- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Bravo to the ECHL’s Rapid City Rush, for arguably the most creative jersey of the year. Better than 50 Shades of Grey from the Bakersfield Condors? Probably. The Batman v. Riddler jerseys from the Toledo Walleye and Evansville IceMen? Maybe not. But this is still cool.
Check out the book drive Dr. Seuss unis to be worn Saturday, Feb. 28 above.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
We’ve seen what it’s like to watch a giant in 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara play hockey. We came close to seeing 7-foot-7 Manute Bol on the ice, but sitting on the bench during an Indianapolis Ice game in 2002 caused his chronic rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and swell his feet, preventing him from taking a shift during a publicity stunt.
But if you want to see a 7-foot-2, ex-NBA player lace ‘em up and skate, head out to the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona and you’ll catch Greg Ostertag playing beer league hockey.
Ostertag, who spent 11 years in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, grew up in Texas loving hockey before steering himself towards a professional hoops career. Once he left the game in 2006, he eventually grew tired of the standard retired athlete hobby of hitting the links.Fri, Feb 279:00 PM ESTUtah at DenverPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask recently had the bizarre honor of havinga species of wasp named for himin Kenya – Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski – as the team that discovered the insects had a Bruins fan among them.
As you know, the sworn enemy of the wasp is the exterminator, or Exterminatus Poisoninsectus . So when Terminix got wind of this honor for Rask, it decided to take a stand against wasps and all of their evil pestering by supporting those who wish to leave Rask feeling stung.
Terminix announced it’s offering free extermination services for life to the next NHL player who beats Rask for a goal:
“We’re in the business of defeating bugs. That’s why we’re offering free Terminix services for life to the next player who scores on professional hockey player Tuukka Rask, who had a species of wasp named for him this week.
“You heard right: The next player to light the lamp on ‘The Wasp’ never has to worry about bugs again!”
We called; it's legit. The reward is capped at $1,000 per year. Which sounds like a lot of dead bugs to us.LiveBoston1 - 0New JerseyFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Logan Couture is not exactly a dirty player. But he slew-footed Detroit’s Brendan Smith in San Jose’s loss to the Red Wings on Thursday night. You can’t really do that. And he was hence fined $5,000.
From the NHL release:
The incident occurred at 16:03 of the third period. Couture was assessed a minor penalty for tripping and Smith was assessed a minor penalty for hooking on the play.
Guess someone missed what actually happened. Fortunately the Department of Player Safety looks at everything. And Smith is apparently going to be OK.
Such a fine basically says ‘we saw you do it don’t try it again.' I mean $5,000 for a guy making millions isn’t a lot, though that is the maximum. But Mr. Couture … Big Brother is watching you, in case you didn’t know already.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mark Giordano was injured Wednesday night moments before the Calgary Flames scored an empty-net goal to put away the New Jersey Devils. Two days later, the team still hasn’t released an official diagnosis, other than the routine “upper-body injury.”
That can’t be good.
General manager Brad Treliving did not have an update for reporters on Giordano’s status during the team's morning skate on Long Island Friday, other than to say the captain remains with the team on the road trip.
“We know Gio,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “We know how much of a warrior he is.”
The Flames aren’t divulging much about whatever is afflicting Giordano, and Treliving didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself before an official diagnosis comes down from the medical staff. With three days until the trade deadline, however long the defenseman is out could affect the way the GM approaches a potential replacement. For the time being Corey Potter will take his place in the lineup and Tyler Wotherspoon has been recalled from Adirondack of the AHL.LiveCalgary0 - 1NY IslandersFollow Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy6 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.
• Yeesh, Toronto. Tell us how you really feel about David Clarkson... [Mike Koreen]
• Bruce Arthur believes with David Clarkson gone to Columbus, there is a 'massive weight' off the Maple Leafs. [The Star]
• A different take on the Clarkson-Horton trade: "Creative David Clarkson-Nathan Horton trade a great step in Maple Leafs' rebuild." [Bleacher Report]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The David Clarkson trade might be my favorite trade in recent memory.
Let me count the ways.
David Clarkson was born in Toronto, and was given the opportunity to make $5.25 million annually for seven years to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He said on Friday he has no regrets about signing there, and that it was a childhood dream to wear the jersey. His proudest day as a Leaf was when his father saw him wearing that sweater for the first time, on the day of his signing in Summer 2013. It was, and shall be, the only good day he had in the sweater.
Oy, that signing. Clarkson was a perfect fit for the New Jersey Devils: a power forward who they didn’t ask much more than being a physical assistant to the team’s professional scorers on a contending team. He wasn’t overpaid. He didn’t have a hell of a lot of expectations on his shoulders – even when a reunion with junior coach Pete DeBoer turned him into a 30-goal scorer.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings seem to do this all the time.
Every year, they seem to only be an okay team for basically the entire first half of the season, and then around game 60 or so, they take off like a coiled spring. Like clockwork, really
Since Darryl Sutter took over the club in 2011, the Kings have won two Cups, and gone to a Western Conference Final (in the lockout-shortened season, when things got very weird). This, clearly, illustrates that they are a juggernaut come playoff time. And, as we know more anecdotally, their annual run to deep in the playoffs tends to start pretty early.
Put another way, in three full, 82-game seasons they've gotten to Game 60 looking decidedly average, or even poor. Last night was Game No. 60 for Los Angeles and they lost to the Senators (a bit of a surprise), and held steady at 70 points for the year, sitting eighth in the conference. Even after this huge recent winning streak, they're still only on about a 96-point pace.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Athletes are conditioned to forget. Make a good play, think about the next one. Make a bad play, don’t think about it and try to succeed the next time.
Because of this, many of the specifics of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Men’s Hockey gold medal game have faded for those who were involved.
“We’re in a playoff race right now where we’re focused on our games every night,” Ducks captain and then Team Canada forward Ryan Getzlaf said, when queried about what was arguably the greatest hockey game of this current incarnation of NHL players.
“I’m sorry to burst the bubble of the Olympic team but I haven’t even thought about it since then.”
The sights and smells of the game are gone from the players’ collective consciousness from that Vancouver day. But there is one general consensus amongst the men who stepped on the ice at Canada Hockey Place (a.k.a. Rogers Arena) on Feb. 28, 2010 for Canada vs. the United States, a 3-2 Canada OT win:
“It was … maybe one of the greatest games I’ve ever been a part of.” – San Jose Sharks/Team Canada forward Joe Thornton.
“One of the best games I’ll ever play in.” – Anaheim Ducks/Team USA forward Ryan Kesler.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators
The White Rock, British Columbia native picked up his second shutout this season to improve to 4-0-0 on the year. In his four starts he has only allowed three goals for the injury depleted Senators. He stopped 35 of 35 Los Angeles shots on goal to break LA’s eight-game winning streak in a 1-0 win.
No. 2 Star: P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Scored one goal and notched two assists in a 5-2 win over Columbus. Subban was also a plus-5. He now has points in seven of his last eight games including five points (one goal and four assists) in his last two contests. Montreal has the best record in the Eastern Conference with 85 points.
No. 3. Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Made 27 saves on 29 Predators shots on goal in his 19th straight start. The loss for Nashville was just its fourth in regulation at home all year. The victory for Minnesota pushed the Wild into the final Wild Card playoff spot in the Western Conference.