Sean Leahy

  • End of the line? Penguins release Sergei Gonchar from tryout

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Sergei Gonchar’s hockey career likely reached the end of the line on Saturday when the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they were releasing him from his tryout contract.

    The 41-year old Gonchar played in four preseason games for the Penguins, and while his time on the ice in Pittsburgh is over, the team is open to being a part of the next chapter of his hockey life.

    Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said on Saturday that should Gonchar not sign elsewhere to play, he would like for the defenseman to stay in the organization in some capacity.

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    The next question then, if this is indeed the end for Gonchar, is do you see him getting into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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  • Blackhawks waive Bryan Bickell, send Marko Dano to AHL

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Chicago Blackhawks had been trying to deal Bryan Bickell all summer with no luck. So GM Stan Bowman is pulling one last-ditch effort to rid himself of the forward’s $4 million cap hit as the team tries to loosen their cap crunch.

    On Friday, the Blackhawks placed Bickell on waivers, hoping there some NHL team with plenty of cap room is looking to add to their forward group. Mark Spector of Sportsnet Tweeted on Thursday that talks with the Edmonton Oilers about a deal involving Nikita Nikitin didn’t progress.

    If no NHL team wanted to give up assets for Bickell in a deal, would any want to pick up the full tab of two more years and $9 million? Especially for a player who is still dealing with vertigo symptons?


  • Watch Canucks' Jake Virtanen score goal with his face (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    What do hockey coaches always say? “Go to the net and good things will happen.” Sometimes that involves the puck going in off your face. That’s the risk.

    On Thursday night, Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen did just that on the power play and scored in interesting fashion during a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers:

    "Next thing I remember, (Bo) Horvat is on top of me screaming, 'You scored!'" Virtanen said, via Jason Botchford of the Province

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    The 19-year old Virtanen, who Vancouver selected sixth overall in 2014, went to the dressing room and received a few stitches near his left eye. He returned for the start of the third period and would set up a Bo Horvat goal 54 seconds in.  

    That one felt good 😂👍🏻#good2go


  • Nick Bjugstad on Panthers' playoff hopes, learning from Jaromir Jagr

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    TORONTO —Nick Bjugstad admits he was a bit nervous meeting Jaromir Jagr for the first time after a February trade brought the NHL great to the Florida Panthers.

    “Shaking his hand when I met him was like being a fan boy,” said Bjugstad during the NHL Player Media Tour last month in Toronto.

    A team that has some promising young talent in its ranks added a legend, who would later sign a one-year extension to stay in Sunrise. At this point in his career, Jagr is the old sage dispensing wisdom to his younger teammates, like those in Philadelphia, Dallas and now Florida.

    Bjugstad's been a recipient in their short time together. There's a 20-year age gap between them -- Bjugstad was 46 days old when Jagr won his second Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992 -- so the Panthers forward is just trying to be a sponge.

    A back injury cut short his 2014-15 season, allowing him only 11 games Jagr, but Bjugstad has already learned a lot from the 43-year old.

    “I should take notes,” Bjugstad joked.


  • O'Reilly case adjourned again; Levin's hockey journey; NHL 16 predicts Ducks as champs (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

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    Via Swiss Habs, Connor McDavid is your SI for Kids cover boy for October. 

    • Ryan O’Reilly’s impaired driving case has been adjourned again, this time until Oct. 22. [CP via Yahoo]

    • Good read on David Levin’s journey from Israel to junior hockey in Canada. [Sportsnet]

    • Former NHLer Mike Peluso on the consquences he’s dealing with today following head injuries suffered during his career. [Montreal Gazette]


  • NHL Awards odds: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin among favorites for 2015-16 trophies

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Another NHL season is upon us and as the predictions begin to roll in for the 2015-16 campaign,our friends at Bovada have released their odds for the various awards to be handed out next June in Las Vegas.

    If Bovada's favorites end up coming through, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will have to find more room in their already crowded trophy cases.

    But beyond Sid and Ovi, what other NHL stars have a decent shot at some hardware this season?

