Sean Leahy

  • NHL may dump Team North America, Europe for 2020 World Cup

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    TORONTO – The NHL and NHLPA aren’t ready to tell us how the 2020 World Cup of Hockey will be formatted, but the odds of seeing youthful Team North America and a veteran Team Europe again are pretty low.

    The concept certainly worked, what with Team North America playing exciting hockey featuring a roster of top draft picks and Team Europe surprising everyone to reach the final against Canada. But you can just sense that with four years until the next one, the traditional country vs. country format will return.

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    There has been plenty of support for the Team Europe concept from the Team Europe players themselves. Many of them have never tasted international success or, in some cases, never had an opportunity to play on such a high international level with their respective countries.

  • NHL announces its 2017 Centennial celebration schedule

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    TORONTO – The NHL announced plans for its centennial celebration beginning in 2017 with a number of events that will reach out to hockey fans in every market.

    Along with the celebration calendar, the league announced that Wayne Gretzky has been named NHL Centennial Ambassador and will appear at various events throughout 2017.

    The centennial party will end in November and December 2017 with events in the birthplace of the NHL, Montreal, and the site of the league’s first game, Ottawa.

    Here’s the full calendar:

    NHL Centennial Truck Tour (Jan. 1 – Dec. 2017) – This will visit all NHL markets throughout the year and include a 53-foot museum truck with “an interactive interior with original video content, exclusive memorabilia, and fan activations.” Also, there will be another 53-foot truck that will hold a big video screen for viewing parties and appearance from current and former players. A synthetic ice rink will be available for youth games and clinics. Toronto will get the first look at the Centennial Truck during the outdoor game on New Year’s Day.

    100 Iconic NHL Moments – Fall 2017 – The league will reveal the top events – goals, games, events, etc. — in its history.

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  • Vladimir Sobotka set to stay in KHL with Omsk

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    We finally have an answer as to whether Vladimir Sobotka will return to the NHL and St. Louis Blues this season.

    He’s not.

    According to Omsk of the KHL, the 29-year-old Sobotka will stay in Russia to fulfill the final year of his contract.

    “The situation is developing exactly as we expected. Sobotka has Omsk [have a] valid contract for next year and representatives of the KHL to the NHL signed a memorandum of respect for treaties,” said club president Vladimir Šhalaev in a statement on Omsk’s website.

    The Blues, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, are “still waiting to hear” from Sobotka’s camp.

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  • Carey Price gets Canada’s offense ‘well-prepared’ for World Cup Final

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    TORONTO – John Tavares has 207 career NHL goals, so it’s not too often a goaltender gets him frustrated. But seeing Carey Price make saves against your best efforts every day in practice would definitely result in a few whacks of the boards with one’s stick.

    “It’s really good for you and also can be a little frustrating,” Tavares said Tuesday of shooting on Price. “He makes some saves look so easy. You feel like you’ve made a really good shot, you got a lot on it, able to catch him off guard or pick the spot you’re hitting and he just swallows it up.”

    Despite Price’s frequent denials of good opportunities, there is a benefit, Tavares says.

    “As a player, going up against someone like him everyday in these past few weeks certainly makes you a much better shooter and helps you to develop many parts of your game trying to score goals,” he said. “[He’s] just so calm in net, he’s always so poised.”

    “Calm” has been a consistent words used to describe Price on and off the ice in his career. No matter the situation – Olympics, Stanley Cup Playoffs, World Cup – the Montreal Canadiens netminder is tough to take off his game.

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  • Team Europe ready to continue proving World Cup doubters wrong vs. Canada

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    TORONTO – Canada vs. Team Europe isn’t your traditional international hockey tournament final, nor is it the matchup that nearly every hockey fan, writer and talking head thought we’d see before the World Cup of Hockey began earlier this month.

    But here we are, one day away from the two teams squaring off at Air Canada Centre in a best-of-three series.

