- Sean Leahy 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.
• Even the rats from New York go to retire in South Florida.
• Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky will make his first start since Jan. 21 tonight against the Washington Capitals. [Blue Jackets]
• Were the Anaheim Ducks the biggest winners of the trade deadline? [The Hockey Writers]
• The Boston Bruins have to be considered a trade deadline losers for failing to address their biggest needs. [Bruins Daily]
• If you want to win the Stanley Cup, you may have to pay a price at the deadline. [Raw Charge]Tue, Mar 37:00 PM ESTWashington at ColumbusPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Phil Kessel put on his ‘good teammate’ hat Tuesday and simply blasted the Toronto media for the way it treats captain Dion Phaneuf. The comments came from a Toronto morning skate in Florida in the above video.
Below are some of the highlights:
“I think the way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in this city is embarrassing.”
“I think you guys (unfairly) criticize Dion. He’s our best defenseman and you guys act like he’s not trying out there.”
“Is it is fault we’re losing? No. Did he build this team? No.”
“He’s owed some apologies by some people”
Buried in there is this nugget:
“This city is a great hockey city and I love playing here.”
So at least Phil Kessel loves Toronto!
Preach on Dr. Phil!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Joe Micheletti of NBC joins us to talk about trade deadline and Rangers.
• Trade deadline breakdown.
• Phil Kessel goes nutty.
• NHL Playoff races.
• The least desirable places in the NHL.
Question of the Day: Who won the trade deadline? Ask us anything! Email email@example.com 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!
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
For the San Jose Sharks, Monday’s trade deadline ended in a proverbial no man’s land.
Did San Jose continue its rebuild or refresh? Didn’t look like it, especially with Antti Niemi’s expiring contract still on the roster.
Did it muscle up for trying to make the playoffs? Negative.
So what did San Jose do?
The Sharks added Ben Smith, lost James Sheppard, Tyler Kennedy, Andrew Desjardins and Tye McGinn. And that was about it. All minor pieces
And then, post deadline, the Sharks went out and crushed Montreal 4-0.
So is this team a legit contender? Is it trying to build for the future? Does it really have a plan? Because it doesn’t look like a contender. Its young pieces aren’t panning out this year really. And it didn’t do anything bold at the deadline either.
Said Sharks GM Doug Wilson to the San Francisco Chronicle:Tue, Mar 310:00 PM ESTSan Jose at VancouverPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Colorado’s Patrick Roy can be a tough coach to deal with at times with his love of ‘old time’ type hockey. This was on display Saturday evening when the Avs pummeled the Minnesota Wild (literally) after Minnesota beat down Colorado in a 3-1 victory.
And Tuesday, the players who were involved in the fracas for Colorado were fined. Avs enforcer Cody McLeod, who Roy put on the ice for really no good reason at the end of the game, and captain Gabriel Landeskog, who was given a 10-minute misconduct, were both fined.
The NHL’s reasoning on McLeod:
McLeod has been fined $3,091.40 for entering the game on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation with 8.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Directly off a face-off at center ice, McLeod launched into a bodycheck against Minnesota center Mikael Granlund and then engaged in a fight with Wild forward Charlie Coyle. McLeod was assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, a major penalty for fighting and a misconduct penalty.
The League on Landeskog:Tue, Mar 38:00 PM ESTOttawa at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
It was quantity over quality on 2015 NHL trade deadline day. There were 24 trades made with 42 players moved, along with 21 picks. That’s ahead of last year’s total, but most of the big moves were made leading up to the March 2 deadline day.
Which teams made the biggest strides to the Stanley Cup? Which teams made the smartest moves towards rebuilding? Which teams stood pat but shouldn’t have? Which teams smartly stood pat?
Here is the Puck Daddy 2015 NHL trade deadline report card. Keep in mind we factor in the days leading up to the deadline day as well.
Anaheim Ducks: A-
If Bruce Boudreau fails to get out of the second round again, it won’t be because GM Bob Murray didn’t fill his tool chest. The James Wisniewski deal brings a longer term than one might want, but it also brings a known quantity who can help the power play. Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy? Larceny. Korbinian Holzer, when healthy, can help. And Tomas Fleischmann is a depth offensive player that Boudreau knows well. Full speed ahead. Don’t blow it, Brucey.
Arizona Coyotes: A
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
The Hawks captain scored the game’s first two goals, including a shorthanded one, in their 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He also assisted on Marian Hossa’s third-period goal.
No. 2 Star: Ben Smith, San Jose Sharks
Acquired at the trade deadline, Smith stepped into the Sharks’ lineup and scored a goal and an assist in their 4-0 whitewash of the Montreal Canadiens. Smith scored in the first period and assisted on Matt Irwin’s goal in the second.
No. 3 Star: Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers
The winger, fresh off a contract extension, assisted on goals by Marc Staal and Chris Kreider in the Rangers’ 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
Honorable Mention: Rick Nash scored his 38th. … Brandon Saad scored his 20th. … Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the shutout.
Did You Know? The Blackhawks are 21-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.Mon, Mar 2Carolina2 - 5ChicagoGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
The 2015 NHL trade deadline is in the books. Some teams did quite well. Some teams … didn’t.
Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski and Sean Leahy break down some of the trade deadline’s biggest trades and most aggressive teams, as well as their favorite trades and the deadline’s winner and losers.
Spoiler: They both rather like the New York Rangers’ Keith Yandle trade.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray didn’t like the way his team played against particular squads. He felt Anaheim needed to get more mobile. A little more skilled and add a different element. He didn’t opt for wholesale changes, but instead added components to his blueline on trade deadline day that he thought would do this.
Say hey to Simon Despres and ciao to Ben ‘The Reverend’ Lovejoy. Say adios to Eric Brewer and ‘oh hi’ to Korbinian Holzer.And of course, he made a deal for James Wisniewksi.
“As the season unfolded there were certain patterns of us having struggled against certain teams, and we started a while back to say, ‘OK, we have to address different styles of teams’ there’s different styles within our conference,” Murray said. “Hopefully we’re capable now of competing against most of the teams in our conference.”Tue, Mar 39:00 PM ESTAnaheim at ArizonaPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, that's a four-year $18 million contract with full no-trade clause in his first year.
The full, done Zuccarello deal: 4 years, $18 million, full no-trade in 1st season, nothing in final 3yrs. Salary $4.5 per yr, as is cap hit
How does a player go from being on the trade block to all of a sudden being re-signed? Bargaining and leverage of course. The 27-year-old Zuccarello was going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. And if the salary cap was going to be at $69 million, New York wouldn't have afforded him. And as a player with 59 points a year ago and 35 this season in 59 games, he probably would have been lavished with greater riches than a $4.5 million contract? Perhaps.