Sean Leahy

  • Joe Pavelski on his golf game, Stanley Cup run, World Cup of Hockey (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Joe Pavelski is modest when asked about his golf game.

    “It’s alright. It’s respectable,” he said from Lake Tahoe on Thursday.

    The San Jose Sharks captain will put his game to the test this weekend at the American Century Championship featuring over 80 celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds. Pavelski enters the tournament a 30/1 favorite. (Wonder if he brought along any of his TRUTH golf balls to help him out?)

    Pavelski, who will be in a group with T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals and Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano this weekend, rates himself pretty highly among the golfers on the Sharks roster.

    “I’d have to give myself a No. 1 on the Sharks, but there’s a couple of good players, couple of six and sevens,” he said. “You know what, though, Jumbo’s [Joe Thornton] one of the best partners. He’s a great six, seven. He makes some putts and he’s who you want on your team.”

    We spoke to Pavelski on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s tournament, which you can watch coverage of from 3-6 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday on NBC.

    Enjoy.

  • Auston Matthews signs entry-level deal with Maple Leafs

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    The panic can now end. Auston Matthews has signed his entry-level deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

    According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Matthews, the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NHL Draft,  will receive the maximum in salary ($925,000) and a possible $2.85 million in bonuses, equal to that of the deals signed by Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel last year.

    Per Cap Friendly, the bonus structure is broken down as:

    Schedule A (individual achievement such as goals, points): $850,000 Schedule B (trophy nominations, final place in scoring categories): $2 million

    “There were no issues at all getting it done with Lou and the Leafs. Auston is thrilled,” Matthews’ agent, Pat Brisson, told the AP.

  • Richards talks retirement; Avs ink Grigorenko; NCAA tables 4-on-4 OT (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.

    • Eric Fehr and his wife get a little help lifting the Cup. [Keeper of the Cup]

    • Brad Richards on retiring: “It’s emotional for sure, but I’m also very excited and I can move on and do other things.” [Tampa Bay Times]

    • A great story by Mike Russo on the relationship between Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker and a 9-year-old fan. [Star Tribune]

    • The Colorado Avalanche and Mikhail Grigorenko comes to terms on a one-year, $1.3 million deal. [BSN Denver]

    • Finally, here’s Connor McDavid and a talking penguin fishing:

  • Brandon Prust on return: 'Right now, I’d take a job anywhere'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    The Vancouver Canucks wanted to get younger after the All-Star break so that meant goodbye to Brandon Prust and his poor season.

    Now an unrestricted free agent, Prust is keeping his door wide open.

    “Right now, I’d take a job anywhere,” he told TVA Sports on Monday.

    Prust was in London, Ont. on Monday to make a $100,000 donation to support the Ivey Special Eye Examination Services Vision Screening Research Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care London. The donation was on behalf of his foundation.

    Prust, 32, managed only 35 games last season with the Canucks scoring one goal and recording seven points. He was hampered by an ankle injury that he said he came back too early from. After undergoing off-season surgery he began skating last week.

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  • Chronicles of Stanley: Phil Kessel takes Cup to Toronto children's hospital

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 days ago

    The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.

    Phil Kessel was next in line to enjoy his days with the Stanley Cup after Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had some fun over the weekend.

    On Sunday, Kessel celebrated in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin with friends and family, with sister Amanda, a forward on the NWHL’s New York Riveters, taking a sip:

    There was also plenty of time for photo ops, including this one with the Kessel clan of Phil, Amanda and Blake in front of Kessel Court in Madison:

    The Kessels stop traffic on Kessel Ct with their new pal #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/QyAvnXaiRv

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  • Kessel gets Cup; Marchand, Bruins talk extension; Hoffman hopes to stay with Sens (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 . 

    • Phil Kessel finally gets his day with the Stanley Cup and his sister Amanda is enjoying it as well. [Instagram]

    • Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins have started discussions on an extension. [WEEI]

    • That conditional pick the Toronto Maple Leafs received from the Anaheim Ducks in the Jonathan Bernier trade? There are a few stipulations, and they all include Bernier being involved in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. [Sportsnet]

    • Taking a look at some of the biggest moves in the NHL expansion draft history. [Today’s Slapshot]

  • Slava Voynov replaced by Nikita Nesterov on Russia's World Cup roster

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 days ago

    When Russia named its final roster for September’s World Cup of Hockey Slava Voynov was included on the blue line. That led to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly telling ESPN.com that the NHL and NHLPA – who are running the tournament – would review his status.

    On Monday, TSN’s Gary Lawless reported that the Russian Hockey Federation has agreed to keep Voynov out of the Russian squad heading to Toronto in two months. Daly confirmed the news to R-Sport.

    Who could replace Voynov? The door could now be open for someone like Nikita Nesterov, Anton Belov, Yevgeny Medvedev, Fedor Tyutin or Nikita Nikitin. Daly added that no deadline has been established for the Russian Hockey Federation to announce a change.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov will take his place.

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  • Alex Killorn, Lightning avoid arbitration, agree to 7-year deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 days ago

    The summer of Steve Yzerman continues as the Tampa Bay Lightning and forward Alex Killorn avoided arbitration and settled on a seven-year, $31.15 million extension, per CBC’s Tim Wharnsby.

    Killorn, 26, had filed for arbitration earlier this month and a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday. He now joins Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, who both recently inked long-term extensions, as Lightning players signed through at least 2023.

    Yzerman told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times that the deal includes a modified no-trade clause.

    7 more years!!! pic.twitter.com/2CiY2OTwyY

    — Alex Killorn (@Akillorn19) July 17, 2016

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  • Stars extend Jamie Benn with monster 8-year, $76 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 days ago

    Jamie Benn’s Friday began with him recovering from core muscle surgery. It ended with him set to become an even richer man in a year’s time.

    The Dallas Stars announced during their Party in the Park event Friday night that they had extended their captain with an eight-year, $76 million extension. That’s a $9.5 million cap hit per season if you’re keeping track.

    “The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me,” said Benn in a statement. “In working with the Gaglardi family and Jim Nill, they have made it clear that they are dedicated to winning, and winning the right way. I’m happy to commit to that process for eight more years. My teammates and I value the passion and dedication that we receive from Stars fans and we’re looking forward to getting this season started.”

    Benn, who has led the Stars in scoring three out of the last four seasons, has developed into one of the NHL’s best forwards, scoring 110 goals since the 2013-14 season and averaging 0.96 points per game over that same stretch with an Art Ross Trophy mixed in.

  • Jamie Benn undergoes surgery; World Cup participation 'will be determined'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 days ago

    Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn underwent surgery to fix a core muscle injury on Thursday in Philadelphia, according to the team.

    No word yet on whether the injury was found over the off-season or Benn injured himself training for next season.

    In a statement released by the Stars on Friday, general manager Jim Nill said that the recovery time is six weeks, meaning Benn will be just fine for their opening on October 13. The World Cup of Hockey, however, could be a different story.

    Nill said that Benn’s availability for the tournament in September “will be determined.” That likely means unless he’s feeling 100 percent there’s no way the team will risk anything allowing Benn to play. Good thing for Canada they’re just a  tad deep up front in their player pool should they need to replace him.

    World Cup training camps begin in early September, with the Toronto-based tournament taking place from Sept. 17 through Oct. 1.

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