- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Who doesn't love it when hockey players get scared? No, seriously. These are guys who fearlessly jump in front of flying vulcanized rubber 82 nights out of the year ... but a little snake can make them go crazy.
The Philadelphia Flyers training staff went for this type of humor in this hilarious video.
Bravo to whoever had to bleep out the curses from the players when they saw the snake. You seriously had your work cut out for you.
Out of all the reactions, the best was the guy who didn't really jump. Vincent Lecavalier looked shocked for a second, but more just enjoyed it. He didn't freak, or didn't jump back, and for that he gets props.
Goaltender Steve Mason, on the other hand, went nuts. It's amazing how he's cool with tending goal in the NHL, but a little fake snake causes high amounts of fear in him. Call him 'Indiana' Mason I guess?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It's a Wysh-less Friday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
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* Happy Halloween!
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Alexandre Burrows has never been suspended. This may seem odd for a guy who plays on the edge and agitates like Burrows.
This may change soon. Burrows will have a phone hearing with the NHL for the below possibly late, high hit on Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin in Thursday night's game.
Head shot? Late hit? It didn't look super late. And the angle makes it hard to deem that it was a head shot, though it does look like Burrows followed through with his left arm.
Emelin did return to the game, which does help Burrows' cause.
Montreal coach Michel Therrien fueled the fire to some degree to the Montreal Gazette's Dave Stubbs.
“That was a dirty hit to the head. This is something we’re trying to eliminate from our game…”
The bigger question could be, how in the world has Burrows simply never been suspended? That just seems odd.
Said Canucks President Trevor Linden to The Province's Tony Gallagher:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Sam Reinhart will turn 19 next week, so he has plenty of hockey left in his future. The Buffalo Sabres currently have two wins this season and the second-worst record in the entire NHL. We know what's in their future.
So there was no reason for the no. 2 overall pick from last June’s draft to stick with the club during what will be a dismal and frustrating season. And on Friday the Sabres made it official and sent Reinhart back to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL.
Reinhart played nine of the Sabres’ 11 games this season, recording only one assist. After seeing double-digit ice time early on, Reinhart played less than 10 minutes a game in four of his last six games, which has included seeing time on the fourth line.
Buffalo won’t be challenging for a playoff spot this season, so why burn a year of Reinhart’s entry-level deal as the Sabres tank for Connor McDavid? Let him go back to junior and dominate for another year (36-69-105 last season), see what the draft and off-season bring for the franchise and evaluate options next training camp.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Happy Halloween! I’m currently dressed a road cone, so picture me as any one of your favorite terrible NHL defensemen.
While we’ve seen plenty of players get in the act of dressing in costume for their respective team Halloween parties, the ECHL’s Utah Grizzliesare taking things one step further. For their game Friday night against the Colorado Eagles, the entire team will be in costume.
Feast your eyes on the Utah Skeletons:
The team mascot, Grizzbie, even got in on the act:
After the game, the Grizzlies will then meet up with Johnny Lawrence and the rest of the Cobra Kai crew to track down Daniel LaRusso.
It is a bit of a freaky touch to see that grizzly claw coming out from between those two ribs. Though we would have also changed up the player names to reflect the holiday. Who wouldn’t want to cheer on Vinny Scare-sella, Channing Boo, T.J. Die-ner, or Bury Almeida?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
It’s Halloween, and hopefully that means you have a properly carved pumpkin on your stoop ready to spook and scare the little moppets that come trick-or-treating tonight. Or, if you’re Zdeno Chara, you can just open the door.
Hockey is a sport that lends itself to Halloween. Not just because of the gore and the Jason Voorhees masks, but because so many of our players have gross, jacked up faces.
Here are the 10 greatest Jack O’Lantern faces in hockey, some of who never played for the Philadelphia Flyers:
10. Bobby Hull
Seriously, just stick a candle on his tongue and put him on the stoop.
He looks like someone who tried to gum a pearl necklace.
9. Jeff Carter
Go to the patch and pick out the loveliest, most perfectly shaped pumpkin. Then take a machete to its mouth. Ta-da, you have The Jeff Carter.
8. Mitch Callahan
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago winger notched his 1,000th point as part of a one goal, one assist night in Chicago’s 5-4 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators. Finished second amongst Hawks forwards with 20:37 of ice-time.
No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos fired two goals and added an assist in Tampa’s 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
No. 2 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Avalanche sophomore notched his first two goals of the season in Colorado’s 5-0 victory over the the New York Islanders.Sat, Nov 15:00 PM PDTColorado at St. LouisPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Minnesota Wild sniper Thomas Vanek is off to a slow start. And there may be some off-ice reasons for this.
On Thursday night, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that Mark Ruff, a bookmaker, pleaded guilty to laundering a gambling debt with a $230,000 New York Islanders check. The report says it was a salary check that was used to cover wages and was endorsed the same time Vanek played for the New York Islanders.
Vanek played minor league hockey with the Rochester Americans.
"(Local attorney James) Wolford declined to say whether the payment came from Vanek, who has been linked to the alleged Rochester-based gambling ring," the story says. "Vanek has acknowledged testifying before a grand jury and sources say his name turned up in records seized from the alleged bookmakers."
Also in the story ...
"In his plea, Mark Ruff admitted recruiting bettors, setting up gambling websites, and receiving payments from gamblers. While Vanek has been linked to the ring, allegedly as one who made bets with the ring, no more details have been provided about his possible role."Sat, Nov 17:30 PM PDTNY Islanders at San JosePreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
Per the website hockeyfights.com, Evgeni Malkin doesn't have any regular season fights. And even after Malkin picked a scrap with Los Angeles' Justin Williams, in the Penguins 3-0 win over the Kings, this pristine record will likely stand.
Both were assessed roughing minors. Though as the below video shows, it indeed looks like a fight.
Why would Malkin decide to tussle with Williams? To prove his Conn Smythe Trophy was more worthy than Williams'?
It looks like Malkin was angry by an attempted hit by Dustin Brown ... so of course Malkin didn't look for Brown and found the closest player who looks nothing like Brown in Williams.
Said Malkin to Sporting News' Sean Gentille following the game...
"Malkin said that Williams asked him to go earlier, but he downplayed that, too: "It's all emotion. I don't like fight, but (there's) sometimes lots of emotion."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Guess that date...
The No. 1 song in the United States was "Harlem Shake" by Baauer. The No. 1 movie was "Oz, the Great and Powerful." Barack Obama was President. Give up?
These were all attributes of America the last time the New Jersey Devils won in a shootout -- March 10, 2013. Since then, the Devils have gone 0-for-18. New Jersey is winless no-more.
New Jersey defeated the Winnipeg Jets in the breakaway contest. Jacob Josefson, who did not play in that March 10, 2013 game against Winnipeg scored the shootout winner. Cory Schneider -- who was not on the Devils at that point -- stopped all three Jets shooters.
Even the Devils website made fun of it. The headline? "Finally!"