- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
“I’m here if somebody needs me. I’m going to keep myself ready. Whatever happens, I don’t need to make a decision. I don’t want to cheat myself of any opportunities if it happens later on. I’m just taking it day by day.”
Those were Martin Brodeur’s words earlier this month at the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions. One day, he’ll be part of the ceremony in Toronto, but for now he still wants to continue playing, and isn’t ready to retire.
Well, someone does need Brodeur. The St. Louis Blues, to be exact.
On Wednesday, the Blues announced that the 42-year old Brodeur will begin practicing with the team later this week. Their goaltending situation took a blow with the news that Brian Elliott is “week-to-week” with a lower-body injury. Jake Allen will take the helm for now, and Jordan Binnington has been recalled from the AHL on an emergency basis.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
7. Jack Johnson's parents
The immediate reaction to the shocking story in the Columbus Dispatch about Jack Johnson's money troubles, brought on entirely by his parents, was along the lines of, "How could you do that to your own child?"Wed, Nov 264:30 PM PSTPhiladelphia at DetroitPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 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.
•The Minnesota Wild have signed Usher. [Xcel Energy Center Twitter]
• We can finally stop all the speculation. Daniel Alfredsson will retire on Dec. 4. [Ottawa Sun]
• Washington Capitals pay tribute to a high school hockey player killed in a crash. [Yahoo]
• Dish Network subscribers could lose Blackhawks, Sharks and Capitals games. [Puck Junk]Wed, Nov 264:00 PM PSTWashington at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
What would it take to instantly become acquainted with a person, place or thing?
A starter pack, of course!
We asked you last week to create NHL Starter Packs for our latest Reader Art Contest. That you did, with hilarious results.
Here’s our second gallery. Remember: It’s four photos that capture the quintessential essence of a given subject. Like the Sidney Crosby Starter Pack you see above by Katie Hardy! "Here's my Sidney Crosby starter pack including a quick lesson on how to give crosby interviews, one of his.. Uh... Superstitions, the famous dryer, and of course his faithful linemate Chris Kunitz."
Mention your favorites in the comments. We’ll post the winners on the Puck Daddy Facebook page soon!
And here ... we ... go.
Pierre McGuire Starter Pack by Randy Sobel
St. Louis Playoff Disappointments by Scott Hoskins
I assume this is all pretty straight forward, but just in case,
Top left is Bobby Orr knocking out the blues in 1970 - I'm old enough to have watched this, but I feel my fellow fans' pain.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
So here is an easy way to be a good lock for General Manager of the Year – an award that doesn’t include the playoffs, but that’s another story altogether.
Hire the right coach, make all the right moves – and presto! A team that was supposed to be ‘meh’ ends up being good. We’re talking about Jim Benning in Vancouver, the man with the golden touch, the guy who has done everything right so far in his first year with the Vancouver Canucks -- the team with the unexpectedly second-best point total in the Pacific Division.
From Canucks Hockey Blog – albeit a couple of weeks ago, but it still holds true:
Personally speaking, as a full-fledged Canucks fan since the West Coast Express era, it’s the first time I can recall there ever being so many new additions to the team being such vital parts to the team so early on in the season. It’s a strange and wondrous feeling, and I feel like this week I should be talking about another new addition to team, albeit in a different fashion — Mr. Jim Benning, ladies and gentlemen.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Marty St. Louis will cross back over the smoldering, charbroiled bridge he left behind in Tampa Bay to visit the Lightning for the first time as a Ranger on Wednesday night.
It’ll be an awkward moment for Bolts fans. Not the whole “franchise’s greatest player returns in opposing jersey” thing; no, it’ll just be strange to see his front again, after he turned his back on them in February.
This is not a happy homecoming. This is not a welcomed returned. The bygones are not bygones. This is the first chance for Lightning fans to let this alleged leader know the consequences for the captain jumping ship, with a court-matial of jeers.
This is the opportunity to inform St. Louis that 972 games and 953 points and 13 seasons of blood and sweat and dedication can be packed up in a mothballed box until the pain subsides from his selfish decision to abandon the franchise.
“I'd like for people to remember the great years,” he said on Tuesday.
They will. Eventually. Just not now. (Unless the video tribute they run during the game makes them all weepy and nostalgic for a moment.)
"We had 14 years together. I hope they can respect my decision. I think I've earned that.”
- Jen Lute Costella at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Hockey fans have always loved hits for their entertainment value. Coaches and analysts spend tons of time during the season talking about the need for physicality. Fans of skill teams default to bemoaning a lack of big hitters as soon as the team struggles in a game. The question is, does hitting really make a difference? Is this much ado about nothing or is hitting actually important to the game?
We can all think of times when a hit has caused a player to lose the puck so there are certainly times when a little physicality can make good things happen. We can also all think of times when a player ended up completely out of position on the play because he was too busy chasing a hit. Hitting is part of the game though so how hitting is used and the effect it has on play is an interesting topic.
What is the purpose of hitting in the NHL? Ideally, hits are supposed to stifle a team’s offensive attack. If players and teams are using hitting correctly, it should show in shot suppression metrics, i.e. stats that show the shooting rates and offensive pressure of opponents.
Team Level Analysis
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
The Edmonton Oilers are winless in seven games after losing to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Changes will be made, and reports say that forward David Perron’s change of address will be one of the first.
Aaron Ward of TSN reported that Perron could be shipped out to the Columbus Blue Jackets, with center Artem Anisimov potentially headed back to the center-starved Oilers.
This would reunite Perron with Jackets president John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, who knew him well during their days with the St. Louis Blues.
Anisimov is signed through 2016 with a $3.283 million cap hit. Perron is also signed through 2016 with a $4.5 million cap hit.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet believes the Montreal Canadiens would have interest in Perron, and that the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in the derby too, given their need for another veteran wing in the top six after the loss of Pascal Dupuis.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Another multi-goal game for Seguin, as the Stars star is up to 17 goals on the season with a 2-goal second period in their 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks
Miller made 20 saves in shutting out the New Jersey Devils, 2-0. Alex Burrows and Shawn Matthias had the goals. This was a shutout vs. former Canuck Cory Schneider.
No. 3 Star: Danny Briere, Colorado Avalanche
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Briere flung the puck towards Zach Redmond, but it deflected off the stick of Martin Hanzal and past Mike Smith at 3:16 into overtime to complete an Avs’ rally, 4-3 over the Arizona Coyotes. Gabe Landeskog had two goals in the win.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
In overtime between the Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes, defenseman Erik Johnson was given a little drop pass from Danny Briere. He shoveled a quick shot on Mike Smith, who made the save.
And then he was freight-trained by Martin Hanzal.
The collision knocked Johnson to the ice where he was face-down before being helped off to the back.There was no penalty on the play.
The Avs would win the game on a Briere overtime goal. Coach Patrick Roy said Johnson was feeling good after the game, which is good news for all parties.
As far as the hit goes, it’s a tough one to assign blame.
Johnson was crouched down when he took the shot; Hanzal stands at 6-foot-6, so he was lined up for a hit to the head. He definitely delivers a check, not really attempting to avoid Johnson; but Johnson’s eligible to be hit there, according to previous NHL rulings.
So despite Hanzel having two supplemental discipline punishments last season -- a fine and a suspension -- he could be OK on this one.Wed, Nov 266:00 PM PSTChicago at ColoradoPreview Game