Sean Leahy

  • Pass or Fail: Philadelphia Flyers' 50th anniversary jersey

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    The Philadelphia Flyers revealed their 50th anniversary jersey on Wednesday and the reaction from fans was that maybe they should go back to drawing board and come up with something different.

    Many jersey unveilings in the NHL result in a “meh” response from fans of the team and hockey fans in general. Sometimes you’ll have a resounding positive response like when the Winnipeg Jets showed us all what they’ll be wearing during October’s Heritage Classic game against the Edmonton Oilers.

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    Then you have the kind of feedback that these Flyers jerseys elicited when they were launched into the social media stratosphere. The reaction wasn’t pretty, and there were dozens of variations of “these suck” and Goldmember memes in my Twitter mentions.

    Here’s a look at them:

    There’s also this nugget in the press release:

    Now it’s time to tell us what you think.

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  • Blue Jackets invite Stoll to camp; Osgood the owner; Bruins sign Moore (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

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    • The off-season progress of Jaromir Jagr’s mullet is going great as he promotes his new calendar. [NHL.com]

    • The Winnipeg Jets named Blake Wheeler as their new captain, while Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele will serve as alternates. [Jets]

    • Add Jarret Stoll to the list of veterans going to camp on a PTO. Stoll will be in camp in a few weeks with the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Columbus Dispatch]

    • Mike Babcock on coaching and the Toronto Maple Leafs. [PostMedia]

  • EA Sports producer Sean Ramjagsingh on NHL 17 customization, improved goalies (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Q. What were some of the more consistent pieces of feedback you received on the beta?

    RAMJAGSINGH: “Really positive feedback. I would say nothing major, nothing game-changing for us. The biggest thing was lot of feedback in the EA Sports Hockey League around the balancing of the different classes; so we worked closely with our game-changers, the group nominated by the fans to represent them working with us closely, to really interpret the feedback that we’re getting around the balance amongst the player classes in the EA Sports Hockey League. Just minor, minor things with gameplay that we’ve been tuning and tweaking and creating a new tuner set for so we have that experience dialed in for when the game launches [on Sept. 13.].

    “People really enjoyed the customization that we made available. For people that play in the EA Sports Hockey League and leveraging the customization of the progression mechanics, lots of great feedback as to other stuff that people want see for customization down the road added to the suite of customization assets that we have added to the game right now, which is great.”

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  • 'The Show or no': Raffi Torres gets training camp invite from Hurricanes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Raffi Torres will get the opportunity to find out if his rehabilitated knee can withstand the rigors of the NHL after the Carolina Hurricanes extended the 34-year-old forward a training camp invite.

    Aaron Ward broke the news of the invite with the Hurricanes confirming to the News and Observer on Tuesday.

    Between ACL surgeries and various suspensions, Torres has only played 56 NHL regular season and playoff games since 2013. He last appeared with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda in February after being traded by the San Jose Sharks to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then being loaned back to San Jose’s minor league affiliate. He shut things down for the season following a procedure and entered the summer without a contract and a bad knee.

  • Hurricanes give GM Ron Francis extension through 2018-19 season

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Despite their last Stanley Cup Playoff appearance and win occurring in May 2009, the Carolina Hurricanes have made changes that have them back on track for a return trip to the postseason.

    The man playing architect of the Canes’ rebuild is general manager Ron Francis, who was handed a contract extension by the organization on Tuesday that will keep him there through the 2018-19 NHL season.

    “Ron has rebuilt our organization the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out,” said Peter Karmanos Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Owner and Governor of the Hurricanes. “I’m thrilled that he will continue to see the job through. The future is very bright for the Hurricanes in Carolina.”

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    Peters is also signed through 2018-19 season after signing a two-year extension in July.

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  • Captain Plekanec; Yahoo fantasy hockey is open; Youppi! and the Expos (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

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    Это счастье❤️ pic.twitter.com/SNu4aXnRnJ

    — Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) August 28, 2016

    • Mazel tov, Ovi!

    • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey is open for the 2016-17 season. Register your team today! [Yahoo]

    • Desert Knights, Silver Knights, and Golden Knights have been trademarked by Bill Foley. Which one will be the Las Vegas NHL expansion franchise’s name? [Sin Bin Vegas]

    • Oh, and now let’s add “Sand Knights” to the list. Yeesh. [SportsLogos.net]

    • Former NHLer John Madden will replace Jared Bednar behind the bench of the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters. [Monsters]

  • KHL team unveils statue to adopted cat outside arena (Photos)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    To understand why a professional hockey team would honor a dead cat with a statue outside of its arena you have to go back two years to Dec. 2014 and inside a seafood store at Vladivostok International Airport.

    As patrons shopped, a curious little cat was hungry and decided to have itself a meal.

    That meal was a pricey one. About $1,000, in fact, as Stephen Douglas of The Big Lead detailed in June. It also landed the cat an offer to cozy up with anew home with the Communist Party. Instead, the feline took advantage of the newfound viral fame and was adopted by KHL side Admiral Vladivostok, which named it Matroska.

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    No, the team decided to build a statue. Really.

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  • Blues GM: Vladimir Sobotka expected to join team after World Cup

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Someday, Vladimir Sobotka will return to the NHL and fulfill the year of service he owes the St. Louis Blues following the 2014 arbitration decision that was made a week after he signed with Omsk of the KHL.

    He could have returned this past season, but Sobotka elected to remain in the KHL and posted an 18-goal, 34-point season and helped Omsk to within a game of the conference final.

    The 29-year-old Sobotka could have left after the 2015 IIHF World Championships via an out clause in his contract, but chose against making an NHL return after signing a three-year, $12 million-plus deal to play in Russia in 2014. Once again, it’s the off-season and speculation has been rife about whether or not he’ll be in the Blues’ lineup this fall.

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  • Jared Bednar brings championship resume as new Avalanche head coach

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned, the Colorado Avalanche have found their next head coach.

    After spending the last two seasons as a head coach in the AHL, Jared Bednar will get his shot at the NHL as he will be the one to replace Roy behind the Avalanche bench.

    “After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” said Avalanche EVP and GM Joe Sakic in a statement. “Jared’s track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business.

    “Even though we had to accelerate the process with training camp approaching, we feel we met some real strong candidates with a lot of potential to become head coaches in the NHL in the near future, continued Sakic. “I would like to thank the general managers who gave us permission to talk to key staff members at such a precarious time.”

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  • Bettman on jersey ads; Captain Pietrangelo; top left wingers (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

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    • 2007 Teemu meets 2016 Teemu. [Instagram]

    • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the World Cup, jersey ads, outdoor games and more. [CP via Yahoo]

    • The St. Louis Blues are set to name Alex Pietrangelo as the franchise’s 21st captain. [Post-Dispatch]

    • Sidney Crosby will captain Canada’s World Cup entry and Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber will serve as alternates. [NHL]

    • Hockey in Scotland is growing. [Sportsnet]