- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 mins ago
NEWARK, NJ – Martin Brodeur stepped before the New Jersey Devils season-ticket holders seated inside Prudential Center on Tuesday. They serenaded him with a familiar chant.
“MARTY!” (clap, clap) “MARTY!” (clap, clap) “MARTY!”
He smiled. “I haven’t heard that in a while. It’s nice.”
Brodeur was back in New Jersey as the team announced his number retirement ceremony on Feb. 9, 2016, in a home game against the Edmonton Oilers. The No. 30 will be the fourth number that hangs from the rafters in Newark, along with Scott Stevens (4), Ken Daneyko (3) and Scott Niedermayer (27).
In addition, Brodeur will be immortalized with a statue outside the arena, like so many legends are in Montreal where Brodeur attended Canadiens game as a child.
“I grew up in Montreal, where a lot of guys get their jersey retired,” he said.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy59 mins ago
EL SEGUNDO, Calif – Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar said he’s had “some talks” with the team about a new contract, “but nothing finalized obviously.”
Kopitar is entering the final season of a seven-year $47.6 million deal with Los Angeles. In the recent past, Kopitar has indicated he would like a contract extension to get done before the start of the regular season.
The Kings are slated to open 2015-16 at Staples Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. local time against the San Jose Sharks.
When asked about his mental preparation for the season – going into the year as a pending unrestricted free agent in a contract year versus having a long-term deal locked up, the 28-year-old Kopitar tried to take a big picture view of his lack of contract extension.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
HC Olomouc's 2-1 victory over HC Pardubice on Sunday helped put the team into a tie for fourth in the Czech Extraliga. It was a good enough win to a call for a celebration featuring goaltender Branislav Konra, who decided to prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil in his own special way.
Taking a page out of noted post-win celebrator Julius Hudacek of the Swedish Hockey League’s Orebro, Konrad attempted the javelin, shot put and hammer throw using his own goalie equipment:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Have a look at last year's teams to make the Frozen Four: Boston University, Providence College, North Dakota, and Nebraska-Omaha. They kind of typify the situation in college hockey at large this season.
Usually, when a year begins, we have a pretty good idea of who's going to be really good. It's not uncommon to get near-unanimous preseason No. 1 rankings. But in the first preseason poll, that was not only not-the-case, but there wasn't even a good idea of what the top-10 would look like. In all, a whopping 10 teams received at least one vote as the No. 1 team in the nation, and of that number, five got two or more.
This is, to some extent, a democratization of power on the national level; long-time lower-tier programs (reigning national champion Providence, Minnesota State, UMass Lowell, Harvard, etc.) have closed the gap between themselves and traditional powers (Boston College, North Dakota, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, Miami, etc.) and it's a trend that's likely to continue.
That makes for fun hockey and a dramatic season, but as far as the whole “handicapping the season” thing goes, all it does is muddy the waters in a delightful way.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Vancouver Canucks surprised many when they dropped defensive prospect Frank Corrado on waivers, hoping to sneak the 22-year-old blueliner to the AHL.
No such luck: The Toronto Maple Leafs pounced on him, putting forward Richard Panik on waivers while claiming Corrado on Tuesday.
Taken in the fifth round of the 2011 Entry Draft, he made cameo appearances with the Canucks over the last three seasons, playing 28 games in total while seeing steady time in the AHL. He’s on a one-year bridge deal before becoming a restricted free agent again, with a cap hit of just $632,500.
Coach Mike Babcock said he broke down tape of Corrado, saying he “skates well, right-handed shot. I think he could help."Wed, Oct 710:00 PM EDTVancouver at CalgaryPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
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• OK, Tomas, time to grow out a mullet for the fans at the Emirates.
• Tyler Johnson responds to the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" bit featuring a woman who claimed she cheated on her boyfriend with the Tampa Bay Lightning star: “I have no idea who she is or why what was said was said. People can talk but (that) doesn’t mean it’s true.” [Tampa Tribune]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Hey, have you heard? Hockey’s back! The NHL season starts this Wednesday, and thus here is another edition of our 2015-16 NHL season preview predictions!
We all want to know who wins the Stanley Cup. We all want to know who captures the Hart Trophy. But there are so many other things worth predicting in the National Hockey League’s 2015-16 season that we had to tackle some appetizers before the main course.
(Please note this is a metaphor and in no way intended to be a Phil Kessel dietary reference. We leave those to the Toronto Sun.)
Here are some of the trends we have our eyes on this season, and how we think they’ll play out.
Your esteemed panel: Greg Wyshynski, NHL editor, Puck Daddy; Sean Leahy, editor, Puck Daddy; Jen Neale, editor, Puck Daddy; Josh Cooper, editor, Puck Daddy; Ryan Lambert, lead columnist, Puck Daddy; Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs, fantasy columnist, Puck Daddy; Sam McCaig, NHL editor/columnist, Yahoo Sports.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
A torn ACL and two blood clots have limited Pascal Dupuis to 55 games over the last two seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Some more tough injury luck will sideline the forward for another 4-5 weeks to start the 2015-16 NHL season.
According to the Penguins, the 36-year old Dupuis will miss the first month of the season with a lower-body injury. The only good news is that whatever he’s dealing with is unrelated to the two blood clots he was diagnosed with since 2014.
On Monday, it was announced Dupuis would miss the Penguins’ opener on Thursday against the Dallas Stars, but now that injury has failed to show any signs of improvement.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
On Monday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” they did one of those person on the street bits in which they asked pedestrians the most impressive thing they’ve ever done.
The good news for Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning? That apparently he’s impressive. The bad news for Tyler Johnson? That the person he apparently impressed had a boyfriend at the time, and just let the world know about it.
“The most impressive thing I’ve ever done?” asked the woman, on camera. “I don’t know … cheat on my boyfriend, not have him find out.”
She’s then reminded this is a national television program.
She then reminds the audience that it’s an old boyfriend , not the one she has now. And apologizes to “Ben.”
Without prompting, she offers up that he’s a “famous athlete.” She’s then asked his initials, and she says “T.J.” She’s asked what sport he plays, and she says, “hockey.”
There’s a cut in the clip, and now she’s being asked what team he plays for. She says “Florida,” followed by “Tampa Bay."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Last month, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect named Viktor Loov told a Swedish news outlet that “there is a lot of cocaine” in the NHL.
“There are players everywhere who do it,” he said, via Pension Plan Puppets. “If you have money you probably have easy access.”
How much cocaine? Enough that the NHL has been forced to acknowledge that more than a few players are using it, and that the League might have to be more proactive in testing for it.
Rick Westhead of TSN wrote on Monday that the NHL is in talks with the NHLPA about adding cocaine and similar narcotics “to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors.”
"The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they're going up," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told TSN in an interview. "I wouldn't say it's a crisis in any sense. What I'd say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you've hit a cycle where it's an 'in' drug again.