- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy28 mins ago
Marc Crawford is no stranger to going off on an opposing coach while on his team’s bench. Remember the 1997 Western Conference Final
Nearly 20 years later, Crawford still has that edge and the ZSC Lions head coach took out some frustrations on EHC Biel head coach Kevin Schläpfer during a Swiss League playoff game on Saturday.
With Biel holding a 5-0 lead in the third period, things started to bubble over, and a dust-up ensued between Henrik Tallinder and Spylo Ahren. Via Bardown, when Schlapfer said something to Tallinder, Crawford had enough.
WARNING: VERY NSFW language (unless you have a really cool boss):
"If Schläpfer wants to mess with me, let him. But with a player? That will not do," Crawford said.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy41 mins ago
The last time I spoke with Hilary Knight, she was super pissed off.
It was in the media mix zone in Sochi, a year ago. The U.S. women’s team had lost the gold medal in overtime to their arch rivals from Canada.
Knight had been whistled for a controversial penalty on Canadian forward Halyey Wickenheiser that led to Marie-Phillip Poulin’s game-winning power play goal.
I still remember her voice as a mixture of bitterness, disappointment and exhaustion.
“I didn’t touch her. She fell. It was a bogus call. But it doesn’t rely on one call. We had plenty of opportunity,” she said.
She was devastated. But with time comes understanding, and that gold medal game went down as one of the most memorable moments of the Sochi Games.
How many young women playing hockey around the world saw a player or a play and wondered, even for a moment, if that could be them one day?
Knight felt that way watching the U.S. women’s national team, with players like Cammi Granato. They were her role models, and now she’s like to be one to emerging generations of women athletes.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr 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.
• Prepare for this awesomeness to return to the desert Thursday! Coyotes throwback night! [Arizona Coyotes]
• In spite of all the odd stuff that happened with Toronto yesterday the Maple Leafs picked up a victory against the Florida Panthers, and it was a rare road win. [Toronto Sun]
• A lesson in media relations for Toronto’s Phil Kessel. [Globe and Mail]
• Doug Wilson says he will never ask Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau to waive their no-trade clauses. It’s up to them to come to him. [Pro Hockey Talk]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: George Richards of the Miami Herald gives us the scoop on Rob Tallas, Roberto Luongo and the Panthers.
• The apology to Lupul and the Phaneufs.
• The Calder race.
• NHL Playoff races.
Question of the Day: GOING POSTAL! Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Daddy2 hrs ago
Hockey is a dangerous game.
We doubt you all need a reminder of that, but sometimes there’s an injury that just leaves you completely stunned and disgusted and stunningly disgusted.
A Redditor named “Yobay” published a few photos on Wednesday of his hockey injury. It was a knee injury. A pretty bad one.
“[I] was cutting to the net from the boards, defenseman took me out into the goalie, the goalie skate (which has corners) grabbed the side of my knee and the pressure of me falling into him with speed pushed my shin pad up and the skate sliced through.
“Ended with all 3 of us in the net and the net off into the boards.
“I didn't know it was bad until I was helped off the ice and felt something weird, pulled my sock down and revealed this horror show.”
We’re not going to publish them here, outside of the edited version up top, because we don’t want you scrolling to something just repulsive by accident. (It’s bad enough we publish Oilers box scores.)
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Dallas Stars’ playoff hopes are already slim — nine points out of a wild card spot — and losing one of their top defensemen Tuesday night won’t help matters.
Early in the first period of their 2-1 overtime win over the New York Islanders Tuesday, Matt Martin collided knee-on-knee with Trevor Daley, sending the Stars blueliner to the ice in pain.
It was nothing malicious from Martin, as you can see from his immediate response, just clumsy, and unfortunately Daley was on the receiving end. Still, just like players have to be in control of their sticks, Martin needs to be in control of his body if he's going to lay a lick on an opponent.
Daley was done for the game and Martin was given a five-minute major for kneeing and an automatic game misconduct. The NHL announced Wednesday morning that the Islanders forward will have a phone hearing with the Department of Player Safety.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The earth shook with jaws hitting the ground when it was leaked last month that the NHL was partnering with ESPN for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
The same ESPN it spurned twice for media rights deals with Comcast/NBC? The same ESPN that reduced hockey to a footnote in its on-air coverage, especially on SportsCenter and its sports screaming talk shows (FIRST TAKE, AROUND THE HORN)?
Yes, that ESPN.
The same NHL that was so loyal to NBC that it entered into an exclusive 10-year deal rather than placing hockey on multiple networks?
Yes, that NHL.
“We’re thrilled to be back with the NHL in the United States,” said ESPN President John Skipper. ”The place is electric with excitement about getting back into hockey. We have a lot of hockey fans here.”
ESPN and Sportsnet were awarded the exclusive rights to the World Cup of Hockey, scheduled for Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto in 2016. The eight-team tournament – representing six nations, with a European all-star team and a North American Young Stars team – will conclude with a best of three final round for the Cup.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Mike Ribeiro has gone to great lengths this year to change his image. He asked Nashville to sign him and bought a home in the city in order to escape the fishbowl atmosphere of other markets. Has openly discussed his past as a therapeutic measure. But sometimes the past catches up in some way shape or form.
According to a TMZ report, Ribeiro’s former nanny is suing the Nashville center and his wife for more than $1 million for an incident that happened in 2012.
This is from the report:
Ribeiro's accuser doesn't go into detail about the alleged incident ... only claiming she suffered unspecified injuries at the hands of the 35-year-old All-Star.
The woman also claims ... after the alleged incident, Mike's wife verbally attacked her.
- Jay Busbee at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
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- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
42. Michael Sgarbossa to Anaheim for Mat Clark
Literally who cares about this trade at all? The Sgarbossa and Clark families, and that's got to be about it.
41. Jordan Leopold to Minnesota for Justin Falk and a 5th
Just the fact that this is what facilitated that cloying letter from Leopold's daughter getting out to the public makes me furious that it happened. Yuck.
40. Sven Baertschi to Vancouver for a 2nd
This is classic Flames asset management. Baertschi was a first-round pick, and highly regarded prospect out of junior, with stats that suggested he might have been a value pick even a few spots higher. So the Flames of course rushed him up to the NHL too early and put a lot of pressure on him. He struggled a little bit, so Brian Burke ripped him in the media, and they've spent the last two seasons sending him and up down regardless of his actual performance, and then trade him to a division rival for a second-round pick.
Wouldn't be surprised at all to see him become a very useful second-line wing in Vancouver.
39. Adam Cracknell to St. Louis for future considerations
You never know, that future consideration could end up being Ryan Johansen!!!