Sean Leahy

  • Greg Ostertag, 7-foot-2 ex-NBA center, enjoying rec league hockey in retirement

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    We’ve seen what it’s like to watch a giant in 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara play hockey. We came close to seeing 7-foot-7 Manute Bol on the ice, but sitting on the bench during an Indianapolis Ice game in 2002 caused his chronic rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and swell his feet, preventing him from taking a shift during a publicity stunt.

    But if you want to see a 7-foot-2, ex-NBA player lace ‘em up and skate, head out to the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona and you’ll catch Greg Ostertag playing beer league hockey.

    Ostertag, who spent 11 years in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, grew up in Texas loving hockey before steering himself towards a professional hoops career. Once he left the game in 2006, he eventually grew tired of the standard retired athlete hobby of hitting the links.

    From Jim Leitner of USA Hockey Magazine:

    After moving to Arizona, Ostertag became friendly with Shane Doan and Derek Morris of the Coyotes, who helped keep his love of hockey alive.

  • Flames still waiting to learn extent of Mark Giordano's 'upper-body injury'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mark Giordano was injured Wednesday night moments before the Calgary Flames scored an empty-net goal to put away the New Jersey Devils. Two days later, the team still hasn’t released an official diagnosis, other than the routine “upper-body injury.”

    That can’t be good.

    General manager Brad Treliving did not have an update for reporters on Giordano’s status during the team's morning skate on Long Island Friday, other than to say the captain remains with the team on the road trip. 

    “We know Gio,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “We know how much of a warrior he is.”

    The Flames aren’t divulging much about whatever is afflicting Giordano, and Treliving didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself before an official diagnosis comes down from the medical staff. With three days until the trade deadline, however long the defenseman is out could affect the way the GM approaches a potential replacement. For the time being Corey Potter will take his place in the lineup and Tyler Wotherspoon has been recalled from Adirondack of the AHL.

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  • Well-traveled Mark Arcobello finding footing with Coyotes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    You don’t need to ask. Mark Arcobello is well-aware he’s part of an NHL record.

    The Arizona Coyotes became Arcobello’s fourth team this season after they picked him up off waivers earlier this month, tying him with Dennis O'Brien and Dave McLlwain for most teams in a single season, according to

    It’s been a long journey to the desert for Arcobello after beginning with the season with the Edmonton Oilers. He was dealt on Dec. 29 to the Nashville Predators for Derek Roy, played four games in Smashville, was waived and picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 14. Ten games later, he was waived again, landing with the Coyotes.

    Traveling with Arcobello are a couple of suitcases he took with him after the trade from the Oilers as it’s now hotel life for the 26-year old forward. And despite all the movement, he’s still posted 12 goals and 19 points this season.

    So how much has the wackiness of the past two months thrown him off? 

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  • NHL Three Stars: Hammond blanks Ducks; Malkin's three assists leads Pens

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators

    The Senators netminder made 25 stops and earned his first NHL shutout during a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Erik Condra, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris all scored as Hammond recorded his third straight win. 

    No. 2 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Malkin helped set up three of Pittsburgh’s four goals as the Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 4-3. Pittsburgh won its third straight as Malkin and Sidney Crosby recorded their first points of the season against their Metropolitan Division rivals. 

    No. 3 Star: Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

    Monahan re-directed a Mark Giordano pass 35 seconds into the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and help give the Flames a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. He would later help set up T.J. Brodie’s shorthanded empty-net tally as Calgary won its third in a row.

    Honorable Mention: Mike Cammalleri scored his fifth goal in four games for the Devils:

    Did You Know? 

    .@NHLFlames have 3 dmen w/ 10 goals (Wideman: 12; Giordano: 11; Brodie: 10) for 2nd time in franchise history ('85-86:Suter/MacInnis/Macoun)


  • Watch Penguins-Capitals scrum spill into Pittsburgh bench (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals faced off last week in a typical game between the long-time rivals. It was chippy and saw a bit of controversy, One week later, there was no love lost between the two sides, as they displayed in the opening period.

    Tom Wilson drove Chris Kunitz into the boards as the puck as sent into the Capitals’ zone. Blake Comeau took exception and then mayhem broke out, with the two sides coming together near the Penguins bench and eventually spilling on to it.

