Leading up to Monday’s Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final on the ice and off the ice.
Posted: May 28, 2017, 4:19 pm
It was the longest run that the P-Bruins have had in a few years and another unmistakable sign that the future is brightening for the Black and Gold, but the Bruins AHL affiliate has ended their playoff push in the Calder Cup semi-finals. The Providence Bruins fell by a 3-1 score to the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night to lose to the Crunch in five games when the best-of-seven series was set to return to Providence this coming week. The P-Bruins had vanquished the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears in the first two rounds of the Calder Cup playoffs before finally exiting against Syracuse. Though it’s over, it’s clear some of the Bruins prospects made a nice step forward over
Posted: May 28, 2017, 2:29 pm
In the latest issue of The Hockey News, they have Vegas selecting Antti Raanta from the Rangers in the expansion draft. There is a belief that Vegas will acquire Marc-Andre Fleury but The Hockey News instead has Fleury being traded to Calgary. They wrote later in the issue that Raanta is "cheap, a short investment, still in his prime and often outplayed 'The King." Great target for the Golden Knights. The other goalies for Vegas, according to The Hockey News, could be Phillipe Grubauer and Larent Brossoit. Other players of note that they have heading to Vegas include Michael Del Zotto and Carl Hagelin. For more on the expansion draft, click HERE. For more on Raanta's potential future, click HERE.
Posted: May 28, 2017, 2:02 pm
The Ottawa Senators had their final meeting with the media for the 2016-17 season on Saturday following their disappointing Game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference Finals. One of the more entertaining moments came during Bobby Ryan‘s scrum when he was asked if he has given any thought to potentially being taken in the expansion draft by the Vegas Golden Knights. The thing is, though, Vegas would almost certainly take a $7 million player if they felt they were going to get $7 million worth of production along with it.
Posted: May 28, 2017, 1:45 pm
Ahead of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Penguins and Predators, Yahoo Sports and Puck Daddy decide the winners of ‘off-the-ice’ matchups between Nashville and Pittsburgh
Posted: May 28, 2017, 4:12 am
(Reuters) - List of National Hockey League champions: 2016 - Pittsburgh Penguins def. San Jose Sharks 4-2 2015 - Chicago Blackhawks def. Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 2014 - Los Angeles Kings def. New
Posted: May 28, 2017, 2:47 am
The Detroit Red Wings saw their playoff streak come to an end earlier this spring, but their farm team in Grand Rapids continues its postseason run, qualifying for the Calder Cup final. The Griffins clinched a spot in the championship series with a 4-2 win against the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday. It has been during this playoff run that a trio of prospect forwards seem to have left quite an impression on Detroit’s coaching staff, led by Jeff Blashill.
Posted: May 28, 2017, 2:41 am
In team sports, there's a defensive strategy that's been in play for decades, colloquially known as “anybody but him.” In baseball, teams intentionally walking Barry Bonds, lest risking the San Francisco Giants slugger beat them with the long ball.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 11:59 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) The handful of men who carry out the most thankless of tasks for the Pittsburgh Penguins are a rag-tag group thrown together by circumstance and a touch of foresight by general manager Jim Rutherford. When defenseman Kris Letang's star-crossed season ended for good in early April when he abandoned any hope of a comeback from the injuries that limited him to just 40 games this season, the chances of the Penguins becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles was supposed to vanish along with him. ''That's fine with us,'' said Brian Dumoulin, who leads the Penguins in ice time during the postseason.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 10:12 pm
Kevin Brady wouldn't shoot a free throw during his time in the 1970s at old Madison High without first bouncing the ball four times, spinning it in a backward motion and finally taking a deep breath. “It had to be the same routine every time,” Brady said. In the 47 years in which he played competitive baseball and softball in little league, at Madison and then in the city leagues he never stepped on the baselines. With a black marker he wrote “L” and “R” on his socks and if he was on a hitting streak wouldn’t wash them, along with several other undergarments he always wore on game day. The only part of Brady’s game more obvious than his talent was his superstitions. At 61 Brady no longer plays,
Posted: May 27, 2017, 2:51 pm
Besides Giordano, Hamilton and recent trade piece Michael Stone round out the current group of big defensemen in Calgary, and 20-year-old, 215-pound Rasmus Andersson can join that list if he can crack the active roster next year. Drafting the 6’3”, 208-pound Foote, who could easily gain more weight as he develops, would continue the trend of big, punishing defensemen ruling the blue line in Calgary, and that could be the solution toward bottling up offenses. Despite not being filled out yet, Foote and been excellent on both the power play and penalty kill for Kelowna. He smoked opponents on both sides of the ice, tallying 51 assists and having an outrageous +/- of +51. If the Flames think that
Posted: May 27, 2017, 8:00 am
