- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Fall is here, which mean it’s not only hockey season, but corn maze season. Previously, we’ve featured corn mazes-- the highest of honors -- of Tim Thomas and the Chicago Blackhawks after their Stanley Cup victories.
This time around, the Minnesota Wild and Mario Lemieux are getting the honor at farms in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, respectively.
Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze opened last weekend, with 50 cents from each ticket sold going to the Minnesota Wild Foundation. When they hit 15,000 visitors, the donation will go up to $1. As part of the opening, they’ve created a corn maze featuring a giant Wild logo in it:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Joe Haggerty of CSN New England on the Boston Bruins.
• Breaking down the Krug, Smith, Schwartz and Stuart signings.
• Vladimir Tkachev inks with Oilers.
• New Sportsnet studio.
Question of the Day: Which NHL with the greatest potential never met it? Email 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!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Mark Greenberg’s Times Square office sits across the street from what used to be a Virgin Megastore, a behemoth of commerce that tourists and locals used to swarm for the latest CDs and DVDs.
It closed in 2009.
It’s now a Forever 21.
“The world is evolving. How will you evolve with it?” is something Greenberg, the CEO of the Epix pay cable network, asks his potential partners. It’s something he asked NHL commissioner Gary Bettman when the two talked about bringing the League’s Winter Classic reality programming from HBO to Epix.
“[Our] CEO shows up to negotiations. I’m not sure that was the case with HBO," he quipped.
They both knew that HBO had provided a template for success in its “24/7” series, which aired three, four-episode seasons featuring six NHL teams. The results changed the way fans saw the players, coaches and hockey life – raw language, stunning imagery and editing that revealed off-the-ice drama to which we’d not previously been privy.
“They did a lot of smart things. Take the smart things that were there, and expand them,” said Greenberg.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 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.
• Ever wonder what your favorite hockey team’s uniforms would look like as a soccer kit? Wonder no more. [Icethetics]
• Mike Babcock on his status as Detroit Red Wings head coach after this season: "I don't think it's going to be my final year here. If it is, it is.” [MLive]
• LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter on team bonding trips: “If you need to go somewhere to learn about your personality, then you probably have a disorder.” [LA Kings Insider]
• Scott Burnside talks to Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, who has moved on from the Sochi drama that caused him to miss the gold medal game. [ESPN]
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
DETROIT -- Watch this. Look through an official’s eyes. See the puck coming up the boards, Justin Abdelkader flying past. Imagine trying to keep up with the play and scan for rules violations as Abdelkader collects the puck in the corner and the Detroit Red Wings end up scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Different, isn’t it?
Your point of view isn’t a fixed position above the ice – a seat in the stands when you’re at the rink, a camera on a tripod when you’re watching on television. It’s moving. It’s on ice level. It isn’t detached; it’s in the thick of the action.
The NHL put GoPro cameras on the front of officials’ helmets to record that perspective twice last preseason (both in Toronto) and twice this preseason (in Buffalo and Detroit). It wasn’t for promotional purposes. It was for internal training.
The officials don’t like wearing the cameras – mounted with adhesive, blacked out with gaffer tape. But the cutting-edge footage is for education and improvement.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Last season, the Dallas Stars had a dynamic duo in Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, combining for 163 points.
Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators briefly had one of their own in Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Spezza finished the season with 66 points; Hemsky scored 17 in his 20 games in Ottawa.
The latter two players signed with the Stars in the summer. On Monday night, coach Lindy Ruff decided to empty his toy chest, putting all four of them on the same power play unit along with an incredibly lucky Trevor Daley. It was a group that hadn’t seen a minute of practice together in the preseason.
The result? Dallas scored two late power-play goals by Seguin, who had a hat trick, in rallying to beat the Florida Panthers.
It was one game, but you could see the puddles of drool collecting on the ice from agape mouths watching this unit find chemistry.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Ilya Bryzgalov was the backup goalie for the Minnesota Wild in their 4-1 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
It’s the preseason.
He’s Bryz. He’s bored.
In the third period, a line of fans stood near the glass at the Wild bench, each one taking a selfie with everyone’s bear-fearing, park-loving goaltending Cosmonaut.
Like this one from liblawbs:
And this one from @tmg135:
"WHY YOU HEFF TO BE MAD? IS JUST A SELFIE!"
Props to the guy photobombing that fan's Bryz selfie. So many layers ... it's like "Inception."
Later in the game, after he had appeared on every Instagram account in the Twin Cities, Bryzgalov tossed his touque on the ice after Jason Pominville completed his hat trick.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Coming into this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets looked like they could have a formidable first line.
The current status of that line?
Nathan Horton is out with a degenerative back condition. Ryan Johansen is an unsigned restricted free agent in a brutal, contentious negotiation with the team.And now Boone Jenner will miss “significant time” with a broken left hand, according to Puck Rakers.
Jenner was injured when his hand was hit by a puck in a Sunday practice
He’ll be out for at least a month.
An actual quote from GM Jarmo Kekalainen: “That’s why we have a second line, a third line and a fourth line."
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
(The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)
The Boston Bruins had some new division mates in the revamped Atlantic Division, but the story ended the same way as it has in the (R.I.P.) Northeast Division. A 54-19-9 (117 pts.) not only helped the Bruins win their fourth division title in six years, but also their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1990.
The NHL’s new divisional playoff format, coupled with the realigment had the Bruins facing the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round. After dropping Game 1, Boston won four straight to set up a meeting with hated rival Montreal, their sixth playoff series against the Canadiens since 2002. The series was controversial and emotional and ended in disappointment for the Bruins, as Montreal moved on with a 3-1 victory in Game 7. Boston had built up a 3-2 series lead, but managed to score only once in the final two games.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
BROOKLYN — There was a lot of the same during Friday night’s New Jersey Devils/New York Islanders preseason game. The Islanders blew a two-goal lead and the Devils ended up losing in a shootout. Just like old times!
There was one difference, however: the venue. For the second straight preseason, the teams dropped the puck at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the Islanders will soon call home.
After 43 years and four Stanley Cups, this season marks the final one at Nassau Coliseum for the Islanders. The second-oldest arena in the NHL has been outdated for a long time, and after owner Charles Wang tried and failed several times to revamp the barn once known as “Fort Neverlose,” the option for Brooklyn was presented and the decision to move was made.
There are bigger concourses inside Barclays Center; more food and drink options and other enhancements, including a GQ-sponsored barber shop, that will make the experience better for both fans and players.