Sean Leahy

  • Ray Bourque arrested on DWI charges

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Former Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque was arrested Friday night for allegedly driving drunk in Andover, Mass., according to FOX25 Boston.

    Police said Bourque was arrested at the scene following a car crash just before midnight. Neither the two people in his car or the three people in the other vehicle were injured.

    From the Boston Globe:

    The Eagle Tribune reports Bourque was charged with operating under the influence of liquor and following too closely. He's now out on bail and will be arraigned on Monday.

    Bourque played for the Bruins from 1979-2000 before he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche where he would win the Stanley Cup in 2001.

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  • Devils' Ray Shero on futures of Kyle Palmieri, Patrik Elias

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – The New Jersey Devils won’t have any issues clearing the $54 million salary cap floor for next season. With Ryan Clowe still on the books for two more seasons and one more year of Marc Savard’s contract after they acquired his cap hit from the Florida Panthers this week, Ray Shero can focus on trying to sign and re-sign players to reasonable deals.

    One of those players is Kyle Palmieri, a restricted free agent who led the team in scoring this past season with 30 goals and 57 points. The 25-year-old forward has earned a significant raise from his $1.6 million salary in 2015-16 and Shero said talks with his agent are moving along smoothly.

    “It’s going to work out one way or the other,” Shero said at the conclusion of the 2016 NHL Draft. “I think he’s a real good fit for us. We’re a really good fit for him. It’s just a matter of finding that right term.” 

    There are options, however, for Palmieri. He could go to arbitration or the two sides could settle on a bridge deal and work on hammering out something long-term should it come to that.

    “We’ve never committed one way or another. Nor has he, but we’re just going to see,” Shero said.

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  • Prolific junior scorer Alex DeBrincat lands with Chicago Blackhawks

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – The 2016 NHL Draft featured only two 50-goal scorers from this past season. One was Kieffer Bellows, who was selected 19th overall by the New York Islanders. 

    The other was one of the smallest players in the draft: 5’7, 165 lbs. Alex DeBrincat from the Erie Otters of the OHL, who landed with the Chicago Blackhawks at No. 39. 

    DeBrincat’s 51-50-111 season with the Otters was his third straight 50-50-100-plus campaign. In 2014-15, he posted 51-53-104 in his first year in Erie. Before he entered junior, he scored 54-57-111 at Lake Forest Academy, which is about 45 minutes from Chicago.

    Going to school just outside Chicago did allow DeBrincat to attend some Blackhawks games. But there was one issue. Growing up in Michigan made him a fan of the Detroit Red Wings. That allegiance is obviously severed now.

    The Blackhawks have never been shy about believing in smaller players. It’s worked out for Patrick Kane, Andrew Shaw and others. With the likes of those two, along with Tyler Johnson, Mats Zuccarello and Cam Atkinson, among others, helping shed the stigma that smaller players can’t succeed in the NHL, DeBrincat is thankful for the opportunity. 

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  • Blue Jacket's GM was set on taking Dubois over Puljujärvi at No. 3

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – Plain and simple: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen believed that Pierre-Luc Dubois was the best player available at No. 3.

    Most mock drafts heading into Friday’s Round 1 had the Blue Jackets taking Jesse Puljujärvi, right after Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. But Kekalainen surprised everyone inside First Niagara Center with the pick.

    So is there something he knows that we don’t?

    “Well, there might be," he said. "But it’s not about negative things, it’s about his building our list and believing in our order of preference. Pierre-Luc Dubois was No. 3 on our list."

    Heading into Friday there was speculation that the Blue Jackets would look to move the pick. Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he would have been fine trading out of the three spot to move down if the right offer came along. It didn’t, and Dubois heard his name called by head of amateur scouting Ville Siren.

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  • Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun confident he can make NHL jump at 18

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jakob Chychrun remembers the assignment he was given when his Sarnia Sting took on London Knights in an OHL clash during his first year in the league. He was tasked with slowing down Max Domi, the forward who would post 32 goals and 102 points that season.

    Fast forward two years later and Chychrun and Domi are potential future teammates after the Arizona Coyotes selected the defenseman with the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

    Chychrun had to sit and watch 15 other names come off the board before the Coyotes, who debated picking him at No. 7, made a trade with the Detroit Red Wings to move up to that spot and select the Boca Raton, Florida native.

    “You have to really prepare for anything. That’s kind of what I was doing last night,” Chychrun said. “I was kind of preparing for anything that could happen. This was unbelievable. I really wanted to go to a team that wanted me and whenever a team trades up to get you it’s special.” 

    “It’s always been a goal of mine to play in the National Hockey League at 18,” he said. “I really believe if there’s anyone that can do it and is physically and mentally ready for it it’s me.”

