- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It's no secret that John Tortorella's tenure in Vancouver was a disaster, but here's one story you may not have heard.
Tortorella never actually lived in Vancouver. Instead, he lived in nearby Point Roberts, which is across the American border, but only about a 45-minute drive from Rogers Arena on a good day. For practice days (which were so rare the players complained) Tortorella would drive in for a brief appearance, and then head home, leaving his assistants to handle everything else.
Mike Gillis got so frustrated with his quick turnarounds that the team eventually built a bed into Tortorella's office so he could take naps there instead of driving home. You can watch Willie Desjardins react with bemusement to the fold-out bed in this video of the Canucks showing their new coach into his office.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Kyle Dubas is being seen as a game-changing hire for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Original Six team brings on an assistant general manager that’s 28 years old, didn’t take the traditional path to the job (i.e. wasn’t an example of cronyism) and fully embraced the use of advanced analytics while the GM of the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL.
But perhaps most importantly, he attended the Marek Vs. Wyshynski NHL Draft Party at Foley’s in New York City last summer. Which we assume is what got him this sweet new gig with the Leafs.
Dubas joined us on MvsW on Monday to talk about his new gig, his player personnel philosophy, the criticisms of his hiring, the good and bad in hockey analytics, the infamous Nick Cousins case in the Soo (one relevant today, considering the Ray Rice suspension) and a few other topics.
Take a listen here:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 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.
• Safe to say Jeff Carter has had a pretty successful hockey career. [@Dave_Sandford]
• How often does Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks think about the team’s first round collapse to the Los Angeles Kings? “I think every time I see hockey on TV or read about it in the paper.” [CP via THN]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
When Helen Moser was born the NHL was still seven years away from being founded. It wasn’t until 1967 -- over 40 years after Moser immigrated to the United States from Germany -- that the Philadelphia Flyers entered the league and that she began following the sport and rooting for her hometown team.
On Wednesday, Moser celebrated her 104th birthday with friends and family at the Wesley Enhanced Living retirement community in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t just any celebration. The party was Flyers-themed, with Moser and guests rocking sweaters of her favorite team.
At one point during the party a special guest arrived: Bob “The Hound” Kelly, who played 10 years with the Flyers and was a member of their two Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1974 and 1975. Kelly delivered a cake and presented Moser with a Flyers jersey featuring her name and the number 104 on the back.
Kelly then allowed Moser to try on one of his Stanley Cup rings, which moved her to tears:
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It's a Monday 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 Stars: Kyle Dubas, assistant GM of the Leafs and advanced stats whizkid.
• Everything that's gone on in hockey since we took a vacation.
• Yes, that includes the NBC winners and losers.
Question of the Day: What would you like us to address in the world of hockey? Email email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
EA Sports’ “NHL 99” isn’t often mentioned in the pantheon of greatest hockey video games of all-time, at least not in the same breath as a game-changer like “NHL 94”.
But what they did have for systems like PlayStation and Nintendo 64 was one of the most memorable opening videos in the history of the series, especially if you place David Bowie’s “Heroes” on an altar and worship it as a seminal rock classic (like yours truly does).
Take a look back:
Chillllls. That CuJo save. All day, all night.
Now, we know what you’re asking: Would this intro be improved if it featured a collection of marginal talents, below-averaged goaltending and foreign announcers?
The Kontinental Hockey League provides the answer in this recreation of the “NHL 99” intro.
As the KHL writes on YouTube: “Here's a little fantasy on what hands down best sport intro in the history of video-gaming would look like if EA Sports NHL 99 had used KHL highlights.”
OK, so they couldn’t figure out how to erase some of the glowing NHL logos from the graphics, although there is a bit later in the video where it’s a collection of glowing KHL logos.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy8 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.
Things have calmed down considerably in the free agent market. Rosters at this point are more or less set, and we can therefore go about taking stock of who did what this summer, and what that means for the season that's currently still three or so months away.
It's pretty tough to make the case that any single division improved more than the Central, and given the league's new playoff format, those several teams that took huge steps forward might find that it's not going to be enough for them to get things together and actually make the postseason.
We can all more or less agree that Chicago, which made only one significant move in bringing aboard bargain-basement Brad Richards and letting Michal Handzus walk, not only is the best team for this coming season as it was for the prior one, but also improved marginally. That top spot in the Central, and perhaps the whole of the Western Conference or even NHL, is very much spoken for.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
P.K. Subban has yet to lead the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup. But he's led Seth Rogen to the Stanley Cup, through the siren’s song of Canadian beer.
Rogen’s “Hilarity For Charity,” which seeks to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, was in Montreal as a part of the Just For Laughs festival, holding a late-night gala. On Saturday night, Rogen hit the stage with the apparent intent of creating the most Canadian moment in the history of Canada or moments.
Not only did Rogen have Youppi, the beloved Montreal Expos mascot, come on stage with a wheelbarrow of Timbits, but he had the Stanley Cup on stage (right-side-up, Def Leppard).
(Why was the Cup there when no Los Angeles Kings were present? Apparently everyone in Hollywood is eligible to have it for a day, per bandwagon rules.)
He vowed to fulfill a bucket list moment by drinking beer out of it.
Enter P.K. Subban with two pitchers of brew.
Enter beer, into Seth Rogen’s stomach.
Here’s a fan-shot video of the moment:
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Proving once again that nothing gets a deal done like an impending arbitration hearing, the New York Rangers and RFA Derick Brassard have agreed to terms on a new deal.
It's a five-year contract that will pay Brassard $25 million total, for a cap hit of $5 million. The year-to-year breakdown isn't quite that simple, however. The 26-year-old will earn the bulk of the money up front, with $7 million coming to him next season, $6 million in 2015-16, $5 million the following year, and then $3.5 million in the final two years of the deal to bring that all important average annual salary down.
The deal is a huge win for Brassard's camp. Heck, it's even a little more than they were asking yesterday, according to Elliotte Friedman:
Brassard requests $4.95M. NYR counter is $3.825M
The two sides were only $1.1 million apart then, and with arbitration looming, it was the Rangers who caved, apparently kicking in an extra $50,000 for Brassard's troubles.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
For the most part, the hiring of Kyle Dubas by the Toronto Maple Leafs was greeted with pom-poms and champagne corks, and it’s easy to understand why.
The advanced stats advocates lauded it as a major advancement, as one of their own became a Leafs' lottery-pick-finish away from ascending to Dave Nonis’ seat. The media welcomed a new voice to the NHL conversation. Maple Leafs fans embraced it, as they do any move with the fait whiff of ingenuity and positivity.
There were a few voices of dissent, the loudest being Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, who offered a critical evaluation of Dubas’s time as GM of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Alas, it was buried under a dozen paragraphs of slightly bitter, ageist denouncement of Dubas as the flavor of the moment, a slick interview, a “whiz kid” who was eight years old when Joyce began banging out hockey tales at the Globe & Mail.