- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
When the NHL and the NHLPA announced the 2016 World Cup of Hockey last weekend, it was clear that they would find new and excited ways to generate revenue from an event that could gross as much as $120 million.
This is because NHL players (and fans and media) are all really keen on Olympic participation, and the League knows the only way to knock dreams of gold medals out of their heads is to smack them with bags of money.
So, to the surprise of no one except those delusional enough to believe there won’t be advertising on NHL jerseys in the near future, there will be advertising on World Cup of Hockey sweaters, according to Rick Westhead of TSN:
The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Remember when hockey in California was a novelty? You had the Golden Seals with their goofy jerseys and white skates. The Los Angeles Kings seemed like nothing more than a token gift to the West Coast.
Now, hockey in California is real, it’s a thing, and it’s getting much more serious with the American Hockey League’s announcement of the formation of the Pacific Division and the addition of five California franchises to start play in 2015-16. The breakdown from the release:
- The Anaheim Ducks will purchase the Norfolk Admirals AHL franchise and will relocate it from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif.
- The AHL franchise owned by the Calgary Flames will relocate from Glens Falls, N.Y., to Stockton, Calif.
- The AHL franchise owned by the Edmonton Oilers will relocate from Oklahoma City, Okla., to Bakersfield, Calif.
- The AHL franchise owned by the Los Angeles Kings will relocate from Manchester, N.H., to Ontario, Calif.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Oh the amazingness of tabloid newspapers never ceases to amaze. Behold the above cover of the Ottawa Sun featuring Jason Voorhees from the film “Friday the 13th” to commemorate Dallas forward Jason Spezza and his return to Ottawa for the first time since a summer trade.
And if there was a question as to whether he was going to be booed in his Thursday night return? A horror movie villain certainly adds to fan anger. Or scares children readers.
And then there was this little delicious morsel from the Dallas Morning News.
“It’s been challenging. It’s not easy to move teams when you’ve been in one spot for so long. But I think it’s made me a better player,” he said. “There’s been a learning curve, probably a little more than I expected. But I guess that’s been being a little naïve in moving teams for the first time — you expect everything to fall into place, but it takes a little bit of work.”
OK, not exactly an ‘I hate Ottawa’ quote. But moving to Dallas made him a better player? Goo.
- Sean Leahy 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.
• "Dollar Beer Night" in Cincinnati ends with a monstrous beer pyramid. [Sporting News]
• “Fans are passionate, so I hope I’m remembered for giving my all and having some success here, but I expect them to support their team, too.” Jason Spezza returns to Ottawa for the first time as a Dallas Star. [Ottawa Citizen]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
It's a Thursday 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: Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington on the Capitals vs. Penguins.
• Brodeur retires.
• Spezza in Ottawa.
• News and notes.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
They call my home state of New Jersey the “Garden State.” I always imagined it was the runner-up to the rejected original winner, “Constant State of Inferiority.”
We’re a punch-line. We’re a weird growth on the ass of New York. We’re trash heaps and smoke stacks and odd odors that creep through your vents while traveling down I-95. We’re Snooki and The Situation and Joe Piscopo and Chris Christie and clichés about Springsteen songs and where everyone looks like Tony Soprano.
When you’re from Jersey, you always hear about the concept of “Jersey Pride.” It’s this notion that we’re something more than the jokes that define us, something more than the being “The Garbage State.”
It’s a difficult concept to grasp for many reasons, being that we’re a collection of self-deprecating jerks half the time. It was especially difficult growing up as a sports fan in New Jersey during the 1980s and ‘90s, because nothing that was good about Jersey sports was actually ours.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Martin Brodeur stood in front of a St. Louis Blues backdrop and announced his retirement on Thursday. It wasn’t the scene we had pictured it would be while watching his 22-year NHL career; but after splitting with the New Jersey Devils last season, he didn’t want to say goodbye just yet.
Brodeur felt he could still play, and after a long wait spent the final seven games of his career with the Blues. When Brian Elliott got healthy, the 42-year old netminder was relegated to third on the depth chart. That’s when the thought of the end began to creep into his mind.
“I know I can play,” Brodeur said. “I know I still can have fun with this game. For me, just the fact that they got healthy was harder for me to stay around. I’m a competitive guy. It was hard to stay on the sideline. That’s why I decided to take my retirement.”
The Blues had hoped that Brodeur would stick around and lend his veteran expertise, but it didn’t feel right. “I felt in a way a little bit,” he said.Fri, Jan 304:00 PM PSTPittsburgh at New JerseyPreview Game
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.
It's at this point in the season where, if you're competing for first, you should start scouring the waiver-wire for underperforming players who are on expiring contracts. Fantasy owners aren't exactly known for their patience, and they often drop players in December or January who could turn out to be hidden gems - if they're on a different team.
Last season in late January, someone in one of my leagues dropped Ales Hemsky. Yes, Hemsky was doing terrible in Edmonton. But it was no secret that he was being shopped and would almost certainly be traded. I picked him up and he sat on my bench for three weeks. Then he was dealt to Ottawa. I could afford to keep such a player on my bench for a couple of weeks and it paid huge dividends because, as you know, he was very productive playing with Jason Spezza down the stretch. We'll end Hemsky's story there, rather than drag it into the Dallas era…
Some things to look for:
• Contract is expiring. And he'll become an unrestricted free agent, rather than restricted.Thu, Jan 296:30 PM PSTBuffalo at EdmontonPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
NHL fans have been debating some suspensions recently: Dan Carcillo’s six games, Zac Rinaldo’s eight games. Some said they didn’t go far enough in sending a message to repeat offenders.
Meanwhile, in the ECHL, they’re dropping 20-game hammers.
Andrew Conboy of the Elmira Jackals was suspended 20 games by the League for a cross-checking incident against Brampton. He was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for cross checking another player in the face, and a match penalty for deliberately attempting to injure an opponent.
The Jackals, having seen enough, waived Conboy after his suspension.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Martin Brodeur is retiring on Thursday after a career that saw him set a few dozen records for NHL goalies, from wins to shutouts to goals scored (!).
Yahoo Sports Puck Daddy blog editor Greg Wyshynski looks back at this Hall of Fame worthy career and gives us five reasons why we'll miss the St. Louis Blues legend.
(Well, he is retiring as a Blue. But you may remember him from such teams as the New Jersey Devils.)
What will you remember most about Brodeur?