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  • Blue Jackets give No. 3 pick Pierre-Luc Dubois birthday surprise

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – Nearly 20 hours after he officially turned 18 years old, Pierre-Luc Dubois heard his name called during Round 1 of the NHL Draft.

    That part was expected. What shocked everyone inside First Niagara Center was when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called the name of the 6’2, 205 lbs. forward out of Cape Breton.

    Most, if not all of the projections for Friday’s first round saw the Columbus Blue Jackets taking Jesse Puljujärvi with the No. 3 overall pick. Instead, it was Ville Siren, head of the team’s amateur scouting, calling Dubois’ name.

    “I was a little surprised, but it’s probably my best birthday I’ve ever had in my life. Pretty happy right now,” Dubois said.

    With rumors swirling around not only the Blue Jackets’ pick at No. 3 but also the Edmonton Oilers at No. 4, Dubois said it was impossible to avoid the scuttlebutt. He tried his best to avoid it all, but couldn’t help other people talking to him about what could happen around those selections.

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  • Capitals fill third line need with Lars Eller trade

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Moments after the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Auston Matthews with the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens added to the excitement by making a pair of deals.

    Along with acquiring Andrew Shaw from the Chicago Blackhawks, GM Marc Bergevin dealt away Lars Eller to the Washington Capitals for second-round picks in 2017 and 2018.

    Eller is signed for the next two seasons and carries a $3.5 million cap hit.

    Capitals GM Brian MacLellan has now delivered yet again on an off-season promise. Two years ago he wanted to improve his defense so he went out and signed Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. Last summer, he wanted to upgrade at right wing so he picked up T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams. 

    For the Habs, moving out Eller's cap hit will now allow them to sign Shaw, currently an RFA, to a new deal.

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  • Puck Daddy's Unofficial 2016 NHL Draft Drinking Game

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    There is little drama surrounding the top three picks as the NHL Draft opens up Friday with Round 1. Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are expected to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blues Jackets, respectively, to kick things off.

    After that? Your guess is as good as ours.

    While you're keeping up with the action, your friends at Puck Daddy are back with another drinking game to improve your NHL Draft experience.

    Here's what you should look for today and tomorrow to help increase your beverage-to-hand ratio.

    ONE DRINK

    • Each time a team thanks the city of Buffalo for their hospitality.

    • Each time a team congratulates the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning the Stanley Cup.

    • Each time a team gives a shout out to their fans "back home at our Draft party".

    • When the bloodlines of a draftee are brought up. (And it will happen a lot this weekend.)

    • A conversation between two general managers is shown, upping the speculation.

    • A player hugs or kisses one of his parents after being selected.

    • Any team, GM or player is booed.

    TWO DRINKS

    CHUG

  • NHL Draft: 'High hockey IQ' could vault Logan Brown into top 10

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – Logan Brown believes it’s unfair to criticize him for not being overly physical or a big, bruising power forward type despite his 6’6, 220 lbs. frame.

    “I take a little bit of offense to that. I’m 6’6 and a half, I’m not going to throw on a lot of muscle,” Brown said. “I might not have the legs that the little 5’9 waterbugs have, they’re flying around out there. They don’t get tired. I’m a big guy. It’s just going to take a little bit of time for me to get my legs under me.”

    Brown hit the gym more during the second half of this past season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. The extra time there worked as the centerman ended the year second in scoring on the team with 21 goals and 74 points. The workouts have extended in the off-season after he hooked up with Ottawa Senators strength coach Chris Schwarz.

    “I really realized the effect that it has on my game and the way that it helps me,” he said.

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  • Jakob Chychrun prepared for pro transition thanks to hockey pedigree

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jakob Chychrun is at peace with the fact that he may not be taken where he believes he should go in this weekend’s NHL Draft. 

    A projected first-round pick, the 6-2, 205 lbs. defenseman slipped from the No. 2 to No. 4 North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. A knock like that used to bother Chychrun, but not any more.

    After undergoing shoulder surgery at the end of his first OHL season in 2014-15, Chychrun bounced back with 11 goals and 49 points in 62 games, helping the Sarnia Sting to a division title.

    Chychrun enters this year’s NHL Draft with a hockey pedigree. His dad, Jeff, played 262 games in the league. His uncle, Luke Richardson, racked up 1,417 games in The Show. His best friend’s father, Jeff Brown, suited up 747 times with seven NHL teams.

    It’s safe to say Chychrun is fully prepared to make this transition from junior hockey to pro with all the resources he’s been surrounded with. It also helps that his dad was a fellow bruising defenseman back in his day.

    What will the team who does select Chychrun get? This is what he says:

    After all those years, their dreams are about to become a reality.

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