- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 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 Daddy3 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 Daddy6 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 Daddy7 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]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 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 Daddy8 hrs 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
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
It was between periods at Amalie Arena in Tampa when the PA announcer asked the crowd if they were ready to play “Bolts of Steel.”
Suddenly, everything on the ice became … digitized. Like an 8-bit video game from the Nintendo Entertainment System days. Familiar music started playing on the loudspeakers.
It was “Blades of Steel.”
For the uninitiated, “Blades of Steel”was the “other” prominent NES hockey game. Made by Konami, it opted for a more realistic take on the game than Nintendo’s “Ice Hockey,” which featured international teams and the still-famous option of creating a lineup based on body type.
“Blades of Steel” featured real NHL cities, if not real NHL uniforms and team names. It had announcer declaring “HIT THE PASS” on every connected offensive play. It had fighting that looked like actual fighting!
As the music played, a menu came on the Jumbotron screen showing team names. Two were selected, and then digitized players filled the ice, skating around before coming together for a faceoff.
Here’s a look from the press box:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Welcome to the first edition of our Conn Smythe Watch. This one is a just a glimpse at the current picture. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Last list's ranking is next to each name. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.
1. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks (6)
Three points in Game 6 in 28:35 of ice time, pushing him to 16 points in 16 games as the playoffs’ top scoring D-man. Just playing on another level right now, and could be the third different Hawk to win playoff MVP since 2010. His 31:49 TOI leads the playoffs, and the narrative of "Duncan Keith carries thin Chicago defense" is well established.
2. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (5)
Lundqvist was great when he needed to be in Game 6 and has a 2.11 GAA with a .928 save percentage. We all know what he can do in Game 7.
3. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning (1)
Johnson still leads the postseason in goals with 12 and points in 20. Coming up big in Game 7 would cement his MVP credentials.
4. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks (2)
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
While we know the groups for the 2018 Winter Olympic men’s hockey tournament, it’s still to be determined whether the NHL will send its players to PyeongChang, Korea.
The NHL and NHLPA will participate, however, inthe 2016 World Cup of Hockey scheduled for Sept. 2016 in Toronto. On Thursday, Vladislav Tretiak, head of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, revealed the groups for the international tournament during an interview with Russia's SovSport.
Each country will play three games with the top two teams in each group advancing to the semifinals. All games will be played at Air Canada Centre from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 with the final being a best-of-three series.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Every time I see Bryan Murray talking into a reporter’s microphone, I’m thankful.
Thankful that he’s battled through 21 chemotherapy treatments for Stage 4 colon cancer and is able to do the thing that’s defined him for nearly five decades. Thankful that his class and his wisdom remain a part of the Ottawa Senators and, in turn, the hockey world.
But I also knew it couldn’t last, and it’s no surprise that Murray, 72, said his time as a National Hockey League general manager will end after the 2015-16 season, as revealed to CBC’s Allie Cotnam on Wednesday night.
"I'm not as energized as I once was, but age has a little to do with that as well as the sickness," he said.
Murray coached 1,239 games in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Ottawa Senators, winning 620. He won the Jack Adams in 1984 and was behind the bench for the Sens’ run to the Cup Final in 2007.
He was also the general manager for the Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators.