- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Stanley Cup Final has arrived, as the Pittsburgh Penguins will face the San Jose Sharks for the big silver chalice.
Both team have had stellar performances from individual players to help them reach the final round.
But which ones have really stood out? Which players have the accomplishments, the narrative and the momentum to potentially capture the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP?
Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski breaks down the Top 5 Conn Smythe contenders in this week’s edition of The Wysh List, his weekly countdown of all things hockey.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
It’s often been said that Canada has so many players worthy of being on their national team that there could literally be a second national team made up of the snubs.
So with that, we present you with the seven final additions to the Team Canada World Cup of Hockey roster, which were announced on Friday:
G Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
D Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks *
D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
D Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
D Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings *
D Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues *
D Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks
D Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
F Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
F Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
F Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
F Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche *
F Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
F Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers *
F Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins *
F Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
F Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
F John Tavares, New York Islanders
F Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks *
F Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
If you thought the team of misfit toys for Team Europe couldn't get anymore random, check out the complete list of "pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden" as assembled by GM Miroslav Satan.
(Ed. note: Bolded names are final additions.)
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Team North America bolstered its roster for the World Cup of Hockey with seven additions.
There weren’t a lot of surprises with this group that may not win the tournament, but will still likely be fun to watch because they represent the future of the game.
“Selecting the second group of players was more difficult than anticipated,” said North America GM Peter Chiarelli in a statement. “We had a couple of the younger guys surge in the last segment. We wanted to ensure we had experience but at the same time, we also had to maintain our speed. The whole process was very interesting and in the end, we feel that we can compete and win. We have a lot of two-way players. We have size and range on defense, and we have playoff-experienced goaltending.”
Here’s who North America will be bringing to Toronto in September:
(Ed. note: Bolded names are final additions.)
G John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks G Connor Hellebuyck, Manitoba Moose (AHL) G Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Team USA’s final World Cup of Hockey roster additions were announced on Friday evening and, well, they reaffirmed that John Tortorella is the head coach.
Seven players were added, highlighted below. They join the 16 previous selected to the team on March 2, as chosen by management group that includes old-school names like Dean Lombardi, Paul Holmgren, Brian Burke, Jim Johannson and John Tortorella. Please keep that in mind as you read the following:
G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
G Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils
D Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
D John Carlson, Washington Capitals
D Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche *
D Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets *
D Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
D Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals *
D Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
F Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
F David Backes, St. Louis Blues *
F Ryan Callahan, Tampa Bay Lightning *
F Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets *
F Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
F Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks
F T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
F Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
F Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
F Joe Pavelski, San Jose SharksThu, May 26Tampa Bay1 - 2PittsburghGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
The Lake Erie Monsters are the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. On Thursday night, the defeated the Ontario Reign in double-overtime to advance to the Calder Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.
(Hooray for some semblance of palpable optimism about the future for Blue Jackets fans!)
Along the way, the Monsters have created one of the most memorable playoff traditions we’ve come across recently. Or at least among those that involve hockey players getting the graffiti on:
Seriously, how awesome is that? In a high-school pep rally kind of way?
This is the first year the Monsters have done the spray paint bit on the boards of their home rink for the postseason. Jeff Elston, the team’s communications coordinator, said the idea was came from someone in the team’s front office, and the players embraced it. “They were never in on the idea, but each player that has done it has enjoyed it big time,” he said
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at .
• Check out Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin at Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. [412 Sports]
• The Pittsburgh Penguins should savor this trip to the Stanley Cup Final. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
• A comprehensive look on how the Penguins downed the Lightning in Game 7 to reach the Stanley Cup Final. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
• Penguins forward Bryan Rust took some of the glare off team captain Sidney Crosby to help the team make it to the Cup Final. [Sporting News]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings are reportedly poised to make a change in their leadership structure this offseason.
According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli Dustin Brown has been told he will no longer be the team’s captain next season and the Kings want to go in a different direction with the ‘C.’
Los Angeles is in the midst of diagnosing changes within their organization, though the team has never publicly said they wanted to remove the captaincy from Brown or trade him to another team. Brown, who was drafted by the Kings in 2003 and given the captaincy in 2008, has never publicly said he wants to leave LA.
Brown has yet to speak to reporters about the Kings since the team was ousted from the first-round of the playoffs against the San Jose Sharks in five games.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we're bound to lose some friends along the journey. We've asked for these losers, gone but not forgotten, to be eulogized by the people who knew the teams best: The bloggers and fans who hated them the most. Here is 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning Eulogy writer J.J. From Kansas of Winging It In Motown, fondly recalling the 2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning.
(Again, this was not written by us. Also: This is a roast and you will be offended by it, so don't take it so seriously.)
BY J.J. FROM KANSAS (@JJfromKansas)
We've come to the very second-to-last of the Eulogies. The collective vitriol of millions of sports fans gathered to roast the last of these losers.
It's my job to give the Lightning the treatment they deserve.