- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Former Mighty Ducks star forward Paul Kariya has gone missing from hockey. You can reportedly find him surfing around Orange County, but you can hardly find him around a rink – or even at ceremonies for his former franchise, like the jersey retirement ceremony for Teemu Selanne.
If only he had a cameo in the Matthew McConaughey ‘hit’ film, “Surfer Dude.”
He was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night, where he spoke about his strange absence from the game after retiring after the 2009-10 due to repeated concussions.
“I skated with my niece once. I do a little bit of roller blading, but I haven’t played hockey since I retired,” he said via the Vancouver Sun. “Some players when they’re done playing they almost have a career path into coaching or scouting or being a general manager. My love was for playing. If I could still play, I’d still be playing out there.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
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• Unlike most of us, Ben Bishop did not snap in half after completing this stretch. [Getty]
• Players suing the NHL over its handling of concussions have asked the presiding judge to compel Brendan Shanahan to testify. So far, Shanny has not cooperated with any aspect of the suit. [TSN]
• "Mirtle: NHL in seventh heaven with dual Game 7s and zero sideshows." [Globe & Mail]
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy3 hrs 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:
Special Guest Star: Paul Romanuk of CBC on the Ducks vs. Hawks; Katie Strang of ESPN.com on the Bolts and Rangers!
• The Conference Final coverage!
• Bylsma to the Sabres!
• Hockey News and Views
Question of the Day: Who wins the Games 7 in the NHL? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
At first blush there is not a lot to recommend a guy like Peter DeBoer as a viable head-coaching option in the NHL.
He has just 217 career wins in 494 games, and one playoff appearance. This is over six-ish seasons worth of hockey (obviously he only coached 48 post-lockout, then got fired 36 games into this season) and, well, one playoff appearance in seven years, on its surface, seems to be the kind of thing that San Jose should be trying like hell to avoid. And yet here they are hiring this guy, who has broken 40 wins in a season just twice, and none since 2011-12.
This is basically Doug Wilson's job on the line here, and he hires a guy with that coaching r é sum é ?
You can see why Sharks fans would be tugging at their collars.
But what that ignores is a number of factors that do not show the situations into which DeBoer was thrust and over which he had no control.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Ah, the dulcet tones of Liev Schreiber. Like a warm blanket, bringing us back to those halcyon days when the NHL’s ‘24/7 Road to the blah blah blah’ franchise wasn’t so self-aware and actually had willing participants.
This is the latest Stanley Cup Playoffs commercial from the NHL, celebrating the many names that have hoisted the Cup and contributed to their teams’ Cup victories. All of it leads to the perfect symbol of what’s at stake in this marathon test of mental and physical endurance: Getting your name etched on the Holy Grail!
It’s the greatest honor for hockey’s true legends as well as Basil Pocklington.
As expected, this ad is garnering praise for its stirring visuals and heartfelt narration, and the NHL does few things better than this kind of commercial.
We’ve also seen references to this being a “goosebumps-inducing” ad, and maybe it is for you, but for us it’s hard to have goosebumps when “Cup Raise” was like having liquid goosebumps mainlined into your cerebral cortex.
Chills. Tears. Chilly tears.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
When we last saw Alexei Kovalev, he was playing for a second-tier Swiss team called EHC Visp and had 70 points in 59 games in leading them to the National League B championship.
And then he retired at age 41, after 24 years of personifying the “enigmatic Russian” stereotype while scoring 430 goals in 1,316 NHL games. “I’d have loved to play until I’m 50 but the injuries from the last few seasons don’t let me continue my career,” he said.
Well, he’s feeling better. He plays 3-on-3 hockey once a week, and trains and plays tennis three times a week.
“I'm not the guy who likes to sit around and drink beer. It is fattening!” he told Journal de Montreal.
Another thing he told the paper: He’d play again in the NHL at age 42 if someone offered him a contract. Because why not!
From the Journal (via Google Translate):
Do you think you could have been playing a few more seasons in the National League?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Four years ago Wednesday, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman skated off the ice at TD Garden following a 1-0 Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final. They left the ice — Stamkos with an adjusted face— as the Bruins celebrated and avoided touching the Prince of Wales Trophy.
You always hear veteran athletes say that when they win a championship or are part of a team that goes deep in the postseason early in their career they think they can get back there every year. The following season begins and they quickly realize just how tough it is to win a championship.
Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the Tampa Bay Lightning will try again to close out the New York Rangers and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Stamkos and Hedman are the only two players remaining from Guy Boucher’s 2011 squad. Following that Game 7 loss to the Bruins, Tampa didn’t win a single playoff game until Game 2 in Round 1 of this postseason.Fri, May 298:00 PM EDTTampa Bay at NY RangersPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Vladimir Sobotka had until this coming weekend to decide whether he would remain in the KHL or return to the St. Louis Blues. On Friday, his Russian side, Avangard Omsk, announced that the forward would be staying with the team for the 2015-16 season.
“Yesterday we had a conversation with Vladimir Sobotka, and we agreed that he is a player of our club for another season,” said Omsk presidentVladimir Shalaev, via Google translation. “Vladimir said that he likes to play in our team. He is pleased to provide him playing time and a sense of trust of the coaching staff. He understands that he has become one of the leaders of the team and can realize themselves to the maximum.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
Peter DeBoer was introduced as the new coach of the San Jose Sharks on Thursday at a news conference.
The two main storylines were pretty simple going into this pre-arranged talking points media fest.
1. What did he think of this whole ‘no captain’ thing the Sharks did under mutually discharged Todd McLellan?
2. Did he agree with the refresh, rebuild, re-something that general manager Doug Wilson claims he started in San Jose.
DeBoer talked around the captaincy question quite a bit.
“The first thing I see when I look at the roster is a lot of leadership. That leadership goes way beyond whoever ends up with a ‘C’ on their jersey. It’s a deep leadership group. I’m looking forward to getting to know the group and the players. I think what I have going for me here is I’m fresh to this group. I don’t have a history with them. I wasn’t around for the successes or the failures, I’m looking forward to going in with a clean slate and getting to know this group and we’ll make those decisions as we go forward.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
The last time Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray worked with new coach Dan Bylsma was around 11 years ago, when both were with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
“I was the director of player personnel. Danny was near the end of his career as a player. So I complained about him. A lot. That’s about all I remember,” said Murray, drawing a laugh from Bylsma.
They’ve both come a long way since then, although Murray is quick to note only one of them has hoisted the Stanley Cup. And that’s why Bylsma is an essential choice to coach a Buffalo Sabres team that's trying to claw its way up from a self-imposed descent to the bottom of the standings.
“He’s been through it. He’s a winner. He knows what it takes to get there, and how to perform when he gets there,” said Murray.
Getting there has never been the issue for Bylsma. He made the playoffs all six years he coached the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 – his first season as an NHL head coach – and advancing to the second round four times; including in 2013-14, after which he was fired along with general manager Ray Shero because they failed to put a second ring on Sidney Crosby’s hand.