- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The NHL is a lot smarter today than it used to be. But there are still serious blindspots that many general managers share when it comes to evaluating talent and determining what it's worth.
For example, goaltending remains a little-understood position for which many players in this league are overpaid. There is often little correlation between a goaltender's normal performance level and the contracts they pull.
This is also true of guys who are decent enough hockey players for the bulk of their career but who have a lot of success in a particularly deep postseason run, and end up breaking the bank because of it.
Finally, there is a third group of player types that are reliably overvalued in this league: Defense-first players.
You see it over and over again: Guys who can maybe chip in a little bit offensively but whose main job is touted as being a “shutdown” guy will get more money than any reasonable viewing of their game and numbers would suggest.
The latest to fall into this category, almost inexplicably, seems to be Kris Russell of the Calgary Flames.Fri, Feb 129:00 PM ESTCalgary at ArizonaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price hasn’t played since Nov. 25, defeating the New York Rangers and moving his team to 17-4-2.
They’ve gone 10-20-2 since then, tumbling from first place in the conference down to three points out of a playoff spot.
But it is just three points. There is hope. And of course, there’s the hope that the reigning MVP and top goalie in the NHL will ride in and literally save the season.
It’s hope that the Canadiens have helped create by being coy with Price’s status. GM Marc Bergevin said in January that Price would be out at least another month – bad news in the context of the initial prognosis, but good news in the sense that he’d be back.
But La Presse reports on Friday that this is basically a ruse. Price is still suffering from an injury to the MCL of his right knee. They didn’t opt for surgery, but rather for rehab. It’s hasn’t worked, and the chances are “slim” that he’d be back for the end of the regular season or the playoffs.
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- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
If Dion Phaneuf can be traded, any captain can be traded!
OK, probably not Jonathan Toews. But we digress.
With the NHL trade deadline approaching, who are the other players wearing the ‘C’ that should be on the move?
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports' Puck Daddy blog takes a look at five NHL captains who could use a change in scenery, for various reasons.
Go ahead and put your choices in the comments!
The Wysh List is a weekly countdown on Yahoo Sports hosted by Greg Wyshynski. Questions? Comments? Hit us at .
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Joonas Donskoi came barreling in on Karri Ramo late in the third period of a 5-5 game between the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames.
Donskoi was tripped by Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano and slammed into Ramo. The same shift San Jose defenseman Paul Martin had been elbowed by Flames forward Sam Bennett. The Sharks were about to embark on a two-minute 5-on-3 power play with three minutes left and to make matters worse for the Flames, Ramo was also writhing in pain on the ice.
Jonas Hiller entered the game and stopped the 5-on-3 to help the Flames win 6-5 in a shootout. Hiller played eight minutes and made eight saves in relief of the injured Ramo. He also stopped three of four Sharks shooters in the shootout.
"We really needed these points and I want nothing more than to help the team win," Hiller said after the game.
Said Calgary coach Bob Hartley, "Gutsy effort from our guys. I'm very proud of our team."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
The 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick continued his torrid pace after his return from a fractured clavicle in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. MacDavid scored two goals and added three assists for a career-high five points. McDavid has 12 points in six games since coming back after the All-Star break. He is the first rookie to notch five points in a game since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Nov. 19, 2011.
No. 2 Star: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals' captain fired his first hat trick since Dec. 13, 2013 in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. All three goals came in the second period. With the performance Ovechkin took over the league’s goal scoring lead with 34 scores. The Caps became the first team to pick up 40 wins on the year with the victory.
No. 3 Star: Patrick Eaves, Dallas Stars
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron isn’t proficient in fighting. That’s because he doesn’t do it a lot, at least in the regular season.
On Thursday Bergeron and Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler dropped the gloves and tussled in their game at MTS Centre. The fight didn’t take long but it was memorable. This is because it was only Bergeron’s second regular season fight in his career.
The other fight came on Dec. 31, 2013 between Bergeron and 6-foot-8 defenseman Tyler Myers, who at the time played for the Buffalo Sabres. Bergeron’s also had two playoff fights – one in 2013 against Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, and another in 2009 against then-Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges.
This was just Wheeler’s seventh fight in his NHL career.
The fight wasn’t Bergeron’s only highlight of the evening. He scored two goals in a 6-2 drubbing of the Jets. The win for the Bruins helped erase some of the sting of a 9-2 loss on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
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On Thursday at United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks paid tribute to two of the more important members of their recent Stanley Cup success.
The team played two videos, one for forward Patrick Sharp and the other for defenseman Johnny Oduya. Sharp, a former Hawks alternate captain, played 10 years in Chicago and won three Cups with the team. Oduya, who played four years with the Hawks and won two Cups with the organization.
Chicago played Sharp’s video (above) at the first stoppage of the first period. Oduya’s video was played during the second stoppage of play in the same period.
Here is Oduya's video:
The Blackhawks traded Sharp to the Stars last summer for salary cap reasons. Sharp is under contract for another season with a $5.9 million cap hit.
The team let Oduya walk in unrestricted free agency for similar reasons.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas delivered a crushing check to Buffalo Sabres rookie Daniel Catenacci in a game on Thursday night.
The play happened near the end of their Thursday game, a 5-1 win by the Flyers. Catenacci was engaged with Chris VandeVelde going after a losse puck when Gudas stepped up and delivered the check. Gudas was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. After the game, Buffalo forward Marcus Foligno called Gudas “an idiot.”
Catenacci later went through the NHL’s concussion protocol according to coach Dan Bylsma.
It was the second altercation for Gudas in the game. Earlier in the contest he kneed Foligno, but did not receive a penalty on the play. Here is a video of that incident, which ended with the Flyers scoring and Foligno fighting Gudas.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson flew into the Minnesota Wild bench on Thursday night after bouncing off Nino Niederreiter on an attempted bodycheck.
The play happened midway through the second period of their game at Xcel Energy Center. A video of the attempted hit is above. Niederreiter clearly stands his ground as Wilson loses balance on the play.
Wilson also appeared to fall onto the floor in front of the Wild players in quite comical fashion.
He is known as one of the more physical players in the NHL so seeing him involved in some sort of altercation where he gets the brunt of the punishment is rare.
In January, Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo nailed Wilson in a physical contest between the two teams.
Coming into the game, he ranked 15th in the NHL with 154 hits.
Niederreiter ranks second on the Wild with 105 hits in 53 games played.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Steven Stamkos holds a lot of the power in his current contract situation with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Part of this comes from the fact that the 26-year-old Stamkos has a no-movement clause. On Thursday Stamkos was asked him how he would handle the no-move clause if Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman asked him to waive it. The NHL’s trade deadline is Feb. 29 and Stamkos is a pending unrestricted free agent.
“I think the answer is we’ll cross that bridge at the time,” Stamkos said. “I don’t think it’s that time right [now]. So, I continue to come to the rink every day as the leader that I am and the teammate that everyone in this room knows that I am, and give my best effort. I’ve said that since Day 1 of training camp and that hasn’t changed.”
He was also asked if he would not waive it, just order to end speculation and move forward with the Lightning for the remainder of the season.Fri, Feb 127:30 PM ESTNashville at Tampa BayPreview Game