- Puck Daddy32 mins ago
Rattle off a laundry list of all the things Mike Gillis has fumbled in the last 12 months or so, and you're going to come up with a lot of items.
Many of them are contingent upon the ongoing illusion in Vancouver that this was a team well-suited for the rigors of the newly constituted four-division NHL; in which the Canucks now had to play more, and more important, games against titans like the Kings, Sharks and Ducks on a regular basis. A look at the roster the Canucks brought in to start the year, and the coach they thought would guide them back to a Cup Final, should have been a pretty good indicator that things were about to take a hard left into the rough part of the Pacific Division neighborhood, populated already by two other Western Canadian teams, but still they pressed on.
There was some thought, and I must admit to sharing it, that John Tortorella could coax a better performance out of this team; not because they had the personnel to play his style (they didn't and don't), but because he seems to have an ability to bend rosters to his will. It doesn't always work overnight, but historically, it has always worked.
- Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The Perfect Human returned to Detroit for a perfect number retirement ceremony, as Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 was hoisted to the rafters before the Red Wings’ game against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Among the speakers honoring Lidstrom were coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland. But it was Lidstrom that was the star – ironic when you consider how often others grabbed the spotlight while Lidstrom did the heavy lifting in the background.
One of his most memorable moments was a look back at his beginnings with the Red Wings:
“I didn’t know much about the history of the team. I knew that Steve Yzerman was the captain and had played here a long time, but besides that I didn’t know a whole lot about the team. So when the trainer at the time ask me what number I would like if I made the team, I told him ‘I wore No. 9 in Sweden and it would be great if I could get No. 9 again.’ He just said, ‘Kid that just ain’t going to happen,’” he said, standing under the retired No. 9 of Gordie Howe.
“So I came back here in the fall of ’91 and just kept my mouth shut. No. 5 was handed to me.”
- Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Playing the lifeless carcass of the Vancouver Canucks, Seguin had a 5-point game in the Stars’ 6-1 win. He scored two straight goals in the first period and then again in the third, assisting on goals by Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski. It’s his second 5-point game of the season.
No. 2 Star: Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres goalie made 43 saves against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, as Buffalo won, 3-1. Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson scored the goals.
No. 3 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Can a player land a star of the night with a single assist? Sure, when that assist sets up an overtime game-winning goal by Andre Benoit, and when that assist earned him a point in his 13th consecutive game, the longest streak ever by an 18-year-old – breaking a Wayne Gretzky record. The Avs won, 3-2, on Nicklas Lidstrom Night in Detroit.
- Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
There isn’t much in life that can separate a Texan from his Stetson. But even a cowboy can’t deny one of hockey’s greatest traditions.
Conrad Shindler is a Texas A&M alum and a Dallas Stars fan. He had the good fortune of attending their game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, and made a vow via Twitter once Tyler Seguin scored his second goal: If Seguin completed the hat trick, he would hurl his black cowboy hat onto the ice in celebration.
In the third period, Seguin scored his third goal in the 6-1 victory. Hats littered the ice from the Dallas faithful … including Shindler’s cowboy hat (video via cstetter on Instagram):
God bless Texas.
So amazing was this moment for Lone Star hockey fandom that linesman Derek Amell couldn’t help but briefly model Shindler’s hat:
Now, usually hats tossed on the ice are collected by the home team’s ice crew, never to be seen again for the fans that threw them.
- Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The Vancouver Canucks had a no good awful very bad first period against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, giving up three goals in the first 12 minutes of the game. So naturally they started playing chippy hockey as the period went on. And then Zack Kassian did something stupid.
Here’s Kassian hitting Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon from behind, in glorious GIF form (via Pat Iversen).
Kassian was given a 5-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Dillon left for the dressing room in the first period but returned to play in the second.
Will this earn him a suspension? Keep in mind that Kassian was given three preseason and five regular season games for a high stick on Sam Gagner in the preseason.
Watching this hit, it seems even Kassian seemed to realize he had just punched his ticket for a Shanaban.
- Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
There were 20 trades on 2014 NHL Deadline Day involving 38 players and around 24 draft picks. Even more players and picks moved in the days leading up to it.
So who struck gold, and who wallowed in garbage? Which teams made smart decisions, and which ones acted recklessly?
Coming up, we grade all 30 teams on their 2014 trade deadline performances.
Enjoy. Or cry. You know who you are.
Anaheim Ducks: B+
The Dustin Penner trade led to the Stephane Robidas trade, and that’s the real keeper for this deadline for the Ducks. When he’s healthy, he’ll add a veteran presence to the D-corps as well as some toughness. They solved the Viktor Fasth issue by flipping him to Edmonton for two picks, as Frederik Andersen made him expendable. A solid deadline for Bob Murray, but only a B-plus because they cleared the decks for Ryan Kesler and didn’t land him.
Boston Bruins: C
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy16 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: "Fans of the Ottawa Senators cheer on their team prior to an NHL game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome."
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Preview: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings, 8 p.m. ET
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Dobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
The Internet is loaded with embarrassing Rob Ford videos opinion and columns on the NHL players who were moved at the deadline and the subsequent fantasy value shift of those players. My own website, as well as my upcoming columns for The Hockey News, offer no shortage of opinion on the Thomas Vaneks, Matt Moulsons and Marian Gaboriks of the fantasy hockey world.
But what about the domino effect? You know -- those players who play for the same team now as they did a month ago, yet their value in fantasy leagues gets a bump. Not enough opinion on that, and I'm here to fill the void. You're welcome.
Frederik Andersen, Anaheim DucksFri, Mar 77:00 PM PSTPittsburgh at AnaheimPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy19 hrs 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.
• It's David Legwand in a Red Wings jersey! Considering he's never worn anything beyond the Predators' sweater, this is really weird.
• The salary cap had been projected to rise to $71 million. But it won't, according to Dean Lombardi. "Lombardi said he was told the salary cap, initially projected to rise to about $71 million next season, will be significantly lower because of the recent weakness of the Canadian dollar." [LA Times]
• Scott Burnside's trade deadline winners and losers. [ESPN]
- Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
So Lou Lamoriello appears to have outsmarted everyone. Again.
From the NHL, on the Ilya Kovalchuk cap circumvention penalty reduction first reported by Darren Dreger on Thursday:
NEW YORK (March 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has decided to modify the disciplinary sanctions originally imposed on the New Jersey Devils’ franchise for its conduct in connection with the signing of former NHL Player Ilya Kovalchuk in July 2010, which conduct was determined by an Impartial Arbitrator to have constituted a circumvention of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (the “CBA”) then in effect. The sanctions originally imposed on the Club included a significant fine, the forfeiture of the Club’s third-round draft selection in 2011 (which was forfeited) and the forfeiture of a first-round draft selection which has been deferred by the Club until this year in accordance with the terms of the original penalty. As a result, as it relates to the portion of the discipline relating to the first-round draft pick, the Devils stand to forfeit it entirely in the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.Fri, Mar 74:30 PM PSTNew Jersey at DetroitPreview Game