Sean Leahy

  • Canucks give Brandon Sutter 5-year, $21.875M extension week after trade

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Not long after he had acquired Brandon Sutter via trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins last week, Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning was already talking extension with the 26-year old center. 

    On Tuesday that extension became a reality as the two sides hammered out a five-year, $21.875 million deal. That’s a cap hit of $4.35 million, leaving the Canucks with just over $1 million heading into the season. Sutter also gets a full no-trade from the 2016-17 season to 2018-19. It then becomes a modified NTC in 2019-20 and 2020-21, where he can submit a list of 15 teams he would refuse a trade to, per General Fanager.

    Whatever you think of Sutter’s game, this is market value for top-end third-line centers, especially when you're buying up prime years. Benning was already talking up his game the day of the trade calling Sutter a “foundation piece.” 


  • What to expect from the NHL/MLB Advanced Media partnership

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    The way you consume NHL media will change during the 2015-16 season. On Tuesday, the league announced it has formed a digital rights partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

    From the NHL:

    The partnership will transform the fan experience by creating a fully integrated global hub of digital content that encompasses video, live game streaming, social media, fantasy, apps, along with statistical and analytical content. With an emphasis on deeper access into the game and telling the stories of NHL players, MLBAM and the NHL will collaborate on developing new digital products and platforms while enhancing current offerings.

    So, what does this all mean? Glad you asked.

    Why MLBAM?

    This deal has been three years in the making and is the first of its kinds. MLBAM was founded in 2000 has powered all 30 team websites and streaming media like the MLB At Bat app. The company also runs the streaming side of things for ESPN, WWE Network, and HBO.

    MLBAM will hold rights to all of the NHL’s platforms, as well as the distribution of NHL Network, NHL Center Ice, NHL Game Center Live.

    How long is the deal for? 

    “There’s significant opportunities to improve,” Collins said.


  • Sens' Mike Hoffman awarded team-friendly 1-year, $2M decision in arbitration

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    NHL arbitration season has official ended. Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators became the final player to go through the process and was awarded a one-year, $2 million deal following Thursday’s hearing.

    From the Senators: 

    Hoffman, 25, established new statistical career highs in all major categories in 2014-15, registering 48 points (27 goals, 21 assists) and 14 penalty minutes over 79 regular-season contests. His 27 markers saw him lead both the Senators and NHL rookies while his 48 points ranked fourth among league rookies in scoring. In tandem with Mark Stone, Hoffman was among only the second pair of Senators rookies to record at least 20 goals in one season since Alexandre Daigle and Alexei Yashin accomplished the feat during the 1993-94 season. 

    Before arbitration, Ottawa asked for $1.75 milion, while Hoffman went with $3.4 million as his number, which means this is a terrific deal for the team.

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  • NHL concussion suit update; MacLellan talks MoJo; Travis Roy, 20 years later (Puck Headlines)

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    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

    • Evgeni Malkin turned 29 on Friday and of course he celebrated with real live penguins. [alexey085 Instagram

    • “The National Hockey League has been ordered by a judge to turn over reams of data about player injuries and concussions to lawyers representing former NHL players who are suing the league.” [TSN

    • The Washington Capitals wanted a longer-term deal with Marcus Johansson but had “differences from the get-go in the value.” [Washington Post]

    • The Coyotes have named Claude Loiselle as a Hockey Operations Consultant. [Coyotes]


  • Chronicles of Stanley: Cup hits Jersey; Brad Richards' adorable son

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Chronicles of Stanley is a weekly series this summer that tracks the Chicago Blackhawks as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.

    There have been plenty of NHL players have celebrated along with siblings also in the league who may not been as fortunate on the ice. Those poor siblings have to celebrate their brother’s accomplishment all while hiding their envy and staying as far away as possible from the Stanley Cup.

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    Two Staal brothers, Eric and Jordan, have won Cups. Did Marc and Jared just stay on the other side of the house while everyone else partied? For James van Riemsdyk, he was part of brother Trevor’s day with the Cup this past week, but kept his distance from the trophy. 

    Big brother James here as well, but keeping his distance from the Cup for now. No touching.

