- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 mins ago
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson flew into the Minnesota Wild bench on Thursday night after bouncing off Nino Niederreiter on an attempted bodycheck.
The play happened midway through the second period of their game at Xcel Energy Center. A video of the attempted hit is above. Niederreiter clearly stands his ground as Wilson loses balance on the play.
Wilson also appeared to fall onto the floor in front of the Wild players in quite comical fashion.
He is known as one of the more physical players in the NHL so seeing him involved in some sort of altercation where he gets the brunt of the punishment is rare.
In January, Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo nailed Wilson in a physical contest between the two teams.
Coming into the game, he ranked 15th in the NHL with 154 hits.
Niederreiter ranks second on the Wild with 105 hits in 53 games played.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy57 mins ago
Steven Stamkos holds a lot of the power in his current contract situation with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Part of this comes from the fact that the 26-year-old Stamkos has a no-movement clause. On Thursday Stamkos was asked how he would handle the no-move clause if Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman asked him to waive it. The NHL’s trade deadline is Feb. 29 and Stamkos is a pending unrestricted free agent.
“I think the answer is we’ll cross that bridge at the time,” Stamkos said. “I don’t think it’s that time right [now]. So, I continue to come to the rink every day as the leader that I am and the teammate that everyone in this room knows that I am, and give my best effort. I’ve said that since Day 1 of training camp and that hasn’t changed.”
He was also asked if he would not waive it, just order to end speculation and move forward with the Lightning for the remainder of the season.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Columbus Blue Jackets signed promising defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year $5.65 million contract extension on Thursday. The young blueliner had been stung by injuries since he was drafted No. 2 overall by the Blue Jackets in 2012, but appeared to be coming around this season, showing more flashes of his potential. He was in the final year of his entry-level contract and was slated to be a restricted free agent this summer.
“Ryan Murray is a talented, smart player who has been a very steady performer on our blue line and we are extremely happy to have this deal completed,” said Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen in a statement. “Ryan has earned more ice time, showed steady improvement and contributed in all situations for us throughout the season. We look forward to his continued growth and development with our club.”
Murray and Seth Jones had been paired together since a January trade brought jones to the Blue Jackets for Ryan Johansen. Murray had seen an uptick in his play with Jones, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 Draft.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
On Monday afternoon, the Winnipeg Jets announced they had re-signed Dustin Byfuglien, a very good defenseman who was long part of a will-they-won't-they with his club. The contract was heavy on dollars (who cares) and relatively light on term (very wisely) and did almost as much for the Jets in the immediate future as it did for everyone else who is on the hunt for blue line help.
It has been quite clear at least since the end of October that there were a lot of teams that wanted blue line help, but no real swaps have been made in this regard. Chicago and Pittsburgh swapped some of their D problems, LA took Luke Schenn off Philly's hands, the Ryan Johansen/Seth Jones trade was more of an own-self necessity in Columbus's mind than addressing a specific need (though Jones clearly does that), and that's about it in terms of actual “name” defenders switching teams all season.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
I t's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, in which we discussed:
- Marek and Wysh talk about whether the NHL Draft should exist, if Toronto should be butt-hurt about getting shut out of events for its centennial and throat-slash fines.
- Down Goes Brownjoins us to talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dion Phaneuf and various other NHL things.
- GAME SHOW THURSDAY! Listen to the glory that is our weekly trivia challenge.
- News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
San Jose Barracuda coach Roy Sommer drove around downtown San Jose on Wednesday with the top of his classic MG car rolled down handing out dollar bills to homeless people on street corners.
After being stuck on 636 AHL wins – which tied a 1956 record set by Fred ‘Bun’ Cook – since Jan. 30, Sommer believed he needed all the luck he could get.
“Good karma hit me last night,” Sommer joked in a phone interview with Puck Daddy.
The Barracuda picked up the record-setting victory with a 4-2 win over the Ontario Reign in front of 3,974 people at SAP Center. Sommer, who has been the San Jose Sharks’ AHL coach for 18 seasons, won his 635th game on Jan. 15. Goaltender Aaron Dell made 50 saves to help preserve the win.
“I think the guys were as relieved as I was. It wasn’t like we were playing real bad. It was like, ‘we’ll get this one for you tonight’ and they were right,” Sommer said. “So I think it was a relief for them too. I think everyone was kind of playing real up tight because of this whole thing. I think it was more of a relief for them I think.”LiveCalgary4 - 1San JoseFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Joel Quenneville lost a lot on Tuesday night.
He lost a goal from the scoreboard, as Brandon Mashinter's tally against the San Jose Sharks was overturned after a coach’s challenge, with the referees determining that Chicago Blackhawks forward Dennis Rasmussen interfered with Sharks goalie Martin Jones.
And then he lost his cool in the postgame press conference, storming out after declaring about goalie interference standards: "It has gone to a different level. I don't know the rules anymore or something has changed. … I think everybody has an interpretation, what's a good goal, what's a bad goal. But I can't believe it."
It was understandable that he was a little miffed, what with it being the second time in three games the Blackhawks had a goal taken down on a coach’s challenge.
So Quenneville spoke with the NHL this week, airing some grievances. According to CSN Chicago, they agreed with the Blackhawks coach that it wasn’t the right call:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis believes the questions and queries about the contracts for Eric Staal and Cam Ward have been more difficult on the players than himself.
This is strange, considering the fact Francis has the unenviable task of trying to figure out what to do with both pending unrestricted free agents before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
Does he deal Staal or Ward and try to yield a return in case they bolt this summer? Does he try to re-sign them before the deadline? Does he play out the string with them and hope they can figure out a course of action with both players before July 1? Staal is reaching the end of a seven-year $57.75 million contract that kicked in for the 2009-10 season. Ward, who won the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy, is in the last season of a six-year $37.8 million contract.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
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Thursday's nine-game NHL slate should leave owners with plenty of solid DFS plays. Chicago's myriad scoring options should be no less popular than usual despite facing a talented Stars team, while many of the Ducks stand out as top-end candidates against the last-place Blue Jackets on the heels of a dominant road win in Philadelphia. Those two teams are far from the only ones in fantasy-friendly situations, and all of the players listed below also fit that profile as quality DFS value plays.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
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• The 2016-17 season marks the final year for hockey at Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit Red Wings have planned a series of tributes, including the patch above for the players sweaters. [Red Wings]
• Mark your calendars: February 18 - the Chicago Blackhawks head to the White House for a third time to celebrate the Stanley Cup win with President Obama. Maybe POTUS, a Chicago sports fan, will get to a game after his term is over. [Blackhawks]
• The venerable Bob McKenzie gives his insight on some of the names being thrown around as the trade deadline nears. [TSN]