- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy35 mins ago
In Feb. 2012, Milan Lucic’s NHLPA peers named him the toughest player in the League, edging Boston Bruins teammates Zdeno Chara and Shawn Thornton. Which is to say he was the biggest bad ass on the most bad-ass team in the League at that moment.
Remember where Lucic was at that point in his career? Three months removed from steamrolling Ryan Miller. Eight months removed from being a blunt weapon of destruction against the Vancouver Canucks, from pummeling opponents to sticking his fingers in Alex Burrows’ face, daring him to take a chomp.
Like the rest of the Bruins, Lucic was an anti-hero. His fist kept people honest. He played with a respectable edge, while also producing at an exceptional level. He became what only the most unique combinations of skill and intangibles can become: a prototype. Unless you think the Canucks traded for Zack Kassian for his levity.Mon, Nov 244:00 PM PSTPittsburgh at BostonPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Andrei Nazarov is like the Pavel Bure of KHL coaches: Electric, unpredictable, could potentially attack fans with a stick or throw water bottles at opposing players.
OK, maybe Bure wasn’t anything like that last part, but Nazarov has been just as entertaining in his new life as a head coach.
The Barys bench boss has previously gone after fans in the crowd with a hockey stick and unleashed obscene gestures at officials and opposing supporters. So, yeah, he’s got a bit of a temper, which was again on display Monday
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 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.
• Giving the All-Star Game voting graphic a much needed update. Who wouldn't want to vote for these mustachioed gentlemen?! [Twitter]
• Anaheim's Clayton Stoner is being held out in precaution due to 'mumps-like symptoms'. [CBS Sports]
• Word came over the weekend the Oilers are looking to ship out David Perron. How would his absence impact the team now and what are they looking for in return? [Oilers Nation]
• Mirtle: Why you can’t blame analytics for Oilers and Leafs struggles. [Globe and Mail]Tue, Nov 255:30 PM PSTEdmonton at DallasPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
It's a (I don't like) Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Todd Warriner remembers Pat Quinn.
* The Oilers in trouble.
* The weekend that was in the NHL.
Question of the Day: What are your Pat Quinn memories? Email email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
A goaltender named Patrick O'Brien helped save the life of a man in a crowd at a hockey game who had become unresponsive.
Since that statement hopefully got your attention, now to the details.
From The Gander Beacon:
"O’Brien — wearing his skates, hockey pants and one goal pad — raced from the Flyers’ dressing room and joined Gander mayor and retired paramedic Claude Elliott and Tom Whalen, a Flyers’ board member and also a former paramedic, who were assisting the stricken fan.
The man had no pulse and was not breathing.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
After learning the news of Viktor Tikhonov’s passing, the hockey world took another hit Monday when it was announced that former NHL head coach and executive Pat Quinn passed away after a lengthy illness.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Quinn”, said Jim Gregory, Vice-Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. "Pat is one of hockey's most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."
"Words cannot express the pain we all feel today for the Quinn family," said Ron Toigo, majority owner of the WHL’s Vancouver Giant, where Quinn was a co-owner.. "Pat was an inspiration to all of us. He always said that respect was something that should be earned, not given, and the respect that he garnered throughout the hockey world speaks for itself. He will be sorely missed."Tue, Nov 257:00 PM PSTNew Jersey at VancouverPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The NHL’s World Cup of Hockey reboot, rumored for Sept. 2016 in Toronto, is a business decision wrapped up in the flags of several nations. It’s a way for the NHL to create an ATM machine of a tournament, spitting out money to the League and its players in ways that the Winter Olympics never could or will.
How much are we talking about here? Abraham D. Madkour, the executive editor of Sports Business Journal, thinks it’s a tournament with some risks but with some very palpable rewards:
You can see why the league is bullish about re-creating the World Cup, which sources believe has the ability to generate more than $100 million in revenue for the league and players, and it’s revenue that sits outside of the league’s definition of Hockey Related Revenue, meaning the 50/50 joint venture would be split.
And that, friends, is why players would be OK with facing their own nations on “Cut Team” or “YoungStars” teams …
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
Gun to your head, what would you say the three biggest problems facing the Edmonton Oilers are these days, in order from most concerning to least?
Naturally and coincidentally, you'd have to start with center depth, move on down to the blue line, then finally settle in the crease. That's in terms of on-ice issues anyway. Maybe you mention the cronyism somewhere, the total lack of accountability the team seems to carry in its organizational bones like ink-black corrosive marrow.
One thing you might not mention is that a cloud seems to hang over this team like a rumbling thunderhead, waiting for the Next Big Screwup so that the finger-pointing can begin anew, as it has at least three or four times a season more or less since the Oilers last made the playoffs.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jannik Hansen, Vancouver Canucks
Hansen earned his first career hat trick Sunday night in Vancouver's 4-1 win over Chicago. His second goal was a beaut:
No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The netminder stopped all 21 shots against in the Rangers 5-0 drubbing of Montreal. He even had time to get in some Rockette-esque dance moves when he was run into by Brandon Prust.
No. 3 Star: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues
The Blues power play went 2-for-5 against Winnipeg. Steen provided the assists on both power play goals, including this nifty stretch pass to a breaking away David Backes.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Sedin was honored in a pre-game ceremony for playing in 1,000 NHL games ... Canucks need to make a decision on Bo Horvat before too long. In his 8th game, provided an assist on all 3 Hansen goals ... Martin St. Louis picked Alexei Emelin's pocket ...
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
Of all issues to end Jay Bouwmeester's 'Iron Man' NHL streak, it really had to be a lower body injury from stepping on a crack in the ice? Seriously.
Either way, the 31-year-old Blues blueliner did not play in Sunday's game against Winnipeg. According to coach Ken Hitchcock, it was because Bouwmeester stepped on a crack in the ice in Saturday's game against Ottawa. This ends Bouwmeester's streak of consecutive regular season games played at 737 ... and a place in the 'Tony Stark Iron Man Hall of Fame.' We actually just made that up, but Tony Stark is cool.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"Bouwmeester left the ice in pain in the third period of Saturday's game and did not return. The club labeled it a lower-body injury afterward. He was seen walking out of the locker room with no noticeable difference."
It's kind of funny, the blog notes that Bouwmeester was asked about the streak Friday, the day before the game where he got hurt.