- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
If I had to choose one member of the Detroit Red Wings to be a member of my hip hop crew, I'd choose Todd Bertuzzi, for obvious reasons that I think are best alluded to in this song by the great Busta Rhymes.
But Mike Posner, known mostly for his 2010 hit, Cooler Than Me, clearly knows the value of a good two-way center. So he recruited Pavel Datsyuk instead.
Posner's latest single, "Top of the world", features a return to the rapper's Detroit roots. The video is a tribute to the city, of sorts, filmed in Detroit's streets, schools, and fields, and featuring brief appearances by local athletes like Datsyuk. Look for the Red Wing forward early in the video, doing that hip hop video thing where you stand next to the rapper as though you have his back.Sat, Dec 214:00 PM PSTDetroit at TorontoPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Could Denver prosecutors prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Semyon Varlamov assaulted his girlfriend on the night of Oct. 30?
They didn’t believe they could. On Friday afternoon, they filed a motion to dismiss the misdemeanor assault charge because they lacked the evidence to prove the case when it reached the trial stage.
"That's not to say we don't believe our victim," district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, adding that investigators reinterviewed witnesses whose statements began to shift. "It became clear we didn't have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
As with the other Stadium Series jerseys, your reaction to the New York Rangers’ sweaters for their games against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium next month will depend on your expectations for said sweaters.
Like, for example, hoping against hope that the Anaheim Ducks’ sweaters would have a Mighty Ducks retro logo on the front. And harboring the same hope that the Rangers might resurrect the Liberty Head logo for their spiffy outdoor jerseys this season.
Alas, that is not in the cards for the “chrome logo” jerseys of the Stadium Series, so the Rangers are essentially wearing a color-tweaked, shimmery version of their usual duds.Fri, Dec 204:00 PM PSTNY Islanders at NY RangersPreview Game
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy3 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.
• I don't think this kid's arm is actually that strong. Something's up.
• The Buffalo Sabres have acquired Linus Omark for a sixth round pick. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
• What's the fantasy impact of that trade? I'm gonna go with "negligible", but I'm not the expert here. [Dobber Hockey]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The timing couldn't be better for Radim Vrbata's contract extension with the Phoenix Coyotes. The 32-year old forward is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and will surely land a multi-year deal that will pay him much more than the $3 million he's currently making.
Helping his case is the fact that he's been one of the team's leading scorers since returning to the desert in 2009, and the fact that his general manager believes he's underpaid.
Vrbata and his camp had talks with Coyotes GM Don Maloney about an extension in the off-season, but nothing was hammered out and he preferred not to discuss anything in-season.
In talking about his player in September, Maloney gave a hint that Vrbata will be paid nicely when a deal can be finalized.
“Relative to the production he’s given us for the last two years but even prior to that, he’s been good value for us. But we like the value,” said Maloney at the time.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
San Jose Sharks rookie sensation Tomas Hertl was injured in that knee-on-knee collision with Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. Just how injured?
Czech journalist Roman Jedlicka reports that Hertl will miss one month with his injury, and that Hertl offered the information to his father. But Bob McKenzie of TSN hears the recovery time could be longer than that, which obviously puts Hertl’s place on the Czech Olympic team in Sochi at risk.
For the Sharks, the loss of Hertl is the loss of a player with 25 points in 35 games, skating 15:19 per game and contributing to the second power play until. He’s cooled off from his torrid start, with two points in his last six games, but he’s still been one of their most dynamic offensive catalysts.
The other issue with Hertl hurt: The Calder Trophy picture.
The rookie points race at the moment:Sat, Dec 217:30 PM PSTDallas at San JosePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
It's a (gettin' down on) Friday 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: Rick Tocchet of CSN Philly joins us to break down the Flyers and the Meh-tro Division.
• Tom Wilson's boarding suspension doesn't happen.
• Dustin Brown's knee on Hertl.
• Watching the world junior tourney.
• GAME SHOW FRIDAY!
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)
After 65 minutes of hockey, the NHL has determined that a best-of-3 shootout competition shall take place to determine a winner. Sure, we'd love to see more actual, you know, hockey, but the shootout does allow for some players to show off their creativity.
During the 1994 Olympic gold medal game, Peter Forsberg popularized Kent Nilsson's slick move he pulled off versus the U.S. in 1989. All these years later, the move hasn't been forgotten, as showcased by John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Nikita Kucherov, among others in 2013.
But while the Forsberg/Nilsson move is always pretty to see, 10 other players went into their trick bags to give us the top 10 shootout goals of 2013.
10. Vladimir Tkachyov, KHL Ak Bars Kazan scrimmage
A preseason intra-squad scrimmage shootout saw Tkachyov spin his way onto our list:
9. Mason Raymond vs. Columbus (March 13)
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The immediate reaction to Alex Steen's new deal with the St. Louis Blues, which will pay him $5.8 million against the cap in each of the next three seasons, was to scoff.
Giving a player like Steen $5.8 million a season during a period in which he will age from 30 to 33 seems a bit foolish, when you consider it's about a 63 percent raise for about one-third of a career season.
Remember all that talk that he might be able to keep up with Alex Ovechkin in the goal-scoring race? It was ill-founded, and it seems that when a guy stops shooting 23.8 percent, which he did in scoring 20 goals in his first 25 games, things get a lot more difficult; to wit, before Thursday's two-goal effort he had just two goals in his previous nine games, on 28 shots, in the month of December, which portends that regression is here, and will probably stick around for most of the rest of the season. Very few guys, you see, can shoot better than 20 percent for a full season in the NHL these days.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
The opportunity to snag a loose puck in the stands at an NHL game doesn’t come around often; and when the rubber disc does go flying from the rink into the seats, chances are there’s a some tall, aggressive person that’ll snag it before, say, a young fan gets their shot at the puck.
Perhaps knowing this, a young Tampa Bay Lightning fan put his faith in the holiday spirit to produce a souvenir puck at their game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. He sat near the glass, holding a sign that read “ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS A HOCKEY PUCK.”
Santa must have heard him. Or, at the very least, Santa let some dude in the neighboring section know about this Christmas wish.
In the second period, a puck flew over the glass and was caught by a Lightning fan. As he was celebrating his conquest, the boy held out his Christmas puck wish sign. The fan immediately handed the puck over to the young lad, pointed at him with the universal sign for “you da man!” and the fans cheered the selfless act as the young fan waved the puck in the air.