- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy16 mins ago
As Kate Cimini of Today's Slapshot reported earlier, COO and acting-GM of the Connecticut Whale, George Speirs, is out of both roles and no longer in business with the league.
An anonymous source close to the situation tells Puck Daddy the move to sever the relationship with Speirs was one that became painfully apparent after Speirs took over as general manager for the Whale in December.
"[Speirs was] one of the single biggest causes of problems for league," said the source.
That is a heavy allegation for someone who started out as a volunteer photographer and "donor" to the NWHL. From a profile by Cimini in May 2015:
"George Speirs is a businessman. A former marine, he now owns a photography studio, as well as invests and manages properties.
... he decided to become one of the NWHL’s investors, or, in his eyes, donors. As Speirs puts it: 'An investor is someone who is looking to make money. I’m not looking for anything back.'"
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy20 mins ago
by Neil Parker
It is a light night on the ice Wednesday, and the marquee matchup between Pittsburgh and New York is sure to garner the majority of real-world attention. Vancouver visits the Coyotes on the wrong end of back-to-back road games, and Arizona has been sitting on its fourth consecutive loss since Friday. The third game features the run-and-gun Senators against the disciplined and system-orientated Red Wings.Wed, Feb 104:00 PM PSTOttawa at DetroitPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy26 mins ago
The Vancouver Canucks were bit badly by the injury bug in their 3-1 Tuesday night win over the Colorado Avalanche.
On Wednesday the team announced defenseman Alex Edler and forward Brandon Sutter both left the team’s road trip because of injuries sustained in the game. Edler suffered a fractured fibula and Sutter suffered a fractured jaw. The Canucks did not give a timeline for both players.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted out that with Edler the “initial sense” was he could miss 2-3 weeks. Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said they were going to do “more scans” on Edler to check the severity of the injury.
Sutter had returned for four games after missing 33 after hernia surgery. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis returned on Feb. 6 after missing almost a month with a broken jaw. General manager Jim Benning noted that the team was finally healthy.Wed, Feb 106:30 PM PSTVancouver at ArizonaPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Todd Ewen’s brain did not show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a Canadian Concussion Centre report released on Wednesday.
"These results indicate that in some athletes, multiple concussions do not lead to the development of CTE," said Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, a neuropathologist who conducted the autopsy. "Our findings continue to show that concussions can affect the brain in different ways. This underlines the need to not only continue this research, but also be cautious about drawing any definitive conclusions about CTE until we have more data."
The 49-year-old Ewen took his own life in September, becoming the seventh ex-NHL tough guy to die since in the last five years. He suffered multiple concussions during his career and later battled depression.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
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• Mike Yeo's relationship with the rabbit community is irrevocably broken. Zenon Konopka helped his furry friend without opposable thumbs write this protest. Yeo's response? "I really don’t care what he says ... I will say that I was very disappointed to see Hoppy holding that sign.” [@ZenonKonopka]Wed, Feb 105:00 PM PSTNY Rangers at PittsburghPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and his $1.5 million salary cap hit on waivers.
The Kings signed the 33-year-old Ehrhoff in the summer to add NHL level depth on their blueline. At times he’s been a healthy scratch this season and recently found himself buried on the team’s depth chart with the acquisition of Luke Schenn in January.
The left-handed Ehrhoff has two goals and nine assists in 40 games played. He’s averaged 15:10 of ice-time per-game, the lowest in his NHL career. Ehrhoff hadn’t averaged under 17 minutes of ice-time since his rookie year.
Before the season, the 6-foot-2, 201-pound Ehroff believed he still had something to give at the NHL level. Last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins he was derailed by a concussion and limited to 49 games played.Thu, Feb 114:00 PM PSTLos Angeles at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Jaden Schwartz will return to the St. Louis Blues lineup on Friday to play his first game since fracturing an ankle during an October practice.
Schwartz’s 49-game absence has been part a season for the Blues where injuries have been far too common. As of Monday, St. Louis was fourth in the NHL in man-games lost with 201, according to ManGamesLost.com. Patrik Berglund, Steve Ott, Paul Stastny, Jake Allen and Kevin Shattenkirk have all contributed to those 201 games.
While Schwartz is coming back, that number will continue to rise now that Alex Pietrangelo will miss three weeks with a knee injury.
Despite the injury woes, St. Louis has been able to play themselves into the third spot in the Central Division, seven points behind the Chicago Blackhawks with a game in-hand. Schwartz’s presence in the lineup could also help a Blues team that has the seventh-worst goals per game (2.38) average in the NHL get their offense going.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
When Brian Burke was hired as Toronto Maple Leafs general manager in 2008, he stood before two distinct paths.
One led to a burning city. Total destruction. An inhabitable place in the short term, but one that could be rebuilt from the embers into something glorious.
The other led to a rickety, termite-infested ranch-style home that smelled of sewage and had squatters that wouldn’t leave. He looked at it and said, 'Yes, this might do." He liked the foundation. Maybe he could figure out the squatter thing. Fresh coat of paint, some new sod on the lawn – no need to knock it down and rebuild. Flip this franchise!
And we know which path he took.
"I'm not interested ... in a five-year rebuild like some of these teams have done," said Burke in April 2010. "Maybe because of my age, maybe just because I know it doesn't have to be five years because it wasn't in Anaheim. I like the group that finished the year, I think just on internal improvement we will be better. I think we will be good enough with this group and a couple additions to say in training camp that the playoffs are a reasonable goal."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Dmitri Yudin is a 20-year-old defenseman for SKA in the KHL. Entering last Friday’s game against Ugra, he had one career goal in 123 games.
In other words, he’s not exactly the guy you’d expect to unleash a wicked little deke move while going behind the net, as evidenced by the reaction of goalie Georgy Gelashvili on said wicked little deke move. (We call this “Marek Malik Syndrome.”)
Yudin noticed that Ugra was changing, and rocketed up the left side. Defenseman Yakov Seleznyov dropped down, defending a pass, so Yudin took the puck behind the net.
Or so we all thought! As Gelashvili whipped around to the other post anticipating a wraparound, Yudin stopped, brought the puck back to the near post and tucked it past a baffled netminder.
Quite the second career goal, that one.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Milan Lucic, Los Angeles Kings
The former Boston Bruins bruiser scored one goal, added an assist and was a plus-2 in return to the place he called home for eight years. The Kings drubbed the Bruins 9-2, firing 57 shots on goal. The last time the Bruins allowed that many shots on goal was March 18, 1965 against the Detroit Red Wings.
No. 2 Star: Ben Scrivens, Montreal Canadiens
The goaltender Stopped 37 of 39 shots on goal to deliver a crucial 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Habs have won three straight games – all victories by Scrivens. During shat stretch, Scrivens has allowed four goals on 98 shots on goal. Montreal is three points out of the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.
No. 3 Star: Alex Petrovic, Florida Panthers