- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy13 mins ago
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— ray (@RayFoy4) March 16, 2014
• Jaromir Jagr is the best. "I thought he was going to leave it for himself, not put it out to the Internet." [Star-Ledger]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It’s March 17, but you knew that the moment you dove into a pile of clothes in your closet to find that one green thing you own or you attempted to enter your local bar only to find it overrun with people who don’t know what a properly poured Guinness looks like. (Wait for it to settle, people.)
Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that’s embraced by the NHL through the selling ‘o the green in its team stores. But St. Paddy’s doesn’t just make hockey better as a catalyst for specialty gear; oh, no, the holiday takes hold of our hockey hearts like a giant 24-hour Claddagh.
Here are 10 ways St. Patrick’s Day makes hockey better.
10. Honoring Patricks
What better day to Photoshop Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp into a stereotypical Irish gear? What better day to consider the virtues of St. Patrick himself, Patrick Roy, and the Jack Adams he’ll win. (Jack Adams? Probably Irish.) Patrick Marleau, Patrick Flatley, James Patrick, Craig Patrick, Patrick Burke, the Patrick Division, the Pat Trick (a goal, a fight and a postgame shower beer) … all of hockey’s Patricks. Raise a glass in their honor.
9. Green Ice
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It's a Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: John Garrett, voice of the Canucks, joins us to talk about Vancouver's plight.
• Updated the playoff races.
• The Blackhawks' health and potential.
• The Vezina Debate.
• Playoff race updates.
Question of the Day: It's St. Patrick's Day; give us your favorite St., Patrick or Green player of all time. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The KHLs Barys Astana won their first ever playoff series last week after sweeping Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in the opening round. They are currently waiting for their next opponent and probably would like a few more extra days of rest given an injury to one of their players.
Talgat Zhailauov is a 28-year old forward who posted 10 goals and 31 points in 52 games this season. He helped set up the winning goal in Barys' Game 4 2-1 conquest over Avtomobilist.
Upon the team's arrival back home, some fans greeted them at the airport and decided to do celebrate by tossing Zhailauov in the air. That wasn't a great idea.
According to reports, Zhailauov was taken to a hospital and suffered a concussion. No word on how much time he might miss.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The leading scorer for the New Jersey Devils is a free agent this summer, and his agent believes he could return to the team next season.
This might read as the most obvious, pedestrian free agent tale in the history of freedom or agents, but when that player is Jaromir Jagr and he’ll be 43 next season, it’s a bit more intriguing.
Agent Petr Svoboda – best friend of The Pensblog – tells NJ.com that there’s a “really great chance” Jagr is going to be a New Jersey Devil next season on another one-year deal:
Svoboda knows for sure that Jagr has greatly enjoyed his first season in New Jersey and says he's pretty sure that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello wants the team's 42-year-old leading scorer back. “Basically, Jags is very, very happy where he's at, and I think it's vice versa,” Svoboda said. “I don't see why he should not be going back to New Jersey next year.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.
In yet another example that proves the existence of the Hockey Gods, the Buffalo Sabres were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday – in a game that featured a tribute to that symbol of their pending rebuild, Thomas Vanek, as he played for the team that eliminated the Sabres.
The Sabres are the first team to be eliminated in the 2013-14 season, as the Montreal Canadiens moved into second in the Atlantic Division.
So with one team down, it’s time for Puck Daddy to begin its daily countdown to elimination for the remaining playoff contenders.
Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.
The acquisition of Andrej Meszaros from the Flyers at the trade deadline -- for a conditional third-round pick that will likely come in the late 80s or perhaps even early 90s, and therefore amounts to peanuts as far as the Bruins are concerned -- was designed to do one very specific thing for the Bruins: Give them flexibility on the blue line.
The season-ending injury to Dennis Seidenberg just two days after Christmas had many wondering about just how reasonably the team could continue to defend over the remainder of the season, and this was an issue that went largely unaddressed apart from the AHL call-up of the since-extended Kevan Miller.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks
Niemi was nothing short of stellar against the Rangers, stopping all 41* shots in the Sharks 1-0 win. Why the asterisk? New York's Carl Hagelin scored a goal that the NHL's Situation Room did not count even though it was clearly over the red line. Here is one of Niemi's spectacular saves:
No. 2 Star: Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
Dallas had a 2-1 lead over Winnipeg until the 7:02 mark of the first period. The Jets went on to score six (6!!) unanswered goals to win 7-2. Wheeler assisted on four of the seven goals. (Dallas fans can thank Mooney for the 'positive story leads to loss' jinx.)
No. 3 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Back at the beginning of the year, we here at Puck Daddy were asked to predict the NHL standings at year-end. This is, of course, a fool's errand, and we're all going to end up looking stupid (especially since not a one of us saw the Avalanche making the playoffs, and Leahy even had them finishing dead last in the Central).
But he's got nothing to be embarrassed about. Nobody expected the Avalanche to be good (which is why Patrick Roy will probably win the Jack Adams, the trophy given to the coach of the team whose success is so unexpected that it can only be explained by coachy magic) . The actual worst prediction of the bunch, in my opinion, was my own -- that the Dallas Stars would finish the year in the basement.
Instead, the Stars are angling for the final playoff spot, which is about where everyone else projected them to be.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The NHL announced on Sunday that the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars that was postponed due to Rich Peverely’s cardiac incident on March 10 has been rescheduled for April 9 in Dallas at 8:30 p.m. ET.
From the Stars:
The original game, which was halted at 6:23 of the first period due to a medical emergency involving Stars forward Rich Peverley, will be played for a full 60 minutes of regulation time, plus any potential overtime and shootout. The rescheduled contest will begin with the Blue Jackets ahead, 1-0 -- the score at the time play was stopped Monday. A goal will be credited to Nathan Horton, with assists to Matt Calvert and James Wisniewski. All other statistics will be expunged.
Today's decision mirrors actions the League took in rescheduling the postponed game between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 21, 2005, as a result of a medical emergency involving Detroit player Jiri Fischer at 12:30 of the first period.