- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Ah, the dulcet tones of Liev Schreiber. Like a warm blanket, bringing us back to those halcyon days when the NHL’s ‘24/7 Road to the blah blah blah’ franchise wasn’t so self-aware and actually had willing participants.
This is the latest Stanley Cup Playoffs commercial from the NHL, celebrating the many names that have hoisted the Cup and contributed to their teams’ Cup victories. All of it leads to the perfect symbol of what’s at stake in this marathon test of mental and physical endurance: Getting your name etched on the Holy Grail!
It’s the greatest honor for hockey’s true legends as well as Basil Pocklington.
As expected, this ad is garnering praise for its stirring visuals and heartfelt narration, and the NHL does few things better than this kind of commercial.
We’ve also seen references to this being a “goosebumps-inducing” ad, and maybe it is for you, but for us it’s hard to have goosebumps when “Cup Raise” was like having liquid goosebumps mainlined into your cerebral cortex.
Chills. Tears. Chilly tears.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
When we last saw Alexei Kovalev, he was playing for a second-tier Swiss team called EHC Visp and had 70 points in 59 games in leading them to the National League B championship.
And then he retired at age 41, after 24 years of personifying the “enigmatic Russian” stereotype while scoring 430 goals in 1,316 NHL games. “I’d have loved to play until I’m 50 but the injuries from the last few seasons don’t let me continue my career,” he said.
Well, he’s feeling better. He plays 3-on-3 hockey once a week, and trains and plays tennis three times a week.
“I'm not the guy who likes to sit around and drink beer. It is fattening!” he told Journal de Montreal.
Another thing he told the paper: He’d play again in the NHL at age 42 if someone offered him a contract. Because why not!
From the Journal (via Google Translate):
Do you think you could have been playing a few more seasons in the National League?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Four years ago Wednesday, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman skated off the ice at TD Garden following a 1-0 Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final. They left the ice — Stamkos with an adjusted face— as the Bruins celebrated and avoided touching the Prince of Wales Trophy.
You always hear veteran athletes say that when they win a championship or are part of a team that goes deep in the postseason early in their career they think they can get back there every year. The following season begins and they quickly realize just how tough it is to win a championship.
Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the Tampa Bay Lightning will try again to close out the New York Rangers and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Stamkos and Hedman are the only two players remaining from Guy Boucher’s 2011 squad. Following that Game 7 loss to the Bruins, Tampa didn’t win a single playoff game until Game 2 in Round 1 of this postseason.Fri, May 298:00 PM EDTTampa Bay at NY RangersPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Vladimir Sobotka had until this coming weekend to decide whether he would remain in the KHL or return to the St. Louis Blues. On Friday, his Russian side, Avangard Omsk, announced that the forward would be staying with the team for the 2015-16 season.
“Yesterday we had a conversation with Vladimir Sobotka, and we agreed that he is a player of our club for another season,” said Omsk presidentVladimir Shalaev, via Google translation. “Vladimir said that he likes to play in our team. He is pleased to provide him playing time and a sense of trust of the coaching staff. He understands that he has become one of the leaders of the team and can realize themselves to the maximum.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Peter DeBoer was introduced as the new coach of the San Jose Sharks on Thursday at a news conference.
The two main storylines were pretty simple going into this pre-arranged talking points media fest.
1. What did he think of this whole ‘no captain’ thing the Sharks did under mutually discharged Todd McLellan?
2. Did he agree with the refresh, rebuild, re-something that general manager Doug Wilson claims he started in San Jose.
DeBoer talked around the captaincy question quite a bit.
“The first thing I see when I look at the roster is a lot of leadership. That leadership goes way beyond whoever ends up with a ‘C’ on their jersey. It’s a deep leadership group. I’m looking forward to getting to know the group and the players. I think what I have going for me here is I’m fresh to this group. I don’t have a history with them. I wasn’t around for the successes or the failures, I’m looking forward to going in with a clean slate and getting to know this group and we’ll make those decisions as we go forward.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
The last time Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray worked with new coach Dan Bylsma was around 11 years ago, when both were with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
“I was the director of player personnel. Danny was near the end of his career as a player. So I complained about him. A lot. That’s about all I remember,” said Murray, drawing a laugh from Bylsma.
They’ve both come a long way since then, although Murray is quick to note only one of them has hoisted the Stanley Cup. And that’s why Bylsma is an essential choice to coach a Buffalo Sabres team that's trying to claw its way up from a self-imposed descent to the bottom of the standings.
“He’s been through it. He’s a winner. He knows what it takes to get there, and how to perform when he gets there,” said Murray.
Getting there has never been the issue for Bylsma. He made the playoffs all six years he coached the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 – his first season as an NHL head coach – and advancing to the second round four times; including in 2013-14, after which he was fired along with general manager Ray Shero because they failed to put a second ring on Sidney Crosby’s hand.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
It took a little while, but now it's official: Dan Bylsma will be the next head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.
On Thursday morning, the AP reported that Bylsma and the Sabres had an agreement in principle, with only draft pick compensation for the Pittsburgh Penguins left to be determined.
The Penguins didn’t seek a draft pick when they let Ray Shero take the GM gig in New Jersey, but they wanted one if Bylsma was to leave. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Sabres will give up one of their 2016 third-round picks to Pittsburgh. He also added Bylsma's deal is for five years.
Buffalo doesn't own a 2015 third-round pick, so GMs Tim Murray and Jim Rutherford needed to work out which of the Sabres' four third rounders in 2016 was to change hands. Here are the details from Bob McKenzie:
PIT gets 2016 3rd rd pick from BUF as compensation. Pick was originally NYI but has condition attached to it, so PIT likely getting VAN pick
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
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• We had the same look on our faces when we saw Ryan Callahan finally score the other night.
• Game 7s haven’t been kind to the Anaheim Ducks. [OC Register]
• Duncan Keith has played his way into the Conn Smythe Trophy conversation. [Yahoo]
• Friday’s Game 7 could be a career-altering one for Ben Bishop. [Bleacher Report]
• If they Rangers want to move on to the Stanley Cup Final, they’ll need to find their offense at home. [NY Daily News]Sat, May 308:00 PM EDTChicago at AnaheimPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Ryan Getzlaf was lost in the Duncan Keith hoopla of Chicago’s Game 6 5-2 win over the Ducks.
He didn’t make excuses. He came out and said it … that he was a disaster that game
"It started with me," Getzlaf said. "I was terrible tonight and that's on me. I've got to be better and calm our group down as we go."
Getzlaf’s line was a minus-9 total. His puck possession numbers were solid that game via Naturalstattrick – a CF% of 56.67 5-on-5, but his line just seemed to be shut down – matched up against the two-headed monster of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on Chicago’s first group. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville reunited the two stars at the end of Game 5, and exploited the match up in Game 6, getting them away from Ryan Kesler.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will take place on Wednesday, June 3, with a potential Game 7 taking place on Wednesday, June 17.
In other words: The NHL will have played two conference final Games 7 and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final before the NBA plays the first game of its championship series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
The NHL schedule, with all games starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT:
Game 1 Wednesday, June 3
Game 2 Saturday, June 6
Game 3 Monday, June 8
Game 4 Wednesday, June 10
Game 5 * Saturday, June 13
Game 6 * Monday, June 15
Game 7 * Wednesday, June 17
* If necessary
In a miraculous coincidence, that’s every off-day for the NBA Finals!
Yes, the Final would end on June 17, when sports fans across America can think of nothing else than games played on ice. This has been your "start the season September" lament of the day.Wed, May 27Houston90 - 104Golden StateGame Recap