Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago
The New York Islanders have fired head coach Jack Capuano and named assistant general manager Doug Weight the team’s interim coach.
Capuano took over as interim coach on Nov. 15, 2010, replacing Scott Gordon and was then named head coach at the end of the season. In his tenure, Capuano guided the Islanders to a 227-192-64 record that included three playoff appearance. In the previous two seasons, the Islanders hit 101 and 100 points but this year, the group’s performance dropped.
The Islanders hold a 17-17-8 record, which ranks last in the Eastern Conference. New York is eight points out of the final Wild Card spot, but has a six-game homestand coming up. The Islanders will also play eight of their next nine games in Barclays Center.
Said Capuano in a statement provided by New York, “It’s an honor to have served this historic franchise and its passionate fans. I’d like to thank Garth and our ownership group for the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Islanders. I’d also like to recognize our coaching staff, training staff and players for all of their hard work.”
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Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
As the Pittsburgh Penguins get one member of their blue line back, they’ll be without one of their forwards for a few weeks.
Matt Cullen is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks after taking a shot off his right skate during Monday night’s wild win over the Washington Capitals. The 40-year-old center, who has 8 goals and 17 points in 43 games, hasn’t missed an NHL game since the 2014-15 season
Like Kris Letang, who is week-to-week with a lower-body injury, Cullen is a key special teamer for the Penguins leading their forwards in shorthanded ice time (2:30) per game. This means that Eric Fehr, who GM Jim Rutherford signed because of his versatility, will move to center.
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Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
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• A big Zamboni fan at a Buffalo Sabres game. [Jersey Fouls]
• Forward Patrik Elias ponders his NHL future. Elias hasn’t played this season because of a knee injury and took part in just 16 games a year ago.” [USA Today]
• Taking a deeper look into the Traveling Jagrs’ trip to Calgary to watch their hero, Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers, take on the Calgary Flames. [Calgary Sun]
• Jujar Khaira scored his first NHL goal Monday. He is only the third Indo-Canadian to play in the National Hockey League, after Robin Bawa and Manny Malhotra. [Sportsnet]
Sunaya Sapurji at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago
Cuteness Overload Alert: On Sunday, Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty took his young son Enzo out to practice with the NHL team.
Enzo, 3, is apparently a huge Carey Price fan, so the father and son took a few minutes to work on shooting with the Montreal netminer and it’s adorable.
— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) January 15, 2017
After practice was over, the elder Pacioretty spoke with reporters about young Enzo’s experience on the ice with the Habs.
Last Sunday the Canadiens held a rare practice, but Pacioretty still took his sons [Enzo and Max Jr.] to the rink and took them on the ice beforehand, giving Enzo a chance to play a little game of pass with Price, his hero.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 8-7 win over the Washington Capitals on Monday night was one of the most entertaining regular-season games in recent memory. (The ratings for NBCSN were huge, comparatively.)
It was also one of the most controversial games in recent memory, which is understandable when the Capitals and Penguins are on the ice. Every missed call is a travesty, every close call is swung in either direction because the refs or the NHL or the Stonecutters want one team to win.
But beyond the goalie interference reviews and the Sidney Crosby “trip” on Alex Ovechkin in the all-too-brief overtime, there’s one play that’s clearly garnered the most attention: Patric Hornqvist’s high hit on T.J. Oshie, which sent the Capitals forward to the locker room for evaluation. (Oshie would return.)
A few reactions to the play. First, from Russian Machine Never Breaks:
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Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago
By Neil Parker
There are nine games in the NHL on Tuesday, so it should be easy to differentiate your selections for tournaments. At Yahoo, it’s also always worth scrolling all the way through the player pool because some solid players can jump out at, or near, minimum price. With that said, here are some targets, fades and values to consider when assembling your lineups.
Frederik Andersen , TOR vs. BUF ($36): While he has had some poor showings of late, Andersen still boasts a solid .929 save percentage and 16 wins through his past 27 games. The Sabres also bring an underwhelming offense and enter on the wrong end of a back-to-back set. Buffalo owns a fifth-worst 2.27 goals and generate the seventh fewest scoring chances per 60 minutes.
GOALIE TO AVOID
CENTER TO AVOID
WINGERS TO AVOID
DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID
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Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago
If there was a time for Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan to agree to waive his no-movement clause in search of a Stanley Cup, it would have been last season when he was in the middle of a 28-goal, 47-point campaign.
Now? Well, the number of suitors may not be as large and, as Doan put it on Monday to reporters in Edmonton, it would have to be a “perfect” situation.
“I never said that I wouldn’t go anywhere,” he said. “(But) that’s never been the plan. I’ve always kind of wanted to stay here. If there was ever an opportunity or whatever, the Coyotes have always been incredible to me and respectful to me in every way to be honest with me. I’ve talked about it with my family to make a decision on it if it was going to come up, but it’d have to be so perfect and so right. That’s pretty hard for it all to line up perfectly. It’d have to be exactly perfect, and that just doesn’t happen in our sport too often.”
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Sunaya Sapurji at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago
The San Jose Sharks have upped their marketing game this season with a number of hilarious ads. Their latest hypes Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche – which also happens to be Joe Thornton Chia Pet Giveaway Night .
To celebrate the momentous occasion – and facial hair – The Beard Brothers, a.k.a Thornton and teammate Brent Burns, star in this commercial set in a barbershop … a place neither San Jose star looks to have frequented in quite some time.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) January 16, 2017
The Brent Burns homage to Chewbaccaat the end is awesome and watching Thornton crack up makes it even better.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
The Winnipeg Jets are 20-23-4, and their 44 points puts them four out of the wild card in the Western Conference. This isn’t great, but it’s also not insurmountable – really, it’s nothing they couldn’t overcome if they could just keep the puck out of their own damn net once in a while.
Therein lies the problem: Connor Hellebuyck, the team’s goalie of the future, has been wildly inconsistent with a .907 save percentage. Michael Hutchinson has been … not good, with an .893 save percentage and a 3.23 GAA in 20 games.
They were given the net when Ondrej Pavelec, the beleaguered ex-starter, was dropped on waivers and sent to the AHL. Now, with their goaltending still in shambles, he’s been recalled to solve the problem that the solution to his problem has failed to solve. (Everybody got that?)
From the Jets:
Since Maurice’s career began in 1995, with the exceptions of only Burke, Barrasso, Legace, and Montoya, Maurice has always had below-average goaltending. That’s simply astonishing.
With the exception of a few glimmers in net for Maurice though — oof.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, unless Obama does that thing where he resigns for a day, Biden becomes No. 45 and all of Trump’s merchandise becomes outdated.
Protests are expected, as we’ve seen in our years of covering Jersey Fouls, hockey fans can sometimes use their walking canvases as a place for political statements. We’ve had our Obama ones and we’ve had our Sarah Palin ones. We’ve also had a Trump one for the Nashville Predators, but on the supportive side.
But this Foul from the San Jose Sharks’ game against the St. Louis Blues recently is, as far as our inbox goes, the inaugural Donald Trump Protest Jersey.
Our only question is if it’s an outlier, or part of a larger trend.
Also, somewhere, Nos. 45 Jody Shelley and Dody Wood weep …
s/t Puck Daddy reader C.C. Hollywood