Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 38 mins ago
(WARNING: STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE AND HUMOR. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.)
PUCK SOUP is the new hockey podcast on the Nerdist network for Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast about movies, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup.”
On this episode:
Start: It’s the Halloween Spooktacular, including spooky stories with Mike and the Mad Dog; whether one should be afraid of Jason or Freddie; the horrors of summer camp; and NHL horror stories.
8:00 – Shows that are on TV that no one actually watches, like “Blue Bloods” and “Last Man Standing.”
15:40 – The NHL season at the two-week mark, including teams that have surprised us and trends that may or may not continue.
Puck Daddy 1 hr ago
The Anaheim Ducks have finally signed their restricted free-agent defenseman – and, well, best defenseman – Hampus Lindholm to a six-year contract extension with an average annual value of $5.25 million, according to Bob McKenzie.
Lindholm, 22, has played 236 NHL games and has 23 goals and 69 assists. Under previous coach Bruce Boudreau, he was a possession monster, including a 57.8-percent Corsi rating at 5-on-5 last season.
There were multiple reports that the gap was a mere $250,000 per season between Lindholm and the Ducks, who fought hard considering their limited salary cap space. They get him in at $31.5 million over six years, less than a million cheaper than Ristolainen – a surprise, frankly, given that Lindholm is the demonstrably better defenseman at this point.
Here’s how the contract breaks down:
Lindholm salary breakdown: $3M (2016-17), $6M (2017-18), $6.75M (2018-19), $5.25M (2019-20), $3.75M (2020-21), $6.75M (2021-22).
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 27, 2016
But as we said: “limited salary cap space.”
Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
[Breaking down the plausibility of the week’s biggest rumor.]
A lot of attention is paid to a good young defenseman in Western Canada who may or may not have fallen out of favor with his club. But this time around, it’s not Jacob Trouba who spent the past several days as the subject of the most intriguing trade rumors in the NHL.
Instead, the somewhat surprising revelation from a number of reputable sources was that the Calgary Flames may or may not be shopping Dougie Hamilton started to percolate over the weekend. The idea here is that Calgary may no longer enamored of their young defender, less a year and a half after giving him six years at $5.75 million against the cap.
It would certainly be an interesting wrinkle in this early season, and there is some foundation for the rumors in terms of how Hamilton is used, and has been for some time.
So the question is, is that enough evidence of disenchantment on Brad Treliving’s part to want to trade a 23-year-old, 6-foot-6 defenseman with two straight 40-point seasons?
Who’s Going Where?
This Is So Huge, If True: Is It True?
Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Cam Talbot, Edmonton Oilers
The Washington Capitals send 35 shots at Talbot and only one Alex Ovechkin shot got past the netminder. Both Talbot and the Oilers are now 6-1-0 on the season. During the game, Talbot unleashed his inner-enforcer on T.J. Oshie, much to Caps fans displeasure. Watch the goalie get a punch in before the linesman jumps on Oshie to shield his face.
Okay but seriously. pic.twitter.com/NvGXstkT5X
— (((Becca))) (@BeccaH_JR) October 27, 2016
No. 2 Star: Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks
To say it was an off night for the Nashville Predators is an understatement. The Ducks thoroughly beat the Preds, 6-1. Silfverberg scored one of three power play goals and a one of two shorthanded goals in the win.
No. 3 Star: Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens and New York Islanders traded goal for goal the entire game until the final three minutes. On the power play, Weber, who already had an assist on the night, unleashed his cannon from the blueline for a power play goal. Montreal has yet to lose in regulation.
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Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago
It’s been a tough start to the season for Dan Girardi.
The New York Rangers defenseman missed the first three games with a groin injury. On Wednesday night versus the Boston Bruins, he appears to have escaped his fourth game of the year without a concussion.
At 10:55 of the second period, Girardi reaches up in an attempt to catch the puck in the air. It bounces off his glove and behind him. He starts to spin around in the direction of the puck, but the direction he chose to spin into is right in the way of the on rushing David Pastrnak.
Pastrnak turns and his shoulder makes direct contact with Girardi’s head. The Bruins’ forward’s skates look as if they come off the ice right before or simultaneously to the contact with Girardi.
Girardi left the ice on his own power. He was gone for about seven minutes before returning to play one shift in the second and the entire third period. Pastrnak was assessed a two-minute illegal check to the head penalty.
Now the question remains: will Pastrnak get a phone call from the Department of Player Safety? A few things to consider.
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Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago
The drama surrounding the Arizona Coyotes and their arena issues feel like they’re never going to end.
Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reported Wednesday night the team is exploring the option of moving into a yet-to-be built multi-purpose event facility in Scottsdale, Arizona; specifically on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land.
The facility would be part of a larger, approximately 65-acre sports village that could also include retail, entertainment, living and work spaces. A group of local businessmen, investors and advisors has been working with the community for more than a year, and multiple sources said the basic structure of the financing is already in place with Barclays Bank in the fold.
One source termed the project “an examination, with nothing concrete set yet,” admitting that an anchor tenant like the Coyotes or Suns would help.
The backers of the project are speaking with the Phoenix Suns in addition to the Coyotes; however, the Coyotes current arena situation makes them more attractive as permanent tenants.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago
BROOKLYN – The puck rolled to Shea Weber and everyone in Barclays Center knew what was coming next.
Travis Hamonic did. The New York Islanders defenseman genuflected in front of goalie Thomas Greiss, turning his head away from the rocket blast he knew was arriving. In the process, he screened him, and Weber’s point blast on the power play at 17:03 gave the Habs the lead and eventually the win, 3-2, improving to 6-0-1 on the young season.
“It’s pretty impressive,” said Brendan Gallagher of Weber’s shot. “It’s a weapon that other teams have to be aware of. When you already have an extra guy on the ice, and teams have to overcompensate for it.”
It was Weber’s second point of the game, having previously assisted on Phillip Danault’s goal earlier in the third. That gave Weber nine points in seven games – the best offensive start in his career.
“I’m maybe [surprised] at the point total,” said Montreal’s Paul Byron. “He’s not really an Erik Karlsson, 80-point guy. But he always puts up the numbers.”
So far he has, skating 25:59 per game and putting up nine points.
His reasoning for the hot start?
Although sometimes it just takes a cannon on the power play, at the right time.
Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)
8. Calgary’s start
Do not, my friends, wade into Flames Twitter these days. There is nothing there for you.
Unless of course you want to revel in schaedenfreude, in which case, dive in headfirst.
Calgary picked up a shootout win on Monday night to earn their second W of the season, but a quick look at the standings found them still sitting third-last in a pathetic division, and ahead of only Arizona in points per game. They don’t have a single regulation win yet this season, meaning that opponents have taken 12 of a possible 14 points from them in seven games so far.
And sure, new coach, veteran team. Maybe it takes a while to get everyone up to speed. But “a while” isn’t exactly something the Flames can afford here. How many more prime years do Sean Monahan, Gaudreau, T.J. Brodie, Hamilton, and so on have? How much longer does Mark Giordano’s body or skill level hold up?
Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago
By Chris Morgan
The NBA season has begun. The World Series is here. However, Wednesday still brings four games of NHL action for your enjoyment, and for your daily fantasy desires. Here are some players to target, and some to avoid.
GOALIE TO AVOID
Pekka Rinne , NAS at ANA ($37): Rinne has been impressive early this year as he looks to put the .908 save percentage he had last season behind him. He also seems to be over the bout of food poisoning that caused him to miss Nashville’s last game. However, at $37, Rinne is tied for the most expensive goalie available Wednesday with Braden Holtby . At that price, Holtby is a better bet, and there are also cheaper options that seem just as good as Rinne.
Ryan Johansen , NAS at ANA ($19): Johansen doesn’t have a goal yet but does have four assists, and they’ve all come on the power play. The Ducks will be on the second night of a back-to-back, and because of that, Jonathan Bernier is expected to be in net. Bernier has been a below-average goalie the last two seasons, which is a good thing for Johansen and Nashville’s top-ranked power play.
CENTER TO AVOID
TWO WINGERS TO AVOID
DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID
Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – At training camp, Columbus Blue Jackets players didn’t see coach John Tortorella as mopey.
Tortorella had just come back from the World Cup of Hockey where his Team USA squad went winless and flamed out in disappointing fashion. He had every reason to be upset but instead he got right to work with skating heavy practices that caused a lot of his players both discomfort and some weight loss.
“If you thought you were done skating there was more skating and more on top of that. It was hard,” forward Scott Hartnell said. “He put us through it and everyone survived and I think we’re better off for it.”
The goal for Tortorella was to push his team to prepare for an up-tempo style that relied on speed. While Tortorella has been seen by some as a ‘behind-the-times’ bench boss – a stigma that became stronger with some of his coaching decisions the World Cup – he appears to have moved on with the Blue Jackets and focused on how he wants his young group to perform in his first full year as their coach.
“He didn’t bring that negative energy to us in camp.” Jones said.
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