- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy30 mins ago
43-26-13, 99 points, No. 2 Wild Card in West
About the same, although there are some changes from the group that was swept away by the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round.
Jack of all trades Michael Frolik signed a five-year deal with the Calgary Flames. Veteran energy forward Jim Slater was unsigned. Rentals Lee Stempniak (10 points in 18 games) and Jiri Tlusty (8 points in 20 games after coming over from Carolina) were unsigned.
It’s not to say these aren’t impactful losses, because they are, but they’re still role players. Balancing those departures: The return of Alex Burmistrov, back from a two-year sabbatical in the KHL and ready to bring his skill to a third-line role.
1. Dustin Byfuglien, D/F
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy32 mins ago
The investigation into what happened inside Patrick Kane’s Hamburg, N.Y. home on Aug. 2 continues, but the specter of rape charges hasn’t stopped NHL teams from contacting the Chicago Blackhawks and expressing interest in acquiring the star forward.
According to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, five NHL teams have called the Blackhawks since the news broke and expressed interest in Kane should the franchise decide to move on from the 26-year old.
Travis Yost nails it:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It's every Winnipeg columnist's dream: a Jets team minus All-Star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien.
And it could be a reality sooner than later.
Byfuglien is entering the final season of his current contract — a five-year deal that pays him at a $5.2 million AAV, and the actual dollar value trending up to this coming season's $6 million — and is already north of 30. The question for the Jets, who have a solid if young defensive corps that seems poised to be built around Tyler Myers for the foreseeable future, is whether they think Byfuglien is going to be worth the significant raise and years-long commitment likely required to retain his services.
This is a rather similar situation to what the Calgary Flames faced vis-a-vis Mark Giordano until they re-signed him to that irrational contract (which is exactly what it is, even if no one in the hockey media seems willing to say that). There are, however, a number of notable exceptions.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
We’ve written about a lot of shocking stories here, but perhaps none more confounding as what you’re about to read.
OK, deep breath:
A 23-year-old, who gets his summers off work, is having parties until 6 a.m. in August and failing to properly clean up his trash.
And that’s why we have capital punishment, people.
The true patriot who brought this story to our attention is Richard Peddie, former CEO of the Toronto Maple Leafs and a man who stands next to a brick wall for his Twitter avatar. At around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning (when we assume the party ended), he snitched on Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, who is in Yorkville this summer and has apparently been having some all-night ragers:
Tyler Seguin now behaving himself? Yorkville neighbours sure don't think so. Lots of loud noisy parties to 6am Lots of garbage left behind
Clearly, Seguin needs to be the Zac Efron to Peddie's Seth Rogen and invite him to the kegger.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Milan Lucic has yet to play his first game as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, and already his thoughts are drifting to where he’ll play next.
OK, that’s the pitiless summary of what Lucic said on “The Bro Jake Show” on TSN 1040 during Monday’s interview, but it captures the spirit of the thing: Lucic, a Vancouver native, was asked if he’d ever play for the Canucks and he said it’s been his dream since he was a child … and that he’s a UFA next summer.
The question: “Do you think we’re ever going to see you here, in a Canucks jersey, ever?”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
There’s an expectation that Phil Kessel is going to reach new and exciting offensive heights with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His career best numbers were achieved in 2011-12: 37 goals and 45 assists for 82 points in 82 games. (Although he had a higher points-per-game average of 1.08 in 2012-13 and a higher goals per game average in 2008-09 with the Bruins, 0.51.)
There’s also an expectation that Phil Kessel might not immediately find his fit with the Penguins. Coach Mike Johnston will start him with Sidney Crosby in camp, but no one would be surprised if he settled in as Evgeni Malkin’s triggerman like James Neal was before he was traded to the Nashville Predators.
Then there’s the expectation that Steven Burtch of Sportsnet has for Kessel, which is that his game will be elevated by either Sid or Geno, because that’s what they do for wingers, but that breaking 40 goals might still be a challenge despite the upgrade in talent around him.
From Burtch, the good news for Phil:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
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• Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos suited up for a team in Toronto. Except it was an exhibition batting practice with the red hot Toronto Blue Jays. [Steven Stamkos]
• Contract talks with Stamkos are supposed to get rolling. Tampa would probably like to have him under contract before the start of training camp on Sept. 17. [NHL]
• The sale of the Pittsburgh Penguins continues to trudge on slowly. When will Mario Lemieux and Rob Burkle cash in mightily on their investment? [Post-Gazette]Tue, Sep 17:07 PM EDTCleveland at TorontoPreview Game
JJ Lane of 'Bachelor in Paradise' on how hockey helped him on TV; Phil Kessel's 'dad bod' (Puck Daddy Interview)Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Zach Boychuk is no stranger to fantasy drafts.
During the hockey season, the Carolina Hurricanes/Charlotte Checkers forward would sit with his teammates, scope out the competition of a particular event and try to pick the winner each week.
But this wasn’t for a sporting event. Oh no … it was for The Bachelor, a reality TV dating show that airs most Mondays during the second half of the hockey season.
“There’s lots of drama and I’m sure people would probably find it funny having that many guys watch a show like this, but I guess it’s something to do on a Monday night,” Boychuk said.
This past season, Boychuk’s attention to the series spanned further to The Bachelorette, which airs during the summer. There, he noticed a former hockey player named JJ Lane who was trying to win the heart of Canada’s most eligible single, Kaitlyn Bristowe.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Another summer series has come and gone, and training camp will soon be upon us.
Thank you to the 33 talented female writers who produced an amazing series. They volunteered their time and creativity for an epic task (just ask those who covered the Original 6). Plus, finding a word that starts with the letter X is not easy.
Treat yo' self by taking a read through all 30 NHL teams from A to Zed:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Toward the end of the Boston Bruins’ doomed campaign last season, people seemed to be harping on Tuukka Rask's workload with some frequency.
Specifically, they felt it to have been far too big. He played 70 games, 67 of which were starts, and it was the largest number of his career by a good 20-plus percent. Indeed, in the last two seasons, he nearly doubled the total number of games played he'd racked up in his career, and was in fact busier than when he appeared in 36 of Boston's 48 games in the lockout-shortened season of 2013.
What's interesting about this, though, is the fact that despite the cries for a more reasonable handling of Rask's office hours, there simply isn't a lot of evidence to say that his playing 70 games was the reason his game appeared to take a step back.