Sean Leahy

  • Trevor Daley adjusting to life as a spectator for Stanley Cup Final

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH – Game 7 was tense for every Pittsburgh Penguins player, including those who weren’t involved. 

    Trevor Daley was one of those players. He hadn’t watched a game of the series since breaking his ankle in Game 4, but with the season on the line the defenseman was inside the Penguins’ trainer’s room watching his teammates beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

    Six days earlier, Daley’s season came to an end after a collision with Ryan Callahan along the boards while retrieving a puck.

    “I knew it was bad. I was just hoping to get back to the front of the net and I knew that the whistle wasn’t going to be blown until we had the puck,” Daley said during Stanley Cup Final Media Day on Sunday. “I don’t know what I was gonna do, but maybe I was going to help the goalie or something, I don’t know.”

    “You do feel sorry for yourself, but I try to control what I can control and I can’t control this situation,” he said. “I’m going to have to try to make the best of it.”

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  • Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has the better coach?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Leading up to Monday's Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks — on the ice and off the ice.


    Aside from a six-game spell filling in for a suspended John Tortorella in 2014, Mike Sullivan had not been the man behind an NHL bench since 2005-06 season before he was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in December. He’d spend nearly the last decade as an assistant around the league and in a player development role with the Chicago Blackhawks a couple of seasons ago.  

    Last June, Sullivan was given the opportunity by Penguins GM Jim Rutherford to run the bench for their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. When Mike Johnston was fired in December, Rutherford decided to promote Sullivan instead of any his NHL assistants because he wanted a new face in the room, someone the players didn’t know.  

    Sullivan's system has allowed the Penguins to showcase their team speed, which has allowed them to expose opponents. What the head coach preaches clicked with his group and a season that was looking dire blossomed into one with Stanley Cup dreams.



  • Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has the better special teams?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    Leading up to Monday's Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks — on the ice and off the ice.


    As you’d suspect, the special teams for both of the Penguins and Sharks have done pretty well in the three rounds leading up to the Final. The Penguins’ power play (23.4 percent) comes in just behind the Sharks’ unit (27 percent), with both having been lethal at time this postseason.  

    Pittsburgh rolls out a talent-laden top unit featuring four forwards — Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel — and one defenseman, Kris Letang. That crew has scored 12 of the Penguins’ 15 goals with the man advantage. The second unit took a blow when Trevor Daley fractured his ankle in the conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning and saw his season come to an end. Justin Schultz stepped in and picked up two power play points in his first three games re-entering the lineup.

    ADVANTAGE : Sharks, by a slight edge.


    ADVANTAGE : Penguins


  • Stanley Cup Final conflict forces Andrea Bocelli to reschedule concert

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Arena availability during playoff time is always a tricking thing when trying to schedule games. So it comes as no surprise that the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks is forcing the rescheduling of an event from San Jose’s SAP Center.

    Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was set to perform on Saturday, June 4, but when the NHL released its schedule for the final round, the concert conflicted with Game 3.

    As a resolution, Bocelli has moved the concert from Saturday to Friday and he “congratulates the San Jose Sharks for reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history and wishes them success in the best of 7-game series," according to a statement.

    This isn’t the first time the Penguins have been involved in a series where a big concert forced a change in scheduling.

    During the Penguins’ 2009 second-round series against the Washington Capitals, a scheduled Yanni concert at Mellon Arena forced the NHL to schedule Games 4 and 5 back-to-back in Pittsburgh and Washington. That upset Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, as the Penguins won both games.

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  • Czech Republic names Jagr-less final World Cup of Hockey roster

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Jaromir Jagr will not be playing the Czech’s at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey so he can rest up for the Florida Panthers’ season. Without the 44-year-old legend, they'll have to make do with a mostly NHL roster in a tough Group A with Canada, USA, and Team Europe.

    Here’s who the Czechs will be bringing to Toronto in September:

    (Ed. note: Bolded names are final additions.)

