- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Ted Lindsay Award given to “’Most Outstanding Player’ in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA," the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced Tuesday.
This is an interesting award, because its voted on by #theplayers and not #thewriters like the Hart Trophy. Some look at this as the true, legit best player, since the voting populous is at ice level and not press box level.
And included is Benn, who was not a finalist for the Hart. Guess players in the league don’t put as much stock in the whole ‘team makes the playoff’ thing like we do. In that case, Drew Doughty for Norris! Both Ovechkin and Price are Hart Trophy finalists.
Still, Benn is a solid selection as part of the trio simply because, he led the NHL in scoring, which perceives excellence of course. And he’s also one of the five best players in the NHL.
And the finalists, please...
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The NHL’s 2015 coaching market is currently a deep one, with the likes of Dan Bylsma, Todd McLellan, Peter DeBoer, among others, looking for work. It could get deeper if Mike Babcock, Dave Tippett, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien become available, which is possible.
Another name that has jumped into the pool, and one we haven’t heard from in two years, is Guy Boucher. The former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach has been in Switzerland coaching SC Bern since Jan. 2014.
While on TSN 1050 with Dave Naylor Tuesday, Boucher said that NHL teams have contacted him to express their interest.
Boucher has turned SC Bern around in his season and a half in Switzerland, improving them from a 70-point team that finished out of the playoffs in 2013-14 to a 96-point team (finishing second overall during the regular season) and guiding them to the National League A semifinals this season.
His contract with SC Bern runs through the end of next season, but as Boucher pointed out, his out-clause kicks in this off-season.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Sean Monahan is arguably the Flames’ best all-around forward. The 20-year-old had 31 goals this year and 62 points. He has turned into the most statistically prolific player (goal scoring wise) from the talented 2013 draft class. And he has been completely neutralized by the Ducks in the second-round of the playoffs.
Monahan has 0 points in two games. His line with Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau has 0 points. He has been a non-factor going head-to-head against Ryan Kesler in Games 1 and 2. And the Flames have looked lost and Monahan overmatched.
According to Travis Yost of TSN:
The Monahan line didn’t have success against Kesler even in circumstances where success seemed more realizable. The Monahan line, in a pretty limited sample, had no chance against the (Ryan) Getzlaf group. Do you keep going to the well and hope that the Monahan line figures out how to use their speed to their advantage, or do you split up the line combinations in an attempt to spread talent through the roster, getting out of this match-up nightmare?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Brandon Prust went off on referee Brad Watson after Sunday’s Game 2 between the Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two days later, the Montreal forward apologized and was fined $5,000 by the NHL.
On Tuesday, Prust said that he was emotional and “crossed the line” with his comments about Watson.
Via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com:
Prust was called for roughing late in the first period of Game 2 and earned an extra minor for unsportsmanlike conduct when he gave Watson a piece of his mind.
After the game, Prust explained what happened.
The NHL announced a $5,000 fine for Prust on Tuesday evening. Here is a statement from NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The New York Islanders’ last game at Nassau Coliseum ended up being their Game 6 win over the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Alas, they lost in Game 7, depriving us of another round of games at Nassau Coliseum … and, well, the chance that the hated New York Rangers might have been the ones to close it out.
Brooklyn beckons next season for the Isles. And as the season is over, that means the ice comes up at the old barn one last time.
Bruce Bennett of Getty Images captured these fantastic, depressing and fantastically depressing images of the ice being demolished at Nassau.
The Islanders move to Barclay's Center next season. Captain John Tavares hoped they'd still have a home ice advantage, via the NY Post:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
When watching all the criticism of Steven Stamkos in the first round of the playoffs, and into the second, it was difficult not to be reminded of the tongue-clucking over Tyler Seguin a few years ago.
Part of the reason that Seguin got run out of Boston — but certainly not the only one — was that he scored just one goal in the playoffs. This, of course, ignored a lot of factors all at the same time, such as that Seguin's most common linemate during that playoff run was Chris Kelly (no offensive help there), that he played third-line minutes (just 16:03 per game), and that he scored on one of just 70 shots he took in 22 games despite all that (and he also hit at least a half dozen posts, which don't count as shots but are enough to scare the hell out of a goaltender).
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – Edmonton’s winning the 2015 draft lottery and the right to pick Connor McDavid sent collective groans around the hockey world.
But there was one team that probably spewed the loudest vitriol, internally at least. That would be the Calgary Flames, Edmonton’s hated rival that has always scoffed at Edmonton’s “City of Champions” mantra.
With the announcement I saw (in my dreams) team president Brian Burke strangling something with his undone tie.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping he’d be further (away),” Calgary general manager Brad Treliving told Puck Daddy. “Like anybody else we were paying attention to how the draft would sort out, and I wouldn’t say we spent a whole lot of time looking on it. Those are things that aren’t in your control, but he’s a special player. He’s a special player. Obviously that’s good for them.”Tue, May 59:30 PM EDTAnaheim at CalgaryPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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• Rich Hammond on Monday’s Slava Voynov trial proceedings, which featured the court attempting to compel the Kings defenseman’s wife to testify against her husband. [OC Register]
• The Wild, Flames and Canadiens are all down 2-0 in their respective series. Here’s a survival guide for them, courtesy Sean McIndoe. [Grantland]
• Being down 2-0 in a playoff series is nothing new for the Minnesota Wild. Can they overcome the deficit against the Chicago Blackhawks? [Star Tribune]
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo saw Chris Stewart get tripped up and slide into the boards during the second period of Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks. He saw him return to the game later, having shaken off an apparent arm injury. He expected him to play in Game 3 on Tuesday night in St. Paul.
Alas, Stewart’s injury will keep him out of their showdown with the Blackhawks, who lead the series 2-0.
Jordan Schroeder will draw in for Stewart. He played 8:50 on April 18 against the St. Louis Blues, finishing with two shots and a minus-1.
“He brings his speed, and the fact that he's played these guys this year and actually played pretty effectively,” said Yeo.
Against Chicago this season, Schroeder played in three games and had 12 shots in 9:55 of average ice time.
Stewart has two assists and no goals in the playoffs, skating to a minus-3. With the Wild, after he escaped the smoldering husk of the Buffalo Sabres, Stewart had three goals and eight assists in 20 games. But he hasn’t scored a goal since March 21.
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