- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings have seen two of their players publicly deal with domestic violence and drug issues during the last year. Because of this, general manager Dean Lombardi said the team will take the step of bringing in people outside the organization to educate its players about such problems.
In October, defenseman Slava Voynov was charged with corporal injury to spouse with a great bodily injury. In April, forward Jarret Stoll was arrested for possession of cocaine and ecstasy at a Las Vegas pool.
Lombardi didn’t say the name of the domestic violence group that will talk to the Kings or when. He did say former NBA player Chris Herren would talk to them about drug abuse and that both were in the process of being set up.
Stanley Cup Media Day notebook: Bowman not worried about cap crunch; Richards back in Tampa; Blackhawks remember Reif, MontadorSean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
TAMPA — As the Chicago Blackhawks go for their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, one of the storylines heading into this series with the Tampa Bay Lightning is that this is the “end” for this group and that GM Stan Bowman will have to overhaul his roster this summer due to salary cap restrictions.
The Blackhawks will indeed have to shed some salary before next season once new contracts for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews kick in and an extension is potentially handed out to restricted free agent Brandon Saad, plus whatever RFAs and unrestricted free agents Bowman’s chooses to bring back. But he’s been through this before -- in 2010 after their first Cup win of this recent run -- so he’s not worried the work that lay ahead of him this summer.
“The way I look at it, every team is going to have changes going into next year,” Bowman said. “We’re not the only ones. There’s going to be some new players.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed defenseman Jeff Petry for … a lot of money.
Per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, thecost of the 27-year-old’s contract is $33 million over six years. Cody Franson another pending unrestricted free agent defenseman of the same age, suddenly got really happy.
“We are very happy that Jeff has agreed to remain with the Montreal Canadiens for the next six seasons. To re-sign him to a new contract was one of our main off-season priorities. Jeff showed a tremendous will to commit to the Canadiens and stay in Montreal,” said general manager Marc Bergevin. “He is a solid defenseman with speed and size who acquired valuable playoff experience this year. Jeff is a very good fit within our group of defensemen and his presence gives us a lot of depth at this position.”
The Canadiens acquired Petry’s services at the trade deadline from Edmonton for a second-round pick in the 2015 draft and a conditional 2015 pick. In 19 games with Montreal, scored three goals and added four assists and averaged 22:11 of ice-time.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
TAMPA – In a sport where a coach’s platitudes towards his players float by on wings of homogeny, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s admiration of defenseman Duncan Keith was capriciously definitive.
“He's kind of a freak,” said Quenneville, “as far as his metabolism and conditioning level.”
In 17 games, The Freak has taken 16 more shifts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs than any other player. He’s averaged more ice time per game – 31 minutes, 35 seconds – than any other player. He’s played a total of 537 minutes and 4 seconds, which is already more than 10 minutes greater than his total ice time in 19 games last postseason.
He’s on pace for more than 600 minutes played, and potentially the highest average ice time since the NHL began tracking the stat in 1998.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
TAMPA — Brenden Morrow and Kimmo Timonen are this year’s Old Guys Who Haven’t Won a Stanley Cup Yet as the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks battle for this season’s NHL title. Both have reached this stage of the season once before, but left without a ring.
For Morrow, his opportunity to win a Cup came early in his career, his rookie season with the Dallas Stars to be exact. In Game 6, however, Patrik Elias found Jason Arnott in double overtime and the New Jersey Devils were champions. Fifteen years later, opportunity came calling a second time.
“It was a long time coming. Fifteen years since the last trip here,” Morrow said during Tuesday’s Media Day. “Little naive at the time about what it all meant. It’s an exciting time. Don’t want to be overwhelmed by anything here … Grinding out for 15 years you never know when you’re going to get back.”
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we're bound to lose some friends along the journey. We've asked for these losers, gone but not forgotten, to be eulogized by the people who knew the teams best: The bloggers and fans who hated them the most. Here is ‘stace_ofbase’, queen of garbage wallowing at Battle of California, fondly recalling the 2014-15 Anaheim Ducks. Again, this was not written by us. Also: This is a roast and you will be offended by it, so don't take it so seriously.)
Throughout the history of humankind there has been quite the emphasis on the number three (Triple Deity, the Rule of Three, Three Men and a Baby, etc.), and I never understood its significance until now.
Until May 30, 2015. The day that the Anaheim Ducks were laid to rest. Again.
The 2012-2013 Western Conference Quarterfinal. Anaheim is up 3 games to 2 against Detroit. Anaheim loses Game 6 on the road. Anaheim is eliminated at home Game 7.
The 2013-2014 Western Conference Semifinal. Anaheim is up 3 games to 2 against Los Angeles. Anaheim loses Game 6 on the road. Anaheim is eliminated at home Game 7.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
TAMPA — Daniel Carcillo lost his best friend in hockey this past February. Following the death of Steve Montador, the Chicago Blackhawks forward called for change using the platform created by The Players’ Tribune.
In the video, Carcillo spoke about his friend and encouraged players dealing with various issues to speak out and ask for help.
A month and a half later, Carcillo was at Stanley Cup Final Media Day on Tuesday and said he’s received responses not just from those in the hockey world, but other sports as well.
“I think it’s been pretty positive,” he said. “The NHLPA has come out and they’re already trying to change things and make it easier on us to transtition out. It’s been good. All the positive response, you can kind of see a little bit of a niche for it. There’s a want for it, otherwise you wouldn’t have the overwhelming response that we did get to it. It’s encouraging and hopefully we just try to improve the current situation and just make it better.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
TAMPA – Jason Garrison’s beard looks like a steel wool scouring pad mated with a small black bear.
“This is the longest I’ve gone with it. It’s not too bad,” he said on Tuesday, stroking his whiskers, tempting fate he might lose a finger.
Garrison’s beard was flagged in the Eastern Conference Final Beard Watch as the one “that could win the whole thing.” He claims, for the most part, the thicket remains untouched.
“I’ve just trimmed around the lips. That’s about it,” he said.
Garrison also relies on his friends to help with the upkeep. And by that we mean, ‘Yo, dude, you totally have guacamole in your beard. And we didn’t even eat that tonight.’
“I have good support from my buddies when we go out to eat. They always tell me if there’s anything stuck in there,” he said.
Has he cheated at all with the growing of this beard?
“No dye. No Just For Men,” said Garrison.
C’mon, Jason – have you cheated at all with this beard?
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
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• I don't have to see the full windup to know Shane Doan isn't cut out for baseball. [Getty]
• Steven Stamkos is on a mission to win his first Stanley Cup in his young NHL career. [Tampa Bay Times]
• Brent Seabrook has been solid this postseason. But he hasn’t needed to be a superstar for the Blackhawks. [Chicago Tribune]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
TAMPA – Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks has earned comparisons to Hockey Hall of Famer and Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman since he entered the NHL.
“Well, we [both] wore No. 19,” quipped Yzerman, now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It goes well beyond that, of course. They wereboth young captains. By the end of Yzerman’s career, he personified the kind of dominant two-way center that Toews has been defined as being since he joined the league in 2007. And then there’s the winning thing: Yzerman won three Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, and Toews could win his third with the Blackhawks against Yzerman’s Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.
All that said … who’s the better player?
Yzerman said it’s no contest.
“The reality is that Jon is bigger, stronger … better. He just is. Tremendous all-around player, great person,” he said, pumping tires mightily before the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa.