Sean Leahy

  • Rich Peverley announces retirement, takes up player development role with Stars

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Next Thursday will mark 18 months since Rich Peverley collapsed on the Dallas Stars bench during a game and was treated for “a cardiac event.” March 10, 2014 will also mark what was his final game in the NHL.

    On Friday, the 33-year old Peverley told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News that he was retiring and will take up a player development role in the Stars organization.

    From the Dallas Morning News:

    “I’ve kind of been in a small development role in Cedar Park, and I really enjoyed that,” Peverley said. “I also was able to be almost an assistant coach as the eye in the sky, and that was something I was very proud of and I took very seriously. And that helped me get through those months and days when I really wanted to play.” 

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  • Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy out 2-3 months after surgery for blood clots

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for 2-3 months after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot near his left collarbone and needed treatment for a type of vascular thoracic outlet syndrome. 

    According to Vascular Web, thoracic outlet syndrome is caused due to “pressure against the nerves or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet area,” which is by the collarbone.

    Vasilevskiy was thrust into the spotlight during June’s Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks when he replaced Ben Bishop during Game 2 and started Game 4. The 21-year old Russian played 16 regular season games last year with the Lightning, splitting his time with their AHL affiliate in Syracuse.  

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  • Jakub Voracek to help fight multiple sclerosis through 2015-16 point total

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    If you were writing up a shortlist of Art Ross Trophy candidates for the 2015-16 NHL season, Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers would likely be on that list. The 26-year old forward had a career year last season, scoring 22 times and recording 81 points, good enough for fourth overall, six points behind Jamie Benn.

    That success helped earn Voracek an 8-year, $66 million extension in July andthe Golden Stick Award in the Czech Republic, which led to a rabbit mascot attack.

    As we wait for puck to drop on this season, Voracek gave reason for hockey fans to root for him to be in the Art Ross race come April.

    “The idea is excellent,” Voracek said via Nova Sport. “Professional athletes have so much money that they can afford it. I just hope we will [do] more.”

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  • Franzen skates; 2016 NHL trade deadline set; McDavid's rookie card (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day 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. 

    • Pretty good haul there, boys. [Jake Gardiner / Instagram]

    • Despite dealing with setbacks every time he skates, Johan Franzen says he isn’t thinking about retirement. [MLive]

    • The 2016 NHL Trade Deadline will be Tuesday, Feb. 29th at 3 p.m. ET, a day that will feature six games. [Renaud Lavoie]

    • The hunt for Connor McDavid’s rookie card will have shades of the chase for Sidney Crosby’s first card in 2005. [Globe and Mail]

    • Finally, Alex Galchenyuk and Brenden Gallagher may have hockey’s best bromance:

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  • Cory Sarich hoping for one last shot at NHL following bike accident

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Cory Sarich last played an NHL game on April 1, 2014. He didn’t finish the final seven regular season games for the Colorado Avalanche nor did he play in their seven-game first-round series against the Minnesota Wild.

    Nearly a year and a half later, the 37-year old defenseman is hoping to make a comeback after a severe bike accident last summer.

    Sarich was hit by a truck while biking in Invermere, British Columbia in July 2014. After being transported to a Calgary hospital, he was diagnosed with five fractured vertebrae and suffered a head wound, burns to his shoulder and wrist along with road rash. He also battled a staph infection during his recovery. 

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    Now 14 months later, Sarich is ready for one last shot at the NHL, if a team would only give him the opportunity.

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  • Kopitar negotiations update; Ryan's RV trek; Eichel's mega hockey card deal (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 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. 

    • Steph Curry will get his own San Jose Sharks bobblehead on October 5. [Sharks]

    • How are those Anze Kopitar contract negotiations going, Dean Lombardi? “[N]ot even in the ballpark.” Oh. [LA Kings Insider]

    • Why the Dallas Stars should pair Patrick Sharp with Tyler Seguin, not Jason Spezza. [TSN]

    • Bobby Ryan bought a used RV and drove from Idaho to Ottawa with his wife. [Ottawa Sun]

    • Say goodbye to the New York Islanders Ice Girls. The team will go with a co-ed squad this season. [SI.com]

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  • Five teams have called Blackhawks about trading for Patrick Kane: Report

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The investigation into what happened inside Patrick Kane’s Hamburg, N.Y. home on Aug. 2 continues, but the specter of rape charges hasn’t stopped NHL teams from contacting the Chicago Blackhawks and expressing interest in acquiring the star forward.

    According to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, five NHL teams have called the Blackhawks since the news broke and expressed interest in Kane should the franchise decide to move on from the 26-year old.

    From the Sun-Times:

    Travis Yost nails it: 

    Biggest takeaway from this @MarkLazerus column: GMs hear 'bargain buy?!' when everyone else hears 'felonies' -- http://t.co/DfN01VyFW0

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  • Dunk History: Vince Carter defies gravity, belief in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest

    Sean Leahy at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History .

    Today, Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy turns back the clock to the turn of the century to bask in the warming glow of Vince Carter's unforgettable performance in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest.

    I was on a date, and I missed it.

    For three hours, I was completely unaware of what was going down in Oakland Arena during the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. It was Vince Carter’s night, and we were all spectators, with me arriving fashionably late to the party.

    Amid criticism due to the lack of star power year after year, we went two years without a Dunk Contest before Carter breathed new life into the event.

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    He told me I had to sit down to watch. It didn’t take long for me to get out of my seat.

    Even Shaq, giant camcorder and all, was impressed:

  • Penguins bring back Sergei Gonchar with tryout contract

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 days ago

    Sergei Gonchar told TVA Sports in June that he wants to play one more season in the NHL. He’ll be given an opportunity to fulfill that goal through a tryout contract with his old friends at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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    The Penguins announcedthat the 41-year old defenseman has inked a tryout deal and will join the club next month for training camp. Gonchar is good friends with fellow Russian Evgeni Malkin, and a number of his teammates from those five years with the organization are still on the roster.

    From the Penguins:

    The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defenseman is currently the sixth-highest scoring blueliner in Penguins history, having compiled 54 goals, 205 assists and 259 points in 322 regular-season games. Gonchar has added 44 points (7G-37A) in 60 playoff games. Only Larry Murphy and Kris Letang have more postseason points in club history.

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  • Canucks to bring back flying skate jerseys for one night in February

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 22 days ago

    The Vancouver Canucks celebrated #ThrowbackThursday by taking us back to the 1980s and '90s with a special announcement. Dust off your Kirk McLean jersey; get that old beer stain our of your Greg Adams sweater; and straighten up your Jyrki Lumme shrine, the flying skate is coming back.

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    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of GM Place Canada Hockey Place Rogers Arena, the Canucks will don those oh so gorgeous black flying skate jerseys for their Feb. 13 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Just. Look. At. Them.

    The Canucks wanted to wear the flying skate jerseys on the night they honored the late Pat Quinn, but it just didn't happen. Finally, they'll get to see the light and it will be awesome to see these things back on the ice for at least one night.