- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
There are three particularly notable unsigned restricted free agent defensemen left in the NHL.
One is Jacob Trouba, he of the now-infamous trade demand that likely will not be met. There’s also Hampus Lindholm, whom the latest rumors say is seeking something like $48 million-plus for the next eight seasons. Then finally, there’s Rasmus Ristolainen, possibly the most amiable of the group because he’s the only one actually practicing with his team even as he remains unsigned.
What’s interesting about all three is that, as discussed Thursday, TSN’s Bob McKenzie pretty much believes all their asks are the same. They probably all want at least $6 million AAV on longer-term deals. Maybe they don’t want to max it out on term, but they want to be assured lots of money at least through what we can only assume is going to be another work stoppage in the next few years.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
TORONTO – When we first meet Wolverine in the original “X-Men” film, he’s working as a cage-fighter in Laughlin City, Alberta. Rubes from the crowd step into the ring, thinking they’re tough and talented enough to take him down, and blissfully unaware that he’s actually a mutant: Indestructible metal grafted onto his bones, the instincts of a predator, the power to heal instantly from any wound.
Basically, he’s unbeatable.
For the last two weeks, the World Cup of Hockey was that ring and Team Canada bared its adamantium claws. Seven teams wanted the chance to enter the ring, on a fool’s errand. The Canadians were the ones left standing, with hardly a scratch from their battles, bub.
The World Cup of Hockey was the World Cup of Canada, and not just because it was staged in Toronto as a made-for-Canada television event. There were eight teams in the tournament. Only one of them, Canada, was trying to win the World Cup, a.k.a. an exploded military artillery shell encased in acrylic. The other seven were vying for a more impressive prize: a win over Canada.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
In this edition of Marek Vs. Wyshynski, the boys are talking about:
– Live from the ACC, the World Cup of Hockey’s legacy now that it’s over.
– What to make of Team Canada and Team USA going forward.
– Our favorite things from the World Cup, and its future.
– RFAs and training camp.
– Johnny Gaudreau.
– The Jacob Trouba controversy in Winnipeg.
– Reader mail
– 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.]
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Pretty much everyone except Team Europe was settled on the fact that Team Canada was going to win the first World Cup of Hockey since 2004.
The question was then: how would they celebrate?
This isn’t the Stanley Cup. Nor is it winning a gold medal at the Olympics, or even winning a gold at the World Champions for that matter. Let’s get real, this is an NHL tournament to make some extra cash; not a major milestone.
But still, they won and DEM BOYZ from Canada got to celebrate their way with polite handshakes, one armed hugs and high fives.
First, game the shedding of the gear. Usually you see gloves, sticks and helmets to flying in the final seconds of Stanley Cup clinching game. Tonight, they shook off equipment as they skated over to Carey Price or before they left the bench.
Sidney Crosby was named the tournament MVP. He didn’t receive a mini trophy or something new. He got a clear plaque, reminiscent of those you’d see in middle-management offices for ‘Best Regional Manager by Pound of Paper Sold in Scranton.’
You can barely see it against Crosby’s jersey. We don’t know the backstory behind the ‘trophy,’ but we can only assume they carved it out of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
TORONTO – They gathered in Quebec City in early September as 23 players representing eight countries from 21 different NHL clubs. They leave Toronto as a team that surprised everyone in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Team Europe’s World Cup dreams fell apart in a span of 129 seconds late in the third period of Game 2 of the final against Canada. An Anze Kopitar penalty led to a Patrice Bergeron power-play goal, igniting a very, very red Air Canada Centre crowd. Ralph Krueger’s squad still had a chance with a late power-play opportunity, but their hopes for a dramatic finish in their favor was dashed when Jonathan Toews found a streaking Brad Marchand for the eventual shorthanded winner.
“Heartbreaking. It’s a very, very tough loss,” said Team Europe defenseman Mark Streit. “It’s tough to find the right words right now.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
TORONTO – At the World Cup pre-tournament games for Team Canada in Ottawa, Brad Marchand was booed. He was also booed when the team got to Toronto for the start of the event.