    G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

    D Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers D Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes * D Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks D Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes * D Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames * D Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks D Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning 

    F Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars * F Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames F Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes F Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars * F Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks F Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues * F David Krejci, Boston Bruins F Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs * F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning F David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins F Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens F Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL) F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers 

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  • Russia names final World Cup of Hockey roster; NHL to ban Voynov?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Russians went heavy on forward for their initial World Cup of Hockey roster, naming only three defenseman. So that left a few spots up front available and a bevy on the back end.

    Here’s who Russia will be bringing to Toronto in September:

    (Ed. note: Bolded names are final additions.)

    G Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets G Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche G Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

    D Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens * D Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers D Alexey Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings * D Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens D Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals D Slava Voynov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) * D Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto Maple Leafs *

    • You may have scanned the forward group twice looking for a pair of specific names, but you’re not going to find them. Yes, The Russians are leaving both Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Radulov home. Did Kovalchuk’s behavior during the Gagarin Cup playoffs and Radulov’s desire to return to the NHL play a part in them being left off? 


    Previously released final rosters:

  • Chris Phillips announces retirement after 17 NHL seasons

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    After 1,179 NHL games, Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips has announced his retirement. 

    Phillips, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft and longest-serving player in Senators history, has been hounded by back issues since Feb. 2015, when he last played an NHL game. After several attempted comebacks, including one this past training camp that ended when he suffered a cracked vertebrae during rehabilitation, the time to hang up his skates had arrived.

    “I’d be lying if I haven’t thought about [retiring] for a while just given the past season and how it unfolded,” Phillips said during a Thursday news conference. “I remember we thought at the start of last year I was going to be ready to go at some point and just continually having setbacks and really just going through that basically back to normal life routine, not traveling, still going to the rinks in the morning, but being home and really kind of getting a taste of what life might look like post-hockey career.

    "He represents loyalty and what it means to be an Ottawa Senator,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

  • Bolts, Pens Game 7; Girardi's future; Peter Stastny sounds off (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 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

    • P.K. Subban shows up and that’s how you play, Toronto Raptors? 

    • From Max Talbot to Mike Rupp, Game 7 heroes aren’t always the superstars coming through. [Post-Gazette]

    • Why did Mike Sullivan go to Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 5? He had a pretty good reason. [Sporting News

    • Matt Carle should sit in favor of Slater Koekkoek for Game 7. [Raw Charge]

    • Canadian university hockey players lend a helping hand to Fort McMurray residents. [Yahoo Eh Game]

  • NHL conference finalists get Jimmy Fallon superlative treatment (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    As the Stanley Cup Playoffs move from the conference finals to the Stanley Cup Final, The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon has returned for more NHL superlatives.

    Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning get the treatment this time, with Valtteri Filppula and Victor Hedman among the players once again in the late night host’s crosshairs.

    This was Hedman and Filppula’s third time being featured. The Lightning defenseman had won “Most Likely To Be Every Brad Pitt Character Combined Into One” and  “Most Likely To Be The Love Child Of Brad Pitt And Benicio Del Toro” previously.

    Filppula can add this one to “Most Likely To Be Draco Malfoy If He Became a Hockey-Themed Wrestler” and “Most Likely To Spin Around In A Chair And Reveal His Plan While Petting A Hairless Cat.”

    Poor Mirco Mueller. The 21-year-old Swiss defenseman will show everyone in about five years when his peach fuzz finally comes in.

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  • How a Nikita Kucherov goal helped Tampa couple name their child

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Sports fans are known to name things after their favorite athletes. Whether it’s car, a pet or a child, the names stick and provide a backstory. (Remember Malkin Crosby Long?)

    So it’s no surprise that a Tampa area newborn, who entered the world early on Tuesday morning, shares a name with one of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s biggest stars.

    No, not Steven after captain Steven Stamkos. No, not Ben after goaltender Ben Bishop. No, not even Victor, after stud defenseman Victor Hedman.

    At 8:48 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Nikita Annette Franklin was born, named after forward Nikita Kucherov.

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    How did Laine and Eric Franklin land on Nikita as a name for their daughter? While attending a game last season, Laine informed Eric that she was pregnant. Jokingly, Eric told her that they should name the child after the Lightning player who scored the first goal in that game. Sure enough, it was Kucherov. 

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