Sean Leahy

  • Dan Bylsma hired as Sabres head coach; Penguins receive 2016 third-round pick

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    It took a little while, but now it's official: Dan Bylsma will be the next head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

    On Thursday morning, the AP reported that Bylsma and the Sabres had an agreement in principle, with only draft pick compensation for the Pittsburgh Penguins left to be determined.

    The Penguins didn’t seek a draft pick when they let Ray Shero take the GM gig in New Jersey, but they wanted one if Bylsma was to leave. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Sabres will give up one of their 2016 third-round picks to Pittsburgh. He also added Bylsma's deal is for five years.

    Buffalo doesn't own a 2015 third-round pick, so GMs Tim Murray and Jim Rutherford needed to work out which of the Sabres' four third rounders in 2016 was to change hands. Here are the details from Bob McKenzie:

    PIT gets 2016 3rd rd pick from BUF as compensation. Pick was originally NYI but has condition attached to it, so PIT likely getting VAN pick

    Even Rex Ryan is excited!

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  • Keith for Conn; Vegas NHL update; Backstrom has hip surgery (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 11 hrs 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. 

    • We had the same look on our faces when we saw Ryan Callahan finally score the other night.

    • Game 7s haven’t been kind to the Anaheim Ducks. [OC Register

    • Duncan Keith has played his way into the Conn Smythe Trophy conversation. [Yahoo

    • Friday’s Game 7 could be a career-altering one for Ben Bishop. [Bleacher Report]

    • If they Rangers want to move on to the Stanley Cup Final, they’ll need to find their offense at home. [NY Daily News]

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  • U.S., Canada reportedly grouped together for 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    While we know the groups for the 2018 Winter Olympic men’s hockey tournament, it’s still to be determined whether the NHL will send its players to PyeongChang, Korea.

    The NHL and NHLPA will participate, however, inthe 2016 World Cup of Hockey scheduled for Sept. 2016 in Toronto. On Thursday, Vladislav Tretiak, head of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, revealed the groups for the international tournament during an interview with Russia's SovSport.

    Each country will play three games with the top two teams in each group advancing to the semifinals. All games will be played at Air Canada Centre from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 with the final being a best-of-three series.

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  • Sharks expected to hire Peter DeBoer as head coach: Report

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    A little over a week after Todd McLellan joined the Edmonton Oilers, the San Jose Sharks have reportedly found his replacement.

    According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, the Sharks are expected to announce Peter DeBoer as their next head coach sometime this week.

    After three years with the Florida Panthers, DeBoer was hired by the New Jersey Devils in 2011, making the Stanley Cup Final in his first year. The following two seasons they missed and he was ultimately fired this past December after a poor start. 

    One of DeBoer's assistants during that Cup run in 2012 Larry Robinson, who currently works for the Sharks and likely had some input in the selection process for the Sharks.

    It was time for a change behind the bench in San Jose. Now what will Wilson do in regards to the roster?

    DeBoer’s hiring leaves the Sabres and New Jersey Devils as the only teams left without head coaches (we're banking on Jeff Blashill in Detroit) and likely paves the way for Dan Bylsma to head to Buffalo.  

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  • Blues wait for Vladimir Sobotka decision as deadline approaches

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Whenever Vladimir Sobotka decides to return to the NHL, he owes the St. Louis Blues at least one year of service. That was the result of the qualifying offer sent his way last summer and the arbitration hearing that awarded the forward a one-year, $2.725 million contract. The only problem? The restricted free agent has two years left on a deal with Omsk of the KHL.

    Now that both St. Louis and Omsk have seen their seasons come to a conclusion, GM Doug Armstrong is hoping to lure Sobotka back as soon as next season, which would be a nice start to a roster remodeling now that head coach Ken Hitchcock isn't going anywhere.

    Whatever happens with Sobotka, this year or in the future, Armstrong and the Blues will be waiting.

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  • Blues bring back Ken Hitchcock on one-year deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    You can cross another name off the list of potentially available NHL head coaches. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues and Ken Hitchcock announced they've agreed to a one-year extension.

