- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy25 mins 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 Daddy1 hr 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.
We’ll be having a live chat tonight beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT here on Puck Daddy to celebrate the start of the season. And stay tuned all day for predictions from Puck Daddy’s esteemed group of writers and editors, if esteem can be achieved through being constantly wrong.
Here are previews for all 30 NHL teams from the Puck Daddy staff:
PACIFICWed, Oct 78:00 PM EDTNY Rangers at ChicagoPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 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.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Sweden’s Frolunda and Germany’s ERC Ingolstadt needed overtime in the second leg of their Champions Hockey League Round of 32 matchup on Tuesday. Frolunda forward Ryan Lasch was the hero, scoring the winning goal in highlight-reel fashion after entering the zone facing this:
Here's the entire sequence:
The Swedish side would win 6-5 on aggregate after entering the second leg down 4-2.
The undrafted Lasch is in his second season with Frolunda after spending time in Finland, Sweden, the AHL, and ECHL following four years at St. Cloud State.
Frolunda now moves on to the Round of 16 to face off with the Czech Republic’s HC Litvinov over two legs.
Meanwhile, Ingolstadt's head coach Emanuel Viveiros couldn't believe the post-game question he received:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
NEWARK, NJ – Martin Brodeur stepped before the New Jersey Devils season-ticket holders seated inside Prudential Center on Tuesday. They serenaded him with a familiar chant.
“MARTY!” (clap, clap) “MARTY!” (clap, clap) “MARTY!”
He smiled. “I haven’t heard that in a while. It’s nice.”
Brodeur was back in New Jersey as the team announced his number retirement ceremony on Feb. 9, 2016, in a home game against the Edmonton Oilers. The No. 30 will be the fourth number that hangs from the rafters in Newark, along with Scott Stevens (4), Ken Daneyko (3) and Scott Niedermayer (27).
In addition, Brodeur will be immortalized with a statue outside the arena, like so many legends are in Montreal where Brodeur attended Canadiens game as a child.
“I grew up in Montreal, where a lot of guys get their jersey retired,” he said.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
EL SEGUNDO, Calif – Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar said he’s had “some talks” with the team about a new contract, “but nothing finalized obviously.”
Kopitar is entering the final season of a seven-year $47.6 million deal with Los Angeles. In the recent past, Kopitar has indicated he would like a contract extension to get done before the start of the regular season.
The Kings are slated to open 2015-16 at Staples Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. local time against the San Jose Sharks.
When asked about his mental preparation for the season – going into the year as a pending unrestricted free agent in a contract year versus having a long-term deal locked up, the 28-year-old Kopitar tried to take a big picture view of his lack of contract extension.Wed, Oct 710:30 PM EDTSan Jose at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
HC Olomouc's 2-1 victory over HC Pardubice on Sunday helped put the team into a tie for fourth in the Czech Extraliga. It was a good enough win to a call for a celebration featuring goaltender Branislav Konra, who decided to prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil in his own special way.
Taking a page out of noted post-win celebrator Julius Hudacek of the Swedish Hockey League’s Orebro, Konrad attempted the javelin, shot put and hammer throw using his own goalie equipment:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Have a look at last year's teams to make the Frozen Four: Boston University, Providence College, North Dakota, and Nebraska-Omaha. They kind of typify the situation in college hockey at large this season.
Usually, when a year begins, we have a pretty good idea of who's going to be really good. It's not uncommon to get near-unanimous preseason No. 1 rankings. But in the first preseason poll, that was not only not-the-case, but there wasn't even a good idea of what the top-10 would look like. In all, a whopping 10 teams received at least one vote as the No. 1 team in the nation, and of that number, five got two or more.
This is, to some extent, a democratization of power on the national level; long-time lower-tier programs (reigning national champion Providence, Minnesota State, UMass Lowell, Harvard, etc.) have closed the gap between themselves and traditional powers (Boston College, North Dakota, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, Miami, etc.) and it's a trend that's likely to continue.
That makes for fun hockey and a dramatic season, but as far as the whole “handicapping the season” thing goes, all it does is muddy the waters in a delightful way.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Vancouver Canucks surprised many when they dropped defensive prospect Frank Corrado on waivers, hoping to sneak the 22-year-old blueliner to the AHL.
No such luck: The Toronto Maple Leafs pounced on him, putting forward Richard Panik on waivers while claiming Corrado on Tuesday.
Taken in the fifth round of the 2011 Entry Draft, he made cameo appearances with the Canucks over the last three seasons, playing 28 games in total while seeing steady time in the AHL. He’s on a one-year bridge deal before becoming a restricted free agent again, with a cap hit of just $632,500.
Coach Mike Babcock said he broke down tape of Corrado, saying he “skates well, right-handed shot. I think he could help."Wed, Oct 710:00 PM EDTVancouver at CalgaryPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
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