- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 mins ago
Chris Pronger was asked about it several ways, but he wasn’t going to acknowledge it.
How surreal it was to still have an active NHL contract and be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. How surreal it was to actually have been involved in an NHL trade less than 48 hours before his selection. How surreal it was to have the gatekeepers to immortality change their bylaws to grant him access, because his circumstances – a stick to the head in 2011 and post-concussion syndrome ended his career, but not his contract – were extraordinary.
"I think nothing I've done has been the easy way. I guess this would follow suit,” was the best he could muster.
All of it must be humbling for Pronger. And awkward. And frustrating. Were it not for a Collective Bargaining Agreement that has more loophole’s than grandma’s knitting, the games being played with his contract would cease. Were it not for the injury, he would still be patrolling a blueline somewhere, elbows out, stick ready to turn opponents into a kabob.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Did Pierre McGuire out the reason why the Kings terminated the contract of Mike Richards for a “material breach” of his deal?
While the NHL on NBC Sports analyst didn’t get into the hard details on TSN 690’s Melnick in the Afternoon show in Montreal, McGuire indicated the incident that led to the Kingss decision happened at a border crossing. Here is the link and we’ve displayed the transcript below. The segment starts at around the 9:17 mark.
Melnick: “Somebody in the know is telling me something happened with Mike Richards at a border crossing.”
Pierre: “Correct … I’m not going to talk about it until it’s made public. I have a pretty good idea of what’s happened.”
Melnick: “So the information I have, you can confirm that?”
Pierre: “Your information is probably pretty accurate.”
Earlier, ESPN.com said it was because of an ‘off-the-ice incident’ the team was made aware of Friday.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
The NHL Free Agent Frenzy gets going on July 1, and that means a whole bunch of teams looking to spend a whole bunch of money on players that probably aren't worth it.
Yahoo Sports' Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski offers his take on five (or so) free agents that are going to make millions with contracts they aren't going to live up to based on expectations. These are the land mines of the 2015 Frenzy -- step around them at your peril!
Join Puck Daddy on July 1 for a full day of coverage, including a live chat, instant reaction podcasts and a video wrap-up of the day's signings, both good and bad.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Sergei Fedorov and Peter Karmanos, Jr., are two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. Karmanos, the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, said of Fedorov that it was “pretty obvious that he was going to be a Hall of Famer.”
Which helps explain why he was willing to hand him $38 million back in 1998.
The Carolina Hurricanes were a money-losing team as the franchise moved from Hartford to Raleigh.Estimates were that the team was $25 million in the hole that year.
So what did owner Karmanos do? He put a six-year, $38-million offer sheet on Fedorov, a superstar with the Detroit Red Wings who had been unsigned during a bitter restricted free-agent negotiation with the team.
Oh, and it was a doozy of a contract, according to this 1998 piece by Michael Russo:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
New Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly is done with the questions that plagued his tenure with the Colorado Avalanche – the queries about his contract negotiations, his relationships with teammates are finally over.
He’s now a Sabre, and while he acknowledged he enjoyed his time in Colorado, he understood the stigma that he was a guy who had trouble closing a deal to play with the team.
“I think our negotiations have always been kind of difficult and I really think there’s nothing I would have done differently,” he said. “My agent has done phenomenal things for me in my career and this is the next step for me here.”
This is important for the Sabres, since July 1, the team can sign the newly-acquired center to a contract. O’Reilly, 24, is entering the final season of a two-year $12 million contract that was settled right before an arbitration hearing in 2014. Next summer he will be an unrestricted free agent. He had 55 points in 82 games last season and 64 points in 80 contests the year before.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee announced its Class of 2015 on Monday: Detroit Red Wings legends Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov; former Buffalo Sabres great Phil Housley; current Arizona Coyote Chris Pronger; former Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Bill Hay and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr. in the Builder category; and U.S. Olympic great Angela Ruggiero in the women’s player category.
Hall of Fame forwards and defensemen will have played a minimum of 800 NHL regular season games or recorded a minimum of 300 goals, 400 assists or 700 points.
It’s an incredible class of NHL stars.
The word “legend” gets tossed around a little too much in sports, but it’s hardly ever more applicable than in discussing defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
He won seven Norris Trophies in his 20-season career. He won four Stanley Cups. He won the Conn Smythe. He won Olympic gold in 2006. He has 1,142 points in 1,564 games, including 878 assists, fifth highest for a defenseman in NHL history. His postseason performances were epic, including a plus-61 all-time in the playoffs, an NHL record.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
"I think we lost our team identity this year. We weren't as tough a team to play against as we'd like to be, and as we were in year's past.”
Those were the words of Boston Bruins president Cam Neely at the end of the regular season; one in which he watched his team fail to qualify for the playoffs on the final day.
Well, if Neely was looking to get back to the Big Bad Bruins days, acquiring Zac Rinaldo will help you get there.
On Monday, GM Don Sweeney kept making moves by trading a 2017 3rd-round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for 25-year old Rinaldo.
Here’s what the Bruins will get in Rinaldo, from Travis Hughes of Broadstreet Hockey, a Flyers blog:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
It’s never a dull moment with the Kings. On Monday, after Mike Richards cleared waivers and we all thought Los Angeles would just absorb a smaller portion of his cap hit on his massive contract, the team announced it was going to terminate the forward’s deal for breach of contract.
The release from the team please …
“The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team’s right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player’s Contract. We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
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• Yet another reason to love Jaromir Jagr, hanging out with Mike Tyson. [Jaromir Jagr]
• Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov are both perfect for the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Detroit Free Press]
• What would a Penguins trade for Phil Kessel mean overall? Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is dealing from a position of weakness this offseason. [The Hockey Writers]
• Within the span of 24 hours the Flames suddenly got better. A lot better. [Flames Nation]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
The Dallas Stars have signed Antti Niemi to a three-year, $13.5 million deal, committing themselves to $10.4 million in goal for the next three seasons.
Locking up Niemi doesn’t mean Kari Lehtonen is going anywhere, even coming off a down season. Stars GM Jim Nill said his thought process on acquiring and then signing Niemi was to solidify the goaltending position.
“Kari is still an elite goalie,” Nill said on Saturday after the NHL Draft. “We just, we’re in a tough situation with our travel. We have as much travel as anybody in the league and back-to-back games.
"I really think it’s becoming a two-goalie league now You look around the league, the teams that have a lot of success, it’s because of two goalies and the pressure to win. Injuries. We have cap room right now. We know we have to improve this position and we went this direction.”