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.

  • Boston Bruins, 2013-14 (Puck Daddy Gold Medal Preview)

    (Ed. Note: It’s an Olympic year in the NHL. So, naturally, we decided to use the trappings of the Winter Games to preview all 30 teams for the 2013-14 NHL season. Who takes the gold? Who falls on their triple-axel? Read on and find out!)

    In a span of 17 seconds, the Boston Bruins went from believing they were about to force a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final to watching the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a second championship in four years. It was a bitter pill to swallow after another memorable campaign.

    The Bruins finished the lockout shortened 2013 season fourth in the Eastern Conference (28-14-6, 62 pts.) and needed a miraculous third period and overtime comeback in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs to avoid a disastrous first round exit. That victory flipped a switched and they would go on and win 8 of their next 9 games, rolling through the New York Rangers in the second round, before completing a stunning sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final.

    The transition from Tim Thomas to Tuukka Rask full-time in net went without worry and the usual suspects contributed offensively, while the defense helped carry them through for another deep playoff run.

    The summer brought about a blockbuster trade and the long-term signing of two key cogs. Are the Bruins even better than they were last season?

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  • Pass or Fail: Minnesota Wild’s new white road jerseys

    The Minnesota Wild will publicly unveil their new white road jerseys on Sunday morning during the annual Minnesota State Fair. Before they could do it publicly, Icethetics found a number of images of Zach Parise and Josh Harding donning the new looks had leaked on the Wild website on Saturday night.


    This reveal was part of a week-long buildup. The Buffalo Sabres are doing something similar, but at a snails pace. We'll finally see their new designs by the time the next lockout ends, I'm sure.

    These are really sharp (and we really miss the white jerseys at home in the NHL). I'm normally not a fan of the shoulder yokes, but the squaring off of it along with the mix of the green letters with red numbers (plus the new font) really impresses. Definitely consider them an upgrade over the previous whites.

    What do you think?

    Pass or Fail: Minnesota Wild's new white road jerseys

    Follow Sean Leahy on Twitter at @Sean_Leahy

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  • 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.


    • Welp, guess that really happened.

    • After former NFL players were awarded a $765 million settlement, is that day coming for the NHL? The league isn't saying anything for now. [Globe and Mail]

    While you're busy slacking off from work reading Headlines,
    go sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey already, will ya?

    • Nazem Kadri is done talking until his new deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs is signed, sealed and delivered. [Toronto Sun]

    • Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson is still unsigned. With the addition of Mikhail Grabovski to the Caps, what could MoJo be worth now? [CSN Washington]

    • Now that he's signed a four-year extension, let's take a look back at the best and worst moves by Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. Versteeg for Bochenski! [WEEI]

    • Taking a look at Ron Hainsey's numbers, you wonder how he could still be unsigned. [Backhand Shelf]

    Read More »from Alfredsson dons winged wheel; Kadri staying mum; best and worst of Chiarelli (Puck Headlines)
  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: The Top 100 players for 2013-14

    Getty ImagesThe great thing about Yahoo fantasy hockey finally opening for a new season is that we won't have to wait four months for the season to actually begin this time around. Lockout-free (for now), training camps will open in a few weeks and the regular season will kick off in just over a month. It's one of the best times of year.

    Sign up your team and league today.

    With the opening of registration, we're also here to unveil Yahoo's top 100 players for the 2013-14 season. Before that, here's what new in fantasy hockey for this season:

    Keeper Improvements

    • See previous season's roster on your team page
    • Easier viewing of other teams' keepers
    • Easier keeper approval and assignment

    Faster Registration

    • You can create or join a league in seconds. Commissioners, we have the same customization as always but you can set up your league in half the time!

    League Passwords No Longer Required

    • Commissioners do not need to create passwords for leagues. Just copy and paste the invite url (ex. to share with others.

    Coming Soon

    • A new design for the game—see our Fantasy Hockey game for a sneak peak—and more enhancements will be coming soon.

    After the jump, your top 100 players for 2012-13, according to the Yahoo Fantasy Hockey staff (not the Puck Daddy staff).

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  • 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.