    As many players do, TVR shared his day with the local community and local youth hockey teams:

  • Minor league baseball teams to wear 'Miracle on Ice' jerseys during game (Photo)

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    The celebration of the 35th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” will continue this coming weekend in a unique way: on a baseball diamond. The Triple-A Rochester Red Wings and Syracuse Chiefs will honor the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team by hosting Miracle on Ice Night Saturday night.

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    The Red Wings will be donning baseball jersey versions of the U.S. team’s white Olympic jerseys, while the Chiefs will wear the blue version. The umpires for the game will all be sporting hockey referee jerseys (What, no Soviet uniforms?). Take a look: 

    From the Red Wings:

    One jersey from each team will also be auctioned off online.

    To keep things in a hockey mood, the pre-game first pitches from Ramsey, Harrington and Morrow will actually be the three former players shooting pucks from the pitcher’s mound.

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  • Alex Galchenyuk inks two-year, $5.6 million bridge deal with Canadiens

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Just when you thought the bridge contract in the NHL was dead the Montreal Canadiens go and sign RFA Alex Galchenyuk to a two-year deal. The 21-year old forward will carry a $2.8 million AAV in each of the next two seasons, per Pierre LeBrun.

    Galchenyuk will remain an RFA and have arbitration rights after the deal is up.

    From the Habs:

    Galchenyuk, 21, played 80 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15. He set personal highs in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46). Three of his goals were tallied on the powerplay and scored one winning goal. The 6’01’’, 198-lbs forward maintained a +8 differential and was assessed 39 penalty minutes, while maintaining an average of 16:25 of ice time per game. Galchenyuk added four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 differential in 12 playoffs contests.

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  • Puck Daddy chats with NHL 16 producer Sean Ramjagsingh about EA Sports Hockey League, playoff beards

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Q. We’re about a month and a half from the game’s release (Sept. 15). As a development team, where are you in the process? Are you done with just some testing and tweaking left or are there still a lot of things to work on?

    RAMJAGSINGH: From a disc perspective, our disc that will go to consumers is sitting with first party; so Sony and Microsoft do a final certification of the disc before it goes live. From a tuning perspective, the great thing about being connected to the Internet is we can always update the experience; so on this Thursday (today), we have the limited access EA Sports Hockey League beta going live. The purpose of that date is to get the game into the hands of our fans to experience the EA Sports Hockey League, the first time it’s back in the game on this generation console. 

    It’s also an opportunity for us to get feedback on the game, take that feedback, dial in the gameplay experience, tune the different player classes that we have as part of the EA Sports Hockey League experience and react to it.  

    Q. With the return of the EASHL, what are the NHL team’s hopes for the mode in its first year on next-gen consoles?


  • Jim Craig looking to sell 'Miracle on Ice' memorabilia, including gold medal, for $5.7M

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    In the last several years, we’ve seen members of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team sell memorabilia from the 1980 Games where Team USA defeated the Soviet Union and went on to win the gold medal. Ken Morrow, Mark Wells, Mark Pavelich, Mike Eruzione all had eyes on selling the items to help their families.

    Now, it’s Jim Craig’s turn.

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    The goaltender with the shamrocks on his mask is putting up 19 items for sale from the Lake Placid Games, including his gold medal, through Lelands, an auction house based on Long Island, New York. 

    Craig’s jerseys from the “Miracle on Ice” and gold medal games, along with his famous mask, the flag he draped over himself after the win and other items will be up for sale, not auction, beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, running through Nov. 1. 

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  • Flyers lock up Sean Couturier with 6-year, $26 million extension

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 days ago

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    Sean Couturier won’t have to worry about a potential RFA contract cloud looming over him this coming season. The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Tuesday that they have extended the 22-year old pivot with a six-year, $26 million deal. That comes to a $4.33M cap hit, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

    General Fanager has the year-by-year breakdown, including $3 million in signing bonuses over the first three years of the deal, which kicks in at the start of the 2016-17 season.

    From the Flyers, who apparently didn’t read Sean McIndoe’s piece and failed to release terms of the deal:

    Couturier, 22 (12/7/1992), recorded a career-high 15 goals and added 22 assists for 37 points in 82 games for the Flyers in 2014-15. Following the season, Couturier helped lead Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championships where he recorded three goals and added four assists for seven points in 10 games.