- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 mins ago
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• The Los Angeles Kings will debut a 50th anniversary logo next season. Could this be it? [Mayor’s Manor]
• Should the Toronto Maple Leafs buy out Jared Cowen after the season? [The Leafs Nation]
• Good deal, at least in the short term, for the Ottawa Senators. [Silver Seven Sens]Tue, Feb 94:00 PM PSTLos Angeles at BostonPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy38 mins ago
Bryan Murray wasn’t hesitant about making a deal within his own division when he acquired Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of a nine-player deal Tuesday morning.
“I’m never concerned about making a good trade. I’ve made trades in Tampa and with Buffalo and now with Toronto,” he said. “I think if you can make a trade that satisfies your needs you can’t worry about how it affects the other team.”
Murray said he and Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello began talks a while ago after Lamoriello inquired about something else. Murray brought up Phaneuf’s name and on Saturday things began to get serious.
For the Senators, the trade was all about hockey and improving areas of need, specifically an experienced left-side defenseman, something Murray said has been a priority for him for over a year. Toronto, meanwhile, had their eye on the future and opening up cap space.Tue, Feb 96:00 PM PSTToronto at CalgaryPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The NHL trade deadline isn’t until Feb. 29, but the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators weren’t in a waiting mood as they pulled off a nine-player blockbuster Tuesday morning.
Heading to Ottawa is Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and Cody Donaghey. Going back the other way is Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg and the Senators’ second-round pick in 2017.
As the Maple Leafs did a year ago in moving David Clarkson’s contract, no money will be retained by either side in this deal.
Phaneuf becomes the first Maple Leafs captain dealt since Doug Gilmour was sent to the New Jersey Devils in 1997, a move which also involved Lou Lamoriello.Wed, Feb 104:00 PM PSTOttawa at DetroitPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It has long been acknowledged that the Beanpot has a serious problem, insofar as it ends up being interesting to only a small sliver of a small sliver of college hockey fandom.
Flagging attendance figures, diminished discussion, less lively crowds, etc. have only become more of an issue in recent years. It wasn't so long ago that Northeastern coach Jim Madigan, in an admittedly self-serving turn, that the only thing that would really fix the Beanpot is if someone besides BC or BU were to win it.
Which, let's face it, doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon.
And even then, if Harvard were to somehow win it — for the first time since 1993 — that would be interesting for a year or two. But to put things flatly, very few people actually care whether Harvard wins or loses the Beanpot or just about any other hockey game. Their supporters' sections at the Beanpot are always always always wastelands, with maybe a dozen students, a small pep band, and not much to cheer about.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Guess who's back? Back again? Sidney's back! Tell a friend.
Sidney Crosby's monster week is one of the stories we cover in the latest Yahoo Fantasy Hockey awards, which also deal with the fall of the Minnesota Wild and Kyle Okposo's powerful season.
Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski takes a look at the week that was in fantasy puck, with trends and transactions. Who won your pool? Who lost it? Wysh has some awards to hand out.
FANTASY HOCKEY TEAM NAME OF THE WEEK: The Puck Exchange has a rather robust list of team names, including this one: " Grabner Budaj."
Reminder: You can play Yahoo! Sports Daily Fantasy Hockey and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit. And you never have to worry about forgetting to start your goalie. Which is nice.Tue, Feb 95:00 PM PSTDallas at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
At this point, it’s Sidney Crosby’s world, and we’re all living in it. Sid had a four-point night in the Penguins’ 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, with two goals and two assists. That’s seven straight games with a goal, and points in 11 straight games (12 goals, 10 assists). Crosby is now fifth in the NHL in scoring, and six points away from Jamie Benn for second in scoring. Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves.
No. 2 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
Mrazek made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, as the Red Wings defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-0. Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk (2 goals) had the offense for Detroit.
No. 3 Star: Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators
Stone scored a goal for the fourth straight game, tallying twice in the second period to power the Senators to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He also assisted on Zack Smith’s opening goal.Tue, Feb 94:00 PM PSTAnaheim at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Heading into the Florida Panthers’ game at the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, Aleksander Barkov had goals in each of his last four games.
He didn’t score against the Red Wings, because his night ended nearly midway through the second period.
Barkov collected the puck near his own net, and tried to send it up the boards. He was a bit crouched, a bit off-balance. Abdelkader met him with a hard hit that appeared to make principle contact with Barkov’s shoulder or chest before his head.
The Panthers forward dropped to the ice, before skating back to the bench. He didn’t see the ice after that hit, playing just 8:58 for the game.
Florida announced he was out with an “upper body injury.”
Hopefully this was just a precaution, as Barkov is having a heck of a season for the Panthers.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Martin Brodeur has officially been bronzed an immortalized.
The New Jersey Devils unveiled a statue of the legendary goaltender at a ceremony in the Prudential Center on Monday.
The statue, which was designed by Jon Krawczyk, will rest outside the Prudential Center in Championship Plaza. Brodeur is set to have his No. 30 retired on Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers.
“When they brought it up, I was shocked,” Brodeur said in New York Times story. “I never expected a statue like that, to be standing outside ... forever.”
Joked Brodeur at the ceremony, “It’s, a lot more fit than me now.”
Here's a better look pic.twitter.com/jFaAuXnBtT
Brodeur is the NHL’s all-time leader in wins with 691 and shutouts with 125. He won three Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies with the Devils. He is considered the greatest player in franchise history and one of the top goaltenders in NHL history.Tue, Feb 94:00 PM PSTEdmonton at New JerseyPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
- Chris Johnston of Sportsnet joins us to talk about the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens, the NHL trade deadline and the World Cup of Hockey.
- Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy talks about his hatred of football, Stanley Cup commercials, the Wayne Simmonds incident and much, much more.
- Stanley Cup vs. Lombardi Trophy.
- National Anthem debates.
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]Tue, Feb 94:30 PM PSTTampa Bay at MontrealPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Bill Foley, the billionaire behind the Las Vegas NHL expansion bid, is “9.5 out of 10” confident that the League will award him a franchise.
He thinks that the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena, opening in April, is enough to earn a team. He thinks 14,000 season-ticket “deposits and commitments” are enough, with the upper bowl of the Vegas arena sold out. He thinks having sold out all but one of his luxury boxes in the arena is enough.
So he’s watching and waiting. “They’re doing their job. They’re doing their process,” he said of the NHL, in an interview with NBC 3 in Las Vegas this week. “I don’t talk to the owners. I’m in a quiet time. It’s like a public offering: I’m trying to be patient.”
That said, Foley isn’t quiet about one aspect of the timeline: He’d like an answer by June if this team is going to debut in the 2017-18 season.
Why June? For one reason, that’s the earliest he can start looking for a hockey operations staff. “We really can’t talk to potential GMs or coaches or scouting staff [in season],” he said.