Sean Leahy

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

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 18 hrs 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.

    2015-16 Season, In One Picture

    Did They Get Better, Worse, Or Are They About The Same?

    Five Most Fascinating Players

    Mascot Hijinks Video Break 

    Stanley C. Panther IS ON A BOAT!

    Prediction

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  • Henrik Lundqvist, Anton Stralman lift Sweden over Finland

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 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 4 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 

    Did They Get Better, Worse, Or Are They About The Same?

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

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 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 4 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.

  • Valeri Nichushkin signs 2-year deal in KHL with CSKA Moscow

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Valeri Nichushkin won’t be playing for the Dallas Stars in the NHL this season or next. Instead, the 21-year-old RFA has opted to sign a two-year deal to head home and join CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

    Negotiations with the Stars dragged on throughout the summer, with the team wanting the forward to take a one-year deal with an eye toward a larger contract if he produced. Nichushkin didn’t agree with what GM Jim Nill was offering, and coupled with a reported dislike for head coach Lindy Ruff he’s now off to Russia.

    After battling a hip injury in 2014-15, Nichushkin returned to the ice last season and scored nine times while recording 29 points in 79 games. The Stars will hold on to his rights for the next six years, per Nill.

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  • Draisaitl's OT goal leads Team Europe over Czechs, puts pressure on U.S.

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Leon Draisaitl’s overtime goal gave Team Europe a 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic and put the pressure on the U.S. ahead of their meeting with Canada on Tuesday.

    Coming off a 3-0 shutout of the Americans, Team Europe kept goaltender Petr Mrazek and the Czechs busy Monday afternoon, but couldn’t shake them until the extra period.

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    A goalless game was broken in the second period when Zdeno Chara whipped a shot from the side boards by Mrazek for the 1-0 lead. Team Europe had a golden opportunity to take the lead minutes earlier on an Anze Kopitar penalty shot, but Mrazek denied the chance.

    Team Europe’s lead would only last 3:23 when Jakob Voracek scored his first of the tournament with 6:32 left in the period.

    Via Pete Blackburn:

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  • Stars’ Val Nichushkin keeping 'all options open' in quest for new deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Val Nichushkin may finally sign a contract, and it could potentially not be with the Dallas Stars.

    The 21-year-old RFA saw his KHL rights dealt from Dynamo to CSKA, who reportedly would like to sign him to a two-year deal. Nichushkin’s agent, Mark Gandler, told Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet that “nothing is done and all options remain open.”

    Will this affect negotiations with the Stars? From the sounds of it, Dallas GM Jim Nill isn’t budging. He told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, “They know what our offers are.” A one-year “show me” contract is probably what Nichushkin will get if he decides to stay.

    In three seasons with the Stars, Nichushkin has scored 23 goals and recorded 64 points in 166 games while averaging nearly 14 minutes of ice time per game.

    UPDATE:

    Now, word the Nichushkin signing to CSKA Moscow will indeed occur. Nothing official yet, but going down that road.

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  • Crosby, Bergeron chemistry; Oshie responds to criticisms; Russell to Oilers? (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 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.

    Today I celebrate 4,018 days and 11 years sobriety. Thanks to all my friends and family for your love and support. pic.twitter.com/VsR2UM38Rg

    — Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) September 18, 2016

    • Congrats, Theo. Keep it up.

    • The injury that knocked Tyler Seguin out of the World Cup? A hairline fracture in his heel, which will keep him sidelined week-to-week. [Dallas Morning News]

    • How Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron have gelled so quickly. [National Post]

    • Finally, a solid Sportsnet ad for Hockey Night in Canada :

  • Team North America impresses with 4-1 opening win over Finland

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    Canada might be the favorite in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, but Team North America has certainly become the fun team to watch in this tournament.

    The NHL kids made their World Cup debut in impressive fashion, dispatching Finland 4-1 Sunday night.

    Team North America didn’t wait long to punish the Finns for Jori Lehtera’s high-sticking penalty early in the first period. As the St. Louis Blues forward watched from the box, Jack Eichel stuffed home a loose puck in Pekka Rinne’s crease for a 1-0 lead 5:03 into the game.

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    The Finns kept up the pressure, but Team North America netminder Matt Murray (24 saves), stood tall and kept the one-goal lead intact.

    Once the second period got under way, that’s when things opened up.

    Via Sons of Penn:

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