- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy44 mins ago
Joel Quenneville lost a lot on Tuesday night.
He lost a goal from the scoreboard, as Brandon Mashinter's tally against the San Jose Sharks was overturned after a coach’s challenge, with the referees determining that Chicago Blackhawks forward Dennis Rasmussen interfered with Sharks goalie Martin Jones.
And then he lost his cool in the postgame press conference, storming out after declaring about goalie interference standards: "It has gone to a different level. I don't know the rules anymore or something has changed. … I think everybody has an interpretation, what's a good goal, what's a bad goal. But I can't believe it."
It was understandable that he was a little miffed, what with it being the second time in three games the Blackhawks had a goal taken down on a coach’s challenge.
So Quenneville spoke with the NHL this week, airing some grievances. According to CSN Chicago, they agreed with the Blackhawks coach that it wasn’t the right call:Thu, Feb 117:30 PM PSTCalgary at San JosePreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis believes the questions and queries about the contracts for Eric Staal and Cam Ward have been more difficult on the players than himself.
This is strange, considering the fact Francis has the unenviable task of trying to figure out what to do with both pending unrestricted free agents before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
Does he deal Staal or Ward and try to yield a return in case they bolt this summer? Does he try to re-sign them before the deadline? Does he play out the string with them and hope they can figure out a course of action with both players before July 1? Staal is reaching the end of a seven-year $57.75 million contract that kicked in for the 2009-10 season. Ward, who won the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy, is in the last season of a six-year $37.8 million contract.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
by Sasha Yodashkin
Thursday's nine-game NHL slate should leave owners with plenty of solid DFS plays. Chicago's myriad scoring options should be no less popular than usual despite facing a talented Stars team, while many of the Ducks stand out as top-end candidates against the last-place Blue Jackets on the heels of a dominant road win in Philadelphia. Those two teams are far from the only ones in fantasy-friendly situations, and all of the players listed below also fit that profile as quality DFS value plays.Thu, Feb 114:00 PM PSTAnaheim at ColumbusPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at email@example.com.
• The 2016-17 season marks the final year for hockey at Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit Red Wings have planned a series of tributes, including the patch above for the players sweaters. [Red Wings]
• Mark your calendars: February 18 - the Chicago Blackhawks head to the White House for a third time to celebrate the Stanley Cup win with President Obama. Maybe POTUS, a Chicago sports fan, will get to a game after his term is over. [Blackhawks]
• The venerable Bob McKenzie gives his insight on some of the names being thrown around as the trade deadline nears. [TSN]
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey
Sidney Crosby is a man on a mission. After seemingly doing all he could to get out of the All-Star Game the proper way (not getting invited) and thereby avoiding suspension if he missed it the old-fashioned way, he has really made up for lost time. But will it be enough to catch Patrick Kane in the scoring race? Heading into Thursday night’s contest, Sid sat 23 points back but he had five games in hand. And the way things are going these days, five games for Crosby is about eight points. So call it a 15-point deficit.
Here are the NHL’s Top 30 scorers since and prior to the New Year...
Before December 31, Crosby wasn’t in the Top 30 at all. Or even in the Top 50.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will miss the next three-to-five weeks with a lower body injury, the team announced Thursday.
Garrison was injured in Monday’s 5-1 loss at the Ottawa Senators. He took three more shifts after a first period collisionwith Bobby Ryan, but did not return for the final two periods according to the Tampa Tribune.
"That's a tough one too, because he's a big minute-munching defenseman for us," Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters. "A big body and size."
Garrison has four goals and three assists and had played in all of Tampa’s 52 games before the injury. He averages 18:23 of ice-time per-contest, which ranks third amongst Tampa Bay blueliners.
According to War on Ice, Garrison has a 50.29 CF% and a minus-2.72 CF Rel%. This means the Lightning posses the puck more than their opponents when he’s on the ice, but less relative to the rest of the group.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
While there would be a no more appropriate way to honor the Toronto Maple Leafs at their centennial than with a box of broken hearts and crushed expectations, it appears the NHL’s refusal to give the Centre of the Hockey Universe all the events in 2017 has fans upset.
As in, we haven't seen this kind of entitled whining since our last episide of "Caillou." ("BUT MOMMY, ROSIE GOT THE ALL-STAR GAME!!!")
This hubris tracks back to 2012, when then-GM Brian Burke revealed the team was pushing for all three of the NHL’s annual signature events.Thu, Feb 116:00 PM PSTToronto at EdmontonPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The NHL announced on Thursday that Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been fined $5,000 for making “inappropriate gestures” toward Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames Tuesday night.
Giordano laid a clean hit on Kadri late in the first period and the Maple Leafs forward wasn’t pleased as he chirped the Flames defenseman from the bench.
“There was emotion, I couldn’t tell if it was a clean hit or not,” Kadri said afterward via the Toronto Sun. “I was told it was, but it certainly didn’t feel like it. It (the throat slash) is something I don’t really remember doing. I was in and out a little bit (he did go to the quiet room). I guess it’s going to be reviewed (by the league), but it was an emotional reaction.”
Kadri got off light here considering Nick Boynton, then of the Chicago Blackhawks, was suspended one game for making a similar gesture at Blair Jones following a 2010 preseason fight.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
As of last weekend, Detroit Red Wings knew they were living in a new era: There was everything that came before Dylan Larkin’s teenage basement skills video went viral, and everything that shall come after it.
Please recall the incredible video in which a teenaged Larkin – the video is from Nov. 2010 – wears an American flag, calls himself “D-Boss” and puts on a “Snip Show” in the basement, which he and former Bantam teammate Evan Gizinski refer to as “the dungeon.”
He also says things like, “Tearing it up it all around the metro area, Detroit. Wrecking the ‘D’. Showing goalies what I got. ‘Tenders ain’t got nuttin.’” And, in unison, “1-2-3 LET’S HAVE FUN!”
It's pretty much the greatest.
The video was taken down for a bit – we’re guessing the processed involved a series of panicked text messages from an NHL rookie all reading ‘WTF DUDE?!?’ – but has been restored in all its glory by Gizinski.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Which Canadian teams will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Will the Minnesota Wild fire coach Mike Yeo? Does a professional hockey writer still pay to go to games? Is Phil Kessel a bust?
And what’s the proper sequence to watch the STAR WARS’ series?
These are the questions that Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski faced in this week’s Two Minute Minor, courtesy of you, the dedicated puckheads.Thu, Feb 115:00 PM PSTWashington at MinnesotaPreview Game