- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy47 mins ago
The idea that Garth Snow would fire head coach Jack Capuano seems a bit outrageous at this point in the season, because it would require the New York Islanders general manager to make a proactive, season-saving move and Snow seems incapable of doing that.
When Snow made the Matt Moulson for Thomas Vanek trade – a deal that looks redundant and shortsighted just over a month later – the Islanders were 4-4-3 and second in the Metroterrible Dvision. Since then, they’ve gone 4-12-2, they sit at the bottom of the division and there’s talk Capuano could be spiked in favor of Peter Laviolette, who himself was fired by the Philadelphia Flyers at the start of the season.
But before we get to a potential new coach, let’s discuss the current general manager.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It's a (gettin' down on) Friday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more: unappealing
Special Guest Star: Louis Jean of TVA joins us to talk about the Montreal Canadiens and other matters; Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy brings his whimsy; and GAME SHOW FRIDAY!
• The World Cup spectacle, in hockey terms.
• Bras on the ice.
• State of the Islanders.
• NHL news and notes.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Mike Keenan is to goaltenders as Seinfeld's Mr. Pitt is to socks. The former long-time NHL bench boss is spending his days coaching in the KHL with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, who sit fourth in the East Division.
And while Keenan may be in new surroundings, he's still the same old "Iron" Mike.
During Metallurg's 5-4 overtime win over Ugra on Thursday, Keenan reminded us all about his history of impatience with goaltenders. With his team down 2-0 14 minutes into the opening period, he pulled starter Vasily Koshechkin in favor of Alexander Pechursky.
Well, that didn't quite work out as 3:16 later, Ugra went up 3-0 and Keenan decided to go back to Koshechki.
Metallurg would fall behind 4-0 before rallying for the win. Koshechkin would stay in the game.
In September, speaking with our own Dmitry Chesnokov, Keenan made it sound as if his Captain Hook days were a thing of the past:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Mike Commodore was a fan favorite during his NHL days, winning a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes and being one of our more whimsical characters (although he never got around to fulfilling his destiny and wearing No. 64).
He’s with Admiral Vladivostok of the KHL now. He didn’t like the way his NHL career ended, with frustrating stays with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. And yeah, he’s a little bitter about it.
It’s no secret he had heat with Jackets ex-coach Scott Arniel, who waived him. But in an interview with Danijel Jelenek and Krešimir Biškup of KHL.hr … well, just read on:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
In the past few summers, the size of contracts given out has obviously expanded along with the salary cap, and often it's some of the league's more mediocre players reaping the benefits. One need look no deeper than David Clarkson's contract, for instance, to see that guys who've never had a 50-point season in their lives can still cash in if you can find someone dumb enough to believe in “intangibles.”
But one area in which contracts have seemingly exploded within the last three seasons or so is when it comes to long-term contracts for goaltenders. While the ability of teams to succeed to one extent or another on relative bargain basement netminding — which just about everyone briefly bought into — typified by the Blackhawks, Capitals, Flyers among others was probably always overblown, things have very quickly swung in the opposite direction, and teams are once again willing to pay the toppest of top dollar for goaltenders they consider to be elite.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Taylor Hall made a lot of people happy on Thursday night with his three-goal, one-assist game in the Edmonton Oilers’ 8-2 rout of the Colorado Avalanche.
Very happy. Happy enough to throw a hat from the stands after his third goal, a power-play tally with 11 seconds left in the game.
Happy enough to … throw a bra on the ice, too?
Now that’s a supporter of the Oilers. Much respect, considering it was, like, minus-25 Celsius in Edmonton at the end of the game. (Brrrrr...)
Finally, something Taylor Hall achieved before Tyler Seguin!
Oh, crap, Seguin already earned a cup, didn't he? Nevermind.
Anyway, thus continued the tremendous tradition of the bra trick.
It happened to Blake Wheeler with the Boston Bruins. It’s happened in Philadelphia. And of course, there was that “debris from a rock concert” when Jeff Cowan scored his fifth of the season back in 2007 for the Vancouver Canucks:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes
Skinner tallied a hat trick for the Hurricanes in their 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, giving him five goals in his last two games. Justin Faulk also had three points.
No. 2 Star: Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs
Trevor Smith’s tip of a Jake Gardiner shot in front of the Dallas Stars’ goal gave the Leafs a 3-2 victory, despite being outshot 50-24. So the star goes to Bernier for his 48-save performance which ended an 0-3-2 skid for Toronto. Here’s the game-winner; Nazem Kadri had two goals in the win:
No. 3 Star: Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall had a hat trick and an assist in the Edmonton Oilers’ 8-2 rout of the Colorado Avalanche. Ryan Smyth had three assists, while Mark Arcobello, David Perron and Ales Hemsky had two-point nights.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Nick Holden is a defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche and a native of St. Albert, Alberta. On Thursday, he played his first ever NHL game in Edmonton, bringing out friends and family to the Oilers’ arena.
And where friends and family go, embarrassing childhood memories are sure to follow. With that, we present this sign:
The neon pink might obscure it a little, but the message reads:
“I BATHED WITH NICK HOLDEN, TAUGHT HIM EVERYTHING HE KNOWS DURING TUB TIME.”
Well, that’s a little T.M.I. right there …
Holden was asked about the unavoidable sign during a between periods interview on Altitude.
“That’s my cousin,” he said. “My mom told me she was going to have that sign up. Kinda embarrassing.”
Hey, he should feel lucky: This could have been a giant sign featuring a future NHL defenseman in his birthday suit, surrounded by bubbles and rubber duckie.
As it stands, he’ll just have to explain to his teammates what he learned during tub time, exactly.
Here are the signs in the crowd during Holden's game against the Edmonton Oilers:
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- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
We've seen a lot of stretchers during the first two months of the NHL season. (I'm going go out on a limb and say too many , since my ideal number of players helped off the ice by medical personnel is, on average, roughly zero .)
On Thursday, in yet another scary scene, Boston Bruins' defender Johnny Boychuk became the latest NHLer to be helped off the ice after a nasty hit. Checked from behind by Max Pacioretty of the rival Montreal Canadiens, Boychuk went into the wall awkwardly, and left the game on his back:
Of course, the question, as with just about any hit involving a stretcher, is whether the hitter deserves any supplemental discipline. Pacioretty was given a two-minute minor for boarding. Will that be all?
I believe so. The optics aren't good here, but I'm not sure Pacioretty did anything suspendable. Heck, I'm not sure he even deserved a penalty. It's an unfortunate hit, to be certain, but it doesn't look like the result of a reckless play -- it looks like the result of an awkward play.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption : "A fan of the Calgary Flames celebrates after a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 4, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada"
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Preview: San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Dallas Stars at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET