- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Look, at this point, we’re used to being let down when NHL teams reveal new jerseys. From the influx of black to weird piping, our favorite hockey teams really know how to disappoint us. (Same goes for whenever Nike gets involved with international jerseys, as we saw in Sochi.)
NHL All-Star jerseys have been more miss than hit since the birth of the Eastern and Western Conferences. The old black, orange and white jerseys worn by the Wales and Campbell Conferences are long gone; and judging by what might be in store for the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus, we could be seeing things take a futuristic turn.
Last month, Icethetics got their hands on a Reebok Spring 2015 catalog that showed All-Star Game apparel featuring "electric green." The other notable thing found was the chrome-like appearance of the logo.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs 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.
• In honor of The Simpsons marathon on FXX, Battle of California's Blogger Emeritus, Earl Sleek, is re-publishing his best Simpson and hockey inspired Sleektoons on Twitter using the hashtag #EverySimpsonsGagEver. Here's a sample depicting Burns joining the Sharks.
• We knew it was coming, and now it is official: Jean-Sebastien Giguere is retiring after 16 seasons. (I wouldn't be surprised to see Jiggy's sweater lifted to the rafters in Anaheim during the 2015-16 season.) [Avalanche]
• The title of the article is very misleading. Bertuzzi 'speaking' about his case is basically him saying 'I'm still not going to talk about it'. [Detroit Free Press]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Linda Cohn has worked at ESPN since 1992, a.k.a. when they covered the NHL. Before that, she attended SUNY-Oswego and played goalie, following a high-school career that saw her play for the boys’ team.
In March, she had plans to strap on the pads again for a promotional event with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate. As she was about to take the ice at Brewster Arena, Cohn says that a group of children knocked a large coin-change machine on her, slicing her arm to the tune of 25 stitches.
The team called it a “freak accident.”
Cohn believes the arena and its owners were negligent, and filed suit against them in July.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been one of the most inspiring stories of the summer, despite what its detractors might protest. It’s raised millions for ALS research, brought a disparate collection of individuals together and, let’s face it, given a chance for creative people to elevate the gimmick into something epic. (Like the Foo Fighters, for example.)
That said, once you get BizNasty dropping glacier water from a helicopter, there aren’t mean Ice Bucket Challenge competitors left that would make you stop and watch yet another individual dump water on their own head.
But Don Cherry … yes, Don Cherry is something we’ll stop and watch have water dumped on his head – and his well-tailored jacket:
Well, someone had to water the flowers.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
College hockey is seemingly always at war with major juniors, and it's not exactly a fair fight.
When it comes to choosing a development path, which prospects hope will bring them toward the NHL, teenaged players in North America largely have two options:
1. They can go to major junior and play 50-plus games per season at least ...
2. They can go to college and play somewhere between 34 and 45 or so.
The other aspects of life are different: In the CHL, there's studying to some extent, but probably not as much, and it's certainly a more “professional” hockey lifestyle. In the NCAA, you have to juggle class and practice and travel for games, and it's not always easy.
But the reason it's not a fair fight is that the NCAA's amateurism rules state that players who have participated in the CHL cannot play college hockey — an extremely complicated and contentious issue that's unlikely to ever be resolved — where the CHL has no such restrictions. And so a kid can choose college, and if he doesn't like it, not have to regret the decision because he'll probably be able to find a junior team to pick him up.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Teemu Selanne’s playing career may continue next season with Jokerit, the Finnish team which gave him his start.
But whether he plays or retires, Teemu’s status as a hockey icon in his homeland means the endorsements will keep pouring in ... like milk into a pint glass.
Teemu Selanne is in a great new commercial for Valio, the official milk product of future Hockey Hall of Famers named Teemu. It's an inspirational hockey fable, brought to life by one of our game's most cherished players.
Here's Teemu's new ad:
We don’t speak Finnish, so we’re taking our best guess at the plot synopsis. Here goes nothing:
Teemu Selanne portrays Teemu Selanne, a former National Hockey League star who made the terrible, regrettable decision to retire when he clearly could have played another season in the League; potentially depriving Winnipeg of its most amazing moment since that time portable electric heaters debuted in local stores. Which we believe was in 2007.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy1 day ago
(Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine in the summer. So your friends at Puck Daddy are offering a month of thrown shade and perpetual gloom. Behold, our Summer of Disappointment series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to recall the biggest bummer moments, teams and players in franchise history! Please wade into their misery like a freezing resort pool, and add your own choices in the comments!)
Written by Ian Hermelin of The Breakdown
Most Disappointing Team: 1969-1970 Montreal Canadiens
The NHL doubled in size leading up to the 1967-1968 season.
The Canadiens, fresh after falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the previous seasons' Stanley Cup Final, looked to re-assert their dominance on the new league. They did just that, capturing their 15th and 16th Stanley Cups in 1968 and 1969. Riding high on that success and with a roster proliferated by future hall of famers, the Habs looked to continue their command as the league's preeminent franchise.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 day ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
6. A midseason tournament
Hockey fans are always going to want more hockey and it's pretty easy to agree with them: More hockey is good.
But the problem is that, in many cases, guys are already pushed to the physical limit by the sport as it currently stands. There's a two- or three-week training camp of scrimmages and exhibitions, then an 82-game regular season that's hardly broken up by a brief All-Star break, then a postseason that can run as many as 28 more games if your team is truly unfortunate. That doesn't include seasons in which the Olympics are played, either. Nor does it include the World Cup of Hockey that might make a comeback in the next few years.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Tim Murray isn’t going to like this.
The Buffalo Sabres general manager already registered his dissatisfaction with the NHL’s changes to its draft lottery, which were approved by the Board of Governors earlier this year.
The issue? The immediacy: They were due to go into effect for 2015, when super-rookies Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are available and when the Buffalo Sabres are expected to be abjectly terrible.
“You know who you’re affecting, that’s not fair,” said Murray.
The changes have now been approved by the NHLPA, and the NHL announced how the system will work for the most highly-hyped lottery since Sidney Crosby was the prize.
From the NHL on the 2015 Draft, with translation from our crack staff of decoders:
The odds of winning the first overall selection in the NHL Draft for the 14 non-Playoff teams will be adjusted to more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance in the League.
“Currently, teams aren’t tanking for the No. 1 and No. 2 picks. But they’re totally going to start next season.”