- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy46 mins ago
Suspended Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has officially been charged with domestic violence stemming from an Oct. 19 incident that allegedly involved him and his wife.
According to the Orange County Regsiter, Voynov has been " charged with one felony count of 'corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury,' the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced Thursday."
Also in the Register's report, from the Los Angeles Distrct Attorney:
"'During an argument at their Redondo Beach home on Oct. 19, Voynov caused his wife to suffer injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck, prosecutors said. The injuries were serious and required medical attention at a local hospital where the defendant was arrested, prosecutors added.'"
Per the report, if convicted, Voynov could spend up to nine years in prison. The native of Russia could also face deportation issues.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Imagine you’re Greg Powers.
You’re sitting in a recruit’s living room and you’re selling the virtues of your college hockey program.
Pretty much everyone before you has sold some sort of tradition, winning, respect for ‘the game’ and whatever else their program has to offer. But you have an ace in your sleeve.
You can offer sunshine. You can offer warmth. On those off days, instead of being stuck in the library with snow outside you can say, ‘hey, study by the pool next to some palm trees and cactus.’
“On the non-scholarship level, we really sold and pushed the most unique college hockey experience in the country, and now we can really … with even more confidence, on any college hockey prospect, because we are,” Powers, the coach of Arizona State’s newly minted Division-I men’s hockey team said. “We are the most unique college hockey experience in the country for kids.”
Sounds way better than the regular run-of-the-mill Midwest college hockey powers.
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.
Every season as we draw closer to the quarter pole, I wander over to BehindtheNet.ca to take a look at some of the extreme PDO results. Any earlier in the season and the results are too volatile for my taste. The reality is they're too volatile now, but at least the stats are starting to settle down, which makes it easier to find some of the players who are over- or under-achieving.
The PDO is a very basic stat - a quick measurement of luck, more or less, but one that can draw your attention to certain players who warrant further investigation. Here are the notable players with PDO (and, generally speaking, On-Ice Sh%) numbers that are too high. Their current pace is probably not sustainable and if one were to play the odds they would "sell high" on these players at some point over the next month.
And on the flip side, here are some notable players with a lower PDO and in many cases a rather abysmal On-Ice Sh%. These guys should see a market correction over time.Thu, Nov 206:00 PM PSTChicago at CalgaryPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The massive storml in Buffalo earlier this week that dropped nearly six feet of snow on the city and snowed in Patrick Kaleta for Tuesday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks has caused the postponement of Friday’s Sabres game.
The New York Rangers were scheduled to fly to Buffalo on Thursday, but were told to unpack after the NHL made the decision.
"There's a lot more important things in life than a sporting event," Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said, via the Buffalo News. "But sometimes when you're going through tough situations that sporting even takes you away from reality for a couple hours and gets you to think of something else."Wed, Nov 19Philadelphia0 - 2NY RangersGame Recap
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 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.
• For injured Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, family comes first. [Pittsburgh Tribune Review]
• T.J. Oshie is trying to stay strong through his dad’s Alzheimer’s battle. [ESPN]
• Who are the best and worst puck movers in the NHL? [Puck Drunk Love]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
On Tuesday night, the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL hosted the Norfolk Admirals. As many teams do, the Checkers invite fans to ride on the Zamboni (or ice resurfacing machine, to keep things trademark generic). It’s the thrill of a lifetime, a moment some fans would never forget.
Or a chance to take a nap.
As captured on this short YouTube clip, a fan caught flies as the ice was resurfaced. Some fans – like Joe Hospoder, who hipped us to this story – wondered if it was a dummy or mannequin. Others probably wondered if this was narcolepsy at best or rigor mortis at worst.
So what was it? We asked the Checkers, and they said:
“He was just messing around. Did it the whole ride, but popped up right after.”
OK, then kudos to you, sir. That's ... well, that's a unique sense of humor you got there.
Whew. That’s a relief. For a second, we thought we were watching “Weekend at ‘Boni’s.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch on Jack Johnson.
* Ron Hextall's rant on the Flyers.
* Top NHL defensemen.
Question of the Day: What was your reaction to the Jack Johnson story? Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Mr. Grumpy is back in Vancouver.
Yes, Ryan Kesler, the guy who demanded a trade out of Vancouver, but has talked how much he loves the city, will play the Canucks on Thursday night in his first return to Rogers Arena in another jersey.
Of course, any story involving a player who left Vancouver on 'meh' terms involves the media's relationship with said player. Said Kesler during a press conference Wednesday:
“I think you guys think I’m grumpy all the time. Sometimes, I just don’t want to talk you."
And then Kesler went on to discuss how the media at Anaheim hasn't been as difficult on him.
“The media here, they haven’t been hard on me ."
C'mon Anaheim media people, you have to pry more, dig deeper or whatever they do in Vancouver to always seem to tick off the players in their market.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Anatoly Golyshev is a 19-year-old forward with Automobilist in the KHL.
He has a friend named Tiffany. She’s a Yorkshire terrier. And she was hungry…
According to his team, Golishev returned to his home, throwing his keys and his passport on his nightstand before taking a snooze.
When he woke up, he saw that Tiffany had mistaken his Russian passport for Puppy Chow.
The good news for Golyshev is that Automobilist is home for the next three games, so he should be able to get the passport replaced. The Mirror (U.K.) mistakenly reported that Golyshev had been “dropped for three weeks” by his team because his pup decided to play TSA agent. He had been suspended three games earlier this season for a hit to the head. Maybe that's the confusion.
So lesson learned, KHL players: “My dog ate my passport” won't get you out of games.
And as for our Russian canine friends: Might want to watch your behavior. Putin has eyes everywhere, and David Backes has only so many dog beds...
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Who do you trust with your money?
Many of us would probably list “parents” near the top of that list. Which is why the tale of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is so shocking and deplorable.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported on Thursday that Johnson filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 7, claiming assets of less than $50,000 and debts of more than $10 million. Sources tell Portzline that his debts could be closer to $15 million.
According to Cap Geek, Johnson’s made $20.9 million in his career on three NHL contracts; that money’s all but gone. His current one runs through 2018, and has him making $5 million a season; much of those future earnings have been ear-marked for repayment of loans. He’s had wages garnished from his paycheck from the Blue Jackets for last two seasons in order to settle one of three lawsuits he’s participated in.Fri, Nov 214:00 PM PSTBoston at ColumbusPreview Game