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  • Chris Hansen will privately finance Seattle arena; NHL back in play?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 mins ago

    There are three conditions for the NHL to bring a team to a new market.

    The first is that it’s a market in which they feel a hockey team could thrive. The second is a viable owner or ownership group that’s willing to pay the exorbitant expansion fee or relocation freight. The third is a viable, modern arena where the team can maximize revenue.

    In the most recent round of expansion that yielded a team in Las Vegas starting next season, Seattle met the first condition. It failed miserably to meet the second condition, which was symptomatic of not meeting the third condition: Finding owners for a team without knowing the fate of billionaire Chris Hansen’s downtown arena project was impossible.

    Well, that fate just gained some clarity.

    In a stunning move on Tuesday, Hansen said his group is no longer seeing public funds to build the arena in SoDo. It would be privately funded, as will an overpass over Lander Street, which local opponents of the arena have fought for to ease congestion in around the Port of Seattle.

    From Hansen’s letter to the city:


  • NY Islanders 'Karate Kid' bobblehead has crane kick feature (Photo)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 55 mins ago

    The New York Islanders will have a bobblehead night featuring team celebrity fan Ralph Macchio.

    The game will be played on Dec. 23 against the Buffalo Sabres and the bobblehead is in the pose of Macchio doing the crane kick – from his iconic film “The Karate Kid” while wearing an Islanders jersey. Macchio’s leg has the capability to swing back and forth in the photo presented by the Islanders.

    Mark your ????. 12/23 is @ralphmacchio #bobblehead night.

    Get your ???? now @ https://t.co/P4jFH0uTOD #AllForIsles pic.twitter.com/oaJXBB6PEa

    — New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 25, 2016

    The 54-year-old actor, who also was in two “Karate Kid” sequels along with the comedy “My Cousin Vinny” unveiled the bobblehead on the Boomer and Carton radio show in New York.

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Tuesday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 58 mins ago

    By Neil Parker

    It’s a busy 11-game slate in the NHL on Tuesday, with only Calgary and Philadelphia in a back-to-back situation. Here are your values, fades and picks for Yahoo’s daily contests.


    Carter Hutton , STL vs. CGY ($23): With Calgary playing its second road game in consecutive nights, this is a cushy spot for Hutton. He’s posted a .920 save percentage over the past two seasons, including a 33-save performance in his first outing this year. Additionally, the Flames averaged just 2.46 goals per road game last year, and the Blues have surrendered only 2.5 goals per contest to start this season.

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    John Gibson , ANA at SAN ($35): While he’s allowed just two goals in each of his past three games, Gibson owns a mediocre .913 save percentage and draws a tough matchup on Tuesday. The Sharks underwhelmed at home last season with an 18-20-3 record and average of 2.8 goals per game, but are back on home ice following a five-game road trip. There are too many cushy matchups available Tuesday to gamble with Gibson against the defending Western Conference champions on the road.



  • Of course United Kingdom hockey had a Noble vs. Lord fight (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Hear ye, hear ye! Gather ‘round all ye kings, queens and commoners, for a hockey fight comes hither!

    ‘Tis the Elite Ice Hockey League – perchance you know it better as the professional league of ice hockey for the United Kingdom. Our combatants on this frigid field of battle are the Brave and Loyal BLAZE of COVENTRY vying against the Bold and Steadfast DEVILS of CARDIFF.

    Whereas the commencement of this hockey match led to a pitch-kettled moment between two ruffians: A Lord, name of Andrew Lord of Cardiff by way of West Vancouver; and a Noble, name of Kevin Noble of Coventry by way of Sparwood, British Columbia.

    Whereas Noble doffed his crown early in the fisticuffs, Lord took full advantage, landing blows with the ferocity of a battering ram into the Kenilworth gate. Perchance he had waited for this moment to assail Noble, a noted hufty-tufty in the EIHL. Mayhaps he just fancies a ruckus.

    Or as the commentator hath proclaimed: “There were a few pushes and few nudges, and all of a sudden Lord and Noble … let’s be honest, there aren’t many people in South Wales who like Kevin Noble!”

    Thouest harsh!


  • Mike Babcock isn’t standing for Don Cherry’s goalie poop

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    On Saturday night, venerable Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry ripped the Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltending, praising the departed James Reimer (a.k.a. a good Canadian boy!) and burying Fredrik Andersen (a.k.a. one of them Euros!), who’s been rather bad with an .879 save percentage in his first four games with the Leafs after signing a five-year deal last summer.

    “The biggest mistake they ever made!” said Cherry of Andersen, who missed most of the preseason with an injury suffered in an Olympic qualifier with Denmark and, again, is being judged on four games.

