- Puck Daddy17 mins ago
Ted Nolan let it slip on Monday that the Buffalo Sabres and his agent are hammering out the details on a new deal that will keep him behind the bench through the team’s transition years.
Said Nolan: "I put into my representative's hand and I guess him and [GM Tim Murray] will be talking soon if not have talked already. Just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. We'll leave it in their hands for now."
So “just a formality” would seem to indicate that this thing is getting done, which is at least a little surprising given how Nolan was knocked on his ass by the resignation of Pat LaFontaine from the Sabres.
Luckily for himself and the Sabres, Ted Nolan’s not an idiot.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy47 mins ago
For a while there, the rumour was that George Stroumboulopoulos would be replacing Ron Maclean as the cohost on Canadian institution, Coach's Corner.
That would have been incredible. Contrasting Don Cherry's loud suits with Strombo's fashionable, edgy look would have made it as much about fashion as hockey. And watching Cherry try to pronounce "Stroumboulopoulos" when he can't handle "Bieksa" would have been a treat.
But alas. On Monday, Rogers did not announce a change to the Coach's Corner format. That will remain the same. They did, however, roll out a new hockey "dream team" of NHL coverage anchors, featuring Cherry, Maclean, Darren Millard, and Jeff Marek, anchored by the aforementioned Stroumboulopoulos. From Rogers:
The team will deliver more than 500 regular season games across 13 networks and 7 platforms, including up to 7 games every Saturday night, plus “Hometown Hockey” every Sunday hosted from communities across Canada, and every game of the NHL Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final.
The announcement was made today by Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers.
- 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.
• The two Canucks fans in the front row were more shocked at Brian McGrattan's freak Popeye arm than his long-range goal Saturday night.
• Check out Steve Whyno's timeline for a run down of Day 1 of the GMs meetings. The biggest takeaway: don't expect overtime to be extended. [@SWhyno]
• Evgeny Kuznetsov has finally arrived in Washington and is currently rooming with Alex Ovechkin. What did Day 1 provide? Lots and lots of push-ups, apparently. [RMNB]
• Just awful, awful news from Calgary. Matt Stajan will be taking a leave from the Flames and he and his wife lost their newborn son following childbirth earlier this month. [Flames]Mon, Mar 104:00 PM PDTPittsburgh at WashingtonPreview Game
- Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Colorado Avalanche are practically locked into a Western Conference playoff seed, after many predicted they wouldn’t even make the postseason this year. This defying of expectations has prompted their playoff run battle cry: “WHY NOT US?”
Well, little did we know the true meaning of the phrase until the team released a playoff pump-up video on Monday: “No NHL team has made an embarrassingly awful cover of Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ featuring sweaty players, terrible acting and shirtless dudes making awkward faces in the bathroom mirror … so WHY NOT US?”
Here are Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and the Avalanche covering “Imagine Dragons.” Thus begins your frantic search for a “Men In Black” neurolizer to rid your mind of these images:
A few reactions:
1. The only way we could be more uncomfortably close to Matt Duchene’s face is if someone hit us with a shrink ray and we held a picnic on his lip divot.
- Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It's a 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: Daryl "Razor" Reaugh on the Dallas Stars; Nick Cotsonika on the GM meetings.
• Jeff Marek is now a superstar of superstars for Rogers Sportsnet.
• The great overtime debate.
• The Playoff Races in the East and West.
Question of the Day: What's your preferred OT format? Email at 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!Mon, Mar 105:30 PM PDTColumbus at DallasPreview Game
- Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The NHL’s general managers are on vacation playing golf attempting not to giggle when passing Garth Snow in the hallway having their meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. through Wednesday, with one major topic on the agenda: overtime and minimizing the shootout.
Of the 967 games played in the 2013-14 regular season through Sunday, 122 have been decided in a shootout. That’s 12.6 percent of the regular season ending in a skills competition, which is actually down from the average since the shootout began in 2005-06: 13.3 percent of all regular-season games.
The momentum has been building to do something to reduce the number of shootout games.
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s 4-on-4 then 3-on-3 OT format may be the most radical, which is why it probably won’t be ratified without a season or two of lab-ratting in the AHL. (The Southern Professional Hockey League, by the way, has both 3-on-3 OT and a female goalie. Your move, NHL.)
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings won their seventh game in a row Sunday night with a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. They'll go for their eighth Monday night against the Calgary Flames likely missing one of their regular forwards.
Late in the second period, after LA has built up a three-goal lead, a scrum ensued in front of Jonathan Quick and Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu shoved Drew Doughty. Jordan Nolan took exception, grabbing Joensuu, then delivering two punches to his head:
Nolan was assessed a double minor for roughing and will likely see supplemental discipline as the NHL Department of Player Safety announced that they will have a phone hearing with him on Monday.
As NHL executives gather in Boca Raton, Florida this week for the annual GM meetings, Brendan Shanahan and his crew can pretty much tell Nolan he'll be sitting for 2-3 games in between holes on the golf course. This one is easy.
- - - - - - -Tue, Mar 115:00 PM PDTEdmonton at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
BY RYAN LAMBERT
[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.]
With much fanfare and after, what, four years of waiting, Evgeny Kuznetsov is finally on U.S. soil and both ready and willing to play for the Washington Capitals for these critical last 17 games of the season. During that time, the Caps will try to make up the point that holds them out of the playoffs and hope like hell the teams ahead of them don't pick up any extra points with their games in hand.
The thing is, there would be reason to suspect the Caps wouldn't be able to make the playoffs even if they currently occupied a position which would enable them to do so. However, they do not. They are, in fact, 10th in the East. And while it's dumb to play the “What if the shootout didn't exist?” game — as the shootout does unfortunately continue to exist — the Caps have picked up eight of their 30 wins in this gimmick competition, second in the league behind only the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are likewise not very good.
- Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
EHC Red Bull München is a hockey team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and home to such former NHL luminaries as Danny Richmond (owner of a 2010 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup ring) and Matt Smaby, who was a semi-regular defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2007-11.
ECH Red Bull has made the 2014 DEL playoffs, and decided to rally its community to support the team as it contends for … well, we have no idea what the German equivalent of the Stanley Cup is. If it’s not DAS BOOT, they’re doing it wrong.
To do so, they used one of the time-honored traditions in hockey: The fist-bump and/or glove tap. With a camera attached to mitt and fan passion on their minds, the team took to the streets of Munich for one of the most random playoff pump-up videos we’ve ever seen:
Well, they’ve got Pinocchio, a fruit vendor and an Imperial Stormtrooper on board.
Good luck, rest of the DEL …Mon, Mar 104:30 PM PDTPhoenix at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The King made 30 saves to lead the Rangers over the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0. That included 18 saves in the first two periods to hold a 1-0 lead, until Chris Kreider scored a pair in the third.
No. 2 Star: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter opened the scoring with a goal before scoring another on the power play in the third and then assisting on Trevor Lewis’s game-breaking tally, in the Kings’ 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Alas, he also took a misconduct in the third.
No. 3 Star: T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues
Oshie opened the scoring and tallied the first goal of the shootout in the Blues’ 3-2 win at the Minnesota Wild.
Honorable mention: Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists in the Boston Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Jimmy Hayes had two goals for the Panthers. … Jonathan Toews scored a third-period goal in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. … Brian Elliott made a heck of a paddle save for the Blues: