Sean Leahy

  • Captain Plekanec; Yahoo fantasy hockey is open; Youppi! and the Expos (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

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    Это счастье❤️ pic.twitter.com/SNu4aXnRnJ

    — Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) August 28, 2016

    • Mazel tov, Ovi!

    • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey is open for the 2016-17 season. Register your team today! [Yahoo]

    • Desert Knights, Silver Knights, and Golden Knights have been trademarked by Bill Foley. Which one will be the Las Vegas NHL expansion franchise’s name? [Sin Bin Vegas]

    • Oh, and now let’s add “Sand Knights” to the list. Yeesh. [SportsLogos.net]

    • Former NHLer John Madden will replace Jared Bednar behind the bench of the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters. [Monsters]

  • KHL team unveils statue to adopted cat outside arena (Photos)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    To understand why a professional hockey team would honor a dead cat with a statue outside of its arena you have to go back two years to Dec. 2014 and inside a seafood store at Vladivostok International Airport.

    As patrons shopped, a curious little cat was hungry and decided to have itself a meal.

    That meal was a pricey one. About $1,000, in fact, as Stephen Douglas of The Big Lead detailed in June. It also landed the cat an offer to cozy up with anew home with the Communist Party. Instead, the feline took advantage of the newfound viral fame and was adopted by KHL side Admiral Vladivostok, which named it Matroska.

    [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Hockey: Sign up and join a league today!]

    No, the team decided to build a statue. Really.

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  • Blues GM: Vladimir Sobotka expected to join team after World Cup

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Someday, Vladimir Sobotka will return to the NHL and fulfill the year of service he owes the St. Louis Blues following the 2014 arbitration decision that was made a week after he signed with Omsk of the KHL.

    He could have returned this past season, but Sobotka elected to remain in the KHL and posted an 18-goal, 34-point season and helped Omsk to within a game of the conference final.

    The 29-year-old Sobotka could have left after the 2015 IIHF World Championships via an out clause in his contract, but chose against making an NHL return after signing a three-year, $12 million-plus deal to play in Russia in 2014. Once again, it’s the off-season and speculation has been rife about whether or not he’ll be in the Blues’ lineup this fall.

    [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Hockey: Sign up and join a league today!]

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  • Jared Bednar brings championship resume as new Avalanche head coach

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned, the Colorado Avalanche have found their next head coach.

    After spending the last two seasons as a head coach in the AHL, Jared Bednar will get his shot at the NHL as he will be the one to replace Roy behind the Avalanche bench.

    “After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” said Avalanche EVP and GM Joe Sakic in a statement. “Jared’s track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business.

    “Even though we had to accelerate the process with training camp approaching, we feel we met some real strong candidates with a lot of potential to become head coaches in the NHL in the near future, continued Sakic. “I would like to thank the general managers who gave us permission to talk to key staff members at such a precarious time.”

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  • Bettman on jersey ads; Captain Pietrangelo; top left wingers (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

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    • 2007 Teemu meets 2016 Teemu. [Instagram]

    • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the World Cup, jersey ads, outdoor games and more. [CP via Yahoo]

    • The St. Louis Blues are set to name Alex Pietrangelo as the franchise’s 21st captain. [Post-Dispatch]

    • Sidney Crosby will captain Canada’s World Cup entry and Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber will serve as alternates. [NHL]

    • Hockey in Scotland is growing. [Sportsnet]

  • Panthers send Dave Bolland, Lawson Crouse to Coyotes for draft picks

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    The Arizona Coyotes keep adding salary while the Florida Panthers found a taker for a bad contract.

    In a deal with the Panthers Thursday morning, the Coyotes acquired Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse — the No. 11 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft — in exchange for a 2017 third-round pick (the better of Arizona/Detroit) and a 2018 second rounder.

    Per Craig Custance, that second-round pick is conditional and turns into a third rounder if Crouse does not play enough games in Arizona this season (10) to burn a year of his entry-level contract. Also, should the Coyotes deal Crouse this season that pick remains a second.

    Crouse, who is in Toronto this week for BioSteel Camp, was informed of the deal early Thursday morning by Panthers GM Tom Rowe.

    “It’s a new opportunity to go into a new organization and show my talent and show them what I’m made of,” said Crouse, who’s been working out with Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome, to Sportsnet.

    UPDATE:

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  • Coyotes make historic hire in naming Dawn Braid as skating coach

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    The Arizona Coyotes made history on Wednesday in their announcement of three new hires to the coaching staff.

    Along with naming former NHLer Mike Van Ryn as Development Coach and Steve Potvin as Skills Coach, the Coyotes also hired Dawn Braid as the franchise’s full-time Skating Coach.

    Braid is now the first woman to be hired to coach full-time in NHL history.

    “It’s something that I’ve wanted to see happen,” Braid said. “The fact that they respect what I do enough to name me as a full-time coach, or to name me as the first female coach in the NHL, I take a ton of pride in that. I’ve worked very hard for this opportunity. It’s been going on for years and I just look forward to going even further with it.”

    Braid is no stranger to working with in the NHL. She was actually in a part-time role last season with Arizona and has previously consulted with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.

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  • Stars add Jiri Hudler with a one-year, $2 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    The Dallas Stars have bolstered their forward group by signing Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2 million deal as first reported by Sonny Sachdeva on Tuesday night.

    Hudler, who will reunite with GM Jim Nill after their time in Detroit, posted 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers last season. Ten of those 46 points came via the power play, which means the Stars’ fourth-ranked power play just got even better.

    “Jiri brings a combination of detail, discipline and skill,” said Nill. “He has a championship pedigree and adding him to our group of forwards solidifies our depth up front, giving our coaching staff a number of options and versatility.”

    As Travis Yost of TSN detailed last month, Hudler isn’t just a winger who can score at even strength and chip in on the power play, he also makes his teammates better when they’re on the ice with him, even going back as far as 2010:

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  • Wild make right choice, change goal song to Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    The Minnesota Wild asked, and the fans responded.

    Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” will be the new goal song for the Wild beginning with their Sept. 27 preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche.

    This summer, the Wild sent an email to season ticket holders asking for their feedback about the potential change from Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant” to the classic Prince track.

    “Our in-arena experience is designed for the fans, so it’s great to be able to show them we take their feedback to heart,” said John Maher, vice president of brand, content and communications for the Minnesota Wild. “At the same time, it’s our privilege to celebrate an iconic hometown artist that clearly has had an incredible impact on our community and the world.”

    During the Wild’s first home playoff game following Prince’s death on April 21, the team used “Let’s Go Crazy” for the first time as its goal song and reaction was overwhelming, which let to them soliciting feedback for a possible permanent change.

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  • Avs' coaching search continues; top 25 centers; Abdelkader, Larkin fly (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

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    First road trip of the year @hclokomotiv Lets get this season started ! pic.twitter.com/eztqSo54dk

    — Max Talbot (@Max25talbot) August 23, 2016

    • No more crying, Western Conference teams.

    • Bob Boughner and Kevin Dineen are looking like the two favorites for the open head coaching job with the Colorado Avalanche. [Denver Post]

    • A London Knights fan believes he was cheated out a game-worn Mitch Marner jersey by the team and is considering legal action. [Buzzing the Net]