- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Mike Commodore was a fan favorite during his NHL days, winning a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes and being one of our more whimsical characters (although he never got around to fulfilling his destiny and wearing No. 64).
He’s with Admiral Vladivostok of the KHL now. He didn’t like the way his NHL career ended, with frustrating stays with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. And yeah, he’s a little bitter about it.
It’s no secret he had heat with Jackets ex-coach Scott Arniel, who waived him. But in an interview with Danijel Jelenek and Krešimir Biškup of KHL.hr … well, just read on:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
In the past few summers, the size of contracts given out has obviously expanded along with the salary cap, and often it's some of the league's more mediocre players reaping the benefits. One need look no deeper than David Clarkson's contract, for instance, to see that guys who've never had a 50-point season in their lives can still cash in if you can find someone dumb enough to believe in “intangibles.”
But one area in which contracts have seemingly exploded within the last three seasons or so is when it comes to long-term contracts for goaltenders. While the ability of teams to succeed to one extent or another on relative bargain basement netminding — which just about everyone briefly bought into — typified by the Blackhawks, Capitals, Flyers among others was probably always overblown, things have very quickly swung in the opposite direction, and teams are once again willing to pay the toppest of top dollar for goaltenders they consider to be elite.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Taylor Hall made a lot of people happy on Thursday night with his three-goal, one-assist game in the Edmonton Oilers’ 8-2 rout of the Colorado Avalanche.
Very happy. Happy enough to throw a hat from the stands after his third goal, a power-play tally with 11 seconds left in the game.
Happy enough to … throw a bra on the ice, too?
Now that’s a supporter of the Oilers. Much respect, considering it was, like, minus-25 Celsius in Edmonton at the end of the game. (Brrrrr...)
Finally, something Taylor Hall achieved before Tyler Seguin!
Oh, crap, Seguin already earned a cup, didn't he? Nevermind.
Anyway, thus continued the tremendous tradition of the bra trick.
It happened to Blake Wheeler with the Boston Bruins. It’s happened in Philadelphia. And of course, there was that “debris from a rock concert” when Jeff Cowan scored his fifth of the season back in 2007 for the Vancouver Canucks:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes
Skinner tallied a hat trick for the Hurricanes in their 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, giving him five goals in his last two games. Justin Faulk also had three points.
No. 2 Star: Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs
Trevor Smith’s tip of a Jake Gardiner shot in front of the Dallas Stars’ goal gave the Leafs a 3-2 victory, despite being outshot 50-24. So the star goes to Bernier for his 48-save performance which ended an 0-3-2 skid for Toronto. Here’s the game-winner; Nazem Kadri had two goals in the win:
No. 3 Star: Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall had a hat trick and an assist in the Edmonton Oilers’ 8-2 rout of the Colorado Avalanche. Ryan Smyth had three assists, while Mark Arcobello, David Perron and Ales Hemsky had two-point nights.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Nick Holden is a defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche and a native of St. Albert, Alberta. On Thursday, he played his first ever NHL game in Edmonton, bringing out friends and family to the Oilers’ arena.
And where friends and family go, embarrassing childhood memories are sure to follow. With that, we present this sign:
The neon pink might obscure it a little, but the message reads:
“I BATHED WITH NICK HOLDEN, TAUGHT HIM EVERYTHING HE KNOWS DURING TUB TIME.”
Well, that’s a little T.M.I. right there …
Holden was asked about the unavoidable sign during a between periods interview on Altitude.
“That’s my cousin,” he said. “My mom told me she was going to have that sign up. Kinda embarrassing.”
Hey, he should feel lucky: This could have been a giant sign featuring a future NHL defenseman in his birthday suit, surrounded by bubbles and rubber duckie.
As it stands, he’ll just have to explain to his teammates what he learned during tub time, exactly.
Here are the signs in the crowd during Holden's game against the Edmonton Oilers:
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- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
We've seen a lot of stretchers during the first two months of the NHL season. (I'm going go out on a limb and say too many , since my ideal number of players helped off the ice by medical personnel is, on average, roughly zero .)
On Thursday, in yet another scary scene, Boston Bruins' defender Johnny Boychuk became the latest NHLer to be helped off the ice after a nasty hit. Checked from behind by Max Pacioretty of the rival Montreal Canadiens, Boychuk went into the wall awkwardly, and left the game on his back:
Of course, the question, as with just about any hit involving a stretcher, is whether the hitter deserves any supplemental discipline. Pacioretty was given a two-minute minor for boarding. Will that be all?
I believe so. The optics aren't good here, but I'm not sure Pacioretty did anything suspendable. Heck, I'm not sure he even deserved a penalty. It's an unfortunate hit, to be certain, but it doesn't look like the result of a reckless play -- it looks like the result of an awkward play.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption : "A fan of the Calgary Flames celebrates after a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 4, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada"
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Preview: San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Dallas Stars at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Flyers’ turnaround from coach canning basement dwellers to playoff contenders has been well documented, from Steve Mason’s performance as an actual NHL goaltender to Craig Berube’s ability to get these guys competing on every shift.
But one line has come into focus as the heart and soul of this team, at least for the moment: Sean Couturier, Matt Read and Steve Downie.
The trio combined for 9 points in Wednesday’s furious comeback against the Red Wings in front of a national television audience: a career-high 4 for Couturier, 3 for Read and 2 from Downie.
Over their last 10 games, they’ve combined for 26 points: Couturier (5-5-10), Read (5-4-9), Downie (1-6-7).
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy21 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.
• Don't let the keytar fool you, Canadians, David Backes is still coming your way. [YouTube]
• A week after the new Canadian NHL TV deal raised questions as to the futures of some TSN talent comes word that Bob McKenzie, James Duthie and Darren Dreger have inked long-term extensions with the network. [Toronto Sports Media]
• It's been a few months, and with him finally being made whole by the NHL, let the "Wayne Gretzky to [insert team here]" rumors begin! [TSN]
• The next ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue will feature none other than Tyler Seguin. [Dallas Morning News]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more: unappealing
Special Guest Star: Katie Strang of ESPN NY talks Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders.
• Mark Giordano is back to save the Flames (and maybe be an Olympian?)
• The Flyers' resurgence.
• Some stats of note in the NHL this season.
• NHL news and notes.
Question of the Day: Who is the biggest underdog player in the NHL this season, the player you root for against all odds? Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek.