- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy42 mins ago
Daniel Alfredsson's retirement possibility seems to be getting clearer and clearer -- as if that wasn't the case already for the injured Red Wing.
Per TSN's Darren Dreger in The Dreger Report:
"Sources tell The Dreger Report that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season and while the Red Wings have been informed he is likely done, they have not heard directly from Alfredsson."
"Alfredsson has been plagued by an injured disc in his back over the past few years, a lingering problem that he is able to manage off ice, but is continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action."
This shouldn't be much of a surprise since it was reported in mid-October that the former Senators captain had stopped skating because of his back issue.
Also from MLive.com in its piece about Alfie:Sat, Nov 224:00 PM PSTDetroit at TorontoPreview Game
- Jen Neale 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.
• The Hershey Bears (AHL) will don these mustached covered beauts in support of the Movember campaign. How fancy! [Penn Live]
• After a group of former National Hockey League players went to court and sued the league over how it handled concussions and head trauma, the league has filed its first significant response to the litigation ... "Publicly available information related to concussions and their long-term effects, coupled with the events that had transpired – i.e., the players incurring head injuries – should have allowed (players) to put two and two together," the NHL says in its court filings. [TSN]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
We asked, and once again you dear readers delivered...
Our latest Reader Art Contest is the "Create An NHL Starter Pack" competition, in which we asked you to dive into the meme sweeping the Interwebz. It's a simple concept: Four images, edited together, that represent the essentials for "becoming" a given person or team.
Like, for example, the "Ilya Bryzgalov Starter Pack" by reader Spencer Thome: The universe, fear of bears, a giant regrettable contract and the man himself in a goofy hat.
We'll continue taking entries through Monday, Nov. 24 at noon ET. Email over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top five entries snag something from the Puck Daddy prize closet!
OK, enough with the logistics. How about some Starter Packs?
And here ... we ... go.
Joel Quenneville Starter Pack by Derek Harms (Mustache; Line Blender"; Sandpaper Grit"; Crotch Grabbing Ability)
Los Angeles Kings Fan Starter Pack by John Tyndall
Randy Carlyle Era Leafs Starter Pack by Tom Urtz, Jr.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Who would have thought that the Toronto Maple Leafs winning 5-2 over the Tampa Bay Lightning would bring controversy the next day?
That’s what happened when the players (apparently no one told Cody Franson as you see above) celebrated the victory by exiting the Air Canada Centre ice without doing their usual post-win stick salute to the fans.
Boy, did that get some fans and some in the Toronto media in an uproar.
It’s already been dubbed Saluteghazi, but according to Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, it wasn’t meant to be a disrespect to the fans, it was about changing their losing ways.
Phaneuf, however, didn't say whether the players realized beforehand how much this move would be misinterpreted (if you’re to believe the “routine” reason) and backfire on them since they play in the media market that is Toronto. It was basically more blood in the water for the sharks.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
For hockey agent John Thornton, there is nothing he finds truly odd or fascinating between his relationship with his most famous client and some of his other players. Well, except for one small tidbit.
“Being the agent of a brother is not different, but being the brother of a superstar is pretty (freaking) cool,” John said.
Since 2006, John and Joe Thornton, the San Jose Sharks star center, have formed maybe the easiest, most workable dynamic between an agent and a player. Basically, John negotiates Joe’s deals, and Joe trusts his brother with his life.
“You don’t hear of too many brothers who represent their own little brother,” Joe said. “It has worked out perfectly because he’s such a bright guy and knows so much about everything and not just about hockey, but for me I’m lucky in that rather than give my money to a big firm or something, I can keep it in the family.”
Kinda sounds like a Canadian version of the TV show “Entourage” but in more polite hockey, non-Hollywood terms.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Have you seen thefree agent center crop that is set to hit the open market on July 1, 2015? Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill sure did, which is why he worked quick lock up Jason Spezza for the next four seasons.
According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, the Stars have extended Spezza for $30 million over the next four seasons. He’ll carry a cap hit of $7.5 million.
Spezza is in the final season of a seven-year, $49 million deal he signed with the Ottawa Senators. After showing no inclination that he’d re-sign in Canada’s capital last season, GM Bryan Murrayshipped him to Dallas in a July 1 trade. In his first season with the Stars he’s currently second in scoring with 4 goals and 18 points through 20 games.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
This is what happens when you chase mysticism down a rabbit hole.
The Leafs have, for so long, been on the hunt for whatever it is that made them quote-unquote successful in the lockout-shortened season, spiraling themselves deeper into the world of finger-pointing and second-guessing with every embarrassing loss. And there have been, at this point, a lot of embarrassing losses to choose from.
Randy Carlyle has been coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs for three “full” seasons plus 18 more games from before the aforementioned lockout. He's coached 168 games for the Leafs, including last night's home tilt with Tampa, the results of which matter not at all (full disclosure: This is being written in advance of that game, which they ended up winning, but regardless of whatever the result might have been, great victory or gutting defeat, the problems of this Leafs team remain its problems and will do so until something is done behind the bench and in the front office). None of the losses, though, were more humiliating for him and his charges and bosses and fans than Tuesday's titanous 9-2 loss against the Nashville Predators.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Nick Bjugstad, Florida Panthers
Bjugstad did almost everything for the Panthers, scoring twice in regulation and later netting the deciding goal in the shootout as Florida got past the San Jose Sharks 3-2. The Panthers have now won four in a row in San Jose. The multi-goal game was the third of Bjugstad's career and second in three games.
No. 2 Star: Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings
Tatar scored Detroit’s first and last goals during their 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. His most important of the evening came 2:10 after Justin Abdelkader’s tying goal late in the third period to give the Red Wings the lead for good:
No. 3 Star: James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
Two days after allowing nine goals to the Predators, the Maple Leafs put up a five spot and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2. JVR netted his eighth and ninth goals of the year as Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak. Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in the victory.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
After all the drama that went down while Eric Lindros was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, time healed all wounds. He triumphantly returned to Philadelphia during the 2012 Winter Classic and received a roaring ovation from the Citizens Bank Park crowd.
“The Big E” was back in Philadelphia on Thursday to join his fellow “Legion of Doom” linemate John LeClair in being inducted into the Flyers’ Hall of Fame. Before their busts were unveiled, the two were greeted by the third member of that dominant ‘90s trio: Mikael Renberg.
Over a three-season span Lindros, Renberg and LeClair posted a combined 305 goals and 666 points before being broken up in 1997 with the trading of Renberg to Tampa Bay. They were a monster of a line that helped Lindros win the Hart and Pearson Trophies, as well as lead the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Rene Bourque has found a taker!
The Anaheim Ducks decided to get rid of depth blueliner Bryan Allen in order to add Bourque, the Montreal forward and streaky scorer, who hasn't really scored since the 2010-11 season.
In fact, Bourque doesn't have a goal this year at all and was sent down to Hamilton of the American Hockey League where he at least has two goals and two assists in four games.
"Pushed down to a seventh defenseman role when everyone is healthy, Allen had an assist and four penalty minutes in six games with the Ducks."
"The trade has the appearance of teams moving high-salaried players whose long-term roles had diminished."
The paper is right! Allen is in the final year of a contract that pays him $3.5 million. Bourque's contract pays him $2.5 million, but carries a $3.33 million salary cap hit.