Sean Leahy

  • Steven Stamkos glad 'stressful' free agency process is over

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    The sleepless nights were there for Steven Stamkos. As he approached unrestricted free agency for the first time in his NHL career, he couldn’t help but allow thoughts of potentially playing somewhere other than Tampa slip into his head.

    But at the end of the day, he was able to stick with the intentions he’d stated all along and re-sign with the Lightning.

    “It’s been a great eight years that I’ve been there,” Stamkos said during a Thursday conference call with reporters. “I grew up as a kid there and this team is on the verge of hopefully competing for Stanley Cups for years to come. Being the captain and being a leader of that team I felt in my heart that that was always the place I wanted to stay. I know the process took a lot longer than maybe both parties would have liked, but it was an experience, and every decision in life you just want to make the best decision at the end of the day.”

    “For me, it was just following your heart and being loyal to an organization that has brought me up and has made me the player and the person that I am today,” he said.

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  • Boll, Carle, Seidenberg among those set to be bought out

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Free Agent Frenzy kicks off Friday at noon ET and NHL teams are continuing to find ways to free up extra salary cap space in order to try and improve their rosters this summer.

    In all, 14 buyouts were used this month, and some general managers decided to use the option before Thursday’s deadline.

    Getting the “waived for intention to buy out” treatment are Matt Carle, Lauri Korpikoski, Jared Boll, Dennis Seidenberg, Matt Greene and Barret Jackman, per Bob McKenzie. If and when they clear waivers on Friday, their respective contracts will be buy out.

    Here’s who hit the wire on Thursday:

    Boll: The Columbus Blue Jackets will save $1.134 million on their cap this season for buying out the final year of the 30-year-old forward’s deal who, along Fedor Tyutin was one of team’s longest-tenured players. The Blue Jackets will have a $566,666 hit on their cap for the next two seasons. After buying out Tyutin and re-signing Seth Jones, Columbus had just over $42,000 in space on Wednesday. They’re now up to $4.467 million in room.

    (All cap information via General Fanager)

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  • Sharks sign Tomas Hertl to two-year, $6 million bridge deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Tomas Hertl is likely smiling as usual today after signing a two-year, $6 million extension with the San Jose Sharks, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

    The 22-year-old Hertl scored 21 goals and 46 points in 81 points with the Sharks in 2015-16. He was also a big factor in San Jose’s run to the Stanley Cup Final with six goals and 11 points in 20 playoff games. His $3 million salary is a nice raise from the $925,000 he made the last three seasons.

    Hertl was one of four Sharks restricted free agents issued qualifying offers on Tuesday, joining Ryan Carptener, Matt Nieto and Dylan DeMelo. It’s a solid deal for San Jose with a reasonable cap hit and keeps the young forward an RFA when the deal expires in 2018. It also gives GM Doug Wilson some flexibility to dip into the UFA market beginning Friday as the team has just over $9 million in cap space, according to General Fanager.

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  • Isles' Josh Ho-Sang a changed man after 2015 camp dismissal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Josh Ho-Sang didn’t last long during New York Islanders training camp last September. On Day 1, the second of their two 2014 first-round selections was late, prompting GM Garth Snow to send him home.

    Of course, before Ho-Sang was officially dismissed the team made him run the stairs at Nassau Coliseum for a couple of hours.

    Nine months later, Ho-Sang is back on Long Island for the team’s prospect development camp following a solid season with Niagara of the OHL where he posted 19 goals and 82 points in 66 games, helping the Ice Dogs reach the league final.

    Despite his very public exit from camp, there was no sit-down with Snow during the year to discuss what happened.

    “They don’t really have to talk to me,” he said. “They sent the message pretty clear last year.”

    Now 20, the experience, Ho-Sang says, has changed him for the better.

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  • Canucks fined $50,000 for GM's comments about Stamkos, Subban

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Vancouver Canucks will be cutting a $50,000 check to the National Hockey League after they were fined following comments made by general manager Jim Benning last week about Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban.

    “Canucks General Manager Jim Benning violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in players under contract to other NHL Clubs,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in a statement.

    “I spoke with Jim and accept his representation that he intended no harm with his comments and that he will handle similar questions from the media differently in the future.”

    In a statement Benning said, “Last week I was trying to be candid with our fans and media about our efforts to improve our team but said too much about players on other teams. I have spoken personally to the NHL and the General Managers involved to apologize and I accept the League’s ruling.” 