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    When Don Cherry speaks, someone has to respond to his bloviating. So Ken Campbell of The Hockey News asked Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock about Cherry’s goalie evaluation at a media availability on Tuesday, and it went as expected.


    The transcript: 

    BABCOCK: “Well, it’s five games in, isn’t it?

    CAMPBELL: “Yeah, yeah it is.”


  • Crosby set for return; Ehrhoff signs in Germany (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    Penguins just presented Jaromir Jagr with an engraved piece of the old Civic Arena roof pic.twitter.com/bWpaIfrjOg

    — Sam Werner (@SWernerPG) October 25, 2016

    • Let the mending begin!

    • Barring any kind of setback, Sidney Crosby will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup tonight against the Florida Panthers. [Tribune-Review]

    • The Los Angeles Kings will bring Anders Lindback in on a PTO. He’ll begin in the AHL this weekend. [LA Daily News]

    • Christian Ehrhoff is heading home after signing with Kolner Haie of the German league. [IIHF]

  • Bruins turn to Subban in net with Khudobin and Rask injured

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    The Los Angeles Kings aren’t the only NHL team with a major goaltending situation. The Boston Bruins are in their own predicament.

    “Overall soreness” has sidelined Tuukka Rask, and then to make matters worse Anton Khudobin was hurt in practice on Monday. The Bruins have since announced that he’ll be out three weeks with an upper-body injury.

    Two days after he was sent back down to Providence of the AHL, Zane McIntyre has been recalled and will man the net along with Malcolm Subban until Rask, whom Bruins head coach Claude Julien dubbed “day-to-day,” is ready to return.

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    As Tim Rosenthal of Bruins Daily points out, the next week for the Bruins will be a tough one.

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  • NHL visiting Pyeongchang Olympic venues this week, participation still in doubt

    Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    There are many obstacles standing between the NHL and its participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

    There’s the estimated $10 million in travel and insurance costs that the IOC says it’s not willing to cover for the players. There’s the fact that Pyeongchang isn’t a market the NHL cares about, and the time difference isn’t advantageous for North American television. And then there’s the simple fact that many owners just hate shutting down the season for the Olympics, and would be happier collecting some money for World Cup and Ryder Cup preseason tournaments.

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    But among the obstacles are worries about “the physical layout of the Olympic Games, and whether the location of the Olympic Games makes that run smoothly,” according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

    This week, the League is getting a chance to examine that location and those facilities.


  • Meet ‘The Fist,’ Netflix comedy’s insane hockey mascot

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    In the grand tradition of “Best In Show” and “A Mighty Wind,” Christopher Guest’s Netflix movie “Mascots” didn’t exactly set the comedy world ablaze.

    But that’s OK: Even at his worst, Guest still manages to create a few memorable moments. (Like everything Catherine O’Hara did in “For Your Consideration.”)

    Which brings us to “The Fist.”

    That’s Chris O’Dowd from “Bridesmaids” and “Girls” as Tommy ‘Zook’ Zucarello (New York Rangers’ Norwegian Hobbit Wizard reference?), who portrays The Fist, a minor league hockey mascot. The movie is about how Zook and the rest of his wacky cohorts converge on the World Mascot Association Championship, competing for something called the Gold Fluffy Award.

    Here is The Fist in action at said Awards, complete with expected NSFW site gag at the end of the routine:

    Funny stuff, if you’re on this vibe. And by that we mean “seeing a mascot that’s a giant plush fist carrying the lifeless body of an on-ice official he just pummeled, and finding humor in it.”


  • Chicago Blackhawks own the worst thing in NHL right now

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    The Calgary Flames scored two goals in regulation against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. Both were on the power play.

    Neither should have surprised you, despite Calgary previously having gone 1-for-25 on the power play, because Chicago’s penalty kill is demonstrably the worst thing in hockey right now. Yes, they managed to kill a double-minor later in the game, but we’ll just go ahead and assume Glen Gulutzan just simply forgot to tell his team they were on the power play. Seems like a Glen Gulutzan thing to do.

    Their PK is worse than the Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending situation. Yes, worse than the New York Islanders’ power play, which is at 6.7 percent. Yes, worse than the Arizona Coyotes, who have two points in five games. It’s unfathomably terrible right now.

    A quick look at the standings!

    At home, the Blackhawks have been shorthanded 18 times in five games, and have given up nine goals, the most for any team on home ice.

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    So let us count the ways. Why does the Blackhawks’ penalty kill suck right now?

    The Culprits

    The Apathy

    Specifically, he feels they need to pressure the point men more.