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  • Tyler Seguin, Mark Scheifele play Rock, Paper, Scissors during warm-ups (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin and Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele tried to figure out a creative way to determine who would be the last player to leave the ice for warm-ups.

    So they decided on Rock, Paper, Scissors to bring this issue to a resolution. It was a game of chance (and some skill) for the two players, but in the end, Scheifele’s scissors beat Seguin’s paper.

    Here’s another shot with an iso camera on Scheifele.

    Who gets to leave the ice last after warm up? .@markscheifele55 playing a little rock, paper, scissors with Tyler Seguin to find out. pic.twitter.com/xAsQW8F8gq

    — Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 28, 2016

    Overall it was a good night for Scheifele. His Jets beat the Stars 4-1 and he notched one assist. Seguin scored Dallas’ only goal.

    Overall it’s fun to see players show their personalities and it was a good job by both to think up a game on the spot to bring some levity to the end of warm-ups.

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  • Nikita Kucherov exits Lightning's game vs. Canadiens after first period spill (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Tampa Bay Lightning scoring winger Nikita Kucherov took a spill on the ice in the first period of his game against the Montreal Canadiens and did not return to action to start the second period or the third period.

    Kucherov turned to his right in order to make a play up ice and then lost an edge in front of his team’s bench. His left shoulder appeared to take the brunt of the collision.

    “Hopefully it won’t be too long but he definitely couldn’t finish the game,” coach Jon Cooper told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. “Got hit the wrong way.”

    According to Smith, Kucherov was outside the locker room after the game without any noticeable braces.

    On the bench he appeared to be in some pain but returned to action to finish out the period. When the second period started, Kucherov was not on the bench for the Lightning.

    Kucherov came into the game ranking second on the team with seven points in six games played. His six assists led the Lightning.

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  • Mitch Marner shows slick hands in assist on Bozak goal (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    At the early stage of the 2016-17 season the play of youngster Mitch Marner has been one of the bright spots for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, the 19-year-old Marner showed the moves that made him a big-time scorer at the major junior level with a gorgeous assist on Tyler Bozak’s second goal of the game.

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    “I kind of took a quick look. I knew (Kadri) and (Bozak) were going to the net. I knew if I got it there hopefully one of them could get it in,” Marner said. “Luckily it went right to Bozie and went in.”

    Said Bozak, “I was kind of expecting it. Just playing with him in practice and throughout the games, he knows where to throw the puck and where you’re going to be. I was kind of expecting it and he made a great play there.”

    The assist was Marner’s third of the game, which currently stands at 3-2 in favor of the Maple Leafs. Marner notched a primary assist on James van Riemsdyk’s goal that tied the game at 2-2. On that play Marner turned the puck up ice and created a 2-on-1 before finding van Riemsdyk who finished off the goal.

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  • Simon Despres injury situation a 'sensitive issue' for Ducks

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    One of the moves made by Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray to fit Hampus Lindholm’s new contract within the team’s salary cap structure was placing defenseman Simon Despres on long-term injury reserve.

    The 25-year-old Despres has not played since logging 16:08 during Anaheim’s season-opener on Oct. 13 vs. Dallas. He didn’t return to the game after the second period and Murray said afterward that the blue liner didn’t leave the game due to a hit and that this situation was likely related to previous concussion issues.

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    On a conference call with reporters Thursday, Murray sounded grim while discussing Despres’ hockey future.

    “The Despres situation is one that’s a very sensitive issue and it’s one that my whole goal is to hopefully make it so that Simon in the end of all this lives a happy, healthy normal life and it’s going to take some time before we get to that point,” Murray said. “Really that’s all I want to say on this time on that because it is sensitive and I feel real bad for Simon.”

  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Thursday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    The weather is starting to get more in line with hockey, at least in some parts of the United States, and of course in the Great White North of Canada. Perhaps that will help get you in the mood for the nine NHL games Thursday. Here are some players to target and avoid today.


    Steve Mason , PHI vs. ARI ($30): Mason isn’t off to a great start to the season, as evidenced by his .901 save percentage. However, despite his reputation, Mason has been an above-average goalie in the NHL since becoming a Flyer. This is as much about Arizona not being very good as anything, though. Mason is cheap, too, making him a reasonably priced option with a great chance of getting a win.


