- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Bill Foley, the billionaire behind the Las Vegas NHL expansion bid, is “9.5 out of 10” confident that the League will award him a franchise.
He thinks that the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena, opening in April, is enough to earn a team. He thinks 14,000 season-ticket “deposits and commitments” are enough, with the upper bowl of the Vegas arena sold out. He thinks having sold out all but one of his luxury boxes in the arena is enough.
So he’s watching and waiting. “They’re doing their job. They’re doing their process,” he said of the NHL, in an interview with NBC 3 in Las Vegas this week. “I don’t talk to the owners. I’m in a quiet time. It’s like a public offering: I’m trying to be patient.”
That said, Foley isn’t quiet about one aspect of the timeline: He’d like an answer by June if this team is going to debut in the 2017-18 season.
Why June? For one reason, that’s the earliest he can start looking for a hockey operations staff. “We really can’t talk to potential GMs or coaches or scouting staff [in season],” he said.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford was suspended one game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for high-sticking Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden in a Saturday game.
The play occurred at the 15:15 mark of the second period.
“As the whistle blows, Stafford recklessly spins around with his stick extended, driving his stick forcefully into Holden’s face,” said the Department of Player Safety in the above video. “While accept Stafford's assertion that he did not intentionally strike Holden in the face, he is responsible for the consequences of swinging his stick in such a forceful and reckless fashion.”
Holden was cut on the play, but did return. Below is a photo of Holden after he came back.
Stafford was given a four-minute double-minor for high-sticking. He also scored two goals and added an assist for his third three-point game of the season in Winnipeg’s 4-2 win over the Avalanche. Holden also received a hooking penalty on the play.
Stafford had never been suspended or fined in his 638 game NHL career. He has 16 goals, 12 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 49 games played.Tue, Feb 96:00 PM PSTVancouver at ColoradoPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Once it became apparent that the Winnipeg Jets were dead-set on signing defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to an extension, the only question was one of term.
The Jets and Byfuglien answered that question on Monday in announcing his new contract: $38 million, with a $7.6-million cap hit, over five years.
“This was something between ourselves and Dustin’s representative that we could feel comfortable with,” said GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.
What a win for the Jets.
“I’ve been here five years. From where started and where we’re at now, I don’t feel like we’re that far off,” said Byfuglien, via Illegal Curve.
Reports were that Byfuglien was asking for $55 million over eight years, which led to visions of an immobile 37-year-old Dustin Byfuglien with a $6.875 million cap dragging down the Jets like a rusty anchor.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Youth hockey should be all about the fun of playing the game, not what it says on the scoreboard.
For the North Olmsted Squirt 3 team of the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League, it didn’t matter that they were losing 7-0 to Strongsville in a game last month. While they were lined up for a face-off a brief delay saw the rink DJ put on some Silento to pass the time, so the kids decided to tell the crowd to watch them whip and watch them nae nae.
We applaud these little kids for the making the most out of the brief delay before the face-off. It’s certainly a much better way to kill time than checking the tape on your stick, doing a couple of twirls on the ice or standing around in your posititon letting your muscles get cold.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was placed on injured reserve Monday after suffering a right knee injury Saturday in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild.
The Blues said Pietrangelo will be re-evaluated in three weeks. The all-situation blueliner ranks fourth in the NHL, averaging 26:40 of ice-time per-game. He’s had a bit of a down year, with 23 points and three goals in 55 games. He’s also a minus-6 on the year.
Pietrangelo suffered the injury in a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle. A video of the play is above. Coyle did not receive a penalty.
The 26-year-old Pietrangelo has twice been a second-team NHL All-Star. In 2011-12, he finished fourth in Norris Trophy voting. In 2013-14 he finished fifth in Norris voting.
According to War-on-Ice, Pietrangelo has a minus-1.72 CF Rel% 5-on-5, meaning the Blues possess the puck more when he’s not on the ice. His CF% is 50.40 while 5-on-5, meaning the team holds onto the puck more than their opponent when he plays.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
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• Zach Boychuk opining on Super Bowl halftime fashion. [Zach Boychuk]
• Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday. Stafford high sticked Nick Holden of the Colorado Avalanche. [NHL]
• Some of the biggest names in the NHL explain why the Washington Capitals are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. [Washington Post]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
One of John Tortorella’s favorite tropes is the way Sidney Crosby is coddled. For example, theorizing how the NHL would react if the Pittsburgh Penguins’ “whining star” was injured on a controversial hit.
At the very least, Tortorella evokes this when his teams are playing the Penguins. In that sense, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault went beyond the full Torts, in bringing up Crosby in relation to Ryan McDonagh’s concussion, and the lack of any suspension for Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers for concussing him.Mon, Feb 84:00 PM PSTAnaheim at PittsburghPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The New York Rangers will be without captain Ryan McDonagh at least through Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced. The defenseman suffered a concussion after he mixed it up with Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and took a punch to the face.
McDonagh left the game and didn’t return after being assessed a pair of double minors. Simmonds, meanwhile, was ejected and given a game misconduct and match penalty. He’s feeling fine after taking the Rangers’ defenseman’s stick to the head prior to the punch.
Despite the penalty handed Simmonds, Dave Isaac of the Courier Post reported on Sunday that the NHL decided against both rescinding the game misconduct and suspending the Flyers forward. That didn’t sit too well with Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault after Monday’s morning skate.Mon, Feb 84:00 PM PSTNew Jersey at NY RangersPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
by Sasha Yodashkin
A battle of the birds between the soaring Ducks and streaking Penguins should offer plenty of high-flying options, though top-end teams like the Panthers, Rangers and Lightning are rarely short on viable DFS commodities themselves. Whether you emphasize momentum, opponent or some other factor, the players below all rise above the competition as the night's top value plays.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Last year, Playmobil made 16 NHL figures, and they were all very cute.
Now they’ve finally expanded the line to include a 12 more teams, including five in Canada, which sometimes gets the shaft when it comes to toy lines. (Luckily, Playmobil has a deal in the U.S. and Canada, the first time in the company’s history that it has licensed line in both countries.)
Click here to take a look at the figures:
The new teams, with one player and one goalie for each: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets.
From the good folks at Playmobil:Tue, Feb 96:00 PM PSTToronto at CalgaryPreview Game