Sean Leahy

  • Nazem Kadri fined $5K by NHL for throat-slash gesture

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL announced on Thursday that Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been fined $5,000 for making “inappropriate gestures” toward Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames Tuesday night. 

    Giordano laid a clean hit on Kadri late in the first period and the Maple Leafs forward wasn’t pleased as he chirped the Flames defenseman from the bench. 

    “There was emotion, I couldn’t tell if it was a clean hit or not,” Kadri said afterward via the Toronto Sun. “I was told it was, but it certainly didn’t feel like it. It (the throat slash) is something I don’t really remember doing. I was in and out a little bit (he did go to the quiet room). I guess it’s going to be reviewed (by the league), but it was an emotional reaction.” 

    Kadri got off light here considering Nick Boynton, then of the Chicago Blackhawks, was suspended one game for making a similar gesture at Blair Jones following a 2010 preseason fight.

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  • Chicago Blackhawks set to host 2017 NHL Draft

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Between the Los Angeles Kings getting the 2017 NHL All-Star Game and outdoor games likely in Toronto, St. Louis and Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, the one remaining thing to fill on the league calendar for next season is the Draft. 

    That question will be answered officially on Thursday when the League announces that the Chicago Blackhawks will play host to what will likely be the Nolan Patrick sweepstakes, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

    A Thursday afternoon press conference will feature NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz, Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Blackhawks TV analyst Eddie Olczyk. It will be the first time Chicago has hosted the draft.

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  • Study: Todd Ewen's brain did not show signs of CTE

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Todd Ewen’s brain did not show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a Canadian Concussion Centre report released on Wednesday.

    "These results indicate that in some athletes, multiple concussions do not lead to the development of CTE," said Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, a neuropathologist who conducted the autopsy.  "Our findings continue to show that concussions can affect the brain in different ways. This underlines the need to not only continue this research, but also be cautious about drawing any definitive conclusions about CTE until we have more data."

    The 49-year-old Ewen took his own life in September, becoming the seventh ex-NHL tough guy to die since in the last five years. He suffered multiple concussions during his career and later battled depression. 

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  • Jaden Schwartz set to return to Blues after 49-game absence

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Jaden Schwartz will return to the St. Louis Blues lineup on Friday to play his first game since fracturing an ankle during an October practice. 

    Schwartz’s 49-game absence has been part a season for the Blues where injuries have been far too common. As of Monday, St. Louis was fourth in the NHL in man-games lost with 201, according to ManGamesLost.com. Patrik Berglund, Steve Ott, Paul Stastny, Jake Allen and Kevin Shattenkirk have all contributed to those 201 games.

    While Schwartz is coming back, that number will continue to rise now that Alex Pietrangelo will miss three weeks with a knee injury. 

    Despite the injury woes, St. Louis has been able to play themselves into the third spot in the Central Division, seven points behind the Chicago Blackhawks with a game in-hand. Schwartz’s presence in the lineup could also help a Blues team that has the seventh-worst goals per game (2.38) average in the NHL get their offense going.

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  • Blackhawks' Scott Darling comes to aid of stranger in need

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Last week, while the Chicago Blackhawks were in Arizona during a four-game road trip, goaltender Scott Darling went out of his way to help someone in need.

    Kane Van Gate, who describes himself as a “legendary beer league goalie” on his website, Tweeted out a story Sunday night passed on to him by an Uber driver.

    Here's another example of hockey players being awesome people... pic.twitter.com/mR1eNNB97F

    Darling confirmed the story later that night and told Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune, "I just started talking to him, was interested in his life, seemed like a good guy and just needed a helping hand. That’s how it happened.”

    "He seemed like a really nice person,” Darling said. “I'm in the position to help somebody like that. I'm happy to do it." 

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  • Phaneuf trade reaction; Lucic's letter to Boston; Jagr on Manning (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 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.

    • The Los Angeles Kings will debut a 50th anniversary logo next season. Could this be it? [Mayor’s Manor]

    • Should the Toronto Maple Leafs buy out Jared Cowen after the season? [The Leafs Nation]

    • Good deal, at least in the short term, for the Ottawa Senators. [Silver Seven Sens]

    • Now that she’s returned to the ice, Amanda Kessel’s decision on which professional team to play for next season will be a big one for the women’s game. [Hockey Wilderness]

  • Bryan Murray not expecting Dion Phaneuf to be 'savior' for Senators

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Bryan Murray wasn’t hesitant about making a deal within his own division when he acquired Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of a nine-player deal Tuesday morning.

    “I’m never concerned about making a good trade. I’ve made trades in Tampa and with Buffalo and now with Toronto,” he said. “I think if you can make a trade that satisfies your needs you can’t worry about how it affects the other team.”

    Murray said he and Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello began talks a while ago after Lamoriello inquired about something else. Murray brought up Phaneuf’s name and on Saturday things began to get serious. 

    For the Senators, the trade was all about hockey and improving areas of need, specifically an experienced left-side defenseman, something Murray said has been a priority for him for over a year. Toronto, meanwhile, had their eye on the future and opening up cap space.

    The Senators currently sit four points out of a wild card spot and six points behind the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division. 

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  • Maple Leafs send Dion Phaneuf to Senators in nine-player trade

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The NHL trade deadline isn’t until Feb. 29, but the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators weren’t in a waiting mood as they pulled off a nine-player blockbuster Tuesday morning.

    Heading to Ottawa is Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and Cody Donaghey. Going back the other way is Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg and the Senators’ second-round pick in 2017.

    As the Maple Leafs did a year ago in moving David Clarkson’s contract, no money will be retained by either side in this deal. 

    Phaneuf becomes the first Maple Leafs captain dealt since Doug Gilmour was sent to the New Jersey Devils in 1997, a move which also involved Lou Lamoriello.

    Hmm, I wonder what potential UFA stud could be available on July 1 should he not sign an extension with a certain Florida team… 

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  • Youth hockey team performs Whip/Nae Nae dance during delay (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Youth hockey should be all about the fun of playing the game, not what it says on the scoreboard. 

    For the North Olmsted Squirt 3 team of the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League, it didn’t matter that they were losing 7-0 to Strongsville in a game last month. While they were lined up for a face-off a brief delay saw the rink DJ put on some Silento to pass the time, so the kids decided to tell the crowd to watch them whip and watch them nae nae.

    We applaud these little kids for the making the most out of the brief delay before the face-off. It’s certainly a much better way to kill time than checking the tape on your stick, doing a couple of twirls on the ice or standing around in your posititon letting your muscles get cold. 

    Stick-tap cleveland.com

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  • Alain Vigneault rips NHL for not suspending Wayne Simmonds

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The New York Rangers will be without captain Ryan McDonagh at least through Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced. The defenseman suffered a concussion after he mixed it up with Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and took a punch to the face.

    McDonagh left the game and didn’t return after being assessed a pair of double minors. Simmonds, meanwhile, was ejected and given a game misconduct and match penalty. He’s feeling fine after taking the Rangers’ defenseman’s stick to the head prior to the punch. 

    Despite the penalty handed Simmonds, Dave Isaac of the Courier Post reported on Sunday that the NHL decided against both rescinding the game misconduct and suspending the Flyers forward. That didn’t sit too well with Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault after Monday’s morning skate.

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