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  • Borowiecki slams Toffoli face-first into glass (Video)

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Mark Borowiecki knew the second after he made contact with Tyler Toffoli he would have to answer for what he did.

    The Los Angeles Kings forward was playing the puck against the boards with his head down the entire time. Borowiecki comes flying in and forcefully drives Toffoli’s body into the glass.

    Toffoli drops immediately to the ground. As the Kings encircle Borowiecki, the Ottawa Senators defenceman throws off his gloves and prepares to defend himself.

    As for Toffoli, he got to his feet and skated to the bench. He went directly to the locker room for concussion evaluation.

    After things died down, the officiating crew huddled and decided to give Borowiecki a five minute major penalty for boarding; however, they  did not kick him out of the game with a misconduct.

    On the major penalty, the Kings scored two goals.

    Borowiecki came out of the box and basically went right back in. Matt Green challenged Borowiecki to a tilt and the two went at it.

    Now comes the age old question: will the hit by Borowiecki elevate to the level of supplemental discipline?

    The rules surrounding boarding are vast.

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  • Claude Giroux on Flyers’ winning streak, evolving as captain (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Claude Giroux hasn’t collected hockey cards since he was a kid, but a new endorsement deal with Topps might get him back in the game again. And the one player whose card he’d pursue is the guy he got a good look at this week.

    “Connor McDavid’s pretty impressive,” Giroux told Yahoo Sports on Friday. “Last year we played him once and he got hurt, so we didn’t really have a chance to see him. But just being able to see him play, he’s a dynamic player, explosive. He does a lot of things a lot of players can’t do.”

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    The Philadelphia Flyers captain is the face of Topps NHL Skate 2017, an officially licensed digital trading card game that also features Topps FOCUS, a set that includes video highlight cards. Sorry, no stale sticks of bubble gum to be found here.

    When he did collect as a kid, you could find plenty of Doug Gilmour cards in Giroux’s collection. As for his own hockey cards since entering the NHL, those can all be found at his mom’s house, but not on display.

    Enjoy.

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  • Pass or Fail: Philadelphia Flyers' 2017 Stadium Series jersey (Photos)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Your jersey matchup for the 2017 Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field in February is now set.

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    The Flyers released their black design on Saturday morning, a few weeks after the Penguins unveiled their very yellow look.

    From the Flyers:

    The new jersey stands as a contemporary homage to the unique characteristics of 50 years of the Flyers uniform – a bold design for a passionate city. The primary color of the uniform is black, fiercely showcasing the traditional winged-P on the chest. The single dominant orange bands are a reinterpretation of the singular bands of color on the team’s current home and away uniforms. In addition, these bands of color are complemented by a contrast color name-plate, which is a signature design feature of the Flyers’ NHL uniform.

    Here’s a closer look.

    Aside from their outdoor game meeting, the Flyers will also wear these jerseys for their March 15 game against the Penguins at home.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Raanta shines for Rangers; Bob lifts Blue Jackets

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    No. 1 Stars: Antti Raanta / Nick Holden, New York Rangers

    Raanta and Holden were the heroes for the Rangers in their 1-0 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Raanta stopped all 26 shots fired his way while Holden provided the only goal 55 seconds into the extra period.

    No. 2 Star: Robby Fabbri, St. Louis Blues

    Two goals from Fabbri and three assists from Vladimir Taraseko helped the Blues bounce back from a Thursday night loss to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1. Jake Allen made 20 saves for his ninth win in his last 10 starts.

    No. 3 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Bob stopped 32 Detroit Red Wings shots in a 4-1 victory, Columbus’ fifth in a row. Cam Atkinson opened the scoring with a shorthanded tally and Lukas Sedlak recorded his first NHL goal in the win. The Blue Jackets have now picked up points in 12 of their last 13 games.

    Hampus Lindholm’s goal with 5:38 left in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. Jonathan Bernier made 22 stops and Rickard Rakell scored his seventh goal in his last nine games … Scott Darling matched Raanta’s effort with a solid night of 37 saves for the Blackhawks:

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  • A theory about the Vancouver Canucks' start (Trending Topics)

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

     

    Fan theories are all the rage these days.

    As “prestige TV” becomes more popular and widespread, the number of shows that have mysteries for fans to unpack grows exponentially. Probably you can blame Lost for a lot of that — fans never did find out the story with the time traveling rowboat — but TV these days is now just fan theory central. The nerdy McPoyle on Westworld turned out to be Ed Harris, Jon Snow turned out to be the (potentially trueborn) son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and so on.

