Sean Leahy

  • U.S. to meet Canada outdoors during '18 World Junior Championship in Buffalo

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 43 mins ago

    The 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo will feature a unique meeting between the U.S. and Canada.

    On Dec. 29, 2017, the two hockey powers will meet outdoors at New Era Stadium in Buffalo as part of the round robin stage. The event will be the first ever outdoor game at a high-level IIHF tournament.

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    “The World Juniors is an amazing event itself and to add to it with an outdoor game is about as cool as it gets,” said Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon. “It’s never been done before in the World Juniors and we’re excited to be making history.”

    Last December, TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported this game was in the works just after Buffalo was announced as host of the 2018 tournament.

    Russ Brandon reiterates that outdoor rink will focus solely on world juniors, with no Sabres game.

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  • NHL Las Vegas to get 48-hour free agency window in June: Report

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    As George McPhee continues putting together his staff and preparing for next June’s NHL expansion draft, the Las Vegas franchise could have a few names already on their roster when it’s time to pluck players from their future opponents.

    According to’s Pierre LeBrun, the Las Vegas NHL team will get a 48-hour window ahead of the expansion draft to speak to and sign any unrestricted and restricted free agents set to hit the market on July 1 that are left unprotected by their teams.

    For example, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is set to become a UFA next summer. If he’s not signed by 5 p.m. on June 17 when NHL protected lists are due, and is left unprotected, then Las Vegas will have the opportunity to get his signature on a contract. Same goes for any unprotected RFAs as McPhee won’t have to hand out an offer sheet should he want to sign one during that window.

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  • Simon Despres injury situation a 'sensitive issue' for Ducks

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    One of the moves made by Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray to fit Hampus Lindholm’s new contract within the team’s salary cap structure was placing defenseman Simon Despres on long-term injury reserve.

    The 25-year-old Despres has not played since logging 16:08 during Anaheim’s season-opener on Oct. 13 vs. Dallas. He didn’t return to the game after the second period and Murray said afterward that the blue liner didn’t leave the game due to a hit and that this situation was likely related to previous concussion issues.

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    On a conference call with reporters Thursday, Murray sounded grim while discussing Despres’ hockey future.

    “The Despres situation is one that’s a very sensitive issue and it’s one that my whole goal is to hopefully make it so that Simon in the end of all this lives a happy, healthy normal life and it’s going to take some time before we get to that point,” Murray said. “Really that’s all I want to say on this time on that because it is sensitive and I feel real bad for Simon.”

  • Johnson sentenced; Bolts' balance; Esposito still chasing dream (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

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    • Good to see Pascal Dupuis among the names the Pittsburgh Penguins petitioned to have on the Stanley Cup. [Penguins]

    • Former Windsor Spitfires forward Ben Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday for sexual assault. [Buzzing the Net]

    • What’s been behind the strong start of the Tampa Bay Lightning? Start with some balanced scoring. [Raw Charge]

    • The case for the 8 teams who’ve yet to participate in an outdoor game to have them involved in the future. [Sportsnet]

  • Bruins' David Backes to miss at least 2 games after elbow surgery

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The injuries affecting the Boston Bruins isn’t only limited to their crease. Aside from being without their top two goaltenders they were also missing Frank Vatrano, Kevan Miller and David Backes.

    Backes is the newest member of the Bruins’ injured list and his situation was clarified a bit by the team on Wednesday morning.

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    According to GM Don Sweeney, Backes had the olecranon bursa from an elbow removed on Monday and we’ll know more about his status sometime this coming weekend.

    The condition, per the American Society for Surgery of the Hand website, is when too much fluid fills in the area between the boney tip of the elbow (bursa) and the skin and becomes irritated.

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  • Crosby set for return; Ehrhoff signs in Germany (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

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    Penguins just presented Jaromir Jagr with an engraved piece of the old Civic Arena roof

    — Sam Werner (@SWernerPG) October 25, 2016

    • Let the mending begin!

    • Barring any kind of setback, Sidney Crosby will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup tonight against the Florida Panthers. [Tribune-Review]

    • The Los Angeles Kings will bring Anders Lindback in on a PTO. He’ll begin in the AHL this weekend. [LA Daily News]

    • Christian Ehrhoff is heading home after signing with Kolner Haie of the German league. [IIHF]

  • Bruins turn to Subban in net with Khudobin and Rask injured

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Los Angeles Kings aren’t the only NHL team with a major goaltending situation. The Boston Bruins are in their own predicament.

    “Overall soreness” has sidelined Tuukka Rask, and then to make matters worse Anton Khudobin was hurt in practice on Monday. The Bruins have since announced that he’ll be out three weeks with an upper-body injury.

    Two days after he was sent back down to Providence of the AHL, Zane McIntyre has been recalled and will man the net along with Malcolm Subban until Rask, whom Bruins head coach Claude Julien dubbed “day-to-day,” is ready to return.

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    As Tim Rosenthal of Bruins Daily points out, the next week for the Bruins will be a tough one.

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  • Sidney Crosby participates in full-contact practice with Penguins

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Your Twitter feed may have been full of pictures of Sidney Crosby skating Monday morning. The significance? The Pittsburgh Penguins captain was not wearing a non-contact jersey as he moves closer to a return to the lineup after experiencing another concussion.

    Working on a line with Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist – which brought about the reunion of the famed HBK line – as well as the No. 1 power play unit with Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz, Crosby participated in a full practice with his teammates.

    He reported afterward that he’s not experiencing any symptoms and there were no limitations on contact for Monday’s practice. “I feel good,” he said. “Hopefully build from here.”

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    After suffering a concussion during an Oct. 7 practice, Crosby had not skated with his teammates. Three days later he was diagnosed and has missed the first six games of the Penguins season.

    Crosby has gone symptom-free for two weeks after skating on his own.

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  • Jon Blum suffers injury while scoring shootout goal in KHL (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Jon Blum scored the only shootout goal for the KHL’s HC Admiral in their loss to Salavat Yulaev on Friday. While the goal was nice, the end result — aside from the loss — for Blum was not a good one.

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    The 27-year-old defenseman, who’s played 110 NHL games between the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild, got tripped up by Salavat goaltender Niklas Svedberg and crashed hard into the end boards.

    Blum knew immediately something was wrong and was later diagnosed with an arm injury and will miss 5-6 weeks according to the team.

    Thanks for all the well wishes, should be back soon. ⚓️⚓️ ???????? #admiral

    A photo posted by Jonathon Blum (@jonblum7) on Oct 21, 2016 at 7:39am PDT

    Through 22 games Blum is third on the team in scoring with a goal and 11 assists. He tallied 8 goals and  30 points last season, his first in the KHL.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Boychuk's shorty leads Isles; Bob beats Blackhawks

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Johnny Boychuk, New York Islanders

    Tied 2-2 in the third period, the Islanders defenseman fired home a shot directly off an offensive zone face-off to help give New York a 3-2 win. The goal was Boychuk’s first shorthanded tally of his career. He had earlier assisted on Ryan Strome’s second of the season and finished with two points.

    No. 2 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Bobrovsky stopped 32 of 34 shots faced as the Blue Jackets edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 for their first win of the season. Nick Foligno and rookie blue liner Zach Werenski recorded a goal and an assist. Werenski became the first Blue Jackets player to record at least a point in each of his first three NHL games.

    No. 3 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings

    Gustav Nyquist had two points and 10 other Red Wings were on the scoresheet as Detroit downed Nashville 5-3. Mrazek, meanwhile, made 30 saves, including this stop on James Neal:

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    — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 22, 2016

    TvR right arm injury

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