- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings have finally seen the “dysfunctional” cap situation created by Slava Voynov’s suspension cleared up.
From the NHL on Friday night:
The National Hockey League announced today that the existing terms of its suspension of Los Angeles Kings’ Player Slava Voynov will be continued indefinitely.
However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Thus, Voynov’s $4.1 million salary cap space is finally freed up. He’s still suspended without pay, as he was charged with a felony on Thursday for “corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily harm.” If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison and possible deportation.Sat, Nov 225:00 PM PSTLos Angeles at DallasPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars pulled off a trade of young defensemen that’s fascinating on several fronts, especially the fiscal one.
The Sharks flipped Jason Demers and a 2016 third-rounder for Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon. The former is 26 and a puck-moving defenseman; the latter is 24 and a big body. Neither one has gotten off to a good start this season, and both now have new zip codes.
From the Stars, some summary:
Demers, 26, has posted three assists (0-3=3) in 20 games played for San Jose this season. His 30 hits are second amongst San Jose defensemen and he has yet to be on ice for a power play goal against in 21:14 of shorthanded time. He set career highs in goals, assists and points (5-29=34) in 75 games played during the 2013-14 season.
The six-year NHL veteran has appeared in 300 career NHL games, all with San Jose, producing 98 points (16-82=98) and a +20 plus/minus rating. In 39 playoff contests, he has produced nine points (3-6=9) and 44 shots.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Jonathan Pitre’s afflication prevents him from playing sports. The 14-year old suffers from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a genetic disease that causes blistering of the skin, making things like bathing and walking painful to do.
The Ottawa Citizen profiled Pitre’s plight last month, and included stunning photos of just how much his body blisters due to the disease.
"I’m done with the dream of trying to play sports," Pitre told the Citizen. "I knew I’d never be able to play sports, but I tried to have hope that I would. Now I know what’s reality. But I still would like to do something in sports: I’d like to be a scout, or a sportscaster on Sportsnet, you know, one of the commentators.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Daniel Alfredsson's retirement possibility seems to be getting clearer and clearer -- as if that wasn't the case already for the injured Red Wing.
Per TSN's Darren Dreger in The Dreger Report:
"Sources tell The Dreger Report that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season and while the Red Wings have been informed he is likely done, they have not heard directly from Alfredsson."
"Alfredsson has been plagued by an injured disc in his back over the past few years, a lingering problem that he is able to manage off ice, but is continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action."
This shouldn't be much of a surprise since it was reported in mid-October that the former Senators captain had stopped skating because of his back issue.
Also from MLive.com in its piece about Alfie:Sat, Nov 224:00 PM PSTDetroit at TorontoPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs 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.
• The Hershey Bears (AHL) will don these mustached covered beauts in support of the Movember campaign. How fancy! [Penn Live]
• After a group of former National Hockey League players went to court and sued the league over how it handled concussions and head trauma, the league has filed its first significant response to the litigation ... "Publicly available information related to concussions and their long-term effects, coupled with the events that had transpired – i.e., the players incurring head injuries – should have allowed (players) to put two and two together," the NHL says in its court filings. [TSN]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
We asked, and once again you dear readers delivered...
Our latest Reader Art Contest is the "Create An NHL Starter Pack" competition, in which we asked you to dive into the meme sweeping the Interwebz. It's a simple concept: Four images, edited together, that represent the essentials for "becoming" a given person or team.
Like, for example, the "Ilya Bryzgalov Starter Pack" by reader Spencer Thome: The universe, fear of bears, a giant regrettable contract and the man himself in a goofy hat.
We'll continue taking entries through Monday, Nov. 24 at noon ET. Email over to email@example.com.
Top five entries snag something from the Puck Daddy prize closet!
OK, enough with the logistics. How about some Starter Packs?
And here ... we ... go.
Joel Quenneville Starter Pack by Derek Harms (Mustache; Line Blender"; Sandpaper Grit"; Crotch Grabbing Ability)
Los Angeles Kings Fan Starter Pack by John Tyndall
Randy Carlyle Era Leafs Starter Pack by Tom Urtz, Jr.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Who would have thought that the Toronto Maple Leafs winning 5-2 over the Tampa Bay Lightning would bring controversy the next day?
That’s what happened when the players (apparently no one told Cody Franson as you see above) celebrated the victory by exiting the Air Canada Centre ice without doing their usual post-win stick salute to the fans.
Boy, did that get some fans and some in the Toronto media in an uproar.
It’s already been dubbed Saluteghazi, but according to Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, it wasn’t meant to be a disrespect to the fans, it was about changing their losing ways.
Phaneuf, however, didn't say whether the players realized beforehand how much this move would be misinterpreted (if you’re to believe the “routine” reason) and backfire on them since they play in the media market that is Toronto. It was basically more blood in the water for the sharks.Sat, Nov 224:00 PM PSTMinnesota at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
For hockey agent John Thornton, there is nothing he finds truly odd or fascinating between his relationship with his most famous client and some of his other players. Well, except for one small tidbit.
“Being the agent of a brother is not different, but being the brother of a superstar is pretty (freaking) cool,” John said.
Since 2006, John and Joe Thornton, the San Jose Sharks star center, have formed maybe the easiest, most workable dynamic between an agent and a player. Basically, John negotiates Joe’s deals, and Joe trusts his brother with his life.
“You don’t hear of too many brothers who represent their own little brother,” Joe said. “It has worked out perfectly because he’s such a bright guy and knows so much about everything and not just about hockey, but for me I’m lucky in that rather than give my money to a big firm or something, I can keep it in the family.”
Kinda sounds like a Canadian version of the TV show “Entourage” but in more polite hockey, non-Hollywood terms.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Have you seen thefree agent center crop that is set to hit the open market on July 1, 2015? Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill sure did, which is why he worked quick lock up Jason Spezza for the next four seasons.
According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, the Stars have extended Spezza for $30 million over the next four seasons. He’ll carry a cap hit of $7.5 million.
Spezza is in the final season of a seven-year, $49 million deal he signed with the Ottawa Senators. After showing no inclination that he’d re-sign in Canada’s capital last season, GM Bryan Murrayshipped him to Dallas in a July 1 trade. In his first season with the Stars he’s currently second in scoring with 4 goals and 18 points through 20 games.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
This is what happens when you chase mysticism down a rabbit hole.
The Leafs have, for so long, been on the hunt for whatever it is that made them quote-unquote successful in the lockout-shortened season, spiraling themselves deeper into the world of finger-pointing and second-guessing with every embarrassing loss. And there have been, at this point, a lot of embarrassing losses to choose from.
Randy Carlyle has been coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs for three “full” seasons plus 18 more games from before the aforementioned lockout. He's coached 168 games for the Leafs, including last night's home tilt with Tampa, the results of which matter not at all (full disclosure: This is being written in advance of that game, which they ended up winning, but regardless of whatever the result might have been, great victory or gutting defeat, the problems of this Leafs team remain its problems and will do so until something is done behind the bench and in the front office). None of the losses, though, were more humiliating for him and his charges and bosses and fans than Tuesday's titanous 9-2 loss against the Nashville Predators.