- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
People in Halifax are used to seeing Jonathan Drouin score points in bunches. That’s because he did so in junior for the Mooseheads.
Maybe it’s time for people in Tampa to start expecting the same from Drouin. The rookie, and third overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, fired his opening salvo for the Calder Trophy with his first NHL goal as part of a two-point night against the Winnipeg Jets. Below is the score:
It’s not quite like his famous shift from junior but still impressive.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Some new details have emerged in the case of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who was recently suspended indefinitely by the NHL under suspicion of domestic violence.
Below is some information our Nick Cotsonika got from the attorney of Voynov's wife. For a frame of reference, this is the interview that occurred with Voynov's attorney.
Spoke to the lawyer representing the woman in Voynov case. He said she is his wife and OK with that being public. (1)
The lawyer for Voynov's wife said she has not spoken to police since the hospital and has not spoken to the NHL yet. (2)
The lawyer for Voynov's wife said her story will not be "radically different" to the one described by Voynov's lawyer. (4)
To be clear, the lawyer for Voynov's wife did not begin representing her until after she was interviewed by Voynov's lawyer. (5)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in future installment.
Sometimes you get those Fouls that you know are Fouls but you can’t help but respect.
Like a New York Islanders jersey that blends an endorsement of their arena move with a tribute to the Beastie Boys.
Saw this at the Isles home opener. It will be, undoubtedly, the first of many Brooklyn references this year. Just hoping this is re-purposed Brad Isbister jersey and not a Clutterbuck.
R.I.P. Adam Yauch
(Coming Up: Carl Hagelin Fouls, flipping for Hurricanes, Jazz Hands and a simply terrible ‘69’ Sweater.)
And here … we … go.Sat, Oct 254:00 PM PDTDallas at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
You may rip Alex Ovechkin all you want, but don't you dare talk about his mother!
That seems to be the feeling around the Capitals at the moment after former NHL goaltender Glenn Healy ranted about the player, and his mom, on Sportsnet in the video below from Wednesday.
The question surrounds whether Ovechkin is coachable:
Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post chronicles Caps coach Barry Trotz's defense of his superstar, and his mom, from the team's stop in Calgary, where the Caps play Saturday.
“Yeah, I did hear it, actually,” he said. “I was quite disappointed, that coming from a player about a player. Anytime you go personal with family and stuff like that, to me that’s absolutely very disrespectful to the player and our profession. I was very disappointed in that."
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
After spending the last five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, Paul Bissonnette wasn't re-signed by the Arizona Coyotes, making the 29-year old tough guy an unrestricted free agent. His summer was then spent with some uncertainty about his future, but it appears that he’s found a new home back across the pond.
The EIHL’s Cardiff Devils announced on Friday that they’ve signed Bissonnette, reuniting the enforcer with the team he played 11 games with during the 2012 NHL lockout. Playing for the Welsh side helped Biz discovered his offensive skills as posted 6 goals and 21 points during his time there.
According to the Devils, it's a deal where if an NHL side comes calling for Bissonnette, he's free to go. In the meantime, they hope he'll be in the lineup come Nov. 2 when Cardiff faces off with the Nottingham Panthers.
...deal we will let him go.. He could be here two weeks, a month, all season but we took the risk because we wanted him back
From the Devils:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Since the tragic events in Ottawa on Wednesday, we’ve seen tributes all throughout the hockey world, including some American rinks featuring the singing of “O Canada” before games, plus players Tweeting out their condolences and sending prayers and strength to Canada’s capital.
The Ottawa Senators will be playing their first home game since the events unfolded when they host the New Jersey Devils Saturday night. It will be a very emotional scene inside Canadian Tire Centre when the national anthem is sung.
Before the 7 p.m. ET puck drop, the Senators, along with the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, who are also be playing at home, will hold a coordinated tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.
Neal 'blindsided' by trade; Panthers to broadcast in Spanish; Bailey out with broken hand (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy9 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.
• What's Russian for 'howdy ma'am'? :)))))) [Instagram]
• James Neal on his June trade from Pittsburgh: “It did blindside me. But I knew something was up after the year when they said that I asked for a trade. That never happened. I didn't ask for a trade. So at that point, I knew something was up. Still, at the same time, it's still a shock when you get that phone call.” [Tribune Live]
• Penguins anthem singer Jeff Jimerson talks about singing 'O Canada' following the day's tragic events in Ottawa. [Calgary Sun]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
When pulling your goalie late in a game (or early in the 2nd period if you’re Patrick Roy), it's best to have possession of the puck past center ice or in your opponent's defensive zone.
It’s not the best strategy for your goaltender to leave his crease and head for the bench while one of your players is in your own zone feet from a forechecker. Vita Hästen of Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan learned this the hard way on Wednesday.
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Up the boards! Up the boards!
They would end up losing 3-1 to IF Björklöven, costing them the opportunity to be tied for the league lead in points.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Hockey is an odd game. When a really good player gets hurt, it stings no question. But in the regular season, the sum is often greater than the parts. Look at Pittsburgh in 2011, making the playoffs without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
But when a big-named guy goes down, the initial shock value is quite large. Take a look at how Boston is treating Zdeno Chara's left knee injury, which will keep him out four-to-six weeks. Joe Haggerty of CSN New England referred to losing Chara as a "doomsday scenario" for the Bruins.
While that may sound somewhat harsh, Haggerty has a few points to back up his claim.
First, the Bruins are ordinary without Chara:
Chara has missed a grand total of 20 games over his nine seasons with the Bruins, and the team is a very average 8-7-5 without him in the lineup.
Second there are those intangibles the Bruins 6-foot-9 captain brings...
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
The phrase that's probably been said more than any other in NHL circles over the years is, “He's a very underrated young defenseman.”
Almost all young defensemen these days are underrated, it seems, and to that end they're also almost criminally underpaid.
Take, for example, the TJ Brodie contract signed earlier this week. Five years and $4.65 million per. It will take him from his age-25 season until he's almost 30 (he's a June 1990 birthdate, meaning he'll still be 24 when the Flames' season ends in April).
If he were being paid that much now, it would be a tremendous savings over his actual value. Speaking as someone who watches a lot of Flames games — for . I am not a masochist — I evaluate him as being just a smidge below his defensive partner, Mark Giordano, in terms of his ability to influence play.