’t be Price’s first action of the year. He played five games for Canada while helping them to the World Cup of Hockey title last month and also made one preseason start for the Canadiens.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Laine nets first hat trick; Howard stands tall for Detroit

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets

    The Jets rookie recorded his first NHL hat trick as Winnipeg came back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime. After chants of “Laine’s better’ echoed inside MTS Centre in the third period, Laine forced OT with a goal with 54.5 left and then potted the winner moments after Auston Matthews was denied on a breakaway.

    No. 2 Star: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

    Making his season debut, Howard was strong in net for the Wings as they edged the New York Rangers 2-1. Howard stopped 32 shots, including this flurry late in the second period:

    No. 3 Star: Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets

    Other than Laine, Scheifele played a big role in Winnipeg’s comeback assisting on their first two goals before cutting Toronto’s lead to 4-3 early in the third period with this great shot:

    Honorable Mention: Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson, better known as The Hot Line, were inducted into the franchise’s Hall of Fame:

    Did You Know?

    28 per cent of the skaters in tonight's Leafs-Jets game are Calder eligible.

  • Patrik Laine's OT goal completes first hat trick, caps Jets' comeback (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday night in the first meeting of last June’s No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks. Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine have already been given the manufactured Crosby vs. Ovechkin “rivalry” treatment, which means if the two were playing for American teams NBC would have shoved the matchup down our throats already.


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    As is tradition in Winnipeg, the Jets fans let Matthews know what they think of the Maple Leafs young star in the third period after Laine scored his second of the season.

    In the end it would be a very memorable night for Laine and the Jets. Winnipeg fought back from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime. The hero? Mr. Laine himself, who scored the game-tying goal with 54.5 seconds left in the regulation and then the overtime winner moments after Matthews was denied on a breakaway.

    We are so spoiled with the amount of young talent in this league right now.

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  • Brief history of Joe Thornton's fondness for going shirtless (Photos)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    Joe Thornton and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks spent their day off walking around the city of Pittsburgh ahead of their game Thursday night against the Penguins.

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    As captured by a friend of Pittsburgh radio host Colin Dunlap, the pair of bearded hockey players certainly stuck out a bit among the public, especially when you consider what Thornton wasn’t wearing.

    All credit to @wjwhite4 — a sneak shot savage, personal protector to the stars and HS football legend for this pic of Sharks guys.

    — Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) October 19, 2016

    Burns had a little fun with it.

    @colin_dunlap tiny creepy and shouldn't be on phone while driving BUT I respect the photo skills! 19looks like he just got off the bench! Ha

    — Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) October 19, 2016

    Thornton has even brought on Logan Couture as a protege:

  • Swedish player takes out frustrations on poor, defenseless plexiglass (Video)

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    When hockey players get upset at themselves or the way things are going in a game, sometimes the glass is a victim of some aggression. A punch here, a whack with a stick there, it’s a legal way, mostly, to get some anger out.

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    Fredric Weigel of Sodertalje was upset at missing an opportunity while his side was down 3-0 to Hockeyallsvenskan side IK Oskarshamn midway through the second period and, well, his frustration boiled over and he decided to introduce his stick to the glass inside his team’s bench.

    Via Robert Soderlind:

    That venting earned Weigel, an alternate captain, a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a trip to the locker room from his head coach.

    “He has a letter on the jersey and has a great responsibility both on and off the ice,” said Sodertalje head coach Mats Waltin via Aftonbladet. “It is a question of values and how we should behave and I’m quite sure that he knows that it was crazy.”

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  • Carey Price hoping to make season debut Thursday vs. Coyotes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Carey Price joined his teammates for practice on Wednesday as the Montreal Canadiens netminder moved closer to making his season debut.

    Sidelined for Montreal’s first three games due to a flu that spurned numerous conspiracy theories about his health, Price had been skating on his own and facing shots for several days.

    Quarantined away from his wife and daughter, Price told reporters that he lost between 7-8 pounds and kept busy by watching the Major League Baseball playoffs.

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    Price said he hopes to play Thursday night when the Canadiens host the Arizona Coyotes. Head coach Michel Therrien said he was “optimistic” about the goaltender returning very soon.

    “Today, he had his best day,” Therrien said. “He looked really good and he felt really good out there. We’ll see tomorrow morning and how he’s going to feel and he’s going to sit down with the medical staff. But one thing I know, Carey can’t wait to play and same thing for me, I can’t wait to see him play, and same thing with our fans.”

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  • Wayne Gretzky talks nickname, meeting Gordie Howe on ‘Colbert’ (Video)

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    Wayne Gretzky has a new book out this week called “99: Stories of the Game” with Kirstie McLellan Day, so that means media blitz! “The Great One” appeared on Tuesday night’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to discuss how he earned that famous moniker, meeting his idol, Gordie Howe and some baseball tips he recently gave to a few Cleveland Indians that ended up working out.

    How did “The White Tornado,” “Main Wayne” or “The Manada from Canada” not catch on over “The Great One?”

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    As for his 400-goal year as a 10-year-old, Gretzky told Dan Patrick last year he wasn’t very fond of the switch to the blue line.

    “It was my fifth year on the team. The coach came to me and said I’m going to make you a defenseman,” Gretzky said. “Of course, it crushed me. I remember thinking, ‘oh my god, this guy is ruining my life. I have to be a defenseman.”

    An injury allowed Gretzky to play just about every minute that season, which certainly helped in reaching that outrageous stat line.

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  • Alexei Kovalev makes comeback in Swiss league with EHC Visp

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Alexei Kovalev will be hitting the ice in a comeback of sorts Tuesday night for Swiss side EHC Visp.

    Due to an injury to forward William Rapuzzi, the 43-year-old Kovalev enters the lineup against EVZ Academy on the second line after sitting out the last two seasons. Rapuzzi is expected to miss a week, and there’s no word is Kovalev will continue playing once he returns to the lineup.

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    Kovalev, who joined Visp as general manager in March, played 44 games for the club during the 2013-14 season and scored 22 goals and recorded 52 points while helping them to the Nationalliga B title. He’s been practicing with the team since the start of the season, keeping up his word that he’d like to continue playing.

    Kovalev’s final NHL season with the Panthers didn’t inspire much hope he could reach a Jagr-like level of old man success in the league; but maybe he can find a new hockey life in Europe?

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  • Holtby's World Cup mask raises $27K; grading Yzerman (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

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    • Great to see Vladimir Konstantinov at Joe Louis Arena last night. [Stefan Kubus]

    • Braden Holtby’s Team Canada mask from the World Cup of Hockey has raised over $27,000 (CDN) for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation in honor of the Tragically Hip frontman. [NHLPA]

    • “Day off or not, we deserved to come in. Everyone is making this a big deal. It’s not.” On the Edmonton Oilers’ moving a scheduled day off that made some people lose their minds. [Sportsnet]

    • How would you rate Steve Yzerman as an NHL general manager? [Raw Charge]