- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine in the summer. So your friends at Puck Daddy are offering a month of thrown shade and perpetual gloom. Behold, our Summer of Disappointment series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to recall the biggest bummer moments, teams and players in franchise history! Please wade into their misery like a freezing resort pool, and add your own choices in the comments!)
Written by Ian Hermelin of The Breakdown
Most Disappointing Team: 1969-1970 Montreal Canadiens
The NHL doubled in size leading up to the 1967-1968 season.
The Canadiens, fresh after falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the previous seasons' Stanley Cup Final, looked to re-assert their dominance on the new league. They did just that, capturing their 15th and 16th Stanley Cups in 1968 and 1969. Riding high on that success and with a roster proliferated by future hall of famers, the Habs looked to continue their command as the league's preeminent franchise.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
6. A midseason tournament
Hockey fans are always going to want more hockey and it's pretty easy to agree with them: More hockey is good.
But the problem is that, in many cases, guys are already pushed to the physical limit by the sport as it currently stands. There's a two- or three-week training camp of scrimmages and exhibitions, then an 82-game regular season that's hardly broken up by a brief All-Star break, then a postseason that can run as many as 28 more games if your team is truly unfortunate. That doesn't include seasons in which the Olympics are played, either. Nor does it include the World Cup of Hockey that might make a comeback in the next few years.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Tim Murray isn’t going to like this.
The Buffalo Sabres general manager already registered his dissatisfaction with the NHL’s changes to its draft lottery, which were approved by the Board of Governors earlier this year.
The issue? The immediacy: They were due to go into effect for 2015, when super-rookies Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are available and when the Buffalo Sabres are expected to be abjectly terrible.
“You know who you’re affecting, that’s not fair,” said Murray.
The changes have now been approved by the NHLPA, and the NHL announced how the system will work for the most highly-hyped lottery since Sidney Crosby was the prize.
From the NHL on the 2015 Draft, with translation from our crack staff of decoders:
The odds of winning the first overall selection in the NHL Draft for the 14 non-Playoff teams will be adjusted to more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance in the League.
“Currently, teams aren’t tanking for the No. 1 and No. 2 picks. But they’re totally going to start next season.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
When we’ve highlighted goalie gaffes in the past, a lot have come from the KHL, specifcally Erik Ersberg and KarriRamo. Today’s blunder comes to us via Södertälje goaltender Sebastian Idoff of Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan.
During a pre-season game against Vasteras on Tuesday, Södertälje lost possession of the puck way down in the opponents’ end with the score tied at three. That’s when Vasteras defenseman Nick Angell took control of it and tried sending a pass up ice. It didn't connect and the puck continued toward Idoff.
That's when disaster struck. (Warning: auto-play video)
Brutal. Just brutal. The goal Vasteras a 4-3 lead en route to a 5-4 victory after a shootout.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy9 hrs 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.
• Another day, another honor for Nick Lidstrom.
• The concussion-related lawsuits brought by former NHL players have been consolidated and will be heard in a Minnesota district court. [NY Times]
• Alex Kovalev on P.K. Subban: "I'm not saying that he isn't a good hockey player - he's not the guy. He’s a risky defenceman and he's a wide open defenceman. What I'm saying is that he can give up five goals and score five goals, and the score's still going to be zero-zero.” [TSN]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
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Special Guest Star: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet on the Leafs.
• Sonny Milano and Kevin Hayes make their calls.
• The Islanders' sale.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
To recap the last day in Steve Moore v. Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks …
It was reported on Tuesday that the sides were close to a settlement before their Sept. 8 civil trial. Then, huzzah, the two sides agreed to a deal, according to Bertuzzi’s attorney. Wait … actually, Bertuzzi’s attorney said that he received a “disconcerting email” 10 minutes after the news went public that made him wonder if the deal was on. No, check it, everything’s cool, and the deal is done. Except it totally isn’t, according to Steve Moore’s brother.
Mark Moore told Rick Westhead of TSN that he received a text message from his brother on Tuesday night saying there’s no deal with Bertuzzi or the Canucks. "Because of the injury he has trouble making decisions and so he doesn't know how to handle the media,” Mark Moore told TSN.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Fabian Brunnstrom, Blake Wheeler, Matt Gilroy, Jonas Gustavsson, Justin Schultz, Danny DeKeyser…
Every year in the NHL there is always a highly-regarded unsigned college player or European star being hyped up. This summer it’s been Kevin Hayes, a 2010 draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, who failed to sign with the team by last weekend’s deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Last season with Boston College, Hayes scored 27 goals and was second in the country with 65 points helping the Eagles reach the Frozen Four.
Here’s Lambert last week on Hayes:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Putting pop culture references on goalie masks is a time-honored tradition. They’re basically the car bumpers of pro sports, only with fewer references to Honor Students beating each other up.
We’ve seen movie characters and musicians and wrestlers painted onto goalie masks, and not just Jason LaBarbera's. It's usually because the netminder is a fan or draws inspiration from them.
But sometimes, one comes along that leaves you delightfully baffled as to its origins. Like one someone who mashes up McDonald’s and MAD Magazine.
Andrew Hammond is a goalie in the Ottawa Senators system. He played 48 games in Binghamton last season and had a 35-minute cup of coffee with the Sens. Before that, he was a goalie at Bowling Green University.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
"I lost my entire career in my rookie year.” – Steve Moore, March 2014
“It has been incredibly difficult and stressful for him.” – Lawyer Geoff Adair, on his client Todd Bertuzzi, August 2014
Steve Moore reached a settlement on Tuesday with the man who ended his career, Todd Bertuzzi, and the team that allegedly gave marching orders to harm him, the Vancouver Canucks.
It’s over, after 10 years of accusations.
Ten years of lawsuits. Ten years of pain, strain and a looming public relations nightmare for Gary Bettman.
"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to the Canadian Press.