- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy19 mins ago
One of my big regrets so far this season is the fact that I repeatedly and confidently said out loud and in print, “There's no way the Sabres will be as bad as they were last year.”
It seemed impossible. In the pantheon of “truly garbage” NHL teams in the Behind the Net Era — running from 2007-08 to present — the 2013-14 Sabres pretty close to No. 1, with all apologies to the 2007-08 Thrashers, 2013-14 Maple Leafs, and 2012-13 Maple Leafs (who are largely disqualified due to having only been only dreadful over 48 games and not the full 82).
They were very unskilled, of course, and their roster was wafer-thin. They changed coaches mid-season. They had numerous discipline and injury problems that drained any depth from the roster even more. They traded just about everyone they could get a third-round pick or half-decent prospect for. And again, they weren't even as bad as the Maple Leafs.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Two fights in one shift on the ice? No problem in the KHL.
Away from the play, Damir Ryspayev of Barys and Nikolai Belov of Neftekhimik start going at it. Ryspayev gets a couple good shots in as Belov drops to the ice and the linesmen jump in.
After ripping the two apart, Ryspayev skates towards his bench, with the linesman in tow. He takes one look at Alexander Bryntsev, grabs the player by the collar, and BOOM, the second fight commences. Bryntsev doesn't do much more than his teammate Belov did before falling to the ice.
Ryspayev appears ready to take on the entire Neftekhimik team as the poor linesman tries to hug him back to his own bench. Once he leaves the ice, he's given a fist bump by a guy in a suit who I'm going to guess is his coach. All in a days work.
For his troubles, Ryspayev is given five minutes for 'fisticuffs' (still the 1920's in Russia, apparently), and 20 minutes in game misconduct penalties. Not completely sure how the penalty structure works in the KHL, but 15 minutes after Ryspayev leaves the game he's given a four minute penalty for roughing.
Vanek innocent, per agent; Flyers sign Colaiacovo; Scrivens talks mental health awareness masks (Puck Headlines)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.
• Forget the costume and the two other Musketeers: Ovi. Mustache. [Instagram]
• "Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, told the Star Tribune Friday that 'Thomas is not in any way, shape or form involved in any illegal activities or in trouble here.' Vanek bet on football and was paying off a gambling debt, according to Bartlett." [Star Tribune]
• The Flyers have signed free agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo as their regular defense group continues to drop like flies with injuries. [Philadelphia Flyers]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Who doesn't love it when hockey players get scared? No, seriously. These are guys who fearlessly jump in front of flying vulcanized rubber 82 nights out of the year ... but a little snake can make them go crazy.
The Philadelphia Flyers training staff went for this type of humor in this hilarious video.
Bravo to whoever had to bleep out the curses from the players when they saw the snake. You seriously had your work cut out for you.
Out of all the reactions, the best was the guy who didn't really jump. Vincent Lecavalier looked shocked for a second, but more just enjoyed it. He didn't freak, or didn't jump back, and for that he gets props.
Goaltender Steve Mason, on the other hand, went nuts. It's amazing how he's cool with tending goal in the NHL, but a little fake snake causes high amounts of fear in him. Call him 'Indiana' Mason I guess?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It's a Wysh-less Friday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Stars: Billy Jaffe of Sportsnet, Kevin Woodley of In Goal Magazine and NHL.com, and former NHL goalie Doug Favell.
* Happy Halloween!
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Alexandre Burrows has never been suspended. This may seem odd for a guy who plays on the edge and agitates like Burrows.
This may change soon. Burrows will have a phone hearing with the NHL for the below possibly late, high hit on Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin in Thursday night's game.
Head shot? Late hit? It didn't look super late. And the angle makes it hard to deem that it was a head shot, though it does look like Burrows followed through with his left arm.
Emelin did return to the game, which does help Burrows' cause.
Montreal coach Michel Therrien fueled the fire to some degree to the Montreal Gazette's Dave Stubbs.
“That was a dirty hit to the head. This is something we’re trying to eliminate from our game…”
The bigger question could be, how in the world has Burrows simply never been suspended? That just seems odd.
Said Canucks President Trevor Linden to The Province's Tony Gallagher:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Sam Reinhart will turn 19 next week, so he has plenty of hockey left in his future. The Buffalo Sabres currently have two wins this season and the second-worst record in the entire NHL. We know what's in their future.
So there was no reason for the no. 2 overall pick from last June’s draft to stick with the club during what will be a dismal and frustrating season. And on Friday the Sabres made it official and sent Reinhart back to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL.
Reinhart played nine of the Sabres’ 11 games this season, recording only one assist. After seeing double-digit ice time early on, Reinhart played less than 10 minutes a game in four of his last six games, which has included seeing time on the fourth line.
Buffalo won’t be challenging for a playoff spot this season, so why burn a year of Reinhart’s entry-level deal as the Sabres tank for Connor McDavid? Let him go back to junior and dominate for another year (36-69-105 last season), see what the draft and off-season bring for the franchise and evaluate options next training camp.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Happy Halloween! I’m currently dressed a road cone, so picture me as any one of your favorite terrible NHL defensemen.
While we’ve seen plenty of players get in the act of dressing in costume for their respective team Halloween parties, the ECHL’s Utah Grizzliesare taking things one step further. For their game Friday night against the Colorado Eagles, the entire team will be in costume.
Feast your eyes on the Utah Skeletons:
The team mascot, Grizzbie, even got in on the act:
After the game, the Grizzlies will then meet up with Johnny Lawrence and the rest of the Cobra Kai crew to track down Daniel LaRusso.
It is a bit of a freaky touch to see that grizzly claw coming out from between those two ribs. Though we would have also changed up the player names to reflect the holiday. Who wouldn’t want to cheer on Vinny Scare-sella, Channing Boo, T.J. Die-ner, or Bury Almeida?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
It’s Halloween, and hopefully that means you have a properly carved pumpkin on your stoop ready to spook and scare the little moppets that come trick-or-treating tonight. Or, if you’re Zdeno Chara, you can just open the door.
Hockey is a sport that lends itself to Halloween. Not just because of the gore and the Jason Voorhees masks, but because so many of our players have gross, jacked up faces.
Here are the 10 greatest Jack O’Lantern faces in hockey, some of who never played for the Philadelphia Flyers:
10. Bobby Hull
Seriously, just stick a candle on his tongue and put him on the stoop.
He looks like someone who tried to gum a pearl necklace.
9. Jeff Carter
Go to the patch and pick out the loveliest, most perfectly shaped pumpkin. Then take a machete to its mouth. Ta-da, you have The Jeff Carter.
8. Mitch Callahan
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago winger notched his 1,000th point as part of a one goal, one assist night in Chicago’s 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa. Finished second amongst Hawks forwards with 20:37 of ice-time.
No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos fired two goals and added an assist in Tampa’s 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
No. 2 Star: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Avalanche sophomore notched his first two goals of the season in Colorado’s 5-0 victory over the Islanders.Sat, Nov 15:00 PM PDTColorado at St. LouisPreview Game