- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy37 mins ago
After Alex Semin sat in the Carolina Hurricanes’ press box in mid-January as a healthy scratch, his general manager still had faith. “We think we can do it. We’re not giving up on him at all,” said Ron Francis at the time.
Well, the time has come and the Canes have seen enough. On Tuesday, the club announced they were placing Semin on unconditional waivers with the intent of buying out the remaining three years of his contract.
In 2013, Semin signed a five-year, $35 million deal in the middle of a 13-goal, 44-point lockout-shortened campaign in his first year in Carolina. The extension was signed while the Russian forward was on a one-year, $7 million contract. Both deals were handed to him by former GM Jim Rutherford, who’s now with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy46 mins ago
The model of the Detroit Red Wings new arena is starting to take shape. And it looks most impressive, in the above video provided by the Red Wings.
It will be in a 45-block area, called “The District Detroit” and will include residential, retail and commercial elements.
Somewhere Kid Rock is writing a rock ballad about America and Detroit to commemorate this. Oh wait, he’s written like 30 of those already.
The rendering was recently opened in the northwest corridor of Comerica Park – the home of the Detroit Tigers. Gross pizza guru Mike Ilitch owns both the Red Wings and Tigers.
There’s also this element, explained in Sports Business Journal:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
To call Don Sweeney “much maligned” in his early days as Boston Bruins general manager would be an understatement. Everything from his ability to maximize value in trades to the direction of the franchise has been questioned based on 72 hours of controversial transactions.
So after trading forward Milan Lucic and defenseman Dougie Hamilton, are the Bruins in a rebuild?
“No, I don’t think it’s a rebuild,” he said on Tuesday. “We have a tremendous core group of guys that will carry and even more tremendous load while we wait for these young players to find their footing.”
OK, so maybe it’s a “build” instead. Sweeney boasts that the Bruins are bringing back five of their six defenseman from last season, although that back-end saw the Bruins’ team GAA go from a 2.08 to a 2.45 year to year. (Injuries were a factor.) In that group is Adam McQuaid, whose contract received an 'F' on a Bruins draft weekend report card.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Patrick Kane told us it was coming. During the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup parade earlier this month, the forward ended his speech at Soldier Field by saying, “I know you said I've been growing up, but watch out for me the next week.”
There haven’t been any crazy drunken sightings of “Showtime” since then, but Kane and the Cup have made their way around Chicago since. On Saturday night, in what is now tradition, they appeared on stage at a Jimmy Buffet concert, with Kane working the tambourine.
After the concert, still donning his Parrothead hat, Kane stopped at Riley’s Gathering Place to do a little karaoke, Tom Petty-style:
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, once Kane finished “Free Falling,” one of the Cup keepers brought the trophy into the bar for fans to enjoy.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Chris Pronger was asked about it several ways, but he wasn’t going to acknowledge it.
How surreal it was to still have an active NHL contract and be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. How surreal it was to actually have been involved in an NHL trade less than 48 hours before his selection. How surreal it was to have the gatekeepers to immortality change their bylaws to grant him access, because his circumstances – a stick to the head in 2011 and post-concussion syndrome ended his career, but not his contract – were extraordinary.
"I think nothing I've done has been the easy way. I guess this would follow suit,” was the best he could muster.
All of it must be humbling for Pronger. And awkward. And frustrating. Were it not for a Collective Bargaining Agreement that has more loophole’s than grandma’s knitting, the games being played with his contract would cease. Were it not for the injury, he would still be patrolling a blueline somewhere, elbows out, stick ready to turn opponents into a kabob.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Did Pierre McGuire out the reason why the Kings terminated the contract of Mike Richards for a “material breach” of his deal?
While the NHL on NBC Sports analyst didn’t get into the hard details on TSN 690’s Melnick in the Afternoon show in Montreal, McGuire indicated the incident that led to the Kingss decision happened at a border crossing. Here is the link and we’ve displayed the transcript below. The segment starts at around the 9:17 mark.
Melnick: “Somebody in the know is telling me something happened with Mike Richards at a border crossing.”
Pierre: “Correct … I’m not going to talk about it until it’s made public. I have a pretty good idea of what’s happened.”
Melnick: “So the information I have, you can confirm that?”
Pierre: “Your information is probably pretty accurate.”
Earlier, ESPN.com said it was because of an ‘off-the-ice incident’ the team was made aware of Friday.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The NHL Free Agent Frenzy gets going on July 1, and that means a whole bunch of teams looking to spend a whole bunch of money on players that probably aren't worth it.
Yahoo Sports' Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski offers his take on five (or so) free agents that are going to make millions with contracts they aren't going to live up to based on expectations. These are the land mines of the 2015 Frenzy -- step around them at your peril!
Join Puck Daddy on July 1 for a full day of coverage, including a live chat, instant reaction podcasts and a video wrap-up of the day's signings, both good and bad.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Sergei Fedorov and Peter Karmanos, Jr., are two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. Karmanos, the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, said of Fedorov that it was “pretty obvious that he was going to be a Hall of Famer.”
Which helps explain why he was willing to hand him $38 million back in 1998.
The Carolina Hurricanes were a money-losing team as the franchise moved from Hartford to Raleigh.Estimates were that the team was $25 million in the hole that year.
So what did owner Karmanos do? He put a six-year, $38-million offer sheet on Fedorov, a superstar with the Detroit Red Wings who had been unsigned during a bitter restricted free-agent negotiation with the team.
Oh, and it was a doozy of a contract, according to this 1998 piece by Michael Russo:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
New Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly is done with the questions that plagued his tenure with the Colorado Avalanche – the queries about his contract negotiations, his relationships with teammates are finally over.
He’s now a Sabre, and while he acknowledged he enjoyed his time in Colorado, he understood the stigma that he was a guy who had trouble closing a deal to play with the team.
“I think our negotiations have always been kind of difficult and I really think there’s nothing I would have done differently,” he said. “My agent has done phenomenal things for me in my career and this is the next step for me here.”
This is important for the Sabres, since July 1, the team can sign the newly-acquired center to a contract. O’Reilly, 24, is entering the final season of a two-year $12 million contract that was settled right before an arbitration hearing in 2014. Next summer he will be an unrestricted free agent. He had 55 points in 82 games last season and 64 points in 80 contests the year before.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee announced its Class of 2015 on Monday: Detroit Red Wings legends Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov; former Buffalo Sabres great Phil Housley; current Arizona Coyote Chris Pronger; former Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Bill Hay and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr. in the Builder category; and U.S. Olympic great Angela Ruggiero in the women’s player category.
Hall of Fame forwards and defensemen will have played a minimum of 800 NHL regular season games or recorded a minimum of 300 goals, 400 assists or 700 points.
It’s an incredible class of NHL stars.
The word “legend” gets tossed around a little too much in sports, but it’s hardly ever more applicable than in discussing defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
He won seven Norris Trophies in his 20-season career. He won four Stanley Cups. He won the Conn Smythe. He won Olympic gold in 2006. He has 1,142 points in 1,564 games, including 878 assists, fifth highest for a defenseman in NHL history. His postseason performances were epic, including a plus-61 all-time in the playoffs, an NHL record.