    Canada is the expected heavy favorite (-2000 on Bovada), but Team Europe isn’t entering this final only looking to have a good time. They want to keep their run of good fortune going and end this tournament with two more wins, despite their underdog status.

    “I’m sure the experience the guys have and also our coaching staff and everybody has been in this position of underdog for most of the time in international tournaments with their teams, so now these best players from these different federations, now they combine into one team and let’s see what they can do together,” said Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan on Tuesday.

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  • Puck Daddy's 2016-17 NHL Preview: Florida Panthers

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Last Season: 47-26-9 (103 points), 1st in the Atlantic, 3rd in the East

    It was the most successful season in franchise history with records set in wins (47) and points (103), and a second division title banner earned. There was also a bit of Hollywood involved with the “Spacey in Space” fun.

    Jaromir Jagr remained ageless; Vincent Trocheck and Aleksander Barkov enjoyed breakout seasons; Aaron Ekblad kept on course for superstardom; and Roberto Luongo played Vezina-calibre goal. Their season may have come to an end in six games at the hands of the New York Islanders in the first round, but the Panthers are setup for sustained success.

    The architect of the roster, Dale Tallon, moved upstairs in the executive offices as Tom Rowe took over at the team’s new general manager. New additions were made on the backend, promising last season as no fluke.

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  • Henrik Lundqvist, Anton Stralman lift Sweden over Finland

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 days ago

    Anton Stralman’s goal midway through the second period helped give Sweden a 2-0 win over Finland Tuesday afternoon at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Henrik Lundqvist, who missed Sweden’s opening game due to the flu, made 36 stops for the shutout.

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    Like many players over the years, Stralman was the beneficiary of a superb cycle game between Henrik and Daniel Sedin behind Tuukka Rask’s net. As the twins worked their magic, the Swedish defenseman was able to slip by a weak Joonas Donskoi stick check and put home a Henrik pass.

    Loui Eriksson would put the game out of reach with a late empty netter.

    Via Steph:

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  • Puck Daddy's 2016-17 NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 days ago

    Last Season: 34-40-8 (76 points), 8th in the Metropolitan, 15th in the East

    A season that arrived with playoff hopes ended with a new coach, a No. 1 center traded away and a top-5 draft pick.

    Todd Richards was dismissed following a 0-7-0 start and team president John Davidson’s good buddy John Tortorella was brought in. Ryan Johansen, their No. 1 pick in 2010 and superstar, was dealt to Nashville in early January for defenseman Seth Jones. In June, Pierre-Luc Dubois was selected third overall and longtime vets, Jared Boll and Fedor Tyutin, were bought out.

    It was a season to forget for the Blue Jackets, but after a quiet summer, is there promise for improvement here?

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    2015-16 Season, In One Picture 

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  • Ekblad out for TNA; Vegas reaches ticket cap; Therrien on rumors (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 days 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 puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • What do you think of the logo for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles?

    • It’s win or go home for the U.S. tonight. [TSN]

    • There’s no question Mike Babcock is the loudest voice among Canada’s staff. [Sportsnet]

    • After suffering a concussion, don’t expect the Florida Panthers to allow Aaron Ekblad back at the World Cup of Hockey. [Miami Herald]

    • “Why World Hockey Tournaments Don’t Matter as Much Anymore” [Rolling Stone]

    • Finally, here’s Anze Kopitar mic’d up during the World Cup:

  • Ryan Strome, Islanders agree to 2-year, $5 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 days ago

    Ryan Strome and the New York Islanders have come to terms on a two-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. Per Arthur Staple of Newsday, he’ll get $5 million over the term.

    The 23-year-old Strome was an RFA this summer after a down year offensively where he scored eight times and recorded 28 points. He had a breakout sophomore year in 2014-15 with 17 goals and 50 points.

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    While Charles Wang is no longer the majority owner of the Islanders, one steadfast rule of his reign remains in place under Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin: any restricted free agent who is unsigned at the start of training camp will not play at all the entire season.