    Via Some Hockey Videos:

    The end results saw Latta, Wilson, Downie and Comeau all sit for two minutes. The Penguins took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after the first period, so extracurricular activities won't be on the minds of the Capitals or Penguins unless this game gets out of hand score-wise.

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  • Penguins get bottom-six help with acquisition of Daniel Winnik

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Pittsburgh Penguins continued to stock up for a Stanley Cup run by acquiring Daniel Winnik from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for center Zach Sill, a fourth-round pick in 2015 and a second-round pick in 2016.

    Toronto retains half of Winnik’s salary, which is great news for the cap-strapped Penguins.

    From the Penguins:

    The Penguins have been looking to upgrade their bottom six and do so in one move. Out goes Sill, who recorded three points and 60 penalty minutes while averaging 8:17 of ice time through 42 games with Pittsburgh, and was also a drag on possession.

    Very excited 2 be joining the @penguins! Looking forward 2 having the opportunity 2 win a cup. It was an honour to play for the @MapleLeafs

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  • Eric Lindros files defamation lawsuit against former NHL ref Paul Stewart

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Last July, former NHL referee Paul Stewart wrote a column for the Huffington Post telling a story about Eric Lindros that didn’t put the former Philadelphia Flyers captain in a good light. 

    In the story, Stewart said he and a 19-year old Lindros didn’t have the best of interactions one game and afterward, the KHL’s current officiating and league discipline consultant had hoped to get some posters of the Flyers star and Mark Recchi autographed for a charity auction. 

    According to Stewart, when Lindros found out the posters were for him, he ripped them up.

    The story didn’t sit well with Lindros and he’s since filed a $3 million $250,000 (TSN originally reported $3 million) defamation lawsuit against Stewart and the Huffington Post.

    From TSN’s Rick Westhead:

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  • Species of wasp named after Bruins' Tuukka Rask

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    People name things after athletes all the time. Cars, pets, even children — have you met Malkin Crosby Long yet? — can get their moniker based off of someone’s favorite team or player. But what about a certain species of insect? That’s the case for Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask as he's been bestowed with such an honor.

    According to the Boston Globe, a species of wasps was discovered in Kenya by a team that included a Bruins fan who moved to Africa 25 years ago. Meet  Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski !

    “That’s funny. That’s pretty neat,” Rask said when told about the honor.

    The discovery will be documented in an upcoming issue of the scientific journal Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae.

    From the Globe:

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  • BU claims Beanpot; Kings extend Nolan; Predators play in 'Arena of the Year' (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.

    • Joey Logano: 2015 Daytona 500 winner and former goalie. [Puck Junk]

    • Matt Grzelcyk’s goal 51 seconds into overtime helped Boston University beat Northeastern 4-3 to claim the 2015 Beanpot. [USCHO]

    • "Prospective National Hockey League team owner Bill Foley plans to meet with the NHL Board of Governors at its June meeting if his Las Vegas hockey initiative can generate 10,000 season ticket deposits." [Review Journal]

    • LA Kings forward Jordan Nolan inks a three-year extension with an average annual value of $950,000. [Kings]


  • NHL Three Stars: Devils, Schneider blank Coyotes; Ducks top Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils 

    Schneider made 38 saves as the Devils blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. The win was New Jersey’s fourth in a row, their longest winning streak since Feb. 2013. Schneider recorded his third shutout of the season and has allowed only four goals over these four victories.

    No. 2 Star: John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

    After allowing two goals to Pavel Datsyuk in the second period, Gibson and the Ducks settled down to come from behind and defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 after a shootout. Gibson made 34 stops and participated in his first career shootout to help secure his third straight win. Jakob Silfverberg put home the game-deciding tally:

    No. 3 Star: Mike Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils

    Cammalleri netted a pair of third period goals to put the Coyotes away, including the empty-net insurance marker with under two minutes to play. He now has four goals and five points in his last three games.

    Did You Know? The Ducks scored three times in a span of 2:40 after Teemu Selanne, who was in attendance, was shown on the Jumbotron at Honda Center.