After nine incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Yahoo Sports for new challenges. So today is my last day as Puck Daddy editor. Which is really, really weird to write.
The 2017-18 NHL season is upon us. Which means it’s time to figure out what the hell is going on in the Western Conference, which is slightly less confusing than explaining the symbolism in Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” while on a morphine drip. The Central Division is a collection of flawed, unpredictable
The 2017-18 NHL season is upon us, and it’s already a weird one. Consider that the Olympics are happening during the NHL season, and NHL players aren’t participating in them. Consider that Gary Bettman is still the commissioner, and Jaromir Jagr is still an active players.
Jaromir Jagr, 45, is preparing to lace up the skates for Kladno, the Czech team he owns, this weekend. Jagr, to this point, doesn’t have an NHL contract. Like, for example, a significant injury that might open the door for Jagr to slide into their lineup.
Stepan Zakharchuk doesn’t shy away from the physical aspect of the game. The KHL defenseman gained infamy in 2016 when he broke the collarbone of Slovan sniper Radek Smolenak on a check. In the 31st minute of the match between Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Ak Bars Kazan, visiting defenseman Stepan Zakharchuk
P.K. Subban said on Tuesday that he will “never” kneel during the national anthem to protest something politically. Subban performed at a fundraiser on Tuesday night at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, to benefit Comedy Cares. He told the audience that he would “never” take a knee during the national
* Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, after one season, is No. 10, ahead of Nicklas Backstrom and John Tavares. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, after one season, is No. 50, ahead of … everyone not on the list, especially Willie Nylander, who is better. * Only five of the top 50 players
It must be hard for Tony Granato, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team, not to dip into the well at Lake Placid too many times. “I think we have lots of players in our country and in our talent pool that will give us the same kind of excitement we had in Lake Placid.
After handing out its first suspension over the weekend to Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals for interference, the NHL Department of Player Safety rung up New York Rangers forward Andrew Desjardins for two preseason games on Monday, after his hit to the head of Miles Wood of the New Jersey Devils
The Vegas Golden Knights are days away from their inaugural season opener on Oct. 10. It’s going to be a massive celebration for the team and its fans, which worked together to make this NHL expansion dream come true. The Golden Knights have decided to do something symbolically to solidify that relationship
For nearly two years, the ECHL Reading Royals would notice a few things were disappearing from their equipment offices. According to Reading police, 36-year-old Thomas J. Plaugher was charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property after the Philadelphia Flyers affiliate
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been defended, assailed, saluted and eviscerated for their announcement on Sunday that the Stanley Cup champions would attend a White House celebration with President Trump. Some fans, including some Penguins fans, are disappointed. The timing, at least for the NHL, was
In the last 48 hours, President Donald Trump made “sticking to sports” impossible, because he stuck it to sports. Or, more specifically, to athletes of color who dared protest police brutality through peaceful demonstration at NFL games, or decided not to be a human political commercial for a president
The NHL Department of Player Safety decided that Tom Wilson’s hit on St. Louis Blues rookie center Robert Thomas on Friday night was way late, and suspended him for two preseason games. “Over a full second after Thomas loses control of the puck, well after he’s eligible to be checked” is how the Department
The delightful Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals has a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Saturday, which is not only the first hearing from the 2017-18 preseason but the first under new Player Safety boss George Parros. Wilson then ensured that Thomas was further separated from
When it comes to players voicing their frustration with the NHL over its decision not to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, we’re not even at the tip of the iceberg. This week, two prominent Canadian players took to Twitter to poke the bear.
Sean Avery’s new book “Ice Capades: A Memoir Of Fast Living And Tough Hockey” was a must-read the moment it was announced, and it’s every bit the scathing, funny, frequently infuriating celebration of all things Sean Avery as anticipated. It follows his NHL journey from the Detroit Red Wings to the
Kris Versteeg wasn’t around the last time this happened in the NHL, when a tidal wave of penalty calls came crashing down on preseason games to emphasize whatever the League’s cause célèbre was that season.
Larry Robinson possesses one such hockey mind. Then it was off to San Jose where he was an associate coach and director of player development and … well, look at that, the Sharks made their first Stanley Cup Final with Larry Robinson in the organization. The other constant on those Devils teams was
The unfathomable absence of Jaromir Jagr from an NHL roster continues as the preseason rolls on. “The future of Jagr will be known in October, the day after NHL regular season begins, after which there will be where he will continue his career.” He noted that almost 100% of the rumors on Jagr’s next
Calgary Flames goalie Jon Gillies made one of those “through the benefit of replay” saves against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night: Those saves that look good in real time, and then are revealed to be flippin’ extraordinary when fans finally catch the Jumbotron replay.
Will the Pittsburgh Penguins three-peat? According to the latest Stanley Cup champions wagering odds, they’re the favorites to do so. The new 2018 Stanley Cup odds from Bovada reveal the Penguins at 7-to-1, their odds having dropped since the summer.
If it’s September, then it’s time another episode of “As The Pivot Turns,” the ongoing soap opera based on the Montreal Canadiens’ center position. Last time on “As The Pivot Turns”: Alex Galchenyuk was maybe possibly a solution at center. This week on “As The Pivot Turns”: Alex Galchenyuk is probably
Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, the strongest Category 4 storm to hit the region in 57 years. The reaction starts with the Florida Panthers, who have turned the BB&T Center into a storage facility for emergency vehicles and a staging area for local first responders. Panthers
The goose bumps were raised on Dani Rylan’s arm. The founder and commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League was one of 17 executives assembled at a Manhattan steak house on Wednesday, in a show of solidarity for hockey’s “Declaration of Principles.” At the moment, she was listening to a young