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  • RIP Trudy Daley; trading Shattenkirk; Coyotes re-sign Domingue (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 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 puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.  

    • Trevor Daley’s mom, Trudy, died from cancer last week. Fortunately, she was able to see her son lift the Stanley Cup before she left us. [Color of Hockey

    • One option for Steve Yzerman to get something in return for Steven Stamkos: a sign and trade. [Sportsnet]

    • What are the chances that Stamkos chooses Boston? [Bruins Daily]

    • Katie Baker on Eric Lindros’ six-year wait to get in the Hockey Hall of Fame. [The Ringer]

    • Finally, Patrik Laine is good at hockey and putting:

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  • Matt Cullen delays retirement as Penguins look to re-sign him

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Matt Cullen won’t be ending his NHL career following a second Stanley Cup. He’ll be back for a19th season, as he confirmed to the Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari. The only question left is where will he play.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins would like him back, as Cullen, who turns 40 in November, told GM Jim Rutherford, but it all comes down to the team's salary cap picture.

    Cullen spoke with #pens GM Jim Rutherford; he's hoping it works out in PIT but is respectful to fact that they're right up against cap

    Following the 2014-15 season with the Nashville Predators, Cullen contemplated retirement. But then Rutherford, his old GM in Carolina, called and he eventually signed a one-year deal with the Penguins worth $800,000.

    What Rutherford got out of that $800K made it one of the NHL's best values last season.

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  • Sergei Makarov joins 'KLM' linemate Larionov in Hockey Hall of Fame

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Nearly 20 years after retiring, Sergei Makarov has been named as part of the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame Class, joining Pat Quinn, Rogie Vachon and Eric Lindros.

    “Oh my gosh, the wait is over,” is what Hall Chairman Lanny MacDonald said Makarov responded with when told the great news from his home in Russia.

    Markarov’s case is a unique one in that his resumes on the NHL and international level are impressive, and in a year where there weren’t any slam-dunk candidates, the former Soviet star will finally get enshrined in Toronto this coming November. 

    On the club level with CSKA Moscow, he won 11 consecutive league titles and led the Soviet league in scoring for nine seasons, winning three MVPs.

    Makarov would reunite with Larionov in 1993 with the San Jose Sharks and form the 'OV' line with Johan Garpenlov. He would lead the team in scoring with 30 goals and 68 points and help upset the No. 1 seeded Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

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  • Jaromir Jagr surprises nosy photographer with sandwich (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    As you could imagine, Jaromir Jagr is a pretty popular fella in his home country of the Czech Republic. So now that he’s back overseas preparing for the 2016-17 NHL season, the paparazzi over there can’t help but want to snag a photograph of the hockey legend.

    One such inspired photographer decided to wait outside Jagr’s home earlier this month to snap a shot of the 44-year-old Florida Panthers forward and his girlfriend, Veronika. He was so determined for a snapshot, he was willing to wait a very long time.

    After a while, Jagr went outside to speak to him. When it appeared the man wouldn’t be leaving anytime soon, Jagr wanted to make sure his visitor didn’t starve, so he had a snack prepared for him.

    When Jagr approached the photographer with the meal, he explained, “You deserve this for your patience. Hockey taught me to respect my opponents.”

    Hopefully the photographer enjoyed his meal and will leave Jagr and his girflriend alone for the rest of the summer.

    To end his video, Jagr noted, “It's not always fun to be popular.” 

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  • Canucks waive Chris Higgins, intend to buy him out

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Five months after the Vancouver Canucks announced they were exploring trade options for Chris Higgins and then later demoted him to the AHL, the team has decided to waive 33-year-old forward again, this time time with the intent of buying him out.

    According to General Fanager, buying out the final year of Higgins’ deal saves the Canucks $1.666 million this coming season. There will be a $833,333 hit on Vancouver’s cap picture for 2016-17 and 2017-18.

    The Canucks tried to find a trade partner in January for Higgins, who only scored three times in 33 games this season. No one gave GM Jim Benning a call, so a day later he was waived and sent to Utica of the AHL where he’d post 9-4-13 in 22 games.

    Injuries hampered Higgins this season, leading to an unproductive campaign that caused a decline offensively and also saw his possession numbers drop from 50 percent over the last two seasons to 46 percent, per Corsica Hockey.

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