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  • Mike Commodore finds retirement fun in Uber driving

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 44 mins ago

    Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore decided to drive an Uber one night last week to give him something to do.

    On Oct. 19, Commodore, who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, tweeted he had joined Uber and was recently interviewed by TSN’s Bob McKenzie about the experience. Commodore officially took to the road last Friday.

    “I’m single, I’ve got no kids, I was just looking for something to get me out of the house and keep me out of the bars,” Commodore said to McKenzie. “I don’t really do too much except play golf or go to the bar, so I figured this would be a good social thing for me.”

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    Added Commodore, “I don’t mind driving. I like to meet people and I like to talk to people. I’ll definitely do it again, one night a weekend or maybe even during the week.”

    He also encountered some Columbus Blue Jackets who couldn’t believe that they had a former player for their team giving them a ride.

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  • NHL leader in ice time? Dustin Byfuglien, of course

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Boy, what a wacky first couple of weeks of the NHL season. Up is down. Left is right. The Canucks and Oilers are both in playoff spots.

    To that end: After five games, Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets is leading the NHL in average ice time at 29:20 over 149 shifts.

    That’s more than Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings (28:05) and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild (27:01) and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators (26:48), anyone of whom you’d expect to have topped this list.

    Here are Byfuglien’s five games on the season thus far. Keep in mind the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs games were actually overtime affairs.

    Now, consider this about Byfuglien, listed at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds this season:

    – In the entirety of last season, he played over 30 minutes in a game twice. He’s already done it three times in five games.

    – In the first five games of each of the last two seasons, the most Dustin Byfuglien played was 23:42. He was under 22 minutes played in nine of those 10 games.

    – Byfuglien is averaging 4:42 on the power play and 2:16 on the penalty kill.

    So what’s the deal here? Why is the U.S.S. Byfuglien being deployed with such frequency?


  • Shannon Szabados released by Peoria two games into season

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Goalie Shannon Szabados made history in the Southern Professional Hockey League two years ago when she broke the gender barrier, becoming the first woman to ever play in the minor hockey league.

    The two-time Team Canada gold medalist spent two seasons with the Columbus Cottonmouths, who decided to let her test free agency last summer. On Sept. 20, she signed a team with the Peoria Rivermen, who won the SPHL’s regular-season points title two years running. “We want her here and it’s exciting to get her. The way we play defense in Peoria, and the types of players we have, I think she’s going to look a lot better with our team in front of her. I’m anxious to get her into camp and see how it goes,” said coach Jean-Guy Trudel.

    Just over a month later, Trudel released her.

    “He wants to play wherever Shannon plays. So both are gone,” said Trudel.


  • Reading Royals to wear KISS themed jerseys for charity

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    The Reading Royals of the ECHL want to show their love of the band KISS and tie this appreciation into charity.

    So on Nov. 12 they’re going to sell KISS themed jerseys during their game that night against the Manchester Monarchs. Then on Nov. 26, fans will be able to watch the Royals wearing the same KISS jerseys when they host the Cincinnati Cyclones.

    The Nov. 26 game is the Royals’ “Night of Hope” which will raise funds for Hope Rescue Mission in Reading. This charity, “has been a place of refuge for the homeless men of Berks County, PA” since 1894.

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    After the game, some the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off for charity, while others will be sold on the weekly online auction for the team.

    They also said many went to a recent KISS concert in Allentown.

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  • Cubs loving Jonathan Toews outed as White Sox fan by Kris Versteeg

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs are seeking their first World Series championship in 108 years. Everyone outside of Cleveland Indians fans and lovers of prolonged misery (i.e. “Cleveland Indians fans”) is pretty much pulling for the Cubs to break several curses to Fly The ‘W’ for the title.

    That includes Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, recently seen taking in Cubs games and rocking Cubs gear at appearances and singing during the seventh-inning stretch:

    Not bad …


    According to Kris Versteeg, former Chicago Blackhawks winger and current Calgary Flames player, Toews is a sock in Cubs’ clothing.

    “Toews was a White Sox fan. I know how he’s probably trying to play it off right now that he’s actually cheering,” Versteeg told reporters.

