- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy27 mins ago
The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and his $1.5 million salary cap hit on waivers.
The Kings signed the 33-year-old Ehrhoff in the summer to add NHL level depth on their blueline. At times he’s been a healthy scratch this season and recently found himself buried on the team’s depth chart with the acquisition of Luke Schenn in January.
The left-handed Ehrhoff has two goals and nine assists in 40 games played. He’s averaged 15:10 of ice-time per-game, the lowest in his NHL career. Ehrhoff hadn’t averaged under 17 minutes of ice-time since his rookie year.
Before the season, the 6-foot-2, 201-pound Ehroff believed he still had something to give at the NHL level. Last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins he was derailed by a concussion and limited to 49 games played.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Jaden Schwartz will return to the St. Louis Blues lineup on Friday to play his first game since fracturing an ankle during an October practice.
Schwartz’s 49-game absence has been part a season for the Blues where injuries have been far too common. As of Monday, St. Louis was fourth in the NHL in man-games lost with 201, according to ManGamesLost.com. Patrik Berglund, Steve Ott, Paul Stastny, Jake Allen and Kevin Shattenkirk have all contributed to those 201 games.
While Schwartz is coming back, that number will continue to rise now that Alex Pietrangelo will miss three weeks with a knee injury.
Despite the injury woes, St. Louis has been able to play themselves into the third spot in the Central Division, seven points behind the Chicago Blackhawks with a game in-hand. Schwartz’s presence in the lineup could also help a Blues team that has the seventh-worst goals per game (2.38) average in the NHL get their offense going.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
When Brian Burke was hired as Toronto Maple Leafs general manager in 2008, he stood before two distinct paths.
One led to a burning city. Total destruction. An inhabitable place in the short term, but one that could be rebuilt from the embers into something glorious.
The other led to a rickety, termite-infested ranch-style home that smelled of sewage and had squatters that wouldn’t leave. He looked at it and said, 'Yes, this might do." He liked the foundation. Maybe he could figure out the squatter thing. Fresh coat of paint, some new sod on the lawn – no need to knock it down and rebuild. Flip this franchise!
And we know which path he took.
"I'm not interested ... in a five-year rebuild like some of these teams have done," said Burke in April 2010. "Maybe because of my age, maybe just because I know it doesn't have to be five years because it wasn't in Anaheim. I like the group that finished the year, I think just on internal improvement we will be better. I think we will be good enough with this group and a couple additions to say in training camp that the playoffs are a reasonable goal."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Dmitri Yudin is a 20-year-old defenseman for SKA in the KHL. Entering last Friday’s game against Ugra, he had one career goal in 123 games.
In other words, he’s not exactly the guy you’d expect to unleash a wicked little deke move while going behind the net, as evidenced by the reaction of goalie Georgy Gelashvili on said wicked little deke move. (We call this “Marek Malik Syndrome.”)
Yudin noticed that Ugra was changing, and rocketed up the left side. Defenseman Yakov Seleznyov dropped down, defending a pass, so Yudin took the puck behind the net.
Or so we all thought! As Gelashvili whipped around to the other post anticipating a wraparound, Yudin stopped, brought the puck back to the near post and tucked it past a baffled netminder.
Quite the second career goal, that one.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Milan Lucic, Los Angeles Kings
The former Boston Bruins bruiser scored one goal, added an assist and was a plus-2 in return to the place he called home for eight years. The Kings drubbed the Bruins 9-2, firing 57 shots on goal. The last time the Bruins allowed that many shots on goal was March 18, 1965 against the Detroit Red Wings.
No. 2 Star: Ben Scrivens, Montreal Canadiens
The goaltender Stopped 37 of 39 shots on goal to deliver a crucial 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Habs have won three straight games – all victories by Scrivens. During shat stretch, Scrivens has allowed four goals on 98 shots on goal. Montreal is three points out of the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.
No. 3 Star: Alex Petrovic, Florida Panthers
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
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Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville abruptly ended his press conference Tuesday evening after the Blackhawks lost 2-0 to the San Jose Sharks.
The reason had to do with an overturned goal by the Blackhawks at 17:23 of the first period.
The Sharks challenged the score by Brandon Mashinter, saying Dennis Rasmussen interfered with netminder Martin Jones. It was deemed he did. Quenneville seemed so upset in his postgame news conference that he walked out after a few brief comments. The Sharks led 1-0 until the last two minutes when Joe Thornton scored an empty netter.
Above is the video of Quenneville, who seemed to be quite calm on the exterior after the first question before walking out.
“It’s gotten to a different level — I don’t know the rules anymore, or something’s changed,” Quenneville said. “I played a lot of hockey. I don’t know. I think everybody has an interpretation, what’s a good goal and what’s a bad goal. But I can’t believe it.”
The league saw it the play differently.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri took exception to a big check by Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and showed his displeasure with a throat slash gesture.
The situation occurred near the end of the first period of their Tuesday game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Kadri had his head down as he entered the Calgary zone and Giordano exploded into the young forward.
At the bench, Kadri was caught by cameras making the gesture at Giordano. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, NHL hockey operations director Colin Campbell is “reviewing” the Kadri gesture.
In 2010, the league suspended then-Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton one game for a throat slash gesture toward Blair Jones of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey fans wear old jerseys.
It’s one of their most enduring qualities, along with sexually explicit chants about division rivals. Walk into any New Jersey Devils game at the Prudential Center, and you see menagerie of sweaters with names new, old, forgotten and comedic. (Yes, I’m talking to you, “No. 17 Ilya KovalSUCK” guy.)
On the night when Martin Brodeur’s jersey was retired, you could trace his career timeline through the fans’ fashion.
The hipsters in the No. 29 Christmas-colored jerseys, the first sweater Brodeur wore in the NHL, back when he was rocking a flat top and one of the worst peach-fuzz mustaches in the history of follicles.
The All-Star Game jerseys, from different eras and event formats. The Team Canada jerseys from his 2002 gold medal performance, which to this day Brodeur says is what elevated him to elite status. A few St. Louis Blues jerseys to remind us how it all ended. The jersey with “RANGERS SUCK” on the nameplate where “BRODEUR” should have been, because of course .Tue, Feb 9Edmonton1 - 2New JerseyGame Recap
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane believed he beat Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic in their first two fights during their game against each other. And Kane wanted to publicly let the First Niagara Center crowd know exactly how he felt.
After their second tussle, Kane appeared pumped up, and flashed a sign with his hands, denoting he was ‘2-0’ against Petrovic in their two brawls. Kane and Petrovic would go one more time. Kane would receive a game misconduct for their third fight. It was the first time the same players hooked up for three fights in one game since Bob Probert and Jody Shelly on Jan. 10, 2002.
Here is their first fight, which came almost two minutes into the second period.
Here is their final fight of the evening midway through the third.
Kane finished the game, a 7-4 loss to Florida, with 29 penalty minutes and one goal. His final fight came shortly after his goal at the 10:14 mark of the third period.
Petrovic scored a goal, added an assist and also had 29 penalty minutes.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic recently gave thanks to the city of Boston for eight years of his career. On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins and their fans thanked Lucic for his service to the organization and his embracing the city.
During a first period stoppage of the Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden, the Bruins paid tribute to Lucic with a stirring video.
The Bruins fans then showered he big winger with screams of “Loooooooooch” while giving him a standing ovation before the puck dropped and play resumed.
"It was pretty cool that I got to experience that. Like I talked about this morning, a lot of special things happened to me here in Boston," said Lucic after the game. "From the management to the coaches to all the teammates I had here over the last eight years, especially the fans, they really helped me become the player and the person that I have become today. To have that moment in that second TV timeout was really special and was definitely a pretty cool feeling."