    Sidney Crosby  (PIT)                             3/2

    Alexander Ovechkin (WAS)                    5/1

    John Tavares (NYI)                                5/1

    • Crosby is again the favorite, but if you're looking to make some money, Tyler Seguin is awfully appealing.


  • Quebec expansion momentum; art of sniping; players ready to decline (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

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    Old time hockey !!

    • The Hanson Brothers showed up in Johnstown on Tuesday and made some friends ahead of tonight’s Lightning-Penguins Kraft Hockeyville game.

    • Quebec City hosted the Penguins and Canadiens Monday night. On Tuesday, an ownership group will deliver a presentation at the NHL’s Board of Governors meeting when they discuss possible expansion. Momentum full steam ahead! [ESPN]

    • The power of social media helped get the Toronto Maple Leafs broadcasters back on the road with the team. [Globe and Mail]



  • Plenty of veterans on tryout contracts still fighting for NHL jobs

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Over 40 hockey players entered NHL training camps on tryout contracts, via General Fanager’s PTO list, ranging from the grizzliest of veterans (Sergei Gonchar: 1,301 NHL games) to the greenest of youngsters (Ryan Martindale: 0 NHL games). As the regular season approaches, teams are cutting their rosters down, leaving a handful of careers in limbo.

    Some brought in on PTOs were in camps to help teams reach the veteran minimum for preseason games. They are basically lottery tickets. If they don’t play well, it’s an easy split. If they surprise and are able to earn a contract, it’s found gold.

    The abundance of players on tryouts this preseason is also a case of some players misjudging the free agent market and teams nearly capped out looking for cheaper solutions to fill their lineup. Curtis Glencross probably thought he played well enough with the Calgary Flames and Washington Capitals last season to earn a new deal in the summer, but his phone stayed silent until the Toronto Maple Leafs offered him PTO, along with fellow veterans Devin Setoguchi and Brad Boyes.

    Earned a contract

    Still hanging around


  • Boston Bruins: Puck Daddy’s 2015-16 NHL Season Preview

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    41-27-14, 96 points, fifth in the Atlantic Division.


    The Bruins just missed the playoffs last season, but a postseason berth would have been the cherry on top of a melted sundae. It began in October with the trade of Johnny Boychuk and continued through the season with injuries to key cogs like David Krejci and Zdeno Chara. That all resulted in major change in the off-season with the firing of GM Peter Chiarelli and trading of Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic, among others.

    The offense dipped from third in 2013-14 to 22nd (2.55 goals per game). The power play also dropped  — 21.7-percent to 17.8-percent.

    Hamilton’s RFA rights were dealt to Calgary, while Lucic was sent to the Los Angeles Kings in a busy draft weekend for new GM Don Sweeney. Days later he would improve the team’s penalty minutes total by acquiring Zac Rinaldo from Philadelphia.

    With goals leaving Beantown, Sweeney looked to help that facet of the Bruins’ lineup by signing Matt Beleskey, who scored 22 goals for the Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15. Also on July 1, Jimmy Hayes, who scored 19 for Florida last season, was acquired for Reilly Smith and the Marc Savard contract.

    1. Zdeno Chara, D

    2. Loui Eriksson, F

  • Chicago Blackhawks have names officially engraved on Stanley Cup (Photo)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    The Chicago Blackhawks will raise another Stanley Cup banner next Thursday night when they host the New York Rangers in their 2015-16 season opener. The summer of celebration will have officially ended and their quest for a fourth Cup in seven years will commence that evening.

    While the Blackhawks were partying with Stanley over the last three months, they’ve been doing so without seeing their names on the Cup as 2014-15 champs. On Sunday, Phil Pritchard, one of the trophy’s handlers revealed a photo of all 52 engraved names:

    Congratulations @NHLBlackhawks. Forever 2015 #stanleycup champions!@HockeyHallFame Hhofarchives

    Couple of notes:

    • Daniel Carcillo played 39 regular season games and none in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is on the Cup for a second time. Joakim Nordstrom played in 38 during the regular season and three in the playoffs and is forever on the Cup as well. The Blackhawks ended up petitioning to have their names added.

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