    Jaroslav Halak , NYI at PIT ($33): This isn’t so much about Halak, although his .905 save percentage so far this season is uninspiring. This is more about the situation Halak finds himself in. The Islanders are on the road on the second night of a back-to-back, and they are playing the defending Stanley Cup champions who just got Sidney Crosby back. You can get Marc-Andre Fleury for the same price as Halak. Doesn’t he seem like a better buy in this scenario?



  • Bob Murray will 'do everything in my power' to keep Ducks together

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray wants to give his team’s core another opportunity at a championship despite salary cap and internal budget questions.

    This is what led to the decision to re-sign restricted free agent defenseman Hampus Lindholm on Thursday to a six-year contract worth $5.25 million per-year and not move any pieces to make room for Lindholm.

    The Ducks are currently pressed up against the cap, and have forward Nate Thompson (Achilles injury) who makes $1.6 million per-year, and defenseman Simon Despres (possible concussion-related issues) who makes $3.7 million per-year on long-term injured reserve.

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  • Shannon Szabados released due to ‘cancerous’ player relationship: Coach

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    After making history in the Southern Professional Hockey League, goalie Shannon Szabados saw her pro career dramatically halted earlier this week when she was released by the Peoria Rivermen just two games into the new season.

    The release came after Szabados, the first woman to ever play in the SPHL, signed there as a free agent in September.

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    “After our first two games, I thought our goaltending wasn’t good enough to compete, and changes had to be made,” said Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel, whose name you might remember from a controversy last season. “We’re going to continue adjusting our roster as needed until we find a group on and off the ice that I feel can accomplish our primary goal here in Peoria, which is to build a winning team here in Peoria and bring our fans a championship.”

    “All they wanted to do was play hockey together somewhere.”

  • Wayne Gretzky, Bill Burr talk NHL vs. NFL with Bill Simmons (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    On HBO’s“Any Given Wednesday”this week, Bill Simmons sat down with Wayne Gretzky and comedian Bill Burr, a hockey fanatic, to discuss many things puck.

    It’s always interesting to see how others approach the NHL, like watching Gretzky defend Gary Bettman to Simmons or watching all three debate the merits of Bobby Orr as a player.

    But the most interesting discussion is here, with Burr and Gretzky discussing how to “fix” the NHL, with regard to growing the game in the U.S.


    From Burr:

    “My whole time watching hockey, from 1981 on, they’ve always had this conversation: ‘How do you fix the game? How do you take it to another level?’ Well, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. I don’t think it’s a B-plus because it’s making any less money. That’s a whole marketing thing. ‘We’re only multi-multi-millionaires, how can we become billionaires?’ Why can’t you just be happy being millionaires?

    To which Gretzky said, to laughter:

    “I can’t imagine the Bruins or the Flyers wearing pink.”


    OK, what about purple?



  • Hampus Lindholm hopeful Ducks will keep D core together despite salary cap woes

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm said it was important to keep the team’s defensive group together.

    On a conference call with reporters, the 22-year-old Swede indicated this was why he decided to sign the contract he agreed to with the Ducks, a six-year deal that carries a $5.25 million salary cap hit. Lindholm was a restricted free agent coming off his entry-level deal.

    According to Cap Friendly, the Ducks are up against the salary cap. Their current cap relief comes in the form of two players on long term-injured reserve – forward Nate Thompson who makes $1.6 million per-year, and defenseman Simon Despres who makes $3.7 million per-year.

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    In the past, the Ducks haven’t been a cap team, and have needed to be conscious of an internal budget as well. Currently Cap Friendly says Anaheim’s salary expenditure is $76,932,000.

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  • Dylan McIlrath, Magnus Paajarvi on waivers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    On Thursday, the New York Rangers dropped defenseman Dylan McIlrath on waivers, while the St. Louis Blues did the same with Magnus Paajarvi – again.

    Let’s start with Dylan McIlrath, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2010 draft. I remember there being some surprise when he was selected, because the vibe at the draft was that either Cam Fowler or Brandon Gormley – both puck-moving defensemen in a League shifting in that direction – would have been the optimal choice. But McIlrath was 6-5 and could fight, earning the nickname “The Undertaker,” and apparently that’s what the Rangers valued at the time.

    A roster numbers crunch meant the Rangers had to make a decision, and McIlrath was the odd-man out. According to the NY Post, there were a few things at play here:

    That free-agency part could be a poison pill on the waiver wire.

    As for Paajarvi, he’s on waivers because Jori Lehtera is back from injury. Also because he’s done nothing this season: three games, one goal, playing 9:16 per night.