- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
P.K. Subban has yet to lead the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup. But he's led Seth Rogen to the Stanley Cup, through the siren’s song of Canadian beer.
Rogen’s “Hilarity For Charity,” which seeks to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, was in Montreal as a part of the Just For Laughs festival, holding a late-night gala. On Saturday night, Rogen hit the stage with the apparent intent of creating the most Canadian moment in the history of Canada or moments.
Not only did Rogen have Youppi, the beloved Montreal Expos mascot, come on stage with a wheelbarrow of Timbits, but he had the Stanley Cup on stage (right-side-up, Def Leppard).
(Why was the Cup there when no Los Angeles Kings were present? Apparently everyone in Hollywood is eligible to have it for a day, per bandwagon rules.)
He vowed to fulfill a bucket list moment by drinking beer out of it.
Enter P.K. Subban with two pitchers of brew.
Enter beer, into Seth Rogen’s stomach.
Here’s a fan-shot video of the moment:
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Proving once again that nothing gets a deal done like an impending arbitration hearing, the New York Rangers and RFA Derick Brassard have agreed to terms on a new deal.
It's a five-year contract that will pay Brassard $25 million total, for a cap hit of $5 million. The year-to-year breakdown isn't quite that simple, however. The 26-year-old will earn the bulk of the money up front, with $7 million coming to him next season, $6 million in 2015-16, $5 million the following year, and then $3.5 million in the final two years of the deal to bring that all important average annual salary down.
The deal is a huge win for Brassard's camp. Heck, it's even a little more than they were asking yesterday, according to Elliotte Friedman:
Brassard requests $4.95M. NYR counter is $3.825M
The two sides were only $1.1 million apart then, and with arbitration looming, it was the Rangers who caved, apparently kicking in an extra $50,000 for Brassard's troubles.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
For the most part, the hiring of Kyle Dubas by the Toronto Maple Leafs was greeted with pom-poms and champagne corks, and it’s easy to understand why.
The advanced stats advocates lauded it as a major advancement, as one of their own became a Leafs' lottery-pick-finish away from ascending to Dave Nonis’ seat. The media welcomed a new voice to the NHL conversation. Maple Leafs fans embraced it, as they do any move with the fait whiff of ingenuity and positivity.
There were a few voices of dissent, the loudest being Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, who offered a critical evaluation of Dubas’s time as GM of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Alas, it was buried under a dozen paragraphs of slightly bitter, ageist denouncement of Dubas as the flavor of the moment, a slick interview, a “whiz kid” who was eight years old when Joyce began banging out hockey tales at the Globe & Mail.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Hamilton man Terrance Siebert died last Monday, July 21, 2014, surrounded by his family, at 58 years of age. According to his death notice, he went peacefully.
But even so, the lifelong Leafs did manage to sneak in one last shot at his beloved but infuriating hockey team, who hadn't won a damn thing since he was an 11-year-old boy.
Note the final line of Siebert's death notice, published in Thursday's Hamilton Spectator:
It was Terry's last wish that his pallbearers be the Toronto Maple Leafs so they could let him down one last time.
Ba-zing. One wonders if his epitath will just read: "It was 4-1".
Admittedly, it's an old joke. You can substitute in just about any team, especially those that have a long history of losing. Heck, Zoe McKnight of the Toronto Star dug up three more occasions of the same joke being used in the last year alone. From the Toronto Star:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Dominic Moore’s annual ping-pong tournament has grown in each of the past three years. In 2012, the inaugural event held at Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto raised $20,000 for concussion research. Last summer, over $100,000 was raised and an additional charity was added — the Katie Moore Foundation, in honor of the New York Rangers forward’s late wife.
Smashfest 2014 was held on Thursday night and over 20 current and former NHLers participated with Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux defending his title.
Yahoo Sports’ Steve McAllister was there and spoke to Moore about Smasfhest’s origins; had Logan Couture and Doug Gilmour give a message to hockey parents about dealing with concussions; and got some insight into Veilleux’s mastery of the ping-pong table.
The 2014 tournament managed to raise over $140,000 toward concussions and traumatic brain injuries and the Moore Foundation, which benefits rare cancer research and advocacy.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
When it became obvious that the New York Rangers were going to buy him out, Brad Richards pitched a potential new NHL home to his agent Pat Morris: The Chicago Blackhawks. Morris reminded him that the Hawks had little money against the cap with which to spend on a center, despite their need for one.
Then GM Stan Bowman came calling for Richards, and the veteran decided he’d make this work at the Blackhawks’ price.
Of course, making $51 million off his Rangers deal helps soften the blow of making just $2 million next season.
Richards spoke with Bob Verdi of the Blackhawks’ website about that recently:
You received a substantial amount of money so the Rangers could clear salary cap space, not an uncommon occurrence in the NHL now. Did that figure into your decision to sign with Chicago for one year at $2 million?
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy2 days ago
It never got as bad as it could have, but it's tough to be convinced it's not still bad.
Arbitration is a cutthroat and nasty process that often leaves both sides feeling hard done by, so it was no surprise that Ryan O'Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche settled on a contract that will carry a cap hit of $6 million for the next two seasons.
We're told now that everyone looks good in this situation. The Avs came up from their initial arbitration offer, O'Reilly came down from his. The definition of compromise is when both sides are unhappy, you see. But that's a fairly fatuous view of things, if we're being honest. The Avs lowballed — to a ludicrous extent at just $5.525 million — because they wanted to keep his cost down and it's in their best interest to do so. O'Reilly went beyond what he's worth by a hair or three, asking for a $6.75 million AAV, and it's in his best interest to do so. In arbitration, as with just about any negotiation, you don't ask for what you think you're going to get, you just try to maximize the wiggle room so you get closer to what you really want. Simple stuff, really.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 days ago
It’s clear, at this point, that hockey loves Christmas.
Maybe a little too much.
Now the NHL has decided to bring hockey’s painful brand of yuletide cheer into your homes, office parties and the lives of your ironic hipster friends.
Created by Forever Collectables, the NFL was the first out of the gate with ugly Christmas sweaters, because Mike Ditka must be clothed at all times. The NHL sweaters were unleashed upon an unsuspecting public later.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 days ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Drew Doughty with his buddies Reggie and Stanley just hanging out by the pool before the day's festivities begin. [Twitter]
• Earlier this week, Thomas Vanek admitted he was a witness in an investigation of an alleged Rochester-based gambling ring. This isn't the first time gambling and hockey have crossed paths. [USA Today]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 days ago
Keaton Ellerby re-signed with the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. It's a one-year, $700,000 deal coming almost a month after the team didn't send him a qualifying offer, making the 25-year old defenseman an unrestricted free agent.
Confirming his return to Winnipeg gave Ellerby something to smile about, if only for a moment.
In late June, Ellerby's uncle, his wife and their five-year old grandson went missing from their Calgary home. On Thursday, he spoke about what his family has been going through.
The three bodies have yet to be found.
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