- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
T.J. Oshie was traded by the St. Louis Blues on Thursday to the Washington Capitals.
Whenever a fan favorite is sent packed, emotions will run high, and Oshie was certainly a favorite of Blues fans. Especially young ones, because he had really big eyes like an Anime character.
Like, for example, this five-year-old girl, who hid in a closet weeping upon finding out that “T.J. OSHIE LEFT THE TEEEEEEEEAM!!!!!”
Kelly Manno found her, and conducted this brief experiment in burgeoning fandom, as Manno discovered our young Oshie fan can’t accept the idea of rooting for him when the Capitals play the Blues … which is a level of dedication we’d expect from, say, a six year old.
This entire sub-genre of “Adult Sports Fans Filming Children Who Don’t Yet Have The Emotional Capacity To Deal With Loss” exists somewhere in between exploitation and guilty pleasure entertainment. We’ll just go ahead and assume this moppet is being filmed so her family can have a good-hearted chuckle when Troy Brouwer skates the Cup next June.*
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
" If you would have asked me last summer [about being with St. Louis], I would have said that I was going to retire as a Blue," said T.J. Oshie, the newest member of the Washington Capitals, " but [the trade] is the business side of things. Things change and I’m excited for my new start."
To say the move from St. Louis to D.C. caught Oshie completely off guard wouldn't be entirely correct. He had a feeling changes were coming after the Blues first round playoff exit. St. Louis made it clear the change wouldn't be coming in terms of management or the head coach as both Doug Armstrong and Ken Hitchcock were retained, despite calls for the latter's exit.
The change had to come from the core group of players, and Oshie knew it, "... after I found out that [Hitchcock] was coming back, I figured there would be at least one or two moves that [Armstrong] would want to make."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The LA Kings said the organization believes the Slava Voynov situation has been essentially solved by Voynov’s pleading ‘no contest’ to misdemeanor corporal injury to a spouse.
Said the Kings in a statement:
“We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just. Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment.”
Said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly:
"We are aware of the latest developments in court today related to the Slava Voynov matter. His immediate status vis-a-vis the NHL remains unchanged. At an appropriate time, I am sure we will be in touch with Mr. Voynov and the NHLPA with respect to next steps regarding the League's review and further handling of the events at issue."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
T.J. Oshie, American hero, is headed to Washington, D.C.
The St. Louis Blues traded the winger to the Washington Capitals on Thursday in exchange for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. From the Caps:
“T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set,” said MacLellan. “He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal. We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis.”
Oshie, 28, had 19 goals and 36 assists for the Blues last season in 72 games. He’s of course most famous for scoring in four of six shootout attempts in Team USA’s preliminary round win over Russia in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which turned him into an overnight household name and remains the only thing worth a damn that Olympic team accomplished before sulking out of Russian sans medals.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The NHL and the KHL did not come to an agreement to try to create some sort of transfer deal between the two leagues.
This comes from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet who indicates players that want to move between leagues more freely will have to wait another year.
The leagues recently held discussions about expanding their transfer agreement to look more like those the NHL has with other European federations, but couldn’t reach a new deal. Instead, they’ve extended their pre-existing memorandum of understanding through June 2016.
What this means, per Johnston, is that the NHL and the KHL will still respect one another’s contracts. If they had come to a deal, players could have left the KHL for the NHL for some sort of fee, like in Sweden and Finland.
In early June, both sides were apparently closing in on a deal. But unlike the negotiations in the Cuban Missile Cris … ok, that analogy was going to be way too far-fetched and confusing for non-history buffs.
Again from the story:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
A judge has accepted a plea deal for Kings defenseman Slava Voynov in his domestic violence case.
According to Larry Altman of the Daily Breeze, Thursday, Voynov entered a plea of “no contest” to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse.
Initially, Voynov was charged with felony “ corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury ” for his part in a late October altercation with his wife.
According to Altman on Twitter, Voynov will get three years probation and 90 days in jail. If Voynov violates probation, the DA reportedly said the 90 days in jail could turn into 364. He will also have 52 weeks of domestic violence conseling and eight hours of community service
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
After the Arizona Coyotes’ 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins back on Feb. 28, Antoine Vermette held an emotional post-game scrum. The NHL trade deadline was less than 48 hours away and the pending unrestricted free agent knew he would be traded.
Not long before the Coyotes boarded the team plane that night, Vermette was on his way to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a first-round pick and prospect Klas Dahlback. A little over two months later, he was a Stanley Cup champion.
But the fit in Arizona was too good to say goodbye to forever, and on the opening day of free agency, Vermette inked a two-year, $7.5 million deal to return to the Coyotes.
“I was leaving without any expectations. All along through that process, right to the end, I didn’t want to put any kind of pressure on that side,” Vermette said about the March trade. “Right away I didn’t know [whether he'd return]. I knew I was leaving. I knew I could potentially not come back. I wasn’t really thinking about it.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Justin Williams has more wins in Game 7s in his NHL career than the Washington Capitals do as an organization since 2008.
Williams is 7-0 since his rookie year in 2000-01 in Philadelphia. The Caps are 3-6 since 2008.
The narrative is totally perfect for Williams and Washington, who signed Mr. Game 7 to a two-year $6.5 million contract late Wednesday night. Williams had played with the LA Kings since the 2008-09 season. Washington blew a 3-1 series lead to the New York Rangers this past postseason and lost … wait for it … in Game 7.
“Well, yeah I do unfairly get asked that question quite a bit. My Game 7 record is a product of the team I played on, I’ve played on some great teams,” he said. “Guys have been able to get that little goal or get that little goal or get that little extra it takes in a Game 7 because everyone knows how important every single play is. That’s basically just a product of the great teams I’ve played on.”
Capitals general manager Brian McLellan, believed in this to some degree.
“I mean, the story line is up obviously, but he just brings the things we need that we don’t have,” he said.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The market was going to dictate Martin St. Louis’s future in the National Hockey League as a 40-year-old forward.
The market spoke, St. Louis heard it and decided that 16 seasons was long enough to call it a career, officially retiring from the NHL on Thursday.
“I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride,” he said, through the New York Rangers, his final NHL team.
The winger split from the Rangers after the season, the team having acquired St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014 in a blockbuster deal. He struggled offensively last season, with 21 goals and 31 assists in 74 games, the lowest offensive numbers he posted in nine years.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
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