- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Congratulations Las Vegas and prospective NHL owner Bill Foley. You have exceeded the magic 10,000 ticket deposit threshold according to ESPN.com, which is a major step towards getting an NHL franchise. Woohoo!
So now what?
Well, keep getting deposits of course ... this is Vegas, and what would be more Vegas than continuing to try to take people's money in games of minimal chance of winning? Just kidding, well not really.
The group will continue to take down payments on season tickets from individuals even as they move into discussions with these larger entities, many of whom have already reached out to Foley and his group, he said. It's possible that along with the sale of suites, which are at about 750 seats, the ownership group that includes Foley and the Maloof family, former owners of the Palms casino and resort in Las Vegas and the NBA's Sacramento Kings, could top the 13,000 mark for season ticket deposits.
So, they’ll keep doing just that. According to the piece, Foley’s investors have already talked about a lease with a new $350 million arena on the strip that seats 17,300.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It’s quite the common refrain you hear this time of year in the NHL.
(Read following generic cliché with Canadian broadcaster accent please)
“This is so the team you don’t want to face in the playoffs if they get in”
Generally, this has been used when discussing the Los Angeles Kings and their playoff chances. The defending champs are the late bloomer nobody wants a piece of.
Is this because they’ve won two of the last three Stanley Cups? Is it because they have ‘the goaltender nobody wants to face’ In Jonathan Quick? There’s actually a lot of factors.
There are a few teams that could win in the first round over teams with a higher seed, and we wouldn’t in any way be surprised. So Nashville, St. Louis, Anaheim … or maybe even Montreal or the Rangers, you could be screwed by playing awesome the whole year and having a crummy match up in April.
We take a look at the top playoff bubble teams and why they could be a load for some of the top seeds in the upcoming postseason.
1. Los Angeles Kings (88 points, one point out of Pacific 3)Mon, Mar 308:30 PM EDTLos Angeles at ChicagoPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The contest goes by many names: “Score-O” or “Shoot The Puck” or “Fan Shootout.” It’s that intermission gimmick during hockey games in which fans attempt to fire a puck from center ice through a small slot in a board that’s placed in front of the net.
You’ve no doubt seen many adults clumsily flub their attempts, receiving jeers from the heartless crowd. They should take a lesson from 9-year-old Karleigh Nalette, who recently showed them how it’s done.
Karleigh is from Fort Mill, South Carolina, and attended the Charlotte Checkers’ home game on March 27. (The Checkers are the Carolina Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate.) She got the chance to participate in the Killingsworth Komfort Air shootout between periods and, for what it's worth, she killed it.
Seriously, what a stone cold sniper: Shoots lefty, probably calls “bank,” scored the goal, walks away. No crazy celebration, no first pumps, not leaping up and down. Totally “act like you’ve been there” attitude.
But here’s the kicker: No one’s ever been there before for the Checkers.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
If there’s one takeaway from the Boston Bruins’ season, it’s that we simply can’t get enough of Liam Fitzgerald.
Remember the adorable kid who gave pounds to the Bruins in November? He now has his own trading card, which was unveiled before last Thursday’s Bruins game. (s/t Next Impulse Sports)
Check out the video:
Fitzgerald has Down syndrome and was also diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 4. But he beat cancer, and has been an inspiration to the Bruins ever since. And he loves the team. He was Adam McQuaid for Halloween in 2013.
Per an above linked Boston.com story, he has met Milan Lucic , Patrice Bergeron , Brad Marchand along with other former Bruins.
- 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.
Russian goalie Maria Sorokina dedicates mask to the late Alexei Cherepanov. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images pic.twitter.com/NJDxEAddZZ
• Nice Alexei Cherepanov tribue mask by Russia netminder Maria Sorokina.
• The U.S. women are 2-0, including a 4-2 defeat of Canada, as the Women’s World Championships got underway in Sweden over the weekend. [USA Hockey]
• Canada, meanwhile, is 1-1 as they prepare for Finland tomorrow. [Hockey Canada]
• The San Jose Sharks will likely be missing the postseason for the first time since 2003. How did it all go so wrong? [Mercury News]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
It's a (I don't like) Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Paul Romanuk of Sportsnet on the Jets and Blackhawks!
• The fading Senators and surging Cats.
• Shane Doan on Letang.
• Wysh's President's Trophy idea.
• Wrestlemania that didn't suck.
Question of the Day: Which NHL player could cut the best WWE-style promo? 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!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Hockey fans are known for their extreme passion, which often gets a little too crazy at times. Hence why hockey parents are known as the scourge of sporting humanity in most North American circles, just above tennis parents and soccer parents.
And now we give you a guy who isn’t a parent (we hope), but has taken heckling to a science … and to horrifying (and in this video hilarious) levels. Cory Simms, explain to us why you love the St. John’s Caps junior team, and why you heckle the crap out of their opponents? (s/t Deadspin)
“if the hockey moms can’t handle me yelling and heckling at the rinks, then they should stick to crosswords and knitting,” he said.
He also said that if hockey players don’t like his shenanigans, they can go to “tiddlywinks” or “Playstation.”
In defense of his actions, Sims says, he’s not like ISIS, which hence makes what he does OK.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Andre Deveaux reportedly had a contract with Swedish side Rogle stating that it would be extended through the 2015-16 season should they be promoted to the Swedish Hockey League. They were, but after video surfaced on Sunday of his vicious slash to the leg of Vasteras defenseman Per Helmersson before a HockeyAllsvenskan playoff game, Deveaux no longer has a future at the club.
Rogle announced on Monday that they have terminated Deveaux’s contract.
“We as a club condemn the incident,” a statement team chairman Hakan Eriksson read on the team website. “It is an unacceptable behavior and nothing we as a club [stand] behind … We have talked to Andre today about the incident and jointly decided to go [our] separate ways … His actions are indefensible.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Tampa Bay Lightning should be a contender. They sort of are a contender. But man … these injuries on defense could really hurt this status. Coach Jon Cooper (of no relation to the author of this piece) announced blueliner Jason Garrison is out three to four weeks with an upper body injury. Forward Tyler Johnson is also day-to-day and defenseman Andrej Sustr is out one to two weeks with an upper body injury.
The 30-year-old Garrison is clearly the largest issue amongst these problems, because he’s out the longest. The Tampa Bay Times sums up below as to why Garrison’s injury is particularly bad … again, the blueline has been bombarded with hurt players from him to Braydon Coburn. Which means, the Lightning will go into the playoffs without two guys acquired to bolster their defense. Garrison suffered the issue Saturday against Detroit.LiveTampa Bay0 - 0MontrealFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
If you were asked to name the last 15 Stanley Cup champions, we’d wager most of you could meet the challenge. The images fly through your mind like the Cup Raise commercial. They’re indelible.
If you were asked to name the last 15 Presidents' Trophy winners, we’d wager you’d get, like, three or four, mostly because you said “the Red Wings” a few times; and then you’d cross your arms and leave in a huff muttering things about the regular season meaning nothing and “there’s a trophy curse anyway.“
To wit: Only eight teams since the award was handed out for the first time in 1985 have gone on to win the Stanley Cup, and two of them were the Red Wings (2001-02, 2007-08). Only 15 of the 28 teams managed to reach the conference final.
Which is to say that finishing first overall is a nice accolade that means absolutely nothing in the end, outside of the requisite home ice advantage bestowed upon a high seed.
Damien Cox of Sportsnet noticed this and wondered: In a year in which finishing No. 30 has been treated with some semblance of accomplishment, shouldn’t there be greatest incentive to finish No. 1?