    From the Blues: 

    Hitchcock, 63, was originally named the 24th head coach in Blues history on Nov. 7, 2011.  Since, he has guided the Blues to four straight postseason appearances, three 100-point regular season campaigns and two Central Division championships.  In 2014-15, he captured his second Central Division title with the club, while logging the third-best regular season record in franchise history (51-24-7, 109 pts). 

    With both GM Doug Armstrong and Hitchcock ending the season not committed to another year together, the Blues looked elsewhere for a moment, asking the Detroit Red Wings for permission to speak with Mike Babcock. After the Toronto Maple Leafs won that sweepstakes, bringing Hitchcock back seemed inevitable.

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  • Confidence carrying Stamkos as scoring touch returns

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    NEW YORK — Steven Stamkos stood at the podium after Game 5 with a relaxed look on his face. Gone are the days when speculation was rife that he was injured, contributing to his goal drought in Tampa’s first eight games of the postseason.

    Stamkos wasn’t hurt, as he contended during Round 1 into Round 2. But even a multiple Rocket Richard Trophy winner can go through battles with confidence. And while it certainly helped that the Lightning came back in their series against the Detroit Red Wings, it feels good for the Tampa captain to know he’s contributing in victories now.

    The Lightning won Game 5 against the New York Rangers 2-0 Sunday night, putting them a win away from advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final since 2004. Stamkos scored a power play goal late in the second period to put Tampa up 2-0 and put the game effectively out of reach given the Rangers’ inability to breach Ben Bishop, who made 26 saves.

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  • Fan shows off Rangers pride, gets Henrik Lundqvist shaved into head (Photo)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Earlier this postseason, a New York Rangers fan decided he needed a haircut in a very specific way: A little off the sides and Chris Kreider shaved into the back.

    As far as player-faces-shaved-into-head haircuts go, it was pretty cool.

    Joe Barajas, otherwise known as “Joe the Barber,” is the man behind these unique haircuts. On Sunday, before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, he was at it again, this time using Henrik Lundqvist.

    The @ThatJoeBarber #NYR @HLundqvist30 portrait is complete! pic.twitter.com/imguokvJYQ

    There's only one Henrik Lundqvist, so this might be the closest one gets to trying to encapsulate the handsomeness of the Rangers netminder.

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  • Rick Nash scores twice as Rangers even series with Lightning

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    A pair of second period goals from Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle 1:48 apart propelled the New York Rangers to 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The series is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

    After allowing six goals in each of the past two games, the Rangers found their defense again, holding the Lightning to a single Steven Stamkos goal in the second period. Henrik Lundqvist was kept busy and was back in form, finishing with 38 saves.

    New York opened the scoring late in the opening frame when Rick Nash powered his way to his first goal in five games: 

    Stamkos would tie the game midway through the second period, but that was quickly answered by the Rangers.

    Chris Kreider regained the lead for New York after a Brendan Morrow defensive zone turnover led to an eventual rebound opportunity for the Rangers forward, which he pounced on for his seventh of the postseason. The lead would double 108 seconds later when a lucky bounce went in favor of the visitors as Keith Yandle’s shot from the point deflected off Victor Hedman’s leg and by Ben Bishop:

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  • NHL GM of the Year Finalists: Bob Murray vs. Glen Sather vs. Steve Yzerman

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    Winning the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award doesn’t always bode well for your future. Two of the five winner’s in the short history of the award were fired by their respective teams not long after being chosen. Mike Gillis was canned three years after he won, while Ray Shero was shown the door less than twelve months after he was was given the honor.

    On Friday night, the NHL announced its three finalists for the 2015 award: Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks; Glen Sather of the New York Rangers; and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

    From NHL.com:

    Why Bob Murray deserves to win

    Why Glen Sather deserves to win 

    Why Steve Yzerman deserves to win

    Voting was conducted by all 30 NHL general managers and a panel of league executives, print and broadcast media at the end of Round 2.

    Who Should Win: Garth Snow.

    Who Will Win: Steve Yzerman. Overhauled his roster and raided the Stanley Cup finalist Rangers, while keeping his core intact, which includes extending two-thirds of the “Triplets” line and Alex Killorn. Also bolstered defense at the trade deadline with the acquisition of Braydon Coburn.

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