- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
After learning the news of Viktor Tikhonov’s passing, the hockey world took another hit Monday when it was announced that former NHL head coach and executive Pat Quinn passed away after a lengthy illness.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Quinn”, said Jim Gregory, Vice-Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. "Pat is one of hockey's most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."
"Words cannot express the pain we all feel today for the Quinn family," said Ron Toigo, majority owner of the WHL’s Vancouver Giant, where Quinn was a co-owner.. "Pat was an inspiration to all of us. He always said that respect was something that should be earned, not given, and the respect that he garnered throughout the hockey world speaks for itself. He will be sorely missed."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The NHL’s World Cup of Hockey reboot, rumored for Sept. 2016 in Toronto, is a business decision wrapped up in the flags of several nations. It’s a way for the NHL to create an ATM machine of a tournament, spitting out money to the League and its players in ways that the Winter Olympics never could or will.
How much are we talking about here? Abraham D. Madkour, the executive editor of Sports Business Journal, thinks it’s a tournament with some risks but with some very palpable rewards:
You can see why the league is bullish about re-creating the World Cup, which sources believe has the ability to generate more than $100 million in revenue for the league and players, and it’s revenue that sits outside of the league’s definition of Hockey Related Revenue, meaning the 50/50 joint venture would be split.
And that, friends, is why players would be OK with facing their own nations on “Cut Team” or “YoungStars” teams …
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
Gun to your head, what would you say the three biggest problems facing the Edmonton Oilers are these days, in order from most concerning to least?
Naturally and coincidentally, you'd have to start with center depth, move on down to the blue line, then finally settle in the crease. That's in terms of on-ice issues anyway. Maybe you mention the cronyism somewhere, the total lack of accountability the team seems to carry in its organizational bones like ink-black corrosive marrow.
One thing you might not mention is that a cloud seems to hang over this team like a rumbling thunderhead, waiting for the Next Big Screwup so that the finger-pointing can begin anew, as it has at least three or four times a season more or less since the Oilers last made the playoffs.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jannik Hansen, Vancouver Canucks
Hansen earned his first career hat trick Sunday night in Vancouver's 4-1 win over Chicago. His second goal was a beaut:
No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The netminder stopped all 21 shots against in the Rangers 5-0 drubbing of Montreal. He even had time to get in some Rockette-esque dance moves when he was run into by Brandon Prust.
No. 3 Star: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues
The Blues power play went 2-for-5 against Winnipeg. Steen provided the assists on both power play goals, including this nifty stretch pass to a breaking away David Backes.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Sedin was honored in a pre-game ceremony for playing in 1,000 NHL games ... Canucks need to make a decision on Bo Horvat before too long. In his 8th game, provided an assist on all 3 Hansen goals ... Martin St. Louis picked Alexei Emelin's pocket ...
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Of all issues to end Jay Bouwmeester's 'Iron Man' NHL streak, it really had to be a lower body injury from stepping on a crack in the ice? Seriously.
Either way, the 31-year-old Blues blueliner did not play in Sunday's game against Winnipeg. According to coach Ken Hitchcock, it was because Bouwmeester stepped on a crack in the ice in Saturday's game against Ottawa. This ends Bouwmeester's streak of consecutive regular season games played at 737 ... and a place in the 'Tony Stark Iron Man Hall of Fame.' We actually just made that up, but Tony Stark is cool.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"Bouwmeester left the ice in pain in the third period of Saturday's game and did not return. The club labeled it a lower-body injury afterward. He was seen walking out of the locker room with no noticeable difference."
It's kind of funny, the blog notes that Bouwmeester was asked about the streak Friday, the day before the game where he got hurt.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Slava Voynov has been charged with a felony for domestic violence by the Los Angeles district attorney. The Kings have the salary cap relief they’ve desperately (and deservedly) needed. To quote former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain we have “peace for our time.”
There’s still a lot that we don’t know on so many levels, which is why Friday afternoon’s statement by the NHL – which is honestly a time when most organizations bury their bad news to avoid the news cycle – is in no way the end of this situation.
The biggest takeaway – and there are a lot of takeaways: Was the NHL’s decision indeed a retraction on what they had been saying during the entire situation?
Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register notes, the NHL basically said the Kings made the issue themselves. Seems Friday’s news is almost a take back of those comments.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The SPHL’s Knoxville Ice Bears fell to the Peoria Rivermen 9-3 Friday night, but fans had a different kind of concern as they left Knoxville Civic Coliseum. During the game, someone in attendance pushed team mascot Chilly down the stairs, which resulted in a scary scene.
The employee had to be cut from the suit in order for medical personnel to evaluate and later take him to a local hospital. The “fan” who did the shoving was detained.
The guy who pushed the mascot down the stairs was arrested and is currently detained at the Civic Coliseum.
“They cut him out of the suit to properly care for possible head and neck injuries,” Sgt. Jason Keck told the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The Ice Bears Tweeted an update on Saturday detailing Chilly's injuries:
Update on Chilly...bruised back and concussion. After a little rest and hibernation, he'll be back to his crazy self!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
No. 1 Star: Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres goalie made 43 saves, including 20 in the second period, as Buffalo topped the Washington Capitals, 2-1. Torrey Mitchell had the game-winner.
No. 2 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Benn finally exploded offensively, scoring two goals and assisting on John Klingberg’s in the first period as the Stars held off the Los Angeles Kings, 5-4. Justin Williams had two goals in the loss.
No. 3 Star: Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche
Pickard earned his first NHL victory with 17 saves on 17 shots in relief of Reto Berra, who was pulled after giving up three first-period goals. Erik Johnson, Jarome Iginla and Zach Redmond rallied the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Nathan MacKinnon assisted on all three.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Toledo Walleye and Evansville IceMen held “Heroes Night” on Saturday, which was a good excuse to wear incredibly awesome jerseys themed to Batman and The Riddler.
So if you’re dressing one team like the Caped Crusader, and the other team as one of Gotham’s most infamous criminals … well, you knew what was going to happen.
POW! BAM! KAPOW!
"Riddle me this, Batman: What has five digits but is measured in pounds?"
The game in Toledo featured four fights between the Dark Knight clad Walleye and the green question mark speckled IceMen, including Cody "Dark Knight" Lampl and Kevin "Please Don't Let Jim Carrey's Performance Define This Iconic Character" Harvey.
Here's another battle between the forces of justice and chaos:
The game worn jerseys will be sold after the final whistle during a live auction, with proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
In 1996, the Tampa Bay Lightning set an attendance record for an indoor pro hockey game in the United States. In 2014, that record finally fell, thanks to their minor league affiliate.
The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League drew an announced crowd of 30,715 at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on Saturday night, shattering the record of 28,138 set by the Lightning vs. the Philadelphia Flyers in a Eastern Conference playoff quarterfinal game held in what was then called the ThunderDome on St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Crunch defeated the Utica Comets, the Vancouver Canucks’ farm team, 2-1. Here’s a look at the scene:
From the AHL:
Tonight’s turnout also represented the second-largest crowd in the 79-year history of the AHL. The Syracuse Crunch were also the first AHL team to put on an outdoor game when in 2010, a crowd of 21,508 fans – then the largest ever for an AHL game – packed the New York State Fairgrounds to watch the Crunch.