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• Wait ... which nuts, Scott Hartnell(notes)? Oh, right, got it. The Philadelphia Flyers tailgated before the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday (gallery). Warning: Potential Lauren Pronger sighting. [Broad Street Hockey]

• Kevin Paul Dupont operates on what ails the Boston Bruins, who are stumbling out of the gate this season: "They turned the first five games of the season into an extension of the exhibition schedule, during which, by the way, they lost both games on home ice. Right now, preseason included, they are 2-5 on Causeway Street, which isn't doing much for the young men and women down in the Fan Relations Department, where the mantra right now must be, ‘Well, we'll always have Papelbon.'" [Boston Globe]

• Interesting list: The Top 10 Most Effective Sin Bin Dwellers. Did you know Brenden Morrow(notes) was on pace for second in the League in PIMs before his injury last season? [The Hockey Writers]

• REMINDER: Support Leahy's attempt to watch a game with Gary Bettman. [Puck Daddy]

• OFB bemoans the lack of "sandpaper" on the Washington Capitals' blueline, especially in lieu of the fact that "Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby(notes) read James Michener novels beside Semyon Varlamov's(notes) crease for so much of last spring." [OFB]

• JP presents the Washington Capitals All-Decade Team, which is something we hope all the other SB Nation hockey blogs produce as the 2000s roll to a close. Our end-of-decade lists o'fun actually kick off this Friday, in typical snarky fashion. Should be exciting. [Japers' Rink]

• Former player Ray Ferraro says that the punishing, grueling "bag skates" coaches put players through accomplish nothing. Which is a lot like a fourth-grader proclaiming that detention is a human rights violation. [TSN]

• Big changes for goalies next season when it comes to equipment, as UniWatch discovered from a source at Bauer: "Starting next year goalies will be required to use pads that are measured and fitted to them by the NHL. It won't be a big change for the bigger guys, but smaller goalies who've been using bigger pads will feel the crunch." Again: Why did this take so long? Why did we waste time debating changing the cage before doing something this elementary? [UniWatch; a few readers have pointed out The Hockey News has a piece on this recently. We'd also point you to In Goal Magazine's coverage as well.]

• The Toronto Maple Leafs are shaking things up in searching for their first win tonight. Matt Stajan(notes) and Niklas Hagman(notes)? Healthy scratches. Tyler Bozak(notes) and Viktor Stalberg(notes)? In the lineup. Joey MacDonald(notes)? Starting goalie. Tickets? Available? [Sportsnet]

Darcy Tucker(notes) and "no comment?" The hell? [Slam Sports]

• The Minnesota Wild are missing Cal Clutterbuck(notes) (out "weeks" with a sprained ankle), Pierre-Marc Bouchard(notes) and that Petr Sykora(notes). But reinforcements are not necessarily on the way. [Russo's Rants]

• Brandon Worley is a rising star on the blogging scene, and this frame-by-frame breakdown of the goals scored against Marty Turco(notes) in the Dallas Stars' loss to Vancouver looks like it must have taken a year to throw together, even if that wasn't the case. Great stuff. [Defending Big D]

• Why Vincent Lecavalier(notes) and Alex Tanguay(notes) have yet to score a goal this season. [Raw Charge]

Uh, wow: The Molson Canadian Hockey House, "which is going to reside the largest ever free standing structure ever built in Canada," sounds like a must-see venue at the Vancouver Winter Games. [Canucks Hockey Blog]

• Great look at the Buffalo Sabres, who are posting some very un-Buffalo Sabres-like stats (116 shots in 3 games) to start the season. [Double-Edged Sabres]

• OMG! DREAMY ZAC EFRON AT A CANUCKS GAME!!!1!!! "Why am I feeling so wrong/My head's in the game/But my heart's in the song!" [NHL ... and for the record, we looked up the "High School Musical" lyrics. Swear.]

• When the robot apocalypse finally hits humanity, there will be three preciously scarce commodities left on Earth: Clean water, oil and buffalo chicken wings. [CNBC]

• Will the New Jersey Nets join the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center rather than moving to Brooklyn? And if so, would management have to swap out all the Devils logos on the urinals for Nets ones? [Y! Rumors]

• In praise of John Tortorella's reinvention of the New York Rangers from the Renney-influenced snooze-fest to an exciting, winning hockey team. [Puck Update]

• Lowetide on Edmonton Oilers goalie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers(notes): "I've long felt the Oilers needed to make a decision on this player and the management has hung onto him like grim death, bastardizing last year's roster to keep him away from waivers. I do not understand why they've developed him this way, and if he ends up being an actual player then the Oilers organization has to ask some pretty basic questions Like, do we know what the hell we're doing." [Lowetide]

• We're hoping Pavol Demitra(notes) kept his receipt from off-season shoulder surgery. [Province]

Jay McKee(notes) has been a cheap, great find for the Pittsburgh Penguins' defense. [LeBrun]

• At last, the proper marriage between the Calgary Flames and "The Departed." [MYFO]

• Finally, it appears the Fox Sports West scoreboard graphic has been possessed by the spirit of Hungry Hungry Hippos; only instead of marbles, it's the power-play time remaining getting gobbled up. [The Royal Half]

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