- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Why can’t hockey coaches wear uniforms like managers in Major League Baseball? If so, would Mike Babcock don the above No. 50 sweater. And if so … how hilarious would he look behind the Leafs bench?
Pretty funny if you ask me. And kudos to whatever entity made this monstrosity. But man, poor Stuart Percy …
From hipsters in New York to saviors in Anaheim, we had all sorts of submissions for Jersey Fouls this week.
If you want to submit, make sure to email us at email@example.com or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to make sure to give credit where credit is due.
Here they are!
I may start rooting for the Rangers this playoff, just so I don’t have to hear any more current-day comparisons to the almost too celebrated 1994 Stanley Cup champs. (S/t @AikmanCMU)
2. Saving Clayton 'Stoner'
We preach religious freedom here at Puck Daddy. The fact that Clayton Stoner wears No. 3 for the Ducks … do the math. (S/t @district5hockey)
1. Hipster Henrik
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The never-ending celebration of the Edmonton Oilers winning the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft continues.
Behold the Oilers season ticket renewal package which came in of all things … a golden envelope. (S/t @solid_guarantee)
Why does this look familiar? Oh, remember that sort of ‘meh’ look on Bill Daly’s face when he announced to humanity Edmonton won the draft lottery and the right to select Connor McDavid?
This presents a slight conundrum for Oilers fans who see winning this draft lottery as the result of Edmonton's extreme mediocrity throughout the years and pain its fans endured. Via Copper and Blue:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
You can be 100 percent sure of two things with Mike Babcock going to Toronto:
1) The amount of money he's being paid literally doesn't matter at all to the club.
2) The Leafs' management did more due diligence from a statistical point of view than most other teams would have.
So with the first issue in mind, let's stop fretting about how much money he's being paid — even if $50 million over eight seasons is, indeed, a lot — because they gave David Clarkson almost as much, and Babcock doesn't count against the cap.
But if you're paying your coach that much money, it doesn't matter how big your Scrooge McDuck vault is: He needs to produce.
And the Leafs have indeed had a production problem for a good long while now. The last time they were a positive possession team for the entirety of a season it was 2009-10. (And a fat lot of good that did them because they finished with 74 points that year, their second-worst total since 1998, eclipsed only by this past season's disaster.)
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The KHL is floundering. In spite of talks of a move of teams into China, the collapse of the Ruble and other factors has put the league, which at one point dreamed of challenging the NHL for hockey supremacy, into financial problems.
And now an important former Soviet NHL face has said he believes Russian players shouldn’t be allowed to come to North America until they’re older.
Via the Associated Press:
Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.
The aim is to keep "our most talented guys, the ones who the people come to see."
He also wants to see foreigners fall under that rule, as well:
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
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• If Mike Babcock is looking for a place of worship, here's one sympathetic to his upcoming plight. [SimonDingleyCBC]
• The NHL salary cap is looking like it will be set at around $71-million next season. [AP]LiveNY Rangers3 - 1Tampa BayFollow Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
We all know what kind of damage the “Triplets” line of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov have done for the Lightning in these playoffs. But as the Tampa offense has come alive in their last two games against the New York Rangers, a different line is starting to heat up.
There was a time this postseason when the speculation was that Steven Stamkos was injured. He went goalless over nine games from the end of the regular season until Game 2 against Montreal in the second round, but along with Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn, the Lightning’s top line is producing, and that’s a scary thing for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist, who have allowed 12 goals in two games after holding Tampa to a single tally in Game 1.
Stamkos has scored four times in the last five games, while Killorn has three goals and five points in Tampa’s last two games. Filppula, meanwhile, only has two assists in the series, but has won 62-percent of his face-offs.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
It's a (gettin' down on) Friday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record on Rangers/Lightning! Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News on Mike Babcock!
• The Conference Final coverage!
• Game Show Friday!
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Welcome to the first edition of our Conn Smythe Watch, which chronicles the ever-changing race for playoff MVP. This one is a just a glimpse at the current picture; we’ll make it a daily feature when Round 2 begins. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.
1. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning (3)
The Triplets Line has taken over the Lightning’s series against the Rangers, led by Johnson and his 12 goals in the playoffs. He’s the postseason leader in goals and points (18), and tied for the lead with seven power-play points.
2. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks (7)
The heart, soul and muscle of the Ducks. He had two assists in their Game 3 win, including a great pass to set up Simon Despres for the game winner. He now has 16 points, with 14 assists.
3. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (4)
Kane’s whirling back-hander in Game 3 was his eighth goal of the playoffs and his 14th point in 13 games. He’s credited with two game-winners.
4. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks (2)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Gary Bettman met reporters in Chicago on Thursday night for Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, which meant he was going to get the Steve Montador question.
Bettman is fending off a few lawsuits related to concussions and players whose deaths were allegedly linked to brain injuries. One that’s in the works: The family of Steve Montador, the former Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres defenseman who died in February, who was working with the same law firm handling Derek Boogaard’s wrongful death case against the NHL.
“The finding of widespread CTE in Steven's brain helps us all better understand that his brain was ravaged by disease and he was unable to control it,” they said in a statement. “We always knew that there might be black eyes, broken bones and soft tissue injuries -- but he never anticipated that playing the game he loved would result in such devastating impairment of his brain function. CTE changed everything."
What did Bettman have to say about this?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Mike Babcock made no secret that leaving the Detroit Red Wings was an emotional decision. He’s spoken about needing to crack open a box of Kleenex when discussing it with friend and general manager Ken Holland, and we’ll go ahead and assume he’s not talking about his allergies (but oy vey, that ragweed these days).
So the 10-year coach of the Red Wings decided to make one last gesture of appreciation to the Detroit fans as he embarks on the new chapter of his life as Toronto Maple Leafs head coach/savior.
Babcock and his family took out an ad on Page 6B of the Detroit Free Press on Friday, featuring a photo of the Babcocks hoisting the Stanley Cup and what appars to be a photo of an Easter Island statue.
The ad reads:
"Detroit Red Wings fans,
Thank you for an amazing 10 years!