- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy25 mins ago
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The St. Louis Blues have solidfied their net for next season, inking goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year, $4.7 million extension on Friday,according to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch.
The 24-year old Allen, a two-time NHL All-Rookie Team netminder, was a restricted free agent as of Wednesday and sees a nice raise from the $850,000 he made in 2014-15.
This now means that both Allen and 1B goaltender Brian Elliott are on two-year deals.
Allen played well down the stretch for the Blues, allowing two goals or less in 12 of the final 13 regular season games, but couldn’t help lead them past the Minnesota Wild in the first round. GM Doug Armstrong obviously feels confident in the 1A/1B setup, hoping both can continue pushing one another and find success. But the two-year term also allows some flexibility if the plan falls apart.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Vancouver Canucks have a big name on their development camp roster.
It’s John McLean – who is of no relation to the former Devils coach/player because his name is spelled differently. He’s a 6-foot-9 goaltender – which is freaking huge!.
Game changer? Project? Maybe a publicity stunt?
The 25-year-old McLean spent four years at Gustavus Adolphus College, a Division-III school in Minnesota. In 2013-14 he had a 1.96 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 26 games.
Look at how low he gets in his goaltender’s position ... such a low crouch:
It used to be teams would put the ‘fat kid’ in goal. Now they’re just putting super tall guys in net. The man is a freaking giant. (Humming ‘In the valley of the Jolly Green Giant …’).
Please give us a caption for the below photo? He's like a goaltending Gandalf to Frodo and Samwise -- sincewe're on a Hobbit theme today.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to an entry level deal with Canadian wunderkind Connor McDavid.
Alas, for those of us wishing both he and Jack Eichel (picked No. 2 in the 2015 Draft by the Sabres) would pull a Lindros and hold out to go somewhere else – this is not the case. Eichel signed his contract Wednesday.
Above is the photo of McDavid (the No. 1 pick in last weekend's draft) and Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli – shaking on The Chosen One’s first contract. All these photos are pretty awkward for most prospects, but Chiarelli is way more photogenic than Sabres mad scientist/GM Tim Murray. Also, they’re not as bad as high schoolers putting on college team hats on National Signing Day.
McDavid is currently at Oilers development camp. And he’s drawing quite a crowd, via Rob Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
He has three Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, one Conn Smythe Trophy, alake named after him and, of course, one Mark Messier Leadership Award. But one achievement Jonathan Toews had yet to earn? Having a beer named after him.
Enter Tinley Park, Il.-based Hailstorm Brewing Company who earlier this week introduced a brew in honor of the Chicago Blackhawks captain.
Welcome, Captain Serious #19 Pale Ale:
According to I Heart Beer, the brew is “a dry, hoppy, west coast style pale ale brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops. It’s 45 IBU and 5.6% ABV.”
That all sounds pretty great for the captain, who enjoyed himself a beer or a few during the Blackhawks’ previous two Cups of this era.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
According to Igor Eronko of Sports-Express, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will begin his jail sentence on Monday, July 6.
Voynov pled no-contest on Thursday to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse, and his jail time will be up to 90 days along with 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and eight hours of community service (that better damn well be at a women’s shelter).
Voynov’s NHL agent, Rolland Hedges, said in statement: “Mr. Voynov accepts responsibility for his actions the night of the incident and will complete his sentence as required by the court. Mr. Voynov and his wife believe that ending domestic violence both inside and outside of professional sports must be a high priority.”
Another priority, according to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times?
Ending Slava Voynov’s time with the Kings.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Phil Kessel trade was, in many ways, an eventuality. The Maple Leafs only had to find a team with the cap space — or in this case, cap space facilitated through salary retention — and will to take on a guy who had come to be perceived as a “problem” in Toronto.
Of course, Kessel wasn't actually a problem, because he was in fact one of the few bright spots for what was a miserable team for his entire run in Toronto. No one wants to paint it that way because he was in some ways discourteous to the local media (i.e. he didn't put up with their BS), and he was a highly paid, high-skill player on a team that was mired in garbage water before he got there and will continue to be for at least a few more years.
Those who want to run down Kessel will point to the losing, which is more or less beyond his control, because they cannot in any way denigrate the numbers or the durability. From 2009-present, he has missed exactly 12 games, and none since 2010-11 began. The 181 goals he scored in 446 games for the Leafs is fifth in the league over those six seasons. The 213 assists is eighth.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It’s something that brings us great sadness when we think about: a diminutive New York Ranger, deciding to walk away from something we all celebrate.
No, not Martin St. Louis retiring; Mats Zuccarello refusing to embrace his legacy of being the Norwegian Hobbit Wizard, which was his Elijah Wood-inspired nickname when he entered the NHL.
Well, nothing speaks to the magnitude of St. Louis’ retirement on Thursday after 16 season than the fact that Zuccarello gave him an Instagram send-off using the very meme he’s attempted to avoid for years.
Check out the Tolkien-esque celebration of Mats and Marty, a.k.a. Frodo and Samwise:
What, no Henrik Lundqvist as Aragorn and John Tortorella as Gollum?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
T.J. Oshie was traded by the St. Louis Blues on Thursday to the Washington Capitals.
Whenever a fan favorite is sent packed, emotions will run high, and Oshie was certainly a favorite of Blues fans. Especially young ones, because he had really big eyes like an Anime character.
Like, for example, this five-year-old girl, who hid in a closet weeping upon finding out that “T.J. OSHIE LEFT THE TEEEEEEEEAM!!!!!”
Kelly Manno found her, and conducted this brief experiment in burgeoning fandom, as Manno discovered our young Oshie fan can’t accept the idea of rooting for him when the Capitals play the Blues … which is a level of dedication we’d expect from, say, a six year old.
This entire sub-genre of “Adult Sports Fans Filming Children Who Don’t Yet Have The Emotional Capacity To Deal With Loss” exists somewhere in between exploitation and guilty pleasure entertainment. We’ll just go ahead and assume this moppet is being filmed so her family can have a good-hearted chuckle when Troy Brouwer skates the Cup next June.*
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
" If you would have asked me last summer [about being with St. Louis], I would have said that I was going to retire as a Blue," said T.J. Oshie, the newest member of the Washington Capitals, " but [the trade] is the business side of things. Things change and I’m excited for my new start."
To say the move from St. Louis to D.C. caught Oshie completely off guard wouldn't be entirely correct. He had a feeling changes were coming after the Blues first round playoff exit. St. Louis made it clear the change wouldn't be coming in terms of management or the head coach as both Doug Armstrong and Ken Hitchcock were retained, despite calls for the latter's exit.
The change had to come from the core group of players, and Oshie knew it, "... after I found out that [Hitchcock] was coming back, I figured there would be at least one or two moves that [Armstrong] would want to make."