So much has been discussed about where the New York Rangers defense went wrong and the issues that became more glaring as the season and postseason progressed. Dan Girardi’s game has deteriorated, despite him playing with the Rangers’ top defenseman Ryan McDonagh. His game is fundamentally flawed, as his role of a shutdown defensemen is ineffective. He bleeds shots because of ill-timed blocked shots and blocked shot attempts. Marc Staal’s play has diminished in recent seasons and the once reliable homegrown Ranger has become a defensive liability. Kevin Klein also regressed this season, which was as to be expected from his last two seasons, but it was something that this already weak defense
Posted: May 27, 2017, 5:00 am
The Anaheim Defender Store: home of warehouse pricing The news that two of the Anaheim Ducks defenders need shoulder surgery landed like a body check to some trade hopes and dreams on Thursday. Could is an interesting word. You could be looking at one of those players ready on opening day, the other in a few weeks, or you might be looking at a 2018 start time for one or both of them. No one can tell from one tweet. And for the record, injured players can be traded. But the picture has changed for trades from what everyone thinks of as the great defencemen warehouse of the NHL. Anaheim has new things to consider before making any deal. The Ducks are in a bind regarding the expansion draft, this
Posted: May 27, 2017, 5:00 am
There’s a wonderful moment in Peter Yates’s 1973 crime thriller picture, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, when the titular character, played by Robert Mitchum, is taken for a night out to the Boston Garden to watch the Bobby Orr/Phil Esposito-led Bruins play the Chicago Blackhawks. Coyle is loaded on cheep Garden beer, but he can’t stop marveling at Bobby Orr, a “kid” with his entire future in front of him. This, friends, is Boston’s version of Eden, the Gallery Gods edition.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 3:05 am
I concede, Pittsburgh is a bona fide City of Champions. But enough’s enough. Think of Pittsburgh, and yinz (you guys) might think of smog, steel mills, giant bottles of Heinz ketchup, football great Terry Bradshaw and the late children’s TV star Mr. Rogers racing around pothole-filled streets. Well, I grew up in Pittsburgh, and I can assure you there are plenty of misconceptions there about Nashville, too. When I first told my mother I got a job in Tennessee (at The Tennessean!), she scoffed. “Guess you won’t need furniture since you’ll be sitting on hay bales in your apartment.” That’s a real quote. None of us had been down South, and I think Ma Schmitt was afraid her (Jewish) baby was about
Posted: May 26, 2017, 10:52 pm
Steve Ott retired Thursday after a 14-year playing career and became the latest former player to take up coaching in the NHL when the St. Louis Blues announced that the 34-year-old former center would be returning to the franchise as an assistant coach. Ott finished his career with the Montreal Canadiens, who landed him in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings in late February, after spending 2013-16 with the Blues. He is best known for his time with the Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres. And if the former 25th overall draft pick's coaching style is reminiscent of his play, Coach Ott figures to be, at the least, a scrappy one. Just over a month ago, after all, Ott was laying people out on the ice:
Posted: May 26, 2017, 8:41 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) It has been an extraordinary 11 months for P.K. Subban. Oh, and along the way the former star for the Montreal Canadiens played a key role in Nashville's stirring run to the Stanley Cup Final. The best way to sum up Subban's approach?
Posted: May 26, 2017, 7:33 pm
The Vancouver Canucks announced on Friday that they have signed free agent defenseman Philip Holm to a one-year, entry-level contract. Before signing with the Canucks Holm had been rumored to be on the verge of joining the Toronto Maple Leafs, but that obviously did not come together. “Philip is a mobile, two-way defenseman who adds depth to our blue line,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning in a statement released by the team.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 6:59 pm
Kyle Dubas, who is reportedly being courted by the Colorado Avalanche, was Brendan Shanahan’s first hire with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014. The Maple Leafs appear to have gotten cold feet over the possibility of losing assistant GM Kyle Dubas. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said Friday morning that the Maple Leafs have rescinded their decision to let Dubas interview for a job with the Colorado Avalanche (presumably for GM, although Joe Sakic currently holds that title) only three days after reportedly green-lighting the process.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 6:54 pm
If the Sharks do make a move and Ive argued here that I think it may be time for a shakeup theyll surely be looking for someone up front to boost the offense. The Sharks defense is the strength of the organization at the moment, as they had one of the best one-through-seven groups in the NHL this season. The Sharks have nearly $27 million committed to their top seven defensemen next season, while Marc-Edouard Vlasic is due for a hefty raise beginning in 2018-19.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 6:18 pm
Here is Toronto Maple Leafs fan and hockey writer Joe Pack, fondly recalling the 2016-17 Ottawa Senators. Joe Pack, known for his winning performances on Marek vs. Wyshynski’s “Game Show Friday” and his three-figure following on Twitter, died on Thursday. The Toronto native had taken his wife and son to the Puck Daddy Hotel in New York where he was to write the eulogy for the Ottawa Senators.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 4:54 pm
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