- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy52 mins ago
The rosters are set, the red carpet is unfurled and the puck is about to drop.
So you know what that means: It’s time for baseless shots in the dark as we predict the Eastern Conference divisions and playoff teams!
Read previews for all 30 NHL teams this season here.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy59 mins ago
There could be a resolution in the Mike Richards contract termination situation with the Los Angeles Kings.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Richards’ representatives and the Kings are working on a settlement in regards to Los Angeles’ decision to terminate the center’s contract for a "material breach" on June 29.
According to TMZ Richards was stopped while crossing the US/Canada border on June 17 and questioned about Oxycodone pills.Wed, Oct 710:30 PM EDTSan Jose at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The speculation can end in Edmonton now: Andrew Ference will no longer be the captain of the Oilers.
Ference will, however, be one of the team’s four alternate captains this season, along with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Matt Hendricks will take Eberle’s spot for the time being as he recoups from a shoulder injury.
What is it with Todd McLellan and captains? The the 2015-16 Oilers will mark the second straight season the head coach has guided a captain-less ship.
As a new regime took charge in Edmonton, led by general manager Peter Chiarelli, the question of changing the leadership situation came up.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
By Neil Parker RotoWire Hockey Writer
The National Hockey League's new season kicks off Wednesday with a four-game slate, featuring the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks playing host to the New York Rangers, hopeful Stanley Cup contenders again, in the marquee matchup of the night.
The hunt for value plays is critical to assembling competitive daily lineups, and here are six viable targets to open wiggle room under the cap in Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey.
GOALIEWed, Oct 78:00 PM EDTNY Rangers at ChicagoPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at email@example.com.
The fair didn't stand a chance earlier today. Dogs are going to have some new toys pic.twitter.com/4F8HsE9F0e
• Is that a donut hat?
• “I just want to find out if it’s the hair or just me that was good.’’ Jaromir Jagr talks bringing back the mullet. [Sun-Sentinel]
• Very good read by Michael Grange on a now settled Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. [Sportsnet]
• Bourne with some important notes on how to play 3-on-3 overtime. [The Score]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m., and we're talking about the following and more.
Special Guest Star: Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman!
• Previewing the NHL season.
• Raffi Torres gets 41 games.
• Marty Statue
• Hockey News and Views
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Russian president Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on Wednesday by pretty much attending a hockey fantasy camp. He was in Sochi celebrating with friends and famous Russian hockey players like Slava Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny and Valeri Kamensky.
They played some shinny, and in a surprise Putin’s team won 15-10 with the Russian president scoring seven goals.
Look at that defense!
And like every participant in youth sports these days, Putin was rewarded for his efforts.
From the AP: “Putin was given a trophy for his team's win at the end of the game and a medal for his contribution to hockey in Russia.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The St. Louis Blues announced on Wednesday that forward Patrik Berglund was placed on long-term injured reserve as he recovers from shoulder surgery. That move allowed GM Doug Armstrong to sign Scott Gomez.
According to the Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, Gomez’s deal is two-way, meaning he’ll make $575,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL. His contract also includes a $125,000 bonus depending on the number of games he played and a $100,000 bonus that depends on how well the Blues do in the playoffs.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Hey, have you heard? Hockey’s back! The NHL season starts this Wednesday, and thus here is another edition of our 2015-16 NHL season preview predictions!
We recently revealed our predictions for some of the NHL 2015-16 season’s trends and potential happenings, like coaches being fired and Connor McDavid’s point totals.
Now it’s time to predict which players are going to walk away with postseason hardware for individual achievement.
Who wins the 2015-16 NHL Awards?
Your esteemed panel: Greg Wyshynski, NHL editor, Puck Daddy; Sean Leahy, editor, Puck Daddy; Jen Neale, editor, Puck Daddy; Josh Cooper, editor, Puck Daddy; Ryan Lambert, lead columnist, Puck Daddy; Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs, fantasy columnist, Puck Daddy; Sam McCaig, NHL editor/columnist, Yahoo Sports.
Art Ross Trophy
Rocket Richard Trophy
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
In a perfect world, the NHL would offer a freewheeling offensive game with a multitude of chances on every shift and ridiculous pace, if not a dozen goals on the board.
But this world isn’t perfect. It has coaches. And coaches hate fun.
Which brings us to the inevitable question about the 3-on-3 overtime format that the League is adopting this season: Are coaches going to find a way to suck the fun out of it by slowing the pace and implementing systems to turn it into five minutes of skating in quicksand?
“No. It’s not possible to coach the excitement out of it,” said Justin Williams of the Washington Capitals.
“You might have some coaches who put a couple defensemen out there, but regardless, everyone can skate. Everyone can score. I sense it being pretty interesting to watch.”
But as Bob McKenzie of TSN found in his intriguing look at the new gimmick, some NHL executives are anticipating that coaches will find a way: