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• They came. They saw. They played ‘Hockey for Harambe.’ [Intelligencer]
• The Arizona Coyotes have sent Mike Smith home from their road trip for evaluation after suffering what appears to be a left knee injury. [AZ Central]
• Mark your calendars: the Las Vegas franchise will unveil their name on Tuesday, November 22. [The Sin Bin]
• Teemu Selanne will receive the Key to the City of Winnipeg today a MTS center. [Winnipeg Free Press]
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 45 mins ago
The NHL’s newborn Las Vegas franchise has taken its first steps.
It has a general manager in George McPhee, who has built out a staff of experienced faces and some outside-the-box choices. It has a season-ticket base that’s selected its seats for the inaugural season in 2017-18. Soon, it will (finally) have a name and color scheme, so those fans can purchase merchandise.
But in early 2017, it will take one of its most important steps on the journey: The selection of its first head coach and his staff.
“Obviously we’ve talked about it,” McPhee told Yahoo Sports this week.
McPhee said he and assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon are keeping independent lists, which will be compared and combined when Vegas is closer to selecting a coach.
The most recent rounds of expansion have seen a variety of head coaches hired in Year One.
In which direction will Vegas go?
Of course, most of the hiring they’ve done in Vegas has been people with whom upper management has previous experience.
Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
Douglas Murray, defenseman for three NHL teams over 518 games, has retired.
“30 general managers do not want me,” Murray told Aftonbladet. “I know that I can still play, but it’s over now.”
The 36-year-old Murray last played during the 2014-15 season for Kolner Hale when he dressed for eight games. Two months after injury ended his time in Germany, he joined the Calgary Flames on a tryout for the final month of the season but never played a game.
Drafted in the eighth round of the 1999 NHL Draft out of Cornell University, Murray, sometimes known by his nickname of Crankshaft, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the San Jose Sharks. The 6’3, 245 lbs. blue liner may not have been the most fleet of foot but could deliver a big hit as the brick [poop]house that he was.
Good thing he didn’t go into massage therapy:
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
Inside an NHL arena, hockey fans have limited time between periods to accomplish a variety of tasks. Saying hello to friends. Maybe having a smoke. But usually, the focus is on two specific tasks: The acquisition of food and beverage, and the eventual expelling of them.
One Montreal Canadiens fan – in a spiffy new Shea Weber jersey, no less! – decided to multi-task at a recent game. And while we’ve never advocated for men’s bathroom photography in eight years of doing Jersey Fouls (for safety’s sake), we’re happy some enterprising fan decided to capture this moment.
The moment when a hockey fan stashed his soda and nachos under a urinal he was peeing in.
OH. DEAR. LORD.
Forgetting for a moment that most people barely want their shoes near the floor under an arena urinal, let alone their food, at least the soda has a cover.
The nachos … do not.
The nachos are basically seated in the first three rows of an dolphin show at Sea World. The nachos are basically on that boat that goes under Niagara Falls except no one gave them a plastic poncho.
Or, sparing that, USE YOUR DAMN OTHER HAND TO HOLD THE NACHOS YOU MONSTER.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago
Philadelphia Flyers forward Dale Weise is going to have a hearing on Friday afternoon with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head on Korbinian Holzer of the Anaheim Ducks in the Flyers’ loss on Thursday night.
Holzer played 10:11 in the game, and into the third period.
This is, we believe, that illegal check to the head:
Dale Weise with a big hit that drew blood pic.twitter.com/FqRrja3gox
— Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) October 21, 2016
Now, we know what you’re saying: How can a hit that wasn’t penalized AND was the “Wells Fargo Hit of the Game” possibly deserve supplemental discipline?!
Eh, it probably has something to do with Dale Weise leaping off the ice and picking Holzer’s head or something.
Weise was previously suspended three preseason games in 2013 for an illegal hit to the head of Taylor Hall.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago
The 2016-17 NHL season is in its infancy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a snapshot of what the League looks like out of the gate.
Through Wednesday night’s games, here is the first NHL Power Rankings from Yahoo Sports. While they were dominated by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been our most impressive team at the start.
These power rankings are a combination of performance on the ice, expectations before the season and expectations on where they’ll finish.
Watch for them every other week on Puck Daddy.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jakob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks goalie made 26 saves in another gem of an effort, as Vancouver matched a team record with a 4-0-0 start in their 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Daniel Sedin had the eventual game-winner in the third period.
No. 2 Star: Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins forward completed a rally against the San Jose Sharks, as Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup Final rematch, 3-2. He assisted on Scott Wilson’s game-tying goal and the scored the go-ahead goal at 14:02 of the third, his second of the season.
No. 3 Star: Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche
The Avs goalie made 27 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Lightning, including 12 in the third period when Colorado had only two shots on goal. Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist in the win.
Did You Know? Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 750th NHL goal in the second period for the Panthers, becoming the third player in history to reach the milestone with Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801). He looked like this afterward:
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago
Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik decided to make an aggressive play on Thursday night with his team up by a goal in the third period. As Reilly Smith of the Florida Panthers cranked up for a shot on the Capitals’ goal, Winnik dropped down to the ice – rather early – in an attempt to block it.
The puck deflected off his head, which was turned towards the goal for protection.
It looked like this:
— CSN Capitals (@CSNCapitals) October 21, 2016
Winnik stayed down on the ice for several seconds, and then skated off on his own. He returned to the game a few shifts later.
So, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz, what happened to Winnik on that play?
“Yeah, he didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Trotz after the game. “He got the puck in his ear hole. It sorta pinched off his ear.”
“It got chewed up a little bit.”
“It’s just a small piece.”
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago
The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings faced off on Thursday night in what you’d call a truculent affair: hits and general nastiness were everywhere.
One such hit was Brayden McNabb’s huge shoulder into an onrushing Patrick Sharp, sending the Dallas forward’s stick in one direction and his body into the boards.
Sharp hit his head, and was removed from the game in the second period to enter the concussion protocol.
A few minutes later, in the most predictable moment of the evening, Antoine Roussel saw a moment to exact revenge on McNabb during a scrum around the LA Kings’ net.
Witness, if you will, a man really wanting to avenge his teammate and another man being like ‘get the hell off me it was a clean hit you maniac’:
In GIF form:
a story of Roussel pic.twitter.com/WrlqRCRqv0
— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 21, 2016
After this incident, Roussel was given the rare triple minor: four minutes for roughing, a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10-minute misconduct.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Flyers had their home opener on Thursday night, and it was bittersweet. While it officially kicked off the team’s 50th anniversary celebration – complete with gold accented jerseys – it was the first home opener without Ed Snider owning the team.
Snider passed away at 88 years old in April from bladder cancer. He founded the Flyers as an expansion team. He was the chairman of Comcast Spectacor, which owned the Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center, Comcast SportsNet and facility management company Global Spectrum. He also owned the Philadelphia 76ers from 1996-2011.
On Thursday, the Flyers honored Snider by raising a banner to the rafters.
Snider was the last image during an in-memoriam segment, drawing an extended standing ovation from the crowd. His grandchildren were in attendance, and his children walked out to the ice where they raised his banner to the rafters, reading: ED SNIDER, 1967-2016.
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