- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
(The 2015-16 NHL season is nearly upon us! Why bother watching this team? What will make or break the season? Find out as we preview all 30 teams as camps begin!)
30-44-8, 68 points. Seventh in the Atlantic Division.
They lost perennial 30-plus goal man Phil Kessel via trade. But they got the world’s greatest coach in Mike Babcock, so that should make up for the Kessel deal to the Pittsburgh Penguins, right? Who knows ...
With the exception of Nick Spaling, the Leafs got mostly prospects for Kessel in forward Kasperi Kapanen a 2014 first-round pick and defenseman Scott Harrington, a 2011 second-rounder along with future draft picks.
Both should be nice pieces for the future, though it’s unclear how they’ll look next season.
We seriously won’t have a clue how this team will play until it gets on the ice, because there’s a lot of mystery surrounding it. Can Babs re-ignite Nazem Kadri from a 39-point season?
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Last week thefirst major injury news of the season landed in St. Louis and the outlook was not good.
Patrik Berglund out four months following a shoulder surgery in late August, meaning that he should be back around Christmas or so if all goes as planned. But that's a long time to go without any player, and Berglund is ostensibly one that St. Louis relies upon somewhat heavily.
He carries a cap hit of $3.7 million (giving him a cap hit that's currently fifth among Blues forwards), and has been a pretty good scorer for the team for some time. Over the last three seasons, his goals and points per 60 at 5-on-5 rank fifth and eighth on the team among forwards, respectively. The goals number actually puts him ahead of captain David Backes and the now-departed T.J. Oshie.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
BY CHRIS LOMON
What did two hockey wives, namely, Kary Carkner and Pam Helmer, do, when they had a story to tell? They wrote a children’s book. That’s what.
They’ve been through it all, highs and lows, both as hockey spouses and as sisters.
A few years ago, Kary, wife of former NHLer and current AHL defenceman, Matt Carkner, and Pam, wife of former NHLer and current AHL assistant coach, Bryan Helmer, came up with an idea to put their own stamp on the game.
In 2014, they self-published Hero's Ho Ho Ho Hockey Dream , a kid’s book that has seen the siblings visit several northeast U.S. grade schools, take part in autograph signings, and do TV and radio interviews.
“I'm most proud of my sister, partner and best friend,” said Kary. “She really is the one who started the whole thing. She scripted a rough draft of the story and then after an endless number of phone conversations, we made her idea become a reality.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
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• Jack Campbell, goaltending prospect for the Dallas Stars, created a new mask with artwork honoring the late Chris Kyle. Kyle was portrayed by Bradley Cooper in the movie "American Sniper". [Dave Art]
• Chris Drury has been named 'Director of Player Development' for the New York Rangers. [Blueshirts United]
• This will be fun: Claude Lemieux and Darren McCarty have committed to play in the Detroit Red Wings - Colorado Avalanche alumni game. [M Live]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Next Thursday will mark 18 months since Rich Peverley collapsed on the Dallas Stars bench during a game and was treated for “a cardiac event.” March 10, 2014 will also mark what was his final game in the NHL.
On Friday, the 33-year old Peverley told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News that he was retiring and will take up a player development role in the Stars organization.
“I’ve kind of been in a small development role in Cedar Park, and I really enjoyed that,” Peverley said. “I also was able to be almost an assistant coach as the eye in the sky, and that was something I was very proud of and I took very seriously. And that helped me get through those months and days when I really wanted to play.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Mark Dekanich just wants what he’s owed.
Dekanich, a 2006 fifth-round draft pick by the Nashville Predators, played the last two seasons with Medvescak Zagreb in the KHL. He claims the team owes him two months of salary from the 2014-15 season.
“My wife and I are planning on trying to have children very soon and we had planned our financial future based on the guaranteed nature of my contracts,” Dekanich said via email to Puck Daddy. “The team is basically stealing from all of our families for work that we have already provided, all the while signing new players, holding training camp, and playing in the 2015/16 KHL season.”
In late July, the Colgate graduate took to Twitter to voice his frustration.
After patiently waiting 5 months(!) for 1/3 my salary, I've had enough. Taking action via social media is the last resort. Pay me & I'll go.
And he’s still waiting for his former club to pay him.
Dekanich made sure to point out this is not a KHL problem -- this is strictly an issue with his former team.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The ongoing Patrick Kane rape investigation may reach a new phase next week, as a woman who was with his alleged victim on the night in question has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, according to WGRZ’s Scott Levin.
A source who spoke with us about the investigation says Kane and the alleged victim were at Skybar in Buffalo on August 1 and went back to Kane's home in Hamburg. The source added the alleged incident occurred inside Kane's home and the alleged victim called police.
Former Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark says he does not expect any decisions to be made by the grand jury before the end of this month. In fact, he says this process could take weeks or even months to play out.
"Right now, it looks as though the decider as to whether or not Patrick Kane is guilty of any criminal conduct or not will be an Erie County grand jury," says Clark.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for 2-3 months after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot near his left collarbone and needed treatment for a type of vascular thoracic outlet syndrome.
According to Vascular Web, thoracic outlet syndrome is caused due to “pressure against the nerves or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet area,” which is by the collarbone.
Vasilevskiy was thrust into the spotlight during June’s Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks when he replaced Ben Bishop during Game 2 and started Game 4. The 21-year old Russian played 16 regular season games last year with the Lightning, splitting his time with their AHL affiliate in Syracuse.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
If you thought the New York Islanders would have some sort of hipster-like jersey for their first year in Brooklyn, you were correct.
Behold the above potential leaked shot of the Islanders third jersey. It’s black and white.
According to SportsLogos.net the team will unveil this alternate uniform on Sept. 21.
So here’s the big question. What do you think of these jerseys? There’s something about a black and white Islanders jersey that feels inherently wrong. But the Brooklyn Nets have done well with the transition to this type of color scheme, so why wouldn’t the Isles follow suit?
The jersey is quite simplistic, which is a far cry from former Islanders uniforms – see the famous fishsticks jerseys of the famed Mike Milbury era.
So Pass or Fail, the Islanders supposed leaked new alternate jersey …
Sidenote: jersey does not come in slim fit, but looks good with skinny jeans.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Slava Voynov’s North American hockey career appears to be in jeopardy.
The Los Angeles Kings defenseman was taken into custody Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Russian born Voynov had been serving jail time in Seal Beach Police Detention Center since July 7. He pled no contest to misdemeanor “corporal injury to a spouse” on July 2.
After Voynov's release in Seal Beach, ICE took him into custody and is holding the Russian citizen at an unspecified detention facility pending a hearing by an immigration judge, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.
Because of the violent nature of Voynov's legal entanglement — which brought him to the attention of ICE in the first place — the agency didn't set a bond.
Initially, Voynov was charged with felony of “corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury for his part in a late October altercation with his wife.