- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Washington Capitals forward Mike Richards doesn’t expect to talk to Dean Lombardi in the near future. Even if the two bump into one another at Tuesday’s Capitals/Los Angeles Kings game at Verizon Center – the first time Richards will face his former team after a bitter offseason divorce – Richards doesn’t know what he would say.
“I haven’t talked to him, but it’s nothing more than – really he was my boss. Do you talk to your former bosses? Probably not. So, that’s all it was. I haven’t talked to him and to be honest I don’t really expect to,” Richards said. “I’ve never really thought about it. I doubt really anything would be said. I’m not really sure to be honest.”
During the offseason the Kings terminated Richards’ contract for what the team called a “material breach.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Mike Yeo couldn’t survive this one.
In the 2013-14 season, Yeo was a “whisker away” from being fired by the Minnesota Wild after a six-game losing streak, with defenseman Ryan Suter saying the team was “as close to bottom as you can get.” But somehow, he survived. (You know things are surreal when you go from the firing line to Ilya Bryzgalov coming off the scrapheap to save your season.)
In 2014-15, same deal: The team was in a death spiral, and the expectations were even higher. They sat six points out of the playoffs in January. Yeo was so pissed off that he slammed his stick against the boards and stormed out of practice. Then Devan Dubnyk arrives, Yeo rides him like American Pharoah and the Wild make the playoffs. Job status: Safe, somehow.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
John Scott returned to reality on Saturday night when he took to the ice at Mile One Centre in St. John’s for the Ice Caps’ game against the Toronto Marlies.
Scott’s whirlwind month saw him voted as All-Star captain of the Pacific Division, traded to the Montreal Canadiens, in limbo as to whether or not the trade would affect his All-Star status, named MVP of the All-Star Game following a two-goal performance, and finally, welcome twin girls to the world.
The Ice Caps fans showed their love for Scott with “MVP” chants during 3-1 win, a game that he admitted was a “nerve-wracking” experience.
“I was not good, but the good thing about hockey is everybody has to be good,” Scott said afterward. “We had a lot of good plays, good performances so we won the game and that’s what matters.”
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
by Sasha Yodashkin
Sunday's five-game Valentine's Day NHL slate offers non-stop thrilling action, with a 7:30 p.m. EST divisional battle between the rival Rangers and Flyers capping off a day that starts with a pair of 12:30 games. There are plenty of high-end fantasy options available, but the players listed below have the best chance of delivering value.Sun, Feb 144:30 PM PSTPhiladelphia at NY RangersPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
In the battle of the top teams, Dallas came emerged victorious over Washington by a score of 4-3. Seguin scored two goals for the Stars giving him a total of 30 on the season. Scary moment for Seguin near the end of the game when he was sliced by a skate on the arm. It required stitches. His status is unknown.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
For the first time this season, the Ducks won in overtime. The Ducks captain, playing with a full cage due to a broken nose, scored his sixth goal of the season in extra frames against the Chicago Blackhawks. He also assisted on David Perron's goal earlier in the game. Chicago now shares the lead in the Central with Dallas.
No. 3 Star: Carter Hutton, Nashville Predators
The Atlantic Division leading Florida Panthers could not break the impenetrable wall that was Carter Hutton. The netminder earned his sixth win of the season on the back of a 22 save performance. Check out this incredible blocker save.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm dealt a legal hipcheck to Marian Hossa with 5:12 to go in the second period. The check sent Hossa spinning into the end boards where he suffered an apparent leg injury.
He was able to skate off with help, but could not put any weight on his left leg.
After the game, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times spoke with Coach Joel Quenneville on the forward's status:
“We’ll probably know more [Sunday],” Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks lost 3-2 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks, their third loss in as many home games. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he could miss some time.”
When asked if Hossa could be out weeks, Quenneville said, “Could be stretching it on weeks. Not that long.”
That's a generally positive prognosis from the coach, but again, they'll know more (i.e. what they should tell the media) on Sunday.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
When Teemu Selanne gives his blessing, good things happen.
Just ask Brendan Leipsic of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The rookie is the curly-haired toddler sitting with the future Hall of Famer in this picture tweeted out earlier today by Selanne.
Me And Brendan Leipsic eating pasta before My NHL game, tonight He is playing his First NHL game as a Maple Leaf👏👍 pic.twitter.com/ItDS3mvsVC
Whatever magic the Finnish Flash imparted to the kid worked as Leipsic scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Best part is he scored the goal in front of his parents, who had a reaction that was a mix of joy, shock, and relief.
The goal put the Leafs up 3-1. They went on to win the game 5-2.
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- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Caroline Ouellette leads all-girl pee-wee team into historically male tournament in Quebec.
The Tournoi international de hockey pee-wee de Québec is the most
Led by four-time Olympic gold medalist, and current member of Les Canadiennes de Montreal, Caroline Ouellette, Équipe Québec Féminin, a AA pee-wee hockey team comprised of entirely 11 and 12 year old girls, makes history. The team played a tune-up game on Thursday against the all-boys squad out of Connecticut called ... wait for it ... the Doritos. (Could they be more American??) The ladies blanked the Doritos by a score of 3-0.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
During the 2015-16 season, the Minnesota Wild saw the losses pile up for a team that was built to ‘win now' and it became apparent that something needed to change.
A star player questioned the coaching staff, and the team had a host of other issues that needed to be addressed.
On Saturday, the Wild fired coach Mike Yeo after he went 173-132-44 in five years with the team. Yeo – an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins on teams that went to the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Finals – couldn’t get past the second-round of the playoffs. The Wild came into Saturday three points (56 points total) behind the Nashville Predators for the final Wild Card playoff spot in the Western Conference. A year ago the Wild had 100 points.
Torchetti has been an interim coach with the Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings in the past.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune's story set the scene on Saturday against the Boston Bruins as the Wild lost their eighth straight contest.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
After the Minnesota Wild dropped their eighth-straight game early Saturday, Mike Yeo remained steadfast," I’m not freaking quitting here, and I’m not quitting on this group. I’m going to show some fight, and I believe in the group, but better start believing in each other and better start delivering."
Well, he may not quit, but it appears the franchise has quit on him.
Rich Walsh of KDKA in Pittsburgh was the first to report of Yeo's firing. Everyone was somewhat hesitant to go off of what he said because he's not Mike Russo. About 20 minutes later, the beat writer chimed in:
Via text, Mike Yeo confirms he has been fired by the #mnwild
As the losses began to stack up, it felt inevitable that Yeo's days were numbered. The loss to Boston appeared to be all that GM Chuck Fletcher could take.
No word yet on who will replace Yeo behind the bench. We'll update this report as soon as news is released.