- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy55 mins ago
The Florida Panthers summoned Sam Brittain from ECHL Cincinnati and Dan Ellis from AHL San Antonio on Wednesday in preparation for the news head coach Gerard Gallant delivered after Thursday’s morning skate.
After getting injured Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Al Montoya will be out at least two weeks with a groin injury, while Roberto Luongo will miss the next two games and then be considered “day-to-day,” according to Gallant, who added he doesn't believe it’s a long-term injury.
“Whew!” said Panthers fans. Luongo has been a game-changer since he arrived back in South Florida a year ago and big part of why they're in contention for a playoff spot this season.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
So imagine you’re Henrik Sedin. You’re behind the net Thursday night against the Coyotes on goaltender Mike Smith. You want to make a play … but gaaaaaah. This is staring you in the face:
Yup, that’s Coyotes super fan Alice Cooper, who is part of Smith’s Coyotes retro night garb. The game will be played in Glendale, not Milwaukee (for those Wayne’s World fans).
That’s probably the best part of the mask, which is old school Phoenix Coyote to incredible detail. Here are some other photos that harken back to the Coyotes’ first several years in the desert. Here are some more photos:
Here is Smith talking about the mask. We can also see it in action during a practice:
It’s honestly a very cool looking mask, probably one of the best we’ve seen this year just from a creativity and detail perspective. Good job all around from Smith, and mask designer David Arrigo.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Michal Neuvirth didn’t see the constant parade of star players leaving the Buffalo Sabres as a major problem. He didn’t believe that hearing the names “Jack Eichel” or “Connor McDavid” at every turn was an issue.
Yes, he hated losing with the NHL-worst Sabres, but Neuvirth, the recently traded at the NHL's Monday trade deadline (or escaped, however you look at it) Buffalo goaltender saw the positive in defeat and the overall long-term gain in his career by playing with the Sabres.
“I was facing a lot of shots and a lot of good scoring chances every game,” the newly acquired Islanders goaltender said. “I think it’s going to help me in the long run.”
That’s actually kind of funny. But it’s really no different than some of the comments former Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers made after his first game with Winnipeg. After that contest, Myers said it was relieving to not be hemmed in his own zone for most of the game.Fri, Mar 67:30 PM ESTBuffalo at OttawaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
As you know, sportsmanship is the universal language. And there’s no better symbol of sportsmanship than the postgame handshake line in hockey. Ice warriors, putting aside their differences and congratulating each other on a game well-played. So inspiring!
That is until one player bumps into another, and then another bumps another, and then the wrong thing’s said and all of a sudden the handshake line has descended into a chaotic postgame brawl.
This apparently also applies to … eight year olds?!
A Valentine’s Day game (of course) in Kazan, Russia, ended with players born in 2006 turning going from handshakes to helmet shots, as the game officials tried to restore order.
The coaches finally get involved, some literally tossing eight-year-olds aside, and the brawl dissipates.
All it takes is one Milanov Lucicovich to turn a handshake line into murder alley …
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- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.
Every fantasy owner's ears perk up when a player that he or she owns is traded. So naturally the NHL's trade deadline day brings a lot of excitement to the fantasy world, more so than the real hockey world. Where else are you going to find people who get worked up over a Brett Connolly deal?
More than any year that I can remember, the trade action wasn't limited to just the one day. There was plenty of action in the days leading up to March 2. Before I get to the traded players who underwent the biggest fantasy value change, here are five players who see little or no change despite the new address.
Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers - Jagr was on pace to finish with 41 points with the Devils and he's still going to finish with 41 points despite the trade. His ice time is the same - and so is his age. He's still 42 years old, his production is slowing, and after the initial post-trade adrenalin rush wears off he'll slow again.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Marek Zidlicky, Detroit Red Wings
The trade deadline acquisition popped the puck over Cam Talbot for a power-play goal just 1:09 into overtime, as the Wings defeated the New York Rangers on RIVALRY NIGHT(!), 3-2.
No. 2 Star: Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators
Hammond did it again, making 35 saves in leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He made 12 saves in the third, when the Sens were outshot 13-3.
No. 3 Star: Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
The Avs captain scored a goal, his 17th, and had two assists in their 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Honorable Mention: John Gibson made 37 saves in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Jiri Sekac had an assist on Rickard Rakell’s sixth of the season. … Alex Galchenyuk scored his 19th. … Bobby Ryan scored his 17th and Kyle Turris scored his 16th. … Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and Sidney Crosby went scoreless in their Cole Harbour showdown. … Evgeni Malkin scored goal No. 27.
Did You Know? Iginla reached the 20-goal mark for the 16th time in his NHL career and tied Bobby Clarke for 43rd place on the all-time list with 1,210 points. (AP)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
According to the NHL, the kneeing penalty that got Matt Martin kicked out of the New York Islanders’ game and put Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley out on Tuesday was a bumbling, awkward collision by a player unfortunately trying to complete his check.
And it’ll cost Martin another game.
From the NHL:
New York Islanders forward Matt Martin has been suspended for one game, without pay, for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during NHL Game No. 948 in Dallas on Tuesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 1:48 of the first period. Martin was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Martin will forfeit $5,376.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
After the game, a 3-2 OT win for Dallas, coach Lindy Ruff estimated Daley would be done for “weeks” and called for a ban on Martin.Thu, Mar 58:00 PM ESTNY Islanders at NashvillePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Math is not our strong suit, but the amount of man-games lost for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season has to be in the thousands, right?
Or so it would seem with this snake-bitten team, which has now seen this season from hell take an new and exciting absurd turn: David Clarkson, the player they acquired in exchange for an injured player, is now himself injured.
(Although we bet his contract is insured.)
From the Jackets:
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton. He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they visit the New Jersey Devils.Fri, Mar 67:00 PM ESTColumbus at New JerseyPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
These GoPro camera videos the NHL is producing are quite cool. From Sidney Crosby showing his skills to this new one with P.K. Subban trying all sorts of tricks.
It’s kind of like you’re on the ice with them – though really we're all watching them via internet. Anyway, behold Subban, one of the league’s foremost entertainers, putting on a show for us:
This is all part of GoPro's deal with the NHL, which was announced over All-Star weekend. And at the moment the videos have yet to disappoint ... at all.
How does this rate against Crosby, the other NHL star who has a GoPro video at the moment? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But to see Subban’s moves, and his rifle of a shot up close is indeed something. The preview shows that there will be many more players doing ridiculous stuff on the ice.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Marc Crawford is no stranger to going off on an opposing coach while on his team’s bench. Remember the 1997 Western Conference Final
Nearly 20 years later, Crawford still has that edge and the ZSC Lions head coach took out some frustrations on EHC Biel head coach Kevin Schläpfer during a Swiss League playoff game on Saturday.
With Biel holding a 5-0 lead in the third period, things started to bubble over, and a dust-up ensued between Henrik Tallinder and Spylo Ahren. Via Bardown, when Schlapfer said something to Tallinder, Crawford had enough.
WARNING: VERY NSFW language (unless you have a really cool boss):
"If Schläpfer wants to mess with me, let him. But with a player? That will not do," Crawford said.