Sean Leahy

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Sean Leahy is the associate editor of Puck Daddy since the blog started in April 2008. Having covered Stanley Cup Finals, NHL All-Star Games and NHL Drafts, his highlight might have been getting blown out playing Ryan Kesler in NHL2K11 on Nintendo Wii. That, or coercing an All-Star Game goal judge to let him control the goal light for a period. He currently resides on Long Island.

  • Todd Ewen’s brain did not show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a Canadian Concussion Centre report released on Wednesday.

    "These results indicate that in some athletes, multiple concussions do not lead to the development of CTE," said Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, a neuropathologist who conducted the autopsy.  "Our findings continue to show that concussions can affect the brain in different ways. This underlines the need to not only continue this research, but also be cautious about drawing any definitive conclusions about CTE until we have more data."

    The 49-year-old Ewen took his own life in September, becoming the seventh ex-NHL tough guy to die since in the last five years. He suffered multiple concussions during his career and later battled depression. 

    "Every time it was announced that a fellow player had CTE, Todd would say: 'If they had CTE, I know I have CTE.' He was terrified by the thought of a future living with a degenerative disease that could rob

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  • Jaden Schwartz will return to the St. Louis Blues lineup on Friday to play his first game since fracturing an ankle during an October practice. 

    Schwartz’s 49-game absence has been part a season for the Blues where injuries have been far too common. As of Monday, St. Louis was fourth in the NHL in man-games lost with 201, according to Patrik Berglund, Steve Ott, Paul Stastny, Jake Allen and Kevin Shattenkirk have all contributed to those 201 games.

    While Schwartz is coming back, that number will continue to rise now that Alex Pietrangelo will miss three weeks with a knee injury. 

    Despite the injury woes, St. Louis has been able to play themselves into the third spot in the Central Division, seven points behind the Chicago Blackhawks with a game in-hand. Schwartz’s presence in the lineup could also help a Blues team that has the seventh-worst goals per game (2.38) average in the NHL get their offense going.

    The 23-year old forward has scored 53 goals over the last two

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  • Blackhawks' Scott Darling comes to aid of stranger in need

    Last week, while the Chicago Blackhawks were in Arizona during a four-game road trip, goaltender Scott Darling went out of his way to help someone in need.

    Kane Van Gate, who describes himself as a “legendary beer league goalie” on his website, Tweeted out a story Sunday night passed on to him by an Uber driver.

    Darling confirmed the story later that night and told Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune, "I just started talking to him, was interested in his life, seemed like a good guy and just needed a helping hand. That’s how it happened.”

    He added he has “a soft spot” for anyone in a tough situation like that. The 27-year old Darling got sober nearly five years ago while in the middle of a whirlwind career that has seen him play for 10 professional teams since being drafted in 2007.

    "He seemed like a really nice person,” Darling said. “I'm in the

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    • The Los Angeles Kings will debut a 50th anniversary logo next season. Could this be it? [Mayor’s Manor]

    • Should the Toronto Maple Leafs buy out Jared Cowen after the season? [The Leafs Nation]

    • Good deal, at least in the short term, for the Ottawa Senators. [Silver Seven Sens]

    • Now that she’s returned to the ice, Amanda Kessel’s decision on which professional team to play for next season will be a big one for the women’s game. [Hockey Wilderness]

    • Milan Lucic returns to Boston tonight and penned a letter to the city where his NHL career began. [The Players’ Tribune]

    • Ryan McDonagh’s injury means that Keith Yandle may end up staying with the New York Rangers. [NY Post]

    • One of the early favorites for May’s Kentucky Derby is Nyquist, the

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  • Bryan Murray wasn’t hesitant about making a deal within his own division when he acquired Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of a nine-player deal Tuesday morning.

    “I’m never concerned about making a good trade. I’ve made trades in Tampa and with Buffalo and now with Toronto,” he said. “I think if you can make a trade that satisfies your needs you can’t worry about how it affects the other team.”

    Murray said he and Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello began talks a while ago after Lamoriello inquired about something else. Murray brought up Phaneuf’s name and on Saturday things began to get serious. 

    For the Senators, the trade was all about hockey and improving areas of need, specifically an experienced left-side defenseman, something Murray said has been a priority for him for over a year. Toronto, meanwhile, had their eye on the future and opening up cap space.

