Sean Leahy

  • Sharks' Raffi Torres suspended 41 games for hit on Jakob Silfverberg (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Raffi Torres sat out all of last season due to an ACL injury and now will sit for 41 more games after the NHL handed the San Jose Sharks forward a heavy suspension for his hit on Jakob Silfverberg Saturday night.

    Take it away, Patrick Burke:

    It's not often in a suspension video that listing a player's "Greatest Hits" takes as long as 25 seconds to read. That and quoting the collective bargaining agreement. But this is a special case.

    Remember all those times in the past when a questionable hit was met with the “Throw the book at him!” response? This is the NHL and the Department of Player Safety getting fed up enough to punt a guy for half a season after four suspensions, three fines and two warnings failed to get the message across.

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    That was now two suspensions ago.

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  • Zack Kassian accident shows 'a lack of character,' says Canadiens GM

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin didn’t mince words when talking about forward Zack Kassian, and thecar accident that will sideline him for an undetermined amount of time.

    Meeting with the media on Monday, Bergevin revealed that Kassian broke his nose and left foot in a Sunday morning accident. 

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    "I'm a firm believer in character, and that's a lack of character on his part," Bergevin said. "I do not have all the information, but it is disappointing to say the least.”

    According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a truck that crashed into a tree around 6 a.m. ET on Sunday. Kassian, who was in the vehicle with two other passengers, was found "bloodied and dazed."

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  • Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup rings feature 355 diamonds (Photos)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The Chicago Blackhawks will raise another Stanley Cup banner Wednesday night before their game against the New York Rangers. On Sunday, one the final celebrations of their 2015 championship conquest took place when the players and staff all received their rings.

    And boy, are they blingy:

    So what’s the tale of the tape between the 2010, 2013 and 2015 rings? 

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    Diamond count

    2010: 404

    2013: 260

    2015: 355

    Carat count

    2010: 8

    2013: 14.68

    2015: 10.8

    Championship rings in sports certainly have changed in 54 years...

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  • Raffi Torres earns match penalty vs. Ducks, will have Monday DoPS hearing (Update)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Raffi Torres missed all of last season dealing with an ACL issue. He returned this preseason, and in his third game back he reminded us all of Old Raffi Torres. 

    Midway through the first period of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, Torres laid this hit on Jakob Silfverberg: 

    Silfverberg did not return to the game while Torres was handed a match penalty for the hit.

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    As you see, Torres was deadset on laying a hit on Silfverberg, even as the puck squirted away from the Ducks forward. 

    "Same player every year,” said Ryan Kesler, via the Orange County Register. “I played with the guy. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game any more. He came from across the ice and only made contact with his head. Obviously hope Silfvy’s alright.”

    How many does Torres get this time around?

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

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 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 4 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at 

    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 6 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.