- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 mins ago
When it was revealed that Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle were selling the Pittsburgh Penguins – moments before Gary Bettman gave his State of the NHL speech at the Stanley Cup Final, no less – the speculation began about how much this glamour franchise could bring in.
The initial projections had the price somewhere between $700 million and $850 million, which is crazier than trading Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy.
Rick Westhead of TSN, however, has zeroed in on what might be the actual asking price for the Penguins:
The owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins are asking $750 million (U.S.) for the team, but face long odds of finding a buyer who’s willing to pay that much because of the flagging North American economy and uncertainty over the future of the Canadian dollar, sports investment bankers say.
- Puck Daddy53 mins ago
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• The above potential Jake Gardiner/Will Arnett living situation is going to need its own reality show. [Jake Gardiner ]
• Brad Marchand’s elbow is better. Which means the Boston Bruins forward should see his offensive numbers go up. [CBS Boston]
• A deeper look into the Patrick Kane trade rumors with the Chicago Blackhawks. [The Committed Indian]
• Many young NHL stars posed and mugged for their own new Upper Deck trading cards. [Buzzing the Net]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Hey, remember Stephane Auger, who was just named the new head of the Swiss Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety? Of course you do.
He was the referee embroiled in one of the NHL’s greatest recent controversies. In Jan. 2010, Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks said Auger threatened to “get him back” for embarrassing him with a dive in a previous game, and Auger called two minors and a misconduct against Burrows in the third period of a loss against the Nashville Predators. Burrows was fined $2,500 for his remarks.
That led to the infamous 11-minute character assassination by Ron MacLean on “Hockey Night in Canada,” followed by a two-minute apology to Burrows.
- Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The NHL won’t play in an outdoor game in California this year. But you can still get your AHL hockey fix on the West Coast.
The league announced it will play an outdoor game at Raley Field (a baseball stadium) in West Sacramento, Calif. The contest will include the Bakersfield Condors and the Stockton Heat. The Condors are the Edmonton Oilers’ newly affiliated AHL team. The Heat are with the Flames. The game will take place on Dec. 18.
In case you were wondering, the average high in Sacramento in December is 54 degrees. The average low is 38 degrees. Perfect weather for hockey, eh?
The event will just be one part of the “Biggest Show on Snow” which is a six-week “holiday extravaganza” at Raley Field.
This will be the eighth outdoor game in AHL history according to the release. The last one was at Comerica Park in Detroit on Dec. 30, 2013 as part of the Winter Classic.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The battle for young California hockey players takes place at the Toyota Sports Center on a Thursday in late August.
Eric Nystrom, Rocco Grimaldi, a bevy of college coaches along with staff from College Hockey Inc. stand in a cordoned off area of the building and discuss the importance of the college path to several young onlookers.
Nystrom (University of Michigan) and Grimaldi (University of North Dakota) explain how college helped them become better people. Nystrom says, “It goes much further than hockey.” Grimaldi said he met his fiancée in college and learned to do laundry there.
While there was nothing negative said about Major Junior hockey, the perils of this Canadian path are somewhat implied at this CCM College Hockey Showcase. College Hockey Inc., which was a major part of the camp for SoCal boys players born in 1999, 2000 and '01, says its goal is to “encourage elite young players to pursue a college hockey career.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Cory Sarich last played an NHL game on April 1, 2014. He didn’t finish the final seven regular season games for the Colorado Avalanche nor did he play in their seven-game first-round series against the Minnesota Wild.
Nearly a year and a half later, the 37-year old defenseman is hoping to make a comeback after a severe bike accident last summer.
Sarich was hit by a truck while biking in Invermere, British Columbia in July 2014. After being transported to a Calgary hospital, he was diagnosed with five fractured vertebrae and suffered a head wound, burns to his shoulder and wrist along with road rash. He also battled a staph infection during his recovery.
Before the accident, Sarich knew he would be hitting the open market after the Avalanche told him they wouldn’t be bringing him back. After that, he told the Denver Post he wasn’t ready to hang up his skates. By November he was back on the ice.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
As the Chicago Blackhawks ascended to the Stanley Cup, goalie Antti Raanta was dropped down the depth chart. The goalie had been seen as a potential challenger to Corey Crawford’s status as a starter; instead, he was practicing with the Black Aces, as journeyman sensation Scott Darling had won the backup job.
Naturally, this didn’t sit well with Raanta, and he spoke about it to Finnish paper Satakunnan Kansa with stunning candor: The Chicago Blackhawks goalie was rooting against the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs.
From reader Ju Pa, via Iltasanomat.fi (currently down):
“I was really hoping Nashville would beat us in four games and I could get back to Finland. I was [so pissed off] about how Chicago was treating me.”
According to Raanta, Blackhawks were suffering of weak team spirit and head coach Joel Quenneville didn't seem to like him.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
New Jersey Devils captain Bryce Salvador played 15 games last season, missing the glut of the campaign with a bulging disc in his back. That’s after playing just 40 in the previous season.
Read the entire piece to get a sense of just what Salvador was experience health-wise.
Salvador was another case of Lou Lamoriello handing out questionable contracts to veteran players in his final years in Jersey. There’s no doubt Salvador earned another deal with the Devils after his 2012 playoff performance; but did a 36-year-old defenseman really need a three-year deal, even if the hit was just $3.16 million annually?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Hopefully Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi has an electric foot massager or one of those lavender scented happy eye pillows, because the stress on this guy just keeps increasing.
On top of the Slava Voynov decision, on top of his decision to terminate Mike Richards’ contract and the NHLPA fighting it, on top of trying to get a defending champion that missed the playoffs to climb back on the throne, he has to find a way to get his best offensive player under contract in a long-term-yet-fiscally-sane manner – and it’s not really going that well.
Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports that the gap between center Anze Kopitar and Lombardi is rather large as he enters the last year of a seven-year, $7.6 million contract that pays him a $7.7 million salary this season:
The Kings and Kopitar are “not even in the ballpark” in their discussions, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi told LA Kings Insider over email when asked whether the two sides were “close” to reaching an agreement.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Watching Vladimir Putin play ice hockey is both a joy and a treat. It’s like Christmas (or Hanukkah) come early – or at that very moment he decides to lace ‘em up.
He netted a shootout winner in his post-inauguration hockey game featuring the legends of the sport. He notched 11 points last year in a festival of hockey. Now watch the Russian president play with Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Bure and Alex Mogilny against a bunch of younger players.
The greatest image of this is at the 56-second mark when Putin ‘fires’ a wrist shot into the youth goaltender. And by fires we mean … softly flicks the puck on net.
So if you were a young netminder and the Russian president with dictatorial tendencies shot the puck at you, would you make the save? Umm, no.