It didn’t matter to the local fans that Marchand wasn’t on the hated Boston Bruins for this event and actually playing for their Team Canada. They still wanted to let Marchand know their displeasure for him.
But when Marchand gripped his hands around the World Cup trophy to lift it over his head, all of the Canadian fans in the Air Canada Centre cheered loudly for the 5-foot-9, 181-pound Halifax native.
“To be on a team like this and to have success and to win with a team like this, it’s an incredible feeling,” Marchand said. “I think all of Canada gets behind that and they all feel the enjoyment of that, feel the success of that and we all enjoy it together. It’s not just our team but all of Canada will be celebrating tonight.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
TORONTO – Carey Price sat at the podium with plastic eye protectors strapped around his head, ones that kept the spray of Canadian champagne (i.e. bottles of Molson) from his eyes in his team’s championship locker room celebration.
“Team-issued,” said Price.
Canada had won the World Cup of Hockey in thrilling fashion, completing the tournament 6-0 and dispatching Team Europe in a two-game sweep in the final round.
But that’s the thing about beer goggles: They make it all look better that it actually is.
Outside of the last three minutes of the game, Canada was outplayed, out-hustled and outperformed by Team Europe. At best they looked disjointed, at worst they looked like a stubborn opponent was controlling them.
“They were playing a really stingy game, denying the middle, not letting us play with the speed that we wanted to play. It was working to their advantage,” said center Patrice Bergeron, whose power-play goal late in the third tied the game and sparked the Canadian rally that would win it.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
After sustaining a foot injury in the semifinal round, Team Europe forward Marian Gaborik hobbled away from the World Cup of Hockey on crutches.
His injury is bad to the point it will keep him out at least eight weeks for the Los Angeles Kings. It also meant he would miss the final series against Team Canada. Perhaps that left him a bit surley.
Gaborik went from hockey player to hockey-fan-spitting-hawt-taeks Twitter in Game 2 of the final.
Like all puck heads, it starts positive.
Okay okay,like it! One more till end of this period
— Marian Gaborik (@MGaborik12) September 30, 2016
It starts to go downhill on a disagreement over a call by the referees.
For Gaborik, it’s when Marian Hossa gets in on a breakaway and Brent Burns pokes and slashes at his hands.
Here’s the play via Steph:
penalty called, should it have been a penalty shot? pic.twitter.com/sOLonEYBIA
— Stephanie (@myregularface) September 30, 2016
And Gaborik’s reaction on Twitter:
No PS?? U kidding me? Cmon
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
TORONTO – Brad Marchand’s short-handed goal with 44 seconds remaining in Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey final gave Canada the tournament championship, the result of a stunning third-period rally against Team Europe on Thursday night.
The host team finished the tournament 6-0, overcoming the toughest opponent they faced and the tightest game they played in the two-week NHL event.
Carey Price made 32 saves. Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP, as its leading scorer.
In Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final, Canada showed how it could win ugly. In Game 2, they nearly showed they could lose that way, too, playing a disjointed and sloppy game.
Until the last three minutes, that is.
With Europe leading 1-0, captain Anze Kopitar was called for holding 16:25, a questionable call. After building pressure in the Europe zone, defenseman Brent Burns fired a shot from the blue line that center Patrice Bergeron deflected home from the slot for his fourth goal of the tournament.
Patrice Bergeron ties the game pic.twitter.com/UBxLactfzA
— Stephanie (@myregularface) September 30, 2016
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Hockey on-ice officials deserve hazard pay for the amount of abuse they take during scrums, battles and fights.
Take for example Pyotr Alyoshin, 39-year-old linesman.
In a game between Sibir and Metallurg on Thursday, Evgeny Timkin earned a slashing penalty for the latter team. Sibir’s Yuri Sergiyenko decided to let him know this wasn’t cool, so he engaged in a scuffle with him.
Timkin threw a gloved punch at him … and walloped Alyoshin.
Take a gander:
Here’s the GIF:
— KHL_English (@khl_eng) September 29, 2016
Alyoshin slouched for a moment but didn’t seem too affected by a gloved bunch to the face. Which is why they’re pros.
Metallurg won the game, 3-0. Timkin was given two minutes for slashing and, we’re guessing, the admiration of his teammates.