- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The NHL announced on Friday that Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” as voted on by the League’s 30 general managers.
Please note the finalists are presented in alphabetical order; were they properly presented as “Vezina winner Carey Price and two guys who will watch Carey Price win the Vezina,” it would drain the award of much of the mystery that literally has hundreds of people tuning in for the NHL Awards in June.
That said …
Why Devan Dubnyk Deserves The Vezina
The NHL says:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Hello everyone, and welcome to your weekly update of our favorite jersey fouls from the past seven days. Well, now it’s going to be weekly, starting today.
In case you didn’t know, we’ve been posting a steady stream of fouls to our Tumblr page. You can go there for the ones that didn’t make the cut on this week’s list of absurdity.
In this blog, we give you the three ‘best of the best’ from the week that was, which – even by typical j-foul standards was pretty awesome since last Friday. The playoffs are fertile ground for such photos. How good are these fouls? The one up top of the mustard Stu Grimson Preds McLovin jersey didn't make the official cut. But it was so good we had to give it props anyway.
If you want to submit, make sure to email us at email@example.com or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to make sure to give credit where credit is due.
Without further disruption here are the top three fouls of the week.
3. Is this Michael Keaton Vatman or Christian Bale Vatman? (@anaheimducks)
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Peter Chiarelli was cautious in his introductory news conference as president of hockey operations and general manager with the Edmonton Oilers.The only real dig he took at the current team was its effort level.
“There’s a lot of good things here and exciting things, a lot of young legs,” he said. “They play fast, I’d like to see them play a little harder.”
While management has been the major issue with the Oilers, that sounded more like a shot at the coaching staff and interim boss Todd Nelson.
Whatever, it’s a tough line to walk when you come into an organization with a fanboy owner that probably still reveres now former general manager Craig MacTavish and team vice chair Kevin Lowe, whose role will transition out of hockey ops.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we're bound to lose some friends along the journey. We've asked for these losers, gone but not forgotten, to be eulogized by the people who knew the teams best: The bloggers who hated them the most . Here is Jared Dobias of Battle of California, an Anaheim Ducks blogger, on the 2014-15 Winnipeg Jets. Again, this was not written by us. Also: This is a roast and you will be offended by it , so don't take it so seriously.)
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Hello, esteemed Yahoo! readers. I’ll try to use small words to make this easier on you.
Let’s take some time to say goodbye to the 2014-15 Atlanta Thrashers Winnipeg Jets, a franchise that has yet to win a single playoff game in their storied history dating all the way back to 1999. I’m as surprised as anyone that a team backstopped by goaltending elite Ondrej Pavelec got swept out of the first round!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Predators defenseman Shea Weber is out for the remainder of the team’s first round series with what the team continues to call a “lower body” injury, after NBC Sports/TSN anchor Gord Miller noted Weber tore his ACL on Thursday night’s Nashville/Chicago broadcast.
The Predators wrote a strongly worded statement that basically bashed “erroneous” reports on Weber’s injury.
From the Perds, I mean Preds:
The Nashville Predators announced Friday that Captain Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the club’s Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury the defenseman suffered in Game Two of the series. However, contrary to erroneous broadcast and media reports over the last 24 hours, he did not suffer an ACL injury. Further updates will be provided as they become available.
So, he went from ‘day-to-day’ to now being out for the rest of the series – though granted it’s the same thing when there’s only two games left in the entire series. Chicago leads Nashville 3-2.
Kunitz robbed by nanny (allegedly); mental health in pro-athletes; Nonis deep thoughts (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
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• Ahh, now we know why Eddie Lack's play was impacted - he was in love. Now this lovely lady tries her black magic on Ryan Miller. [Getty]
• Women's hockey legend Haley Wickenheiser pays tribute to Steve Montador, and brings to light the depression and anxiety experienced by many pro athletes. [The Players Tribune]
• Maple Leafs' former GM Dave Nonis looks back at time with team in first interview after firing. [Toronto Sun]LivePittsburgh1 - 1NY RangersFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
For those of us who like massive trainwreck disaster shows, then Randy Carlyle receiving permission from Toronto to talk to the Sharks about their vacant head coaching job is maybe the greatest thing ever.
For those who are Sharks fans and want to see their team win hockey games? Goo …
As Fear the Fin notes, this would be just flat out horrible:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The NHL has a “Katy Perry” problem.
Well, at least now they do. When Winnipeg Jets fans serenaded Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks with a “Katy Perry” chant during Game 3 of their playoff series, it was treated by some as another comedic gem by the previously infallible crowd, and by others as a more problematic trend in the NHL and the way the League, the media and fans alienate women.
So Jesse Spector of The Sporting News asked Bettman about that problematic trend at a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday, and Bettman’s response was unsatisfactory to the point of rage-inducing:
A reporter asked Bettman whether he feared chants of “Katy Perry” directed at Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry might be off putting to female fans.
Incredulous, Bettman fired back: “You think that’s sexist? Taunting chants aren’t intended to be sexist.”
[Ed Note: Bettman? Incredulous? THE DEVIL YOU SAY.]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Prospective NHL Las Vegas owner Bill Foley held a meet and greet with hockey fans earlier this week and while he didn’t reveal much, his confidence about getting a team remained high.
“The league has been supportive and positive with our efforts,” he said. “We feel like we're on the 1-yard line with this thing.”
On Monday, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside reported that the Las Vegas ticket drive had surpassed the 11,000 sold mark, an impressive feat considering there's no guarantee that the NHL will be coming.
"I'm not prepared to say how many tickets we've sold,” Foley said, “but it's been awesome in terms of response from the market.”
If the league does put a team in Las Vegas, Burnside reports it’s not expected to happen until the 2017-18 season.