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  • Panthers, Coyotes take lumps, but see benefits from analytics approach

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes say they’re not solely ‘analytics organizations.’

    Even though last offseason and partway into this season, the two teams made off-ice moves that bent further towards puck possession, they tried to maintain that more goes into their organization than just advanced stats.

    “Analytics gives (us) the information to maybe go look at a player or see some positives in a player that maybe they want to look at,” Panthers executive chairman Peter Luukko said. “But by no means are we an analytically driven organization.”

    Said Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc, specifically about first-year general manager John Chayka, who in the past was seen as an analytics wiz kid, “Analytics is one piece and it’s certainly helping him, but John is just a very intelligent young man who is wise beyond his years and I feel he’s doing the job in an exceptional manner.”

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  • Puck Lists: 7 reasons Brent Burns should be the Norris frontrunner

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago


    I know it’s only December and teams have only played about 25 games so far this season.

    I know that.

    But 25 games is a decent number and everything, and it at least gives you some sort of idea of what the benchmark for success is. Will Patrik Laine keep up his molten goalscoring pace? I don’t know, but someone has to surpass the baseline he set, won’t they? And hey, it’s starting to look like Connor McDavid has edged into “best player alive” territory. Look at the point total alone. Tough to disagree there, and if someone wants to make a counterargument, well, that’s the guy to see about it.

    Anyway, I say all this because Brent Burns has been the best defenseman in the league this year and I don’t think it’s especially close. Travis Yost did a fairly advanced take on this the other day, but not so advanced you’re going to be bogged down in it.

    For my part of the argument, I’m going to dumb it down a little bit and just give you seven simple reasons Burns should be the Norris favorite right now.

  • NHL, Apple partnership; Howard off IR; Crosby Q&A (Puck Headlines)

    Jen Neale 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.

    • 17-year-old Brad Earlewine saw his beloved Tampa Bay Lightning take on the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Ben Bishop came back out after warmups to give Earlewine a signed stick. [Raw Charge]

    • Sources report the NHL is close to a major partnership with Apple. [TSN]

    • The Detroit Red Wings get Jimmy Howard back off the IR as they enter their longest home stand of the season. [Detroit Free Press]

    • Former Colorado Avalanche teammates react to Marek Svatos’ cause of death. [Denver Post]

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  • NHL planning to respond to Vegas Golden Knights trademark denial

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago


    The NHL has responded to the news that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has denied the trademark request for the Golden Knights name due to similarities to the NCAA’s College of St. Rose Golden Knights.

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    From NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:

    “We are currently reviewing the Trademark Office’s letter and will prepare a detailed response demonstrating why we continue strongly to believe the Vegas Golden Knights mark should be registered in co-existence with the college registration, just as a number of other nicknames currently co-exist in professional and college sports (particularly where there is no overlap as to the sport for which the nickname is being used). That response is not due until June 7, 2017.

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Thursday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    It’s a typical Thursday in the NHL, with 10 games on the docket. Let’s look at some intriguing — and not so intriguing — options for your lineup today.

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    Ben Bishop , TAM vs. VAN ($29):

    Bishop’s price is still being driven down by his slow start. While his .910 save percentage is nothing to get excited about, he’s only let in one goal in his last two starts. This is a guy that hasn’t had a save percentage worse than .916 since becoming Tampa’s starter, so an improvement is very likely. Vancouver is 28th in the NHL in goals scored, averaging a paltry 2.19 per game. Things are setting up well for Bishop to put together a third straight impressive start.


    Cam Talbot , EDM at PHI ($30):

    The Flyers have gone on a tear, as they’ve won six games in a row. Even when they were winning with as much frequency, they were still scoring goals, and they are fourth in the league in goals per game. Talbot’s .914 save percentage on the season is adequate, but that won’t cut in with a matchup like this.







  • Kris Letang on playing for Mike Sullivan, NHL concussion spotters (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins is partnering with sports drink company BODYARMOR in a deal that was announced Thursday. That probably means he’ll soon be hit up by his teammates for some free stuff.

    “So far it’s my son that is the lucky one,” Letang told Yahoo Sports. “Sometimes guys are kind of curious and they want to try it, so I try to hook them up, see if they like the same thing as me.”