    Hell, if it’s good enough for this White Sox fan, it’s good enough for Toews:


    Where have you gone, Paul Konerko …


  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Monday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    Monday is the epitome of a light slate in the NHL, as there are only two games scheduled. However, if you still want to play some daily fantasy, and since you are reading this you probably do, there are picks that are better than others. Hopefully, these are some of them.


    Carey Price , MON vs. PHI ($38): Price against the Flyers is a good selection any day. However, when there are only two games being played, Price becomes an even better option. He’s maybe the best goalie in the NHL. Some picks make themselves.


    Brian Elliott , CGY at CHI ($28): While Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks have had some goal prevention issues, he’s still a good bet to get a win. Elliott will cost you more than Steve Mason ($27), and he has a .839 save percentage so far. That’s why he’s the pick here.

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  • Sidney Crosby participates in full-contact practice with Penguins

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    Your Twitter feed may have been full of pictures of Sidney Crosby skating Monday morning. The significance? The Pittsburgh Penguins captain was not wearing a non-contact jersey as he moves closer to a return to the lineup after experiencing another concussion.

    Working on a line with Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist – which brought about the reunion of the famed HBK line – as well as the No. 1 power play unit with Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz, Crosby participated in a full practice with his teammates.

    He reported afterward that he’s not experiencing any symptoms and there were no limitations on contact for Monday’s practice. “I feel good,” he said. “Hopefully build from here.”

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    After suffering a concussion during an Oct. 7 practice, Crosby had not skated with his teammates. Three days later he was diagnosed and has missed the first six games of the Penguins season.

    Crosby has gone symptom-free for two weeks after skating on his own.

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  • NHL's scoring surge; Demers' health; Matthews' off-ice development (Puck Headlines)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 7 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 .

    • Check out Duncan Keith’s cereal. [Tracey Myers]

    • Here are five reasons why scoring is up around the NHL. Currently teams are averaging above three goals per-game. [USA Today]

    • Former NHL coach and Canadian Senator Jacques Demers is in stable condition after being rushed to hospital on Saturday. [CBC]

    • The Toronto Maple Leafs want to make sure Auston Matthews is getting the proper direction as a professional during his hours away from the rink. [Toronto Sun]

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  • Jaromir Jagr destroyed Halloween dance party, sang Chainsmokers (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers forward and your favorite hockey player, isn’t exactly known for his elaborate Halloween costumes. Like in 2013, when he had Bootsy Collins’ head and the Incredible Hulk’s body. Or something.

    For 2016, he teased on Facebook that he was “preparing for Halloween, but it looks like this year won’t require a mask.” And he’s right: When one is dressing like a Pharaoh and one is already the face of (hockey) god, one doesn’t need a mask.

    Just a headpiece and, of course, his Cleopatra, 24-year-old model Veronika Kopřivová.

    This is just an excuse to party in flip-flops, isn’t it?

    But he’s not just a legend for his costume. Oh no. Jagr is a legend because he dresses like a Pharaoh and then BREAKS THAT [EXPLETIVE] DOWN on the dance floor, flipped around the flaps of his headpiece like a burlesque dancer uses her tassels.

    Watch Jagr’s night of partying, courtesy of his Instagram Story:

    And then he probably ran the stairs inside the Panthers’ arena for three hours. Legwork rests for no holiday, people!

    “So, baby, drag me farther

    ‘Cause you’re [expletive] Jaromir Jagr

    You used to play abroad

  • What We Learned: Behind the Montreal Canadiens' hot start

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 9 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.) 

    After Sunday night’s games, there was one team in the NHL without a regulation loss: the Montreal Canadiens

    The blew out the Sabres, Penguins(!), Coyotes and Bruins, and also lost in a shootout (so not even real hockey) to Ottawa. And that’s with Carey Price only playing in two games.

    Now, we fundamentally understand that Montreal isn’t this good, in part because no one is. On paper the Canadiens seem to be fairly mediocre if anything else. But mediocre teams go 4-0-1 sometimes, and sometimes even bad teams do it (see also: Vancouver).

    That’ll lose you a lot of games in this league, and when they inexplicably made PK Subban the scapegoat for that problem, people were given another bullet in their “Montreal will be bad next year” bandoleer.

    If the system is producing positive outcomes, possession-wise, then things get a little dodgier for the Lightning atop the division.

    What We Learned

    Play of the Weekend

    What a goal to wrap up your hat trick.