- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Not long after he had acquired Brandon Sutter via trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins last week, Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning was already talking extension with the 26-year old center.
On Tuesday that extension became a reality as the two sides hammered out a five-year, $21.875 million deal. That’s a cap hit of $4.35 million, leaving the Canucks with just over $1 million heading into the season. Sutter also gets a full no-trade from the 2016-17 season to 2018-19. It then becomes a modified NTC in 2019-20 and 2020-21, where he can submit a list of 15 teams he would refuse a trade to, per General Fanager.
Whatever you think of Sutter’s game, this is market value for top-end third-line centers, especially when you're buying up prime years. Benning was already talking up his game the day of the trade calling Sutter a “foundation piece.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The NHL's bottom line just got a lot better thanks to a new partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media that the leagues announced Tuesday.
Our own Sean Leahy broke down what the deal means for the NHL.
This is a deal that makes sense for the NHL. It brings the league further into the digital age and creates a new stream of revenue in the process.
“We’re coming together as partners to see what we can do in addition to our basic businesses to combine our assets and see what the possibilities are,” Bettman said. “Technology is changing virtually on a daily basis and together we think we can lead in this extraordinary time.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The way you consume NHL media will change during the 2015-16 season. On Tuesday, the league announced it has formed a digital rights partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
From the NHL:
The partnership will transform the fan experience by creating a fully integrated global hub of digital content that encompasses video, live game streaming, social media, fantasy, apps, along with statistical and analytical content. With an emphasis on deeper access into the game and telling the stories of NHL players, MLBAM and the NHL will collaborate on developing new digital products and platforms while enhancing current offerings.
So, what does this all mean? Glad you asked.
This deal has been three years in the making and is the first of its kinds. MLBAM was founded in 2000 has powered all 30 team websites and streaming media like the MLB At Bat app. The company also runs the streaming side of things for ESPN, WWE Network, and HBO.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Eight years into his passion project, Adam Scorgie’s enthusiasm hasn’t waned.
Ask him about “Ice Guardians”, his documentary about hockey enforcers, and words fly from his mouth at a hyper and energetic pace. The Edmonton-based documentary filmmaker isn’t a hockey fan because of hockey.
He’s a hockey fan because of the fights. And he feels that the guys who come to fisticuffs in games get an unfair rap.
Why is it unfair? Because in Scorgie’s eyes, nobody has done a deep, introspective look at the position … yet. For his film he’s talked to behavior specialists, referees, linesmen, hockey historians, superstars and of course, the enforcers themselves.
Though he’s a supporter of the enforcer role, this isn’t a piece glorifying it. He’s a filmmaker before he’s a fan and he wants to show a true and honest representation of the position.
“That’s the part all the guys have been attracted to us with this project is, ‘Finally you’re not trying to pick or choose a side and not trying to get rules changed. You’re just trying to tell our story,’” said Scorgie the film’s co-creator/producer.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
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• Ryan Johansen vs. LeBron vs. Johnny Football on this court for Ohio athlete supremacy. [Ryan Johansen on Twitter]
• There’s going to be an awesome late 90s like alumni game at Coors Field before the Stadium Series game between Colorado and Detroit. Hopefully we'll see some brawls. [Denver Post]
• The Los Angeles Kings are China’s team. No, really. With the country dipping its toes into hockey, the Kings seem poised to have the most impact in the area. [Jewels from the Crown]
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let’s learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to drop some knowledge on us! Add your own choices in the comments!)
The Buffalo Memorial Auditorium opened in 1940 and would become home to the expansion Buffalo Sabres on October 15, 1970.
Home to many firsts and lasts, the Aud would see the most infamous “only” in NHL history when Jim Lorentz became the only NHL player to kill a live animal (a bat) during a faceoff in the 1975 Stanley Cup Final, vs. Philadelphia. The Aud was well-known for its fog during warm-weather games, which likely made some quite painful games more tolerable and would’ve been a welcome addition to the 2014-15 season.
The Sabres left the Aud and the fog behind when they moved to what is now the First Niagara Center in 1996.
Need I say more, really?
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
It's been a relatively quiet offseason for the Calgary Flames, for whom almost all the shopping was done even before the free agency period began on July 1.
There was the housekeeping associated with re-signing a few restricted free agents (on contracts that ranged from solid to irresponsible). And they obviously traded for Dougie Hamilton, then extended him for a long time at a good price, giving themselves perhaps the deepest blue line in the league for the 2015-16 season. Apart from grabbing Michael Frolik to shore up a not-great forward group on Free Agent Frenzy Day, general manager Brad Treliving has had plenty of time to just hang out this summer.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Leave it the only two Canadians in the nation who have little interest in hockey to design something meant to improve the game - an audible puck.
This isn't a puck that's going to eventually make it to the NHL. It's meant for use in the game for players who are visually impaired, like those who participate in Courage Canada Hockey for the Blind camps.
(Yes, hockey for the visually impaired! And you thought hockey was tough with full use of your eyes.)
Sheridan College students Ryan Viera and Kristoffer Pascual are finalists in the IAM3D Challenge for their improvement upon the current iterations of the audible puck.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
NHL arbitration season has official ended. Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators became the final player to go through the process and was awarded a one-year, $2 million deal following Thursday’s hearing.
From the Senators:
Hoffman, 25, established new statistical career highs in all major categories in 2014-15, registering 48 points (27 goals, 21 assists) and 14 penalty minutes over 79 regular-season contests. His 27 markers saw him lead both the Senators and NHL rookies while his 48 points ranked fourth among league rookies in scoring. In tandem with Mark Stone, Hoffman was among only the second pair of Senators rookies to record at least 20 goals in one season since Alexandre Daigle and Alexei Yashin accomplished the feat during the 1993-94 season.
Before arbitration, Ottawa asked for $1.75 milion, while Hoffman went with $3.4 million as his number, which means this is a terrific deal for the team.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Chris Drury never had to play against Angela Ruggiero. And he is extremely grateful for this.
In training for the 2010 Olympics, Drury, then the captain of the New York Rangers, learned about Ruggiero’s exercise regimen, which was tough on athletes of all genders.
“She was far and away one of the greatest trained athletes I’ve ever been around,” Drury said. “There’s no question she had such great success on the ice because of how hard she worked off the ice.”
Drury, Ruggiero, former NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider and former USA Hockey exec Ron DeGregorio were all named to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Induction will take place Dec. 17 in Boston.
It will be a double Hall of Fame fall/winter for the 35-year-old Ruggiero, who was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on June 29. The induction ceremony for that Hall will be held Nov. 9 in Toronto.
Ruggiero played 15 years for the U.S. National Team, won an Olympic gold medal in 1998, and played 256 games with Team USA – the most in the team’s history. Overall, she accumulated 208 points. She was part of World Championship winning teams in 2008, 2009 and 2011.