Sean Leahy

  • Stars add Jiri Hudler with a one-year, $2 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    The Dallas Stars have bolstered their forward group by signing Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2 million deal as first reported by Sonny Sachdeva on Tuesday night.

    Hudler, who will reunite with GM Jim Nill after their time in Detroit, posted 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers last season. Ten of those 46 points came via the power play, which means the Stars’ fourth-ranked power play just got even better.

    As Travis Yost of TSN detailed last month, Hudler isn’t just a winger who can score at even strength and chip in on the power play, he also makes his teammates better when they’re on the ice with him, even going back as far as 2010:

    The Pittsburgh Penguins saw their shooting percentage spike 2.61 per cent with Sidney Crosby on the ice, the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers saw their shooting percentage spike 2.48 per cent with Martin St. Louis on the ice, and many teams – including Detroit, Calgary, and Florida – saw their shooting percentage spike about 2.44 per cent with Hudler on the ice.

  • Wild make right choice, change goal song to Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Minnesota Wild asked, and the fans responded.

    Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” will be the new goal song for the Wild beginning with their Sept. 27 preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche.

    This summer, the Wild sent an email to season ticket holders asking for their feedback about the potential change from Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant” to the classic Prince track.

    “Our in-arena experience is designed for the fans, so it’s great to be able to show them we take their feedback to heart,” said John Maher, vice president of brand, content and communications for the Minnesota Wild. “At the same time, it’s our privilege to celebrate an iconic hometown artist that clearly has had an incredible impact on our community and the world.”

    During the Wild’s first home playoff game following Prince’s death on April 21, the team used “Let’s Go Crazy” for the first time as its goal song and reaction was overwhelming, which let to them soliciting feedback for a possible permanent change.

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  • Avs' coaching search continues; top 25 centers; Abdelkader, Larkin fly (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day 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

    First road trip of the year @hclokomotiv Lets get this season started !

    — Max Talbot (@Max25talbot) August 23, 2016

    • No more crying, Western Conference teams.

    • Bob Boughner and Kevin Dineen are looking like the two favorites for the open head coaching job with the Colorado Avalanche. [Denver Post]

    • A London Knights fan believes he was cheated out a game-worn Mitch Marner jersey by the team and is considering legal action. [Buzzing the Net]

  • Logan Couture to replace Jamie Benn on Canada's World Cup roster

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Logan Couture will find himself in Toronto next month after he was named to Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster replacing Jamie Benn.

    Awesome Logan Couture quote about Sidney Crosby's faceoff cheating: "He's on my (World Cup) team now, so he can do it as much as he wants."

    — Ryan Pyette (@RyanatLFPress) August 23, 2016

    “We are excited to add Logan to Team Canada. He has developed into a top player in the NHL, and his versatility will benefit our group of forwards. In making this decision the management group consulted with our coaching staff and determined that Logan was the best fit to help fill the role that Jamie was projected to play on Team Canada,” said Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong.

    “We want to thank Jamie for his dedication to an extensive rehab program in an attempt to play for Canada. Unfortunately, Jamie will not be available and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

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  • Maple Leafs find their backup goalie in Jhonas Enroth

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    It was a busy Monday for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who after promoting Mark Hunter from Director of Player Personnel to Assistant General Manager finally signed a backup goaltender for Frederik Andersen.

    After spending last season with the Los Angeles Kings, Jhonas Enroth will move to Toronto after inking a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Leafs.

    The deal was a long-time coming after reports from Sweden a month ago had the two sides closing in on an agreement. Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello said that after the team dealt Jonathan Bernier to Anaheim last month he was planning to go out and acquire a backup and not rely on Antoine Bibeau, Kasimir Kaskisuo or Garret Sparks in that role.

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  • Anze Kopitar on playing in Slovenia's Olympic qualifiers, Kings captaincy

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Slovenia’s hockey bandwagon picked up a ton of passengers during the 2014 Sochi Olympics with their play while in a group with the United States and Russia.