    “It’s about getting an experienced leader, good person, hardworking, competitive guy to add to the mix

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  • Maple Leafs send Dion Phaneuf to Senators in nine-player trade

    The NHL trade deadline isn’t until Feb. 29, but the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators weren’t in a waiting mood as they pulled off a nine-player blockbuster Tuesday morning.

    Heading to Ottawa is Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and Cody Donaghey. Going back the other way is Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg and the Senators’ second-round pick in 2017.

    As the Maple Leafs did a year ago in moving David Clarkson’s contract, no money will be retained by either side in this deal. 

    Phaneuf becomes the first Maple Leafs captain dealt since Doug Gilmour was sent to the New Jersey Devils in 1997, a move which also involved Lou Lamoriello.

    The deal from the Maple Leafs side is all about clearing future cap space. Jared Cowen will be an RFA in the summer of 2017, but as TSN’s Frank Seravalli pointed out last month, he possess a very cap-friendly contract should he be bought out in June. Meanwhile, Greening and Michalek

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  • Youth hockey team performs Whip/Nae Nae dance during delay (Video)

    Youth hockey should be all about the fun of playing the game, not what it says on the scoreboard. 

    For the North Olmsted Squirt 3 team of the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League, it didn’t matter that they were losing 7-0 to Strongsville in a game last month. While they were lined up for a face-off a brief delay saw the rink DJ put on some Silento to pass the time, so the kids decided to tell the crowd to watch them whip and watch them nae nae.

    We applaud these little kids for the making the most out of the brief delay before the face-off. It’s certainly a much better way to kill time than checking the tape on your stick, doing a couple of twirls on the ice or standing around in your posititon letting your muscles get cold. 

    What we need now is a battle of the squirt teams dance-off between North Olmsted and the Jr. Hurricanes to determine the true champion. Right wing Andrew Dempsey, No. 31 in the video, might need to sit it out because that kid is good.


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  • Alain Vigneault rips NHL for not suspending Wayne Simmonds

    The New York Rangers will be without captain Ryan McDonagh at least through Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced. The defenseman suffered a concussion after he mixed it up with Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and took a punch to the face.

    McDonagh left the game and didn’t return after being assessed a pair of double minors. Simmonds, meanwhile, was ejected and given a game misconduct and match penalty. He’s feeling fine after taking the Rangers’ defenseman’s stick to the head prior to the punch. 

    Despite the penalty handed Simmonds, Dave Isaac of the Courier Post reported on Sunday that the NHL decided against both rescinding the game misconduct and suspending the Flyers forward. That didn’t sit too well with Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault after Monday’s morning skate.

    Via Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record:

    “What I didn’t expect was the reaction from the league. An All-Star player gets sucker-punched, goes down. I wonder if that’s
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  • NHL Three Stars: Okposo tricks Oilers; Habs win second straight

    No. 1 Star: Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders

    Okposo tallied his second career hat trick and second four-point game as the Islanders routed the Edmonton Oilers 8-1 in a Super Bowl Sunday matinee. Two of Okposo’s three goals came via the power play. Nick Leddy chipped in three helpers and John Tavares also recorded three points in the win. Thirteen Islanders recorded at least a point. Thomas Greiss made 30 saves for his 50th career NHL win.

    No. 2 Star: Ben Scrivens, Montreal Canadiens

    Scrivens made 34 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all five shots he faced in the shootout as the Canadiens edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Montreal has now won two in a row for the first time since late November. Sven Andrighetto scored the only goal of the shootout. In two starts this weekend, Scrivens has made 57 saves out of 59 shots and won both games.

    No. 3 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    Holtby made 33 saves and Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season as the Capitals

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  • Malcolm Subban hospitalized after puck fractures larynx in AHL

    Malcolm Subban was expected to start Saturday night’s Providence Bruins game against the Portland Pirates, but during warmups he was hit in the throat with a puck. He immediately left the game and was taken to a local hospital where he remained overnight.

    On Sunday, the Bruins released a statement on his condition:

    Malcolm Subban was struck in the throat with a puck Saturday night during pregame warmups. He was transported to Maine Medical Center and was diagnosed with a fractured larynx. He stayed overnight at Maine Medical Center and was transported to Mass General Hospital on Sunday for further evaluation. He is in stable condition and will be sidelined indefinitely. The team will provide additional details when they become available. 

    Subban was sent down to the AHL on Thursday after Jonas Gustavsson was activated from injured reserve. He’d won eight of his last 10 starts with the AHL Bruins.

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