- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy24 mins ago
Several American Hockey League franchises have been rumored to be moving to the West Coast. The league is having a press conference Thursday at San Jose’s SAP Center with brass from the Sharks, the Flames, the Ducks, the Kings, the Oilers and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly present.
What could this possibly be about?
Unlessit's the latest Stonecutters inductions I’m sure we’ll know at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time.
Relocation for next season. Duh...
Though we don’t know the exact locations of the new teams, this likely means the end of Calgary’s affiliation with Adirondack, San Jose’s with Worcester, Anaheim’s with Norfolk, Los Angeles’ with Manchester and Edmonton’s with Oklahoma City.
Cities rumored as part of AHL relocation in the past included Stockton, San Jose, Bakersfield, Ontario, Long Beach and San Diego amongst others. All spots are in California.
While this stinks for the teams in the east that are losing affiliations, it simply makes sense for the more westerly squads. Just think, if a Ducks player gets hurt, a call-up must fly from Norfolk to Anaheim.Thu, Jan 297:00 PM PSTAnaheim at San JosePreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy35 mins ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
8. Zac Rinaldo, why don't you come to your senses?
So Zac Rinaldo got eight games for hitting Kris Letang from behind and more or less gloating about it afterward, as though eight games is going to serve as any sort of deterrent to the kind of behavior that makes him so corrosive to the idea that this is or ever was a game for classy professional athletes who don't want to severely hurt each other.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It’s late January and the Los Angeles Kings are outside the playoffs. But they’re still at 14-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup per vegasinsider.com – ahead of teams such as the Nashville Predators Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets who are ahead of the Kings in the standings.
Should we at all be surprised?
Los Angeles is on pace for 90 points as it enters its #rivalrynight game against Chicago. That likely won’t do it to make the postseason in the Western Conference. They’re three points out of the playoffs Wild Card, behind Calgary, which won again Tuesday night.
But it just doesn’t seem real that the defending champs – who make an art of meh regular seasons and playoff success – are going to miss the NHL’s annual spring fling.
Said Dustin Brown to NHL.comWed, Jan 287:30 PM PSTChicago at Los AngelesPreview Game
Clutterbuck fined for diving; Preds on cruise control; Islanders dominance over Rangers (Puck Headlines)Josh Cooper 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.
• Let’s Talk everyone! [Montreal Canadiens Twitter]
• Cal Clutterbuck is the latest player fined for diving/embellishment [NHL]
• Could the Predators win the Central Division if they keep this up? [ESPN]
• The Capitals are scoring, but losing. This is confusing. [Japers Rink]
• The Islanders basically own the Rangers right now. [The Pink Puck]
• Chris Sutter was the big winner All-Star weekend. [LA Kings]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Darren Pang on the retirement of Marty Brodeur.
• NHL prospects talk.
• Carey Price and the Hart
• The World Cup of Hockey.
• News and notes.
Question of the Day: Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Jarome Iginla is a legend.
He ranks 47th overall in points with 1,199 in his career and 20th overall in goals with 575. And he’s at it again for Colorado. His 15 goals leads the Avalanche.
The 37-year-old Iginla has had extraordinary level of consistency. Since 2000-01 he has had 30 goals every year – with the exception of the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season.
The only element lost on his resume is a Stanley Cup. He hasn’t won one, and in his back-to-back years with powerhouses Pittsburgh and Boston, those two teams flamed out in the postseason.
Regardless, his legacy is secure. He is one of the true ambassadors for the game – a guy who is smart, talkative and enjoyable to watch on the ice.
Iginla carved out a decent chunk of time for us after a morning skate in Nashville to answer many questions, which is cool because players try to scram quickly after morning skate. Thanks Jarome!
Q: You smile a lot when you talk to us, but you’re a nasty SOB on the ice. Explain this Hulk-like transformation…
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
If you’ve been monitoring Twitter Wednesday or watching television up in Canada, you’ve probably noticed the Let’s Talk campaign by Bell, in order to bring awareness to mental illness with the hashtag #bellletstalk.
From a string of tweets by NHL Department of Player Safety voice Patrick Burke, it has been all over the mainstream and social media universe.
9 years later, I am still in hockey. I have great family and friends. And I carefully monitor my mental health daily. #BellLetsTalk
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has joined the fight.
In this video provided by TSN, Babcock explains how two families close to him recently lost members because of mental illness. Most startling is that in his entire coaching career he says only two hockey players have come forward to him to chat about mental issues with him. Think the NHL has a ‘tough guy’ problem?Thu, Jan 294:30 PM PSTDetroit at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The disconnect between the NHL All-Star Game’s entertainment value on-site and on television grows forever wider.
Having covered the weekend in Columbus, it was a blast. OK, the actual game wasn’t – that was pretty unwatchable. But the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft and Skills Competition delivered and were a riot to watch.
Having now seen the TV ratings for these events … woof .
NBCSN in the U.S. reports that the All-Star Game on Sunday delivered 1.194 million viewers, which was a 14-percent drop from the 2012 game on NBCSN (1.317 million). The Skills Competition delivered 895,000 viewers, down 15% from the 2012 competition on NBCSN (1.104 million). The Fantasy Draft on Friday delivered 310,000 viewers, down 24% from the 2012 Fantasy Draft (408,000).
The good news for NBC, such as it is, was that the All-Star Game was the most-watched NHL game on NBCSN since the Stanley Cup Final and the 1.194 million viewers were up 240 percent vs. the network’s regular-season average from last season 351,000.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Our friend Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News wonders if Carey Price should win the Hart Trophy this season:
In reality, it’s the player most valuable to his team as long as that team is good and since Montreal is a near-lock for the playoffs already, the Habs qualify. But the Canadiens have just one player among the top-60 scorers in the NHL and that’s Max Pacioretty, who ranks 34th right now with 38 points in 46 games.
The power play – one of the few aspects of the game Price has no effect on – is bottom-10 in the league, clicking at just 17.1 percent.
Price has a compelling case. He’s third behind Brian Elliott (.944) and Michael Hutchinson (.942) in even-strength save percentage, coming in at .939. That’s with having faced the fourth-most shots at 5-on-5 (914). He’s 25-10-2 overall with a 2.15 GAA.
But we all know how this Hart Trophy thing works, right?Thu, Jan 294:00 PM PSTMontreal at NY RangersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Watching Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle’s goal from Tuesday night vs. the Edmonton Oilers in real time, you’re left awestruck.
The Oilers defenders were on him. Goalie Viktor Fasth came out to the top of the crease to challenge him. Coyle looked like he ran out of real estate before sliding into the boards. And yet … it was a goal, the game-winner in the Wild’s 2-1 victory over the Oilers.
How’d he pull that one off? Logic would dictate that he banked it off Fasth as the goalie scrambled back to his crease. But no – Coyle actually tucked the puck in from behind the goal line after beating three Edmonton defenders on a breakaway. That’s nuts.
Although Coyle said after the game that the goalie’s aggressive reaction surprised him, Fasth played the challenge correctly – not his fault that he followed the backhand deke to its logical conclusion.
There may have been just a slight miscommunication with the defenders as Andrew Ference came blazing in on the backcheck, but they mostly had this played correctly. And Coyle barely got the puck around the near post before running out of time.