    With this in mind, I’ve got a fan theory for you. It’s one that flies in the face of current thinking in the NHL and even subverts my own previous assumptions. It’s about the Vancouver Canucks, and more specifically their management.

    The theory is this: Jim Benning and Trevor Linden aren’t as bad at their jobs as they seem, and are in fact trying to tank the team against the wishes of team ownership.

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    Then you can look at the bad contracts and transactions. All of them have a certain logic to them if you imagine they were intended to be red herrings to misdirect ownership.

     

  • Peter Karmanos no longer on NHL executive committee

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – The NHL announced new members of the executive committee for the Board of Governors following the second day of meetings, Friday.

    Former Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider, who died earlier this year, was previously on the committee. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos was not announced as being part of the committee anymore.

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    Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman and Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson were elected into the group.

    In mid-November, it was reported by the Raleigh News and Observer that the lawsuit was settled in mediation.

    In the past, Bettman called the Karmanos lawsuit “overblown” and “a family dispute” in regards to how it could impact the Hurricanes.

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  • Maple Leafs trade Holland to Coyotes for conditional pick

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

     

    Peter Holland wanted out of Toronto and on Friday he finally got his wish. The Maple Leafs have traded the center to the Arizona Coyotes. In exchange the ‘Yotes give up a 2018 conditional draft pick.

    The relationship between the Toronto Maple Leafs and center Peter Holland had become seriously strained over the past two weeks.

    From James Mirtle of The Athletic:

    Holland, 25, was a healthy scratch in 17 of the Leafs first 25 games this season and played sparingly when in the lineup (less than 11 minutes a game). It was clear last season he was not a favourite of coach Mike Babcock, and it’s believed Holland requested a trade at some point in mid-November.

    Part of what made a deal difficult is that Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello did not want a player in return, and Holland is making $1.3-million this season.

    Holland has been more than ready for the change of scenery and a chance to start over.

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  • NHL 'trying to be as effective as possible' with concussion spotters

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – When NHL concussion spotters pull a player from a game to get tested for a head injury, they’re not doing so to intentionally harm his team. They’re trying to help the athlete and make sure he stays healthy.

    “There are no negative reasons,” said Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger, who now works with the league’s Department of Player Safety. “There has been hours and hours and hours of video watched by doctors and trainers and the concussion staff on that committee to log in and track and put together this protocol of visible signs so that – it is not an exact science but it’s the best we can do under the current knowledge that we have as it relates to the protocol etc. Will it continue to evolve? I’m sure it will as more and more information becomes readily available.”

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    After the second day of the league’s Board of Governors meeting, the NHL indicated it was fine with the spotters but said it’ll talk about them again over the All-Star break in late January.

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  • Wayne Gretzky 'a big believer' in Olympic Games

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

     

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – Amongst NHL governors, Wayne Gretzky holds a unique perspective about NHL Olympic participation.

    Now an executive with the Edmonton Oilers, Gretzky played at the 1998 Nagano Games for Team Canada. He was the GM for Team Canada in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and 2006 Torino Games.

    The decision to go to the 2018 Olympics, which has been a big storyline the last couple of days at the NHL’s Board of Governors meeting, isn’t Gretzky’s to make. But he seemed to display more positivity than most on the topic at this event. It was Gretzky’s first time as a member at the Board of Governors since his days with the Phoenix Coyotes.

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    After the Board of Governors’ Thursday meeting, there was negative sentiment about whether the league will allow its players to go in 2018. Many executives tried to point out that they didn’t see much of a tangible benefit to the NHL’s product by shutting down for two weeks in order to go to the Games.

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  • Niskanen out; Pacioretty's injury; enjoying the Leafs (Puck Headlines)

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • Exclusive look at the most famous man in hockey on The Simpsons – SANTA CLAUS. Oh and Wayne Gretzky in a not-Edmonton Oilers uniform. [NHL]

    • Max Pacioretty got off to a slow start. Now we have an idea why. He was reportedly playing with a broken foot. [EOTP]

    • Former NHL player Kevin Stevens entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to sell Oxycodone in a Boston court. [AP]

    • The Buffalo Sabres could be getting Josh Georges back soon from a foot fracture. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

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