- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy23 mins ago
Sam Reinhart will turn 19 next week, so he has plenty of hockey left in his future. The Buffalo Sabres currently have two wins this season and the second-worst record in the entire NHL. We know what's in their future.
So there was no reason for the no. 2 overall pick from last June’s draft to stick with the club during what will be a dismal and frustrating season. And on Friday the Sabres made it official and sent Reinhart back to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL.
Reinhart played nine of the Sabres’ 11 games this season, recording only one assist. After seeing double-digit ice time early on, Reinhart played less than 10 minutes a game in four of his last six games, which has included seeing time on the fourth line.
Buffalo won’t be challenging for a playoff spot this season, so why burn a year of Reinhart’s entry-level deal as the Sabres tank for Connor McDavid? Let him go back to junior and dominate for another year (36-69-105 last season), see what the draft and off-season bring for the franchise and evaluate options next training camp.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Happy Halloween! I’m currently dressed a road cone, so picture me as any one of your favorite terrible NHL defensemen.
While we’ve seen plenty of players get in the act of dressing in costume for their respective team Halloween parties, the ECHL’s Utah Grizzliesare taking things one step further. For their game Friday night against the Colorado Eagles, the entire team will be in costume.
Feast your eyes on the Utah Skeletons:
After the game, the Grizzlies will then meet up with Johnny Lawrence and the rest of the Cobra Kai crew to track down Daniel LaRusso.
It is a bit of a freaky touch to see that grizzly claw coming out from between those two ribs. Though we would have also changed up the player names to reflect the holiday. Who wouldn’t want to cheer on Vinny Scare-sella, Channing Boo, T.J. Die-ner, or Bury Almeida?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
It’s Halloween, and hopefully that means you have a properly carved pumpkin on your stoop ready to spook and scare the little moppets that come trick-or-treating tonight. Or, if you’re Zdeno Chara, you can just open the door.
Hockey is a sport that lends itself to Halloween. Not just because of the gore and the Jason Voorhees masks, but because so many of our players have gross, jacked up faces.
Here are the 10 greatest Jack O’Lantern faces in hockey, some of who never played for the Philadelphia Flyers:
10. Bobby Hull
Seriously, just stick a candle on his tongue and put him on the stoop.
He looks like someone who tried to gum a pearl necklace.
9. Jeff Carter
Go to the patch and pick out the loveliest, most perfectly shaped pumpkin. Then take a machete to its mouth. Ta-da, you have The Jeff Carter.
8. Mitch Callahan
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago winger notched his 1,000th point as part of a one goal, one assist night in Chicago’s 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa. Finished second amongst Hawks forwards with 20:37 of ice-time.
No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos fired two goals and added an assist in Tampa’s 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
No. 2 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Avalanche sophomore notched his first two goals of the season in Colorado’s 5-0 victory over the Islanders.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Minnesota Wild sniper Thomas Vanek is off to a slow start. And there may be some off-ice reasons for this.
On Thursday night, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that Mark Ruff, a bookmaker, pleaded guilty to laundering a gambling debt with a $230,000 New York Islanders check. The report says it was a salary check that was used to cover wages and was endorsed the same time Vanek played for the New York Islanders.
Vanek played minor league hockey with the Rochester Americans.
"(Local attorney James) Wolford declined to say whether the payment came from Vanek, who has been linked to the alleged Rochester-based gambling ring," the story says. "Vanek has acknowledged testifying before a grand jury and sources say his name turned up in records seized from the alleged bookmakers."
Also in the story ...
"In his plea, Mark Ruff admitted recruiting bettors, setting up gambling websites, and receiving payments from gamblers. While Vanek has been linked to the ring, allegedly as one who made bets with the ring, no more details have been provided about his possible role."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Per the website hockeyfights.com, Evgeni Malkin doesn't have any regular season fights. And even after Malkin picked a scrap with Los Angeles' Justin Williams, in the Penguins 3-0 win over the Kings, this pristine record will likely stand.
Both were assessed roughing minors. Though as the below video shows, it indeed looks like a fight.
Why would Malkin decide to tussle with Williams? To prove his Conn Smythe Trophy was more worthy than Williams'?
It looks like Malkin was angry by an attempted hit by Dustin Brown ... so of course Malkin didn't look for Brown and found the closest player who looks nothing like Brown in Williams.
Said Malkin to Sporting News' Sean Gentille following the game...
"Malkin said that Williams asked him to go earlier, but he downplayed that, too: "It's all emotion. I don't like fight, but (there's) sometimes lots of emotion."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Guess that date...
The No. 1 song in the United States was "Harlem Shake" by Baauer. The No. 1 movie was "Oz, the Great and Powerful." Barack Obama was President. Give up?
These were all attributes of America the last time the New Jersey Devils won in a shootout -- March 10, 2013. Since then, the Devils have gone 0-for-18. New Jersey is winless no-more.
New Jersey defeated the Winnipeg Jets in the breakaway contest. Jacob Josefson, who did not play in that March 10, 2013 game against Winnipeg scored the shootout winner. Cory Schneider -- who was not on the Devils at that point -- stopped all three Jets shooters.
Even the Devils website made fun of it. The headline? "Finally!"
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
According to Yahoo Sports’ Nick Cotsonika, former New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens interviewed for a job with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
One assumes he would be hired under through the NHL’s “What Not To Do” program, which also resulted in the addition of Chris Pronger to the department …
Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports that Owen Nolan and George Parros have also interviewed, the latter obviously to bring up the collective GPA of this group.
All of these players obviously share the same hockey DNA: Stevens as one of the league’s most ferocious hitters, most of which would today be illegal; Nolan as a bruising power forward; Parros as a career fighter.
If all of this feels a little redundant, that’s because it is.
One of the great things about the NHL’s competition committee, by comparison, is that it’s a cross-section of players. Seriously, look at this group. Scorers, defensemen. Guys who hit, guys who get hit. A goalie!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
The Norris Trophy is defined as being given to the defenseman who displays "greatest all-round ability in the position."
The 2012 winner, Erik Karlsson of Ottawa, is known mostly for his offense. His defense is improving, but not at the end of this play. After Karlsson zips back into his own zone to break up a Kris Versteeg breakaway, Versteeg, of the Chicago Blackhawks, then skates around Karlsson for a goal. Below ...
Instead of just ripping Karlsson, some credit probably needs to go to Versteeg on the play for the power move. Also, it was a tough play for Karlsson. Versteeg barrelled at him at high speed and Karlsson had to make a quick decision on how to play him.
Either way, it was quite a nice looking goal, but not for Karlsson.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
The Detroit Red Wings have been on both ends of blown calls involving goals recently.
“Last year we scored a goal in here against L.A., it was wrong,” recalled Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
That’s of course a reference to the Red Wings’ goal scored off the netting and behind Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, which the referees missed. It tied the game at 19:33 of the third period; Detroit won in the shootout.
The skate was on the other foot against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Drew Miller appeared to score for the Detroit Red Wings in the first period, but the goal was waved off due to goalie interference by Luke Glendening.
Only it wasn’t interference: Holtby fell backwards scrambling back to his crease. It was a blown call.Fri, Oct 314:30 PM PDTLos Angeles at DetroitPreview Game