- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy28 mins ago
By Neil Parker RotoWire Hockey Writer
The National Hockey League's new season kicks off Wednesday with a four-game slate, featuring the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks playing host to the New York Rangers, hopeful Stanley Cup contenders again, in the marquee matchup of the night.
The hunt for value plays is critical to assembling competitive daily lineups, and here are six viable targets to open wiggle room under the cap in Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey.
GOALIEWed, Oct 78:00 PM EDTNY Rangers at ChicagoPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fair didn't stand a chance earlier today. Dogs are going to have some new toys pic.twitter.com/4F8HsE9F0e
• Is that a donut hat?
• “I just want to find out if it’s the hair or just me that was good.’’ Jaromir Jagr talks bringing back the mullet. [Sun-Sentinel]
• Very good read by Michael Grange on a now settled Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. [Sportsnet]
• Bourne with some important notes on how to play 3-on-3 overtime. [The Score]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m., and we're talking about the following and more.
Special Guest Star: Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman!
• Previewing the NHL season.
• Raffi Torres gets 41 games.
• Marty Statue
• Hockey News and Views
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Russian president Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on Wednesday by pretty much attending a hockey fantasy camp. He was in Sochi celebrating with friends and famous Russian hockey players like Slava Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny and Valeri Kamensky.
They played some shinny, and in a surprise Putin’s team won 15-10 with the Russian president scoring seven goals.
Look at that defense!
And like every participant in youth sports these days, Putin was rewarded for his efforts.
From the AP: “Putin was given a trophy for his team's win at the end of the game and a medal for his contribution to hockey in Russia.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The St. Louis Blues announced on Wednesday that forward Patrik Berglund was placed on long-term injured reserve as he recovers from shoulder surgery. That move allowed GM Doug Armstrong to sign Scott Gomez.
According to the Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, Gomez’s deal is two-way, meaning he’ll make $575,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL. His contract also includes a $125,000 bonus depending on the number of games he played and a $100,000 bonus that depends on how well the Blues do in the playoffs.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Hey, have you heard? Hockey’s back! The NHL season starts this Wednesday, and thus here is another edition of our 2015-16 NHL season preview predictions!
We recently revealed our predictions for some of the NHL 2015-16 season’s trends and potential happenings, like coaches being fired and Connor McDavid’s point totals.
Now it’s time to predict which players are going to walk away with postseason hardware for individual achievement.
Who wins the 2015-16 NHL Awards?
Your esteemed panel: Greg Wyshynski, NHL editor, Puck Daddy; Sean Leahy, editor, Puck Daddy; Jen Neale, editor, Puck Daddy; Josh Cooper, editor, Puck Daddy; Ryan Lambert, lead columnist, Puck Daddy; Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs, fantasy columnist, Puck Daddy; Sam McCaig, NHL editor/columnist, Yahoo Sports.
Art Ross Trophy
Rocket Richard Trophy
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
In a perfect world, the NHL would offer a freewheeling offensive game with a multitude of chances on every shift and ridiculous pace, if not a dozen goals on the board.
But this world isn’t perfect. It has coaches. And coaches hate fun.
Which brings us to the inevitable question about the 3-on-3 overtime format that the League is adopting this season: Are coaches going to find a way to suck the fun out of it by slowing the pace and implementing systems to turn it into five minutes of skating in quicksand?
“No. It’s not possible to coach the excitement out of it,” said Justin Williams of the Washington Capitals.
“You might have some coaches who put a couple defensemen out there, but regardless, everyone can skate. Everyone can score. I sense it being pretty interesting to watch.”
But as Bob McKenzie of TSN found in his intriguing look at the new gimmick, some NHL executives are anticipating that coaches will find a way:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.
20. By way of introduction
I forgot to do these for Monday so here they are today in lieu of the normal Power Rankings. These are just predictions and I'm pretty sure if you disagree with me that's only because I hate your team and you personally, right? Right.
19. Shane Doan gets traded at the deadline, but it doesn't matter
The Coyotes will be a tire fire (though at least they sent down Dylan Strome, because why not?) and it'll finally lead to the trade of lifer Shane Doan, as he pursues a Cup in what should be his final NHL season. However, Doan will be 39 by then, so the odds that he's even a remotely meaningful contributor to whoever picks him up — on the cheap, I might add — are basically nil.
18. Calgary improves on the ice, but drops in the standings
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
After getting crushed under the weight of several scandals during the offseason, the NHL’s 2015-16 season finally gets underway on Wednesday night.
Featuring Patrick Kane’s current team and Slava Voynov’s former team in action. Because, of course.
The New York Rangers visit the Chicago Blackhawks, and will stand around as they raise their Stanley Cup banner. The San Jose Sharks then visit the Los Angeles Kings; both of these games will be featured on NBCSN.
The Montreal Canadiens visit the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Mike Babcock Era begins. The Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, visit the Calgary Flames, the team that eliminated them from the postseason.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Former New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery is reportedly in trouble with the law.
According to the publication 27east.com, Avery was arrested following a traffic stop in Southampton, New York on Sept. 30. He was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. All charges were misdemeanors.
According to 27east.com:
Police said the criminal mischief charge stemmed from an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery, who lives in the village, reportedly threw objects at passing vehicles. Police could not specify where that incident took place, but on Monday, police radio transmissions indicated that Mr. Avery had contacted authorities about speeding cars on David Whites Lane.
Additionally, during the traffic stop, Mr. Avery was found to be in possession of two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.
Avery tweeted this Tuesday – the day the news was reported. It appears to be some sort of drug prescription list.