- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy31 mins ago
Danny Briere will be 38 in October. He’s currently an unrestricted free agent and coming off the worst offensive season of his nearly 20-year career (8 goals, 12 points, 57 games). Those facts have all the making of us having seen the last of him in the NHL; but a decision is still to be made by the veteran forward.
Speaking with ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside, Briere said he has yet to decide if he’s going to retire and plans to make a decision within the next few weeks.
"That’s kind of the big question: Can I imagine committing to it?" he said. "If I decide to play, I have to commit to full out training. I’m working out and I’m staying in good shape as of right now. But if I decide to play, I’ve got about two months left to really take it to the next level to be ready for next season.”
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Adam Larsson got paid decent, but not great, money over the weekend, and plenty of term. The reasoning behind it, though, is a little hazy.
Obviously, you don't want to part ways with a former No. 4 pick who is now just 22 years old, but if you had a redraft of the 2011 Entry Draft, Larsson might not be in your top 10. He's certainly not fourth overall. And this extension kicks in at a time when his career seems to be at its lowest point in a lot of ways.
He got what he got — $4.167 million AAV over six years — because that's what most young defensemen in the league get these days. Sure, the Devils were a shambling disaster last season, but Larsson wasn't really a bright spot, which seems like a problem for a guy you just extended for $25 million. He didn't really get it because he earned it.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
The apparent sticking point in all these Cody Franson negotiations, which have stretched on impossibly long to this point, is that Franson would like a team to sign him for more than one year. Not that he's hard-lining that, but it's definitely a preference.
And the thing is, teams should be falling all over themselves to give him that kind of term.
Franson is 27 years old and to all appearances greatly helps his team. In a lot of respects, he could be considered a high-end No. 3 defenseman or a low-end No. 2. This despite being on rotten Toronto teams for the last three seasons and generally having a lot asked of him. He pushes positive possession, suppresses opponents' shot attempts, generally outscores the other team, and so on. He also makes the teammates with whom he shares the ice post better numbers than they do without him. In short, Franson looks like a defenseman who should be pulling what you'd consider to be, say, Brooks Orpik money. Maybe that's not a good example, so here's a better one: Young(er) Andrei Markov.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Jake Gyllenhaal is an accomplished, good-looking actor with many big films to his credit. But even for a heartthrob like Gyllenhaal, there’s the one that got away.
The “Southpaw” actor reportedly bawled his eyes out when his parents forced him to pass (and not shoot, ha get it) on the lead kid role in the 1993 movie “Mighty Ducks” which eventually was scooped up by Joshua Jackson.
“I definitely remember crying on the kitchen counter,” he said on The Howard Stern Show . “ But my parents were like, ‘Look, you’re about to enter junior high school, you gotta get your education, that’s the most important thing. I promise you, you hate us now, but you’ll thank us later.’ And I do.”
Check out the clip (warning, there's some foul language in here):
Nice fake out by Gyllenhaal on whether he has seen the film or not.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
The Buffalo Sabres shook up their executive offices a bit on Monday with the news that they would be replacing Ted Black as President and alternate governor with Russ Brandon, who is currently the Managing Partner and President of the Buffalo Bills, a franchise also owned by Terry Pegula.
The decision, according to the team, as mutual. But that’s not what Buffalo insiders are saying.
Source: Pegulas found how operations worked smoothly with Bills, then wondered why Sabres had so many problems. They looked at presidents.
Source tells me Black wasnt frozen out on Vegas trip but refused to engage with co-workers. He was viewed as a weak leader, administrator.
Via Vic Carducci of the Buffalo News: “Another source close to the situation said Brandon's ability to ‘combine assets more effectively, leverage combined assets and create a consistent message’ made him a natural to become president of both teams.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
At 5-foot-4, Nana Fujimoto is considered small by most goaltending standards. But as Mark Twain once said, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
On Monday, the goaltender for the Japanese national team signed a contract to become the netminder for the New York Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL).
From the press release:
By age eleven, Fujimoto took on the position of goaltender and was named to Japan’s national women’s team at the age of 16. Fujimoto currently serves as the starting goaltender for Japan’s national women’s hockey team and she played in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia for Team Japan where she recorded a .885 save percentage.
During the 2015 IIHF World Championship Qualification Series, Fujimoto recorded 13 saves to help Japan secure a spot at the 2015 World Championship in Malmo, Sweden. The Japanese goaltender had an outstanding World Championship tournament as she was selected as the Best Goaltender of the tournament by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Fujimoto concluded the tournament with 128 saves and a .937 save percentage.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
NBC Sports Group announced its 2015-16 NHL schedule on Monday, with 105 NHL regular-season games spread between the networks.
Some teams made out great. Some teams … not so much. Here’s a look at the winners and losers in NBC’s 2015-16 TV schedule.
LOSER: Connor McDavid
He’s the most hyped NHL prospect since Sidney Crosby. Teams literally tanked last season for a chance to draft him. And what does that translate into for the Edmonton Oilers on American TV, after zero appearances in 2014-15?
McDavid will be on NBCSN on March 1, against the Buffalo Sabres. Yes, Jack Eichel was the only way for Connor McDavid to get on NBC.
Clearly, someone at the network read too much into the dismal ratings for the NHL Draft. Connor McDavid getting one game on NBC doesn't help the game in the U.S. Unless this the NHL's sneaky way to sell more Center Ice subscriptions.
WINNER: Outdoor Games
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
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• Back home in Russia, Pavel Datysuk met up with Zenit and Brazilian footballer Hulk and swapped jerseys. [Nash Football Instagram]
• Marcus Johansson asks for $4.75 million in arbitraton while the Washington Capitals are seeking an award of $3 million. [RMNB]
• Craig Morgan lays out the picture for the Arizona Coyotes over the next two years in regards to their future. [Fox Sports Arizona]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
Rangers center Derek Stepan spoke of New York general manager Jeff Gorton in glowing terms on a conference call Monday morning.
Then again, if you’re Stepan, wouldn’t you if the guyjust gave you a six-year, $39 million contract? This is sort of a different day for the Rangers – the first major deal Gorton has officially given a player since he took over for Glen Sather earlier this summer. And it’s a contract that makes sense to the core group of the team.
“These things take a lot of time, and we’re talking really essentially for me a life-changing contract,” Stepan said. “We wanted to make sure both sides were happy with which direction the talks were going and then it came down to making sure we got the structure and get to where both sides were happy.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers avoided arbitration (as expected) with a multi-year contract (as expected) worth $39 million.
And that might be where it doesn’t meet your expectations.
From the Rangers:
Stepan, 25, registered 16 goals and 39 assists for 55 points, along with a plus-26 rating and 22 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Rangers this past season. Stepan was one of two NHL players who ranked tied for fifth or higher on his respective team in all of the following categories in 2014-15: assists, points, game-winning goals, plus/minus rating, shots on goal, power play goals, power play assists, power play points, shorthanded goals, shorthanded assists, and shorthanded points (along with Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks). In addition, he was one of three NHL players who tallied 55 or more points, posted a plus/minus rating of plus-25 or better, and recorded 25 or fewer penalty minutes in 2014-15.