    The star of that team was Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar, who is hoping to guide his country back to the Olympics in 2018.

    With nine teams having already qualified for the PyeongChang Games, the final three spots will be filled during games in Belarus, Latvia and Norway when final qualification takes place next month. Kopitar and Slovenia will be in Minsk to face off against Poland, Denmark and Belarus, with the winner of the group heading to Korea in two years.

    We still don’t know if NHL players will be participating in PyeongChang, but along with Kopitar, several like Kristers Gudļevskis and Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia), and

    Frans Nielsen, Frederik Andersen, Mikkel Boedker and Jannik Hansen (Denmark) will help their respective countries attempt to qualify in early September.

    Once it was clear Slovenia would have this opportunity to qualify for another Olympics, Kopitar made it clear to the Kings that he wanted to play.

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  • Swedish player delivers miss of the year on an empty net (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Patrik Stefan, you have company.

    During Friday’s Champions Hockey League action between Sweden’s Frolunda and the awesomely named German side Grizzlys Wolfsburg, we were given an all-time blooper.

    With Frolunda leading 2-1 and less than a minute to play in the third period, forward Carl Grundstrom, a 2016 second-round pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs, picked up a loose puck and squeaked past a defender in the Wolfsburg zone with an empty net in front of him.

    The rest, well, did not go as planned.

    Fortunately for Grundstrom and Frolunda, the play itself didn’t go the full Stefan and they held on for a 2-1 win in the opening game of group play. 

    Hopefully Grundstrom is pals with Johan Ryno, another victim of a missed empty net opportunity, so the two can talk it out.

    Stick-tap Robert Soderlind

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  • After Monahan, Flames ‘work away’ at Johnny Gaudreau extension

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving had two big restricted free agents to lock up this summer, and as of Friday afternoon he’s down to one.

    Following Sean Monahan’s seven-year, $44 million extension, his good pal Johnny Gaudreau still remains unsigned.

    “It takes time. I’m positive he’s going to be here for Oct. 12 and be playing for the Calgary Flames,” Monahan said on Friday. “I’m not worried about it and obviously Brad’s doing his work on that part. I’m just looking forward to getting up to the World Cup and playing with him there and continue that chemistry into the season.”

    Both players will be in Toronto next month playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported earlier this week that Gaudreau will play even if he remains unsigned come Sept. 17 after he purchased his own insurance for the event.


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  • Rakell replaces Steen; Luongo aging fine; DiPauli to Pens (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 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

    . @NJDevils I call them “The Pads of Seduction” inspired by @steviegio11! I hope you like them @Blockaid1

    — Adam Henrique (@AdamHenrique) August 18, 2016

    • George Costanza would be proud.

    • Rickard Rakell will replace Alex Steen on Sweden’s World Cup of Hockey roster. Steen is still sidelined following shoulder surgery in June. []

    • Like a fine wine, Roberto Luongo is only getting better with age. [TSN]


    Live from Rio: Ryan Lochte, international fugitive; the strange side of the Games:

  • KHL gives Damir Ryspayev lifetime ban following preseason brawl

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    Having already been suspended for the remainder of the KHL preseason, Barys’ Damir Ryspayev has now been handed a lifetime ban for his actions during a brawl earlier this month.

    The game lasted only three minutes after first-year KHL side Kunlun Red Star abandoned the ice. Tomas Marcinko, who was sucker-punched by Ryspayev, suffered a concussion.

    “It goes without saying that hockey is a contact sport. But above all, it is a fair contest in which rival players are guided by the rules of the game and spirit of sporting ethics,” said Gennady Timchenko, representative of the KHL’s Council of Directors in a statement. “The League acts as a guarantor of these rules and laws, and cannot allow them to be systematically and grotesquely violated. It is utterly unacceptable to intentionally endanger the safety and fitness of opposing players. Every player’s professionalism is demonstrated by the ability to play a hard, uncompromising game while maintaining full respect for fellow sportsmen and their fans.