    Letang was introduced to BODYARMOR while inside the Penguins’ practice facility during a skating lesson for his son. Noticing it at the snack bar, he checked out the ingredients and liked what he saw.

    “Coconut water is a big thing for me,” he said. “But I would certainly say the fact that the drink is all natural, that’s the biggest thing for me. That’s how I am with my body; at every level I try to be all natural with everything I put in my body.”

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    Letang joins the likes of Mike Trout, Anthony Rizzo and Jack Eichel, among others, as partners.


    Why do you think the team responded so well to Mike?

    [Laughs] “Nothing surprises me from him.”

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  • NHL Olympic participation on Board of Governors' docket

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago


    Questions about 2018 Olympic participation will be the hot topic when the NHL’s Board of Governors meet in Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday and Friday.

    Recently, the NHL has used the 2018 PyeongChang Games as a negotiating chip with their players – offering Olympic participation for an extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    The players shot down the proposal, which means the NHL will continue to try to figure out options on whether they want to make PyeongChang work before a January deadline.

    NHL owners have become been lukewarm on 2018 Olympic participation in part because of the IOC’s decision to not pay players’ insurance or transportation along with game lack of visibility because of the timezone.

    Expansion update

    Salary cap


    The CBA

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  • NHL Three Stars: Perry, Williams finally score

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    The noted pest broke out of an 18 game goal-less streak at the best possible moment. The Ducks came back from being down 5-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes by scoring two goals in a 1:31. Perry’s tally was the game tying goal with 2:23 left in the third. Anaheim went on to win the in the shootout.

    No. 2 Star: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

    Just another three point night for the Sens captain. Karlsson scored to put Ottawa up 2-0 on the San Jose Sharks. After losing the lead, Karlsson helped set up what would be Chris Kelly’s game winning goal with 1:06 to go in the game.

    No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

    Twice the Toronto Maple Leafs came within a goal of tying the Wild. Going into the third period with Minnesota up 3-2, it was entirely on Dubnyk’s shoulders to stop the Leafs. Toronto out-shot the Wild 17-3 in the final frame alone. In his 300th career start, somehow Dubnyk walked away with the win.

    … Also in the beautiful but not enough goals category: Tyler Bozek. Check out his backhand that beats Dubnyk:

    … Mike Condon made 35 of 37 saves for the Senators in the win. Logan Couture scored his seventh goal in the last 10 games.

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  • Vegas Golden Knights trademark denied: Report

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago


    There was one big thing the new Las Vegas franchise didn’t do before having their  unveiling gala – make sure their trademark was approved.


    Mary Clarke of SBNation was the first to report Black Knight Sports & Entertainment (the holding company for the Vegas Golden Knights) had their application for a trademark denied.

    The issue the government had with it is the similarity it drew to the logo of the College of Saint Rose. Clarke summarized the 164 page document from the US Patent Office as ‘essentially, the logos and stylizations are too similar.’

    Let’s take a look.

    Exhibit A – the logo for the College of Saint Rose:

    Exhibit B – the sundry of logos for the Vegas Golden Knights

    Maybe it’s nuanced, but what’s the obvious similarity aside from them both being the Golden Knights?

    Puck Daddy emailed Vegas PR to ask for comment on the report and have not received a response.

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  • Galchenyuk, Desharnais out 6-8 weeks with knee injuries

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    The injury bug has taken a big chunk out of the Montreal Canadiens. On Wednesday, the team announced both Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais will be out six to eight weeks with knee injuries.

    Galchenyuk left Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings after a run in with Anze Kopitar that saw Galchenyuk’s knee get tweaked awkwardly.

    Here’s the Galchenyuk injury #Habs pic.twitter.com/y8HohlgFyQ

    — Joey Alfieri (@joeyalfieri) December 4, 2016

    The center currently leads the Habs in both points (23) and goals (9).

    As for Desharnais, in Tuesday’s game versus the St. Louis Blues the smaller Desharnais went in for a hit on Jay Bouwmeester and ended up with the worst of it.

    Desharnais’ nine points isn’t as big of an offensive loss as Galchenyuk, but it does put the team in a precarious position at center.

    Yet the biggest silver lining is this – it could be worse. It could be Carey Price.

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