- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)
8. Outdoor games
Wow, finally an outdoor game with Chicago. Finally an outdoor game with Philadelphia. Finally an outdoor game with Pittsburgh. It's been more than a year since we saw all of these teams play outdoors and so it's really nice to see them rewarded again.
7. The Wild
Boy oh boy. Where to begin with these guys?
What's most amazing here is that no one seems to have seen this coming. They're a decent team with some good players on the roster. But if they don't get Devan-Dubnyk-last-year goaltending (.936 after the trade) they don't make the playoffs then, either. This year, Dubnyk has merely been a little above average, at .918, and so suddenly giving up an extra half-goal a game becomes a major issue when it comes to winning and losing.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
I t's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, in which we discussed:
- Wysh and guest host Dave Lozo of Uproxx and Vice Sports are talking hockey!
- The Martin Brodeur number retirement ceremony, in all its glory.
- Oh, hey, the New Jersey Devils fans have a new vulgar chant about Sidney Crosby.
- Breaking down the Dion Phaneuf trade even more.
- The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Episode 2!
- Your listener mail, answered!
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Matt Bartkowski’s mother’s became a bit of a sensation in Vancouver when she was interviewed during the Vancouver Canucks’ 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
It’s the team’s mothers trip, and the players have their mothers with them. On Wednesday they play at the Arizona Coyotes.
With a high-pitched, exuberant voice Beth Bartkowski finished the interview screaming, “This is the high life! He lives the dream? I’m living the dream!”
If you wanted more Beth Bartkowski after that interview, the Sekeres and Price show on TSN 1040 in Vancouver gave you a glorious gift.
The two interviewed Beth Bartkowski for around 20 minutes on Wednesday.
“My son is going to have my head on a platter,” she said near the end.
“We won’t tell him, this is just between us,” joked Price.
From not knowing Jim Benning, the general manager of the Canucks, to saying everyone on the Canucks was nice except “that little 19-year-old,” to saying Canadians eat geese for Thanksgiving, the interview was pure gold.
Below is the audio. And beneath the audio, we’ve listed the timing of our favorite moments – though really you’ll want to listen to the entire interview because it’s quite comical.Wed, Feb 106:30 PM PSTVancouver at ArizonaPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
George Speirs, COO and acting-GM of the Connecticut Whale, is out of both roles and no longer in business with the league, as Kate Cimini of Today's Slapshot reported earlier.
A source close to the situation tells Puck Daddy the move to sever the relationship with Speirs was one that became painfully apparent after Speirs took over as general manager for the Whale in December.
"[Speirs was] one of the single biggest causes of problems for league," said the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Speirs started out as a volunteer photographer and "donor" to the NWHL. From a profile by Cimini in May 2015:
"George Speirs is a businessman. A former marine, he now owns a photography studio, as well as invests and manages properties.
... he decided to become one of the NWHL’s investors, or, in his eyes, donors. As Speirs puts it: 'An investor is someone who is looking to make money. I’m not looking for anything back.'"
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
by Neil Parker
It is a light night on the ice Wednesday, and the marquee matchup between Pittsburgh and New York is sure to garner the majority of real-world attention. Vancouver visits the Coyotes on the wrong end of back-to-back road games, and Arizona has been sitting on its fourth consecutive loss since Friday. The third game features the run-and-gun Senators against the disciplined and system-orientated Red Wings.LiveOttawa0 - 1DetroitFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Vancouver Canucks were bit badly by the injury bug in their 3-1 Tuesday night win over the Colorado Avalanche.
On Wednesday the team announced defenseman Alex Edler and forward Brandon Sutter both left the team’s road trip because of injuries sustained in the game. Edler suffered a fractured fibula and Sutter suffered a fractured jaw. The Canucks did not give a timeline for both players.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted out that with Edler the “initial sense” was he could miss 2-3 weeks. Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said they were going to do “more scans” on Edler to check the severity of the injury.
Sutter had returned for four games after missing 33 after hernia surgery. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis returned on Feb. 6 after missing almost a month with a broken jaw. General manager Jim Benning noted that the team was finally healthy.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Todd Ewen’s brain did not show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a Canadian Concussion Centre report released on Wednesday.
"These results indicate that in some athletes, multiple concussions do not lead to the development of CTE," said Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, a neuropathologist who conducted the autopsy. "Our findings continue to show that concussions can affect the brain in different ways. This underlines the need to not only continue this research, but also be cautious about drawing any definitive conclusions about CTE until we have more data."
The 49-year-old Ewen took his own life in September, becoming the seventh ex-NHL tough guy to die since in the last five years. He suffered multiple concussions during his career and later battled depression.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
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• Mike Yeo's relationship with the rabbit community is irrevocably broken. Zenon Konopka helped his furry friend without opposable thumbs write this protest. Yeo's response? "I really don’t care what he says ... I will say that I was very disappointed to see Hoppy holding that sign.” [@ZenonKonopka]Wed, Feb 105:00 PM PSTNY Rangers at PittsburghPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and his $1.5 million salary cap hit on waivers.
The Kings signed the 33-year-old Ehrhoff in the summer to add NHL level depth on their blueline. At times he’s been a healthy scratch this season and recently found himself buried on the team’s depth chart with the acquisition of Luke Schenn in January.
The left-handed Ehrhoff has two goals and nine assists in 40 games played. He’s averaged 15:10 of ice-time per-game, the lowest in his NHL career. Ehrhoff hadn’t averaged under 17 minutes of ice-time since his rookie year.
Before the season, the 6-foot-2, 201-pound Ehroff believed he still had something to give at the NHL level. Last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins he was derailed by a concussion and limited to 49 games played.Thu, Feb 114:00 PM PSTLos Angeles at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Jaden Schwartz will return to the St. Louis Blues lineup on Friday to play his first game since fracturing an ankle during an October practice.
Schwartz’s 49-game absence has been part a season for the Blues where injuries have been far too common. As of Monday, St. Louis was fourth in the NHL in man-games lost with 201, according to ManGamesLost.com. Patrik Berglund, Steve Ott, Paul Stastny, Jake Allen and Kevin Shattenkirk have all contributed to those 201 games.
While Schwartz is coming back, that number will continue to rise now that Alex Pietrangelo will miss three weeks with a knee injury.
Despite the injury woes, St. Louis has been able to play themselves into the third spot in the Central Division, seven points behind the Chicago Blackhawks with a game in-hand. Schwartz’s presence in the lineup could also help a Blues team that has the seventh-worst goals per game (2.38) average in the NHL get their offense going.