- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins and winger Brad Marchand have agreed to an eight-year contract extension.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the new deal for Marchand comes in at eight years and $49 million overall. This averages out to $6.125 million per-year. Marchand was slated to be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. His current contract is for four years at $18 million.
After Canada’s Saturday World Cup win over Team Russia, Marchand was asked about his contract, and the possibility of going to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The reason for the question had to do with how well Marchand has played in the World Cup on Sidney Crosby’s line. He’s Canada’s second-leading scorer with five points in four games.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
In this edition of Marek Vs. Wyshynski, the boys are talking about:
– The World Cup of Hockey in all its glory.
– The mysteries of Team Europe.
– The epic fail from Team USA.
– What we can expect from Team Canada in Final.
– Legacy of Team North America.
– 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.]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
When an NHL team introduces a new mascot, it’s truly a glorious occasion.
While many go on to become beloved facets of the franchise – giving out free hugs at the arena and helping to sell thousands of plush effigies to young fans – others end up on the ever-growing pile of bad ideas this League has produced. Like, for example, the Columbus Blue Jackets attempt to phase out an adorable googly-eyed bug in favor of a Civil War cannon that looked like a penis.
So into which category will the Edmonton Oilers’ new mascot Hunter fall?
The Oilers introduced Hunter on Monday, with the following explanation:
The Edmonton Oilers revealed the newest member of the Oilers family, introducing their official mascot, “Hunter” the Canadian Lynx. The mascot is named Hunter as a tribute to “Wild Bill” Hunter, the original owner of the Edmonton Oilers who founded the team in 1972. As such, Hunter will also don #72 on his Oilers jersey.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
When Alex Steen signed his current contract in December 2013, he had never scored 25 goals in a season, nor had he cleared 52 points.
That’s not to say he wasn’t a good player, because he very much was one. But the idea that you would lock up a guy for three years when he would be 30, 31, and 32 — and give him $5.8 million AAV — halfway through his career year at 29 seemed dicey.
Steen still is a good player. Over the past five years he’s a strong relative possession player on a really good possession team. Two years into his three-year deal, maybe you say he’s been worth it for them.
But how much longer can that possibly be the case? And how does Doug Armstrong justify giving him four more years at nearly the same freight, which he did on Friday?
Because here’s some iffy news for the Blues: Steen seems to be dropping off in a hurry already, with a full year before his new deal even kicks in.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
TORONTO – Of all the potential storylines for the World Cup of Hockey’s best-of-three final round, revisiting the epic Jaroslav Halak vs. Carey Price goaltending controversy didn’t seem to be a likely one.
Not with Halak’s Team Europe starting at a 33-to-1 longshot before the tournament. And yet, here we are, with Canada and Europe set to battle for the Cup beginning on Tuesday, after Halak led his team to a semifinal win over Sweden and Price led his over Russia.
So let’s revisit it, shall we?
Before Price became an MVP, a Vezina winner and Team Canada’s gold-medal winning goaltender, he was embroiled in one of the NHL’s most contentious goaltending controversies in recent memory.
In Montreal, in 2010, you were either “Team Price” or “Team Halak.”
To reset the scene: Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak shared the crease in Montreal. Halak was a ninth-round pick from Slovakia in 2003, the 25th goalie taken in that draft. Price was selected fifth overall from British Columbia in 2005. Price was the golden boy, seen as the next heir to the throne previously occupied by the likes of Dryden and Roy. Halak got fewer starts but was effective in them.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
TORONTO – At various international tournaments playing with Team Denmark, Frans Nielsen never had a chance to win.
He had been to a quarterfinal of the World Championships, but his team just didn’t have the firepower of the big hockey playing countries.
With the Slovenian national team, Anze Kopitar’s biggest achievement was helping his country to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Olympics.
Norwegian forward Mats Zuccarello never made it past the quarterfinals of the World Championships.
The list of Team Europe’s players who couldn’t compete for a championship on the international stage goes on and on. It’s why their win over Team Sweden in the World Cup semifinal was important to them and why this event has been such an enjoyable ride. This team finally gives some smaller hockey nations an opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the world’s best.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
TORONTO – Mindset has been a key factor in the World Cup of Hockey.
We’ve seen a Canadian team trail for less than three minutes in the tournament, with the confidence they’re better than seven other teams. We’ve seen an under-23 team dazzle the hockey world by putting the pedal down offensively without recourse or repercussions. We’ve seen an American team overlook a seemingly beatable opponent in Team Europe, and then exhibit a defeatist attitude when things went south against the Canadians (before losing a meaningless game to the Czechs).
Sweden entered its semifinal game against Europe on Sunday afternoon in Toronto with one thing on its mind: Don’t screw up.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
TORONTO – Team Europe’s players said they relished the opportunity to go further in an international tournament than they’ve ever gone before.
All are made of up of countries that never have played deep in a ‘best-on-best’ event, which made their World Cup semifinal game against Sweden a new experience for them.
They made the most of it in a 3-2 overtime win over the favored Swedes.
Team Europe, which is made up of players not from Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic or Russia have come together quickly in this tournament. This teamwork showed Sunday against the structured Swedes.
“This group hasn’t needed any magic,” coach Ralph Krueger said the day before the game. “There’s a lot of magic just happening naturally.”
Tomas Tatar scored the overtime winner 3:43 into the overtime after the took a feed from Mats Zuccarello in front of Henrik Lundqvist and put the puck past the Swedish netminder. After Tatar scored, the European players mobbed him int he corner and jumped up and down with one another.
They will now face Team Canada in the World Cup best-of-three final series, which starts Tuesday.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Even during training camp, things can get heated as bubble players compete for a roster shot.
At Ottawa Senators camp, defenseman Patrick Sieloff – who was acquired in the offseason for Alex Chiasson – made contact with the head of Clarke MacArthur in a play along the boards.
MacArthur immediately went to the ice clutching his head.
Bobby Ryan, who is not known for being much of a fighter, went directly after Sieloff. The officials struggled to break the two of them up. Minutes later, Chris Neil came over to exchange words with Sieloff.
MacArthur was able to make if off the ice with the help of teammates.
Clarke MacArthur needing help off the ice after a big hit from Patrick Sieloff. pic.twitter.com/O3R4UsZYRu
— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) September 25, 2016
Senators GM Pierre Dorian addressed the media at the end of practice.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Last Season: 48-28-6 (102 points), 2nd in the Pacific, 5th in the West
The Kings started out their season with three straight losses, being outscored 12-2, which made some wonder if 2015-16 would be a further fall from their 2014 Stanley Cup. They quickly got back on track with seven straight wins and were the class of the Pacific Division for most of the year.
General manager Dean Lombardi got to work with a few moves after the New Year. He dealt for center Vincent Lecavalier, which stabilized their lower lines, and added defenseman Luke Schenn in the same trade. The biggest move the Kings made was locking up franchise center Anze Kopitar to an eight-year, $80 million contract on Jan. 16.
Lombardi acquired forward Milan Lucic before the season, and the hulking winger fit perfectly with 20 goals and 55 points.