- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The LA Kings said the organization believes the Slava Voynov situation has been essentially solved by Voynov’s pleading ‘no contest’ to misdemeanor corporal injury to a spouse.
Said the Kings in a statement:
“We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just. Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment.”
Said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly:
"We are aware of the latest developments in court today related to the Slava Voynov matter. His immediate status vis-a-vis the NHL remains unchanged. At an appropriate time, I am sure we will be in touch with Mr. Voynov and the NHLPA with respect to next steps regarding the League's review and further handling of the events at issue."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
T.J. Oshie, American hero, is headed to Washington, D.C.
The St. Louis Blues traded the winger to the Washington Capitals on Thursday in exchange for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. From the Caps:
“T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set,” said MacLellan. “He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal. We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis.”
Oshie, 28, had 19 goals and 36 assists for the Blues last season in 72 games. He’s of course most famous for scoring in four of six shootout attempts in Team USA’s preliminary round win over Russia in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which turned him into an overnight household name and remains the only thing worth a damn that Olympic team accomplished before sulking out of Russian sans medals.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The NHL and the KHL did not come to an agreement to try to create some sort of transfer deal between the two leagues.
This comes from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet who indicates players that want to move between leagues more freely will have to wait another year.
The leagues recently held discussions about expanding their transfer agreement to look more like those the NHL has with other European federations, but couldn’t reach a new deal. Instead, they’ve extended their pre-existing memorandum of understanding through June 2016.
What this means, per Johnston, is that the NHL and the KHL will still respect one another’s contracts. If they had come to a deal, players could have left the KHL for the NHL for some sort of fee, like in Sweden and Finland.
In early June, both sides were apparently closing in on a deal. But unlike the negotiations in the Cuban Missile Cris … ok, that analogy was going to be way too far-fetched and confusing for non-history buffs.
Again from the story:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
A judge has accepted a plea deal for Kings defenseman Slava Voynov in his domestic violence case.
According to Larry Altman of the Daily Breeze, Thursday, Voynov entered a plea of “no contest” to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse.
Initially, Voynov was charged with felony “ corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury ” for his part in a late October altercation with his wife.
According to Altman on Twitter, Voynov will get three years probation and 90 days in jail. If Voynov violates probation, the DA reportedly said the 90 days in jail could turn into 364. He will also have 52 weeks of domestic violence conseling and eight hours of community service
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
After the Arizona Coyotes’ 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins back on Feb. 28, Antoine Vermette held an emotional post-game scrum. The NHL trade deadline was less than 48 hours away and the pending unrestricted free agent knew he would be traded.
Not long before the Coyotes boarded the team plane that night, Vermette was on his way to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a first-round pick and prospect Klas Dahlback. A little over two months later, he was a Stanley Cup champion.
But the fit in Arizona was too good to say goodbye to forever, and on the opening day of free agency, Vermette inked a two-year, $7.5 million deal to return to the Coyotes.
“I was leaving without any expectations. All along through that process, right to the end, I didn’t want to put any kind of pressure on that side,” Vermette said about the March trade. “Right away I didn’t know [whether he'd return]. I knew I was leaving. I knew I could potentially not come back. I wasn’t really thinking about it.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Justin Williams has more wins in Game 7s in his NHL career than the Washington Capitals do as an organization since 2008.
Williams is 7-0 since his rookie year in 2000-01 in Philadelphia. The Caps are 3-6 since 2008.
The narrative is totally perfect for Williams and Washington, who signed Mr. Game 7 to a two-year $6.5 million contract late Wednesday night. Williams had played with the LA Kings since the 2008-09 season. Washington blew a 3-1 series lead to the New York Rangers this past postseason and lost … wait for it … in Game 7.
“Well, yeah I do unfairly get asked that question quite a bit. My Game 7 record is a product of the team I played on, I’ve played on some great teams,” he said. “Guys have been able to get that little goal or get that little goal or get that little extra it takes in a Game 7 because everyone knows how important every single play is. That’s basically just a product of the great teams I’ve played on.”
Capitals general manager Brian McLellan, believed in this to some degree.
“I mean, the story line is up obviously, but he just brings the things we need that we don’t have,” he said.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The market was going to dictate Martin St. Louis’s future in the National Hockey League as a 40-year-old forward.
The market spoke, St. Louis heard it and decided that 16 seasons was long enough to call it a career, officially retiring from the NHL on Thursday.
“I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride,” he said, through the New York Rangers, his final NHL team.
The winger split from the Rangers after the season, the team having acquired St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014 in a blockbuster deal. He struggled offensively last season, with 21 goals and 31 assists in 74 games, the lowest offensive numbers he posted in nine years.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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• That’s a nice shiny, brand new Brandon Saad Blue Jackets jersey. Better act now before the unsigned restricted free agent gets offer-sheeted by another NHL team. [@MearsyNHL]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Jack Eichel officially signed with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, and has been hitting the town with the team to celebrate the arrival of their hockey savior.
That included a stop in Larkin Square, where Eichel exhibited a skill that may not have come to light at the NHL Combine: a joyous mastery of the hula hoop.
Seriously, look at this kid.
Shakira hips that simply do not lie, his arms flailing like he’s riding a wave, a look of gleeful satisfaction one normally associates with a well-told dirty limerick. Jack Eichel hula-hooping might be our new spirit animal.
This Vine alone proves that the Buffalo Sabres may have gotten the best player in the 2015 NHL Draft. Unless, of course, Connor McDavid is an absolutely wizard on the Pogo-Ball.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
In deciding what went wrong in a given team’s season, one assigns some players as being part of the problem and others as part of the solution.
A lot went wrong with the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. The idea that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, with his eight goals and 44 points in 56 games, was part of the problem and not the solution is hard to comprehend.
And yet his name bounced around the rumor mill at the NHL Draft, with the Edmonton Oilers the most prominently mentioned courter of the 26-year-old defenseman.
His agent denied that Shattenkirk was being shopped, but it got us thinking: Why would the Blues ever consider dropping Shatts?
It could be because the club has defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester locked up in long-term contracts. Pietrangelo is signed through 2019-20 with a salary cap hit of $6.5 million, while Bouwmeester is inked through ’18-19 at $5.4 million.