- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Ilya Bryzgalov was the backup goalie for the Minnesota Wild in their 4-1 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
It’s the preseason.
He’s Bryz. He’s bored.
In the third period, a line of fans stood near the glass at the Wild bench, each one taking a selfie with everyone’s bear-fearing, park-loving goaltending Cosmonaut.
Like this one from liblawbs:
And this one from @tmg135:
"WHY YOU HEFF TO BE MAD? IS JUST A SELFIE!"
Props to the guy photobombing that fan's Bryz selfie. So many layers ... it's like "Inception."
Later in the game, after he had appeared on every Instagram account in the Twin Cities, Bryzgalov tossed his touque on the ice after Jason Pominville completed his hat trick.
When asked about all of this after the game, Wild Coach Mike Yeo gave a chuckling “no comment.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Coming into this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets looked like they could have a formidable first line.
The current status of that line?
Nathan Horton is out with a degenerative back condition. Ryan Johansen is an unsigned restricted free agent in a brutal, contentious negotiation with the team.And now Boone Jenner will miss “significant time” with a broken left hand, according to Puck Rakers.
Jenner was injured when his hand was hit by a puck in a Sunday practice
He’ll be out for at least a month.
An actual quote from GM Jarmo Kekalainen: “That’s why we have a second line, a third line and a fourth line."
So does this do anything to move the needle on Johansen?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
(The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)
The Boston Bruins had some new division mates in the revamped Atlantic Division, but the story ended the same way as it has in the (R.I.P.) Northeast Division. A 54-19-9 (117 pts.) not only helped the Bruins win their fourth division title in six years, but also their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1990.
The NHL’s new divisional playoff format, coupled with the realigment had the Bruins facing the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round. After dropping Game 1, Boston won four straight to set up a meeting with hated rival Montreal, their sixth playoff series against the Canadiens since 2002. The series was controversial and emotional and ended in disappointment for the Bruins, as Montreal moved on with a 3-1 victory in Game 7. Boston had built up a 3-2 series lead, but managed to score only once in the final two games.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
BROOKLYN — There was a lot of the same during Friday night’s New Jersey Devils/New York Islanders preseason game. The Islanders blew a two-goal lead and the Devils ended up losing in a shootout. Just like old times!
There was one difference, however: the venue. For the second straight preseason, the teams dropped the puck at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the Islanders will soon call home.
After 43 years and four Stanley Cups, this season marks the final one at Nassau Coliseum for the Islanders. The second-oldest arena in the NHL has been outdated for a long time, and after owner Charles Wang tried and failed several times to revamp the barn once known as “Fort Neverlose,” the option for Brooklyn was presented and the decision to move was made.
There are bigger concourses inside Barclays Center; more food and drink options and other enhancements, including a GQ-sponsored barber shop, that will make the experience better for both fans and players.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Denis is from Penza, Russia. It’s subtle, but he appears to be an Alex Ovechkin fan.
These photos appeared on Instagram (via Barstool) and show a tribute to the Washington Capitals star that extends from the shoulder to the elbow.
It depicts Ovechkin in his Russian national team jersey, which he’s worn during his greatest team achievements as a pro, a.k.a. winning gold at the IIHF world championship.
Denis decided on “skating away from the nipple,” which was bold.
FYI, if any of you intend to punch Denis in the face, make sure you hit him from the right side, because we imagine that arm can’t defend anything …
J.P. Parise battling cancer; Kraft Hockeyville U.S. bound; taxpayers off hook for Quebec arena (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy16 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.
• Eddie Lack has found a way to cope with his separation anxiety related to Ryan Kesler. [Twitter]
• Zach Parise continues to battle on the ice as his father and former-Minnesota North Star, J.P., fights Stage-4 lung cancer. [Star Tribune]
• Kraft Hockeyville, a Canadian staple, is coming to the U.S. to make over hockey rinks across the nation. [AdWeek]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins released Ville Leino from his professional tryout contract on Monday, and we’re sorta bummed about it.
It appears that Leino is going to go down as one of the biggest busts in recent NHL history. He parlayed a 53-point season with the Philadelphia Flyers into a six-year, $27-million deal with the Buffalo Sabres, back when Terry Pegula thought that throwing money at the problem would result in a Stanley Cup. He went on to score 46 points in 137 games, and was a healthy scratch last season before getting the last three years of his deal bought out.
But face it: The downfall of Ville Leino was because (a) he was handed an absurd contract that any of us would have signed and (b) the team that gave it to him made the still-baffling decision to slot the winger as their No. 2 center, and he fared about as well as asking Adam Sandler to play Hamlet.
So Leino gets cut from his free-labor contract with the Bruins and … now what?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The Colorado Avalanche signed defenseman Brad Stuart to a 2-year contract extension on Monday, and rightfully so. Who among us can forget his performance for the Avalanche in … uh … when … er … that preseason game recently?
OK, it’s not unprecedented that a team signs a new acquisition before he laces’em up for them. Clearly the Avalanche like what they’ve seen from Stuart so far, after trading a second and sixth for him from the San Jose Sharks; so they inked the 15-season veteran to a 2-year, $7.2-million deal.
He’ll be a top-pairing defenseman with Erik Johnson this season, and a physical presence that blocks shots. His possession numbers aren’t stellar in comparison to his teammates, at least during his time with the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks, but he brings much-needed experience to that blue line.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
In reading and hearing so many hockey analytics naysayers over the last year, we’re convinced that the divide between the sides isn’t as enormous as it appears. Provided one side stops being so short-sighted and presumptive about the other.
To wit: One of the constant reactions from anti-stats people is that they’re somehow “replacing” good ole fashioned game watching.
Which they aren’t, at all – they’re augmenting what’s seen during games, seeking to guide coaches and scouts in what to look for in evaluating the performance of a team or player. What is the other team doing when he’s on or off the ice? Where is he starting the majority of his shifts, and what has he produced despite that advantage or disadvantage? And so on.
So we’re not going to label Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports analyst and Penguins general manager honorable mention, as an anti-stats guy, despite the negative reaction his words on TSN 690 last week have received.
They came to light in a Jack Todd piece on fancy stats published Monday, in which McGuire was quoted as saying:
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy20 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.)
You'll recall that David Clarkson missed the first 10 games of last season because he did a dumb thing: He left the bench to join in the fracas caused by John Scott trying to fight Phil Kessel.
Not the best way to start a contract that, at the time of its signing was widely viewed — and then over the following 82 games repeatedly verified — as being the worst in the league by a pretty wide margin. Between suspension and injury last year, Clarkson ended up missing a whopping 22 of the Leafs' season; and when he was on the ice he served as a horrible drag on pretty much everyone.Mon, Sep 29Toronto0 - 3DetroitGame Recap