- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It's a (gettin down on) Friday 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: New voice of the Oilers Drew Remenda joins us! And Game Show Friday!
• NHL expansion.
• The warning track for hitting.
• News around the NHL.
Question of the Day: By 2017, which NHL cities that don't have teams will have them? Three forwards, two defenseman and a goalie - GO! Email email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
When preparing for your fantasy hockey draft within the next month, here’s a little tip: Don’t worry about the superstars, but instead concentrate on those later-round guys you think are poised to have career years.
The main reason anyone wins any hockey pool isn’t because they drafted the best players. In the first round of a normal hockey pool, there’s not much difference between a Steven Stamkos or an Evgeni Malkin, or between a Claude Giroux or an Alexander Ovechkin. Barring injury, they’ll all get their points.
The secret to success lies in the sleepers and getting those late-round picks that other managers are often overlooking. Last season, it was predicting career fantasy seasons from Alexander Steen, Kyle Okposo or Wayne Simmonds. This year, there’s no shortage of candidates
The sleeper goalies
Chad Johnson – As a backup to Jarolsav Halak, Chad Johnson is pretty much guaranteed at least 30 games. Johnson has put up respectable career numbers (20-6-6 record with a .926 save percentage and 2.07 goals against average), while Halak has only started 50 games in a season twice in his career. Look for Johnson to get a lot of work this season.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Marketing anything related to the NHL is always difficult because (a) mining the players for some semblance of individuality requires a deep-sea drilling platform and (b) once you locate that personality, it’s frequently as vibrant as a vanilla-flavored rice cracker.
So kudos to EA Sports for their new campaign featuring NHL players getting musical about their love of “NHL 15”, which hits stores next week. Because they found a couple of winners, and the results are hilarious.
Here’s Brad Marchand getting his Bryan Adams on about how “NHL 15” got him all twisted up:
We can hardly believe … this is heaven.
Because it isn’t, unless heaven is actually musical hell. Although we did enjoy that throwback to our SEARS family portraits, when it looked like Brad Marchand was dreaming of Brad Marchand.
Ah, but just like he does with the Boston Bruins, EA Sports cover boy Patrice Bergeron is here to carry the day. Check out one of the NHL’s most complete players as he completely owns the stage during a beat poetry ode to a video game:
*snap snap snap snap snap*
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Edmonton Oilers and restricted free agent Justin Schultz agreed on a 1-year, $3.675-million contact on Friday that makes him the team’s second-highest paid defenseman next season. Which probably says more about the Edmonton blue line than it does Schultz.
Going with one year is a little curious. (If two years is a bridge contract, then what’s a single season? An overpass?)
First off, Schultz is actually taking a little less than the $3.775 million he made last season, which was a combination of his entry-level contract and performance bonuses. Keep in mind that as a rookie free agent, the Oilers had to sweeten the pot a bit more than if they had drafted him. So that was the starting point for his second NHL deal with the Oil
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
It feels as though the NHL's maybe-maybe not plans to expand the league have been kicked around more or less since the 2004-05 lockout with various markets trotted out as possibilities here and there.
Usually, though, you hear one city as being in the mix for a team. Kansas City or Milwaukee or something like that; nothing too far-flung or out of left field. Then a little more recently you started to hear Las Vegas added to the mix because of how intriguing the idea is, and then Quebec because they're building a rink without a tenant, and then in the past year or so Seattle because they almost stole the Coyotes from the desert. Occasionally, too, you'd hear Hamilton or Toronto mixed in there because Southern Ontario really could support another team with very little difficulty, but it was always said that the Leafs and/or Sabres would be able to tell the League “no” on that front.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The temperatures are dropping, which means, depending on your drought conditions, the leaves will be doing the same soon.
Say, is there a way to combine your love of hockey with the rigors of leaf collection each fall? WHY YES THERE IS!
The Hockey Stick Rake is a thing that exists. It appears to be a street hockey stick with a blade that’s been transformed into a giant plastic claw. (That sound you just heard was Milan Lucic running to get his copy of the NHL rulebook and then finding someone to read him the section that determines the legality of this potential maiming device …)
Are you tired of raking the old fashion way?? Why not try the rake with a Hockey Stick shaft. This fun rake allows user to practice the slapshot motion while raking.
(Ed. Note: This may or may not have been one of Walter Gretzky’s drills for Wayne.)
AHL gets drug testing program; Szabados re-signs in SPHL; Kesler wears short-shorts for ALS (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy19 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.
• Nicklas Backstrom finally received his silver medal from the 2014 Olympics. Backstrom was set to go for Sweden in the gold medal game against Canada until he was disqualified by testing positive for a banned substance - Zyrtec D. It's an allergy medication. [RMNB]
• Third and final part of BSH's interview with Flyers GM Ron Hextall. They talk fancy stats, importance of the AHL team, and Hextall's relationship Chris Chelios (after fighting him years ago). [Broadstreet Hockey]
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine in the summer. So your friends at Puck Daddy are offering a month of thrown shade and perpetual gloom. Behold, our Summer of Disappointment series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to recall the biggest bummer moments, teams and players in franchise history! Please wade into their misery like a freezing resort pool, and add your own choices in the comments!)
Written by Michael Paul Dell of LCS Hockey
Most Disappointing Team: 1992-1993 Pittsburgh Penguins
While the past five years have proven colossally disappointing, nothing matches the soul-crushing despair David Volek unleashed on the Steel City in 1993. The Penguins seemed a mortal lock for a third straight Stanley Cup.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Earlier this week, we covered the 10 most fascinating NHL players of the 2014-15 season. Now it’s time for the teams.
Some of them have new coaches or general managers or both. Some are trying to reclaim glory, others trying to build on it. And at least one is fascinating because we all expect it to not be successful.
Here are the 10 most fascinating teams of the 2014-15 NHL season. Please add your own in the comments – who are you most looking to see in 2014-15?
The addition of Ryan Kesler alone makes this a interesting year for the Ducks; combine it with the loss of Teemu Selanne, the gain of Dany Heatley and the burgeoning stardom of John Gibson in goal, and they’re fascinating. Oh and there’s also that whole 116-point season and Bruce Boudreau as head coach thing. That too.
It’s subtle, but one gets the sense the Sabres are keen on not winning anything other than Connor McDavid in the draft.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
An outfielder runs full-speed to catch a fly ball hit towards the centerfield wall. Suddenly, the grass gives way to dirt under his feet, triggering a response in his mind: ‘Hey, slow down, because after the warning track comes the collision.’
The warning track in baseball is for the benefit of players speeding into the wall.
Thomas Smith hopes it has the same effect in hockey, preventing catastrophic injuries along the boards on hits.
Smith spent 27 months in a wheelchair and remains partially paralyzed after being tripped into the boards at 20 years old. Five years later, he’s championing “The Look-Up Line”: a 40-inch orange “warning track” along the boards that would help puck carriers and the players that would hit them know they’re in a dangerous area.
(As you can see from the image here, it looks like a thousand kids wiped Cheetoos dust from their fingers along the ice.)
From the official site for the “Look-Up Line,” here are its benefits:
1. Warn players to keep their heads up to prevent head and neck injuries.
2. Warn players to be careful not to body check (contact) opposing players from behind.