    • Here's Scotty Bowman and his wife celebrating Stanley Cup victories 37 years apart. [@coachwsb]

    • Peter Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins have agreed to to a four-year extension through 2017-18. [Bruins]

    • Your new captain of SKA St. Petersburg? The one and only Ilya Kovalchuk. [R-Sport]

    • Patrick Kane in a Washington Nationals hockey jersey? Patrick Kane in a Washington Nationals hockey jersey. [DC Sports Bog]

    • Like the new Puck Daddy background of a baseball diamond? Here are some hockey ties to America's national pastime. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

    • Eetu Selanne almost didn't make Calgary Hitmen camp because his invite was lost within his dad's fan mail, which included many, many love letters from Lambert. [Buzzing the Net]

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  • Hockey on trial: NHL Olympic hopefuls face vital 3-month showcase

    Getty ImagesARLINGTON, VA – Scanning the Olympic orientation camp rosters, you’ll probably notice the locks to make their respective sides. Then there are the guys on the bubble and finally, the long shots.

    NHL players wanted to go to Sochi and while many already know they’ll have a plane ticket reserved in their name, others will have their fates decided over the course of the first three months of the season.

    Sure, your main focus is helping your NHL team win, but your standing in the eyes of the Olympic coaching staffs has to weigh in the minds of some players if they have an off night, right?

    “I think it crosses your mind,” said Ottawa Senators forward and Team USA hopeful Bobby Ryan. “I think it probably crosses your mind more when you’re watching box scores and see [Patrick Kane] had another four points.

    “That’s what I thought about in 2009. It doesn’t when you’re playing. Certainly when you get out there the game is still the game and you’ve got other things on your mind and you’re trying to help the team you’re playing for commit to a win. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it 2009 and early 2010 quite a bit.”

    Ryan was coming off a 31-goal, 57-point sophomore season and was on Team USA's radar for the 2010 Games in Vancouver. By the time the American roster was named on Jan. 1, Ryan had recorded 19 goals and 15 assists, good enough to earn him a spot on the U.S. roster.

    While skaters can have their ups and downs during the Olympic evaluation period, their usefulness to their country’s squad could override any struggled they might experience. The need for a checking forward for an "energy" line could put a player ahead of a point producer, depending on the coaching staff's desires.

    Goaltenders, however, have the toughest and most pressure-filled process.

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  • Bobby Ryan has no hard feelings for Anaheim Ducks, happy to move on

    Getty ImagesARLINGTON, VA -- Bobby Ryan finally got his wish.

    After years of rumors of his unhappiness in Anaheim and speculation on which of the Anaheim Ducks' "big three" would get long-term commitments from the team, Ryan was dealt to the Ottawa Senators on July 5 hours after Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Detroit Red Wings.

    He'll get a fresh start, a clear mind and fewer media stories wondering about his hockey future for next season. Relief was on his face on Monday at U.S. Olympic orientation camp talking about his new move.

    “[I’m] just glad that side of it is done, that I can kind of move forward and focus on just playing games and helping my team win," he said. "Not knowing how you were going to get treated day-to-day in the locker room because you don’t know what the latest rumor was."

    In June 2012, Ryan gave an interview to the Courier-Post expressing his unhappiness with the Ducks about his situation with the team. When the Ducks re-signed Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to separate

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  • 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.


    • Can you pick out the guy who played in Anaheim his entire career?

    • Who would you rank as the best GM/combo in the NHL? Chicago's? Boston's? Pittsburgh's? Detroit's? [CSN Philly]

    • Ryan Miller on potential trade rumors this season: "I'm not going to try and handle it maybe the way Roberto did because I think the salary cap changing and a few other situations changing with regard to long-term contracts has already shifted [the market]." []

    • Alex Pietrangelo is still a restricted free agent as training camp creeps up on us. He's confident, however, that a deal will be done soon. [TSN]

    • On Patrick Kane as the face of USA Hockey: "Guys like Parise and Quick may be able to match Kane if this were a question simply of ability, but when you factor in the star power, as well as the allure of playing for one of the game’s most storied franchises, then Kane is without equal in this discussion." [NBC Chicago]

    • "When it comes to hockey, no one has it as good as [Jonathan] Toews right now." [Winnipeg Free Press]

    • Jamie Benn on his snub from Team Canada Olympic orientation camp: "It gives you a little fire. You kind of want to shove it in their face." [Dallas Morning News]

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  • Pass or Fail: Team USA’s home and away Olympic jerseys

    ARLINGTON, VA -- USA Hockey gathered in Virginia this week to hold their Olympic orientation camp and unveil the jerseys they will wear to Sochi. On Tuesday morning, as patriotic hits such as "Proud to be an American" and "Living in America" blared over the Kettler Capitals Iceplex PA system, the home and away jerseys were unveiled as hundreds of fans watched on.

    USA Hockey

    From USA Hockey:

    The 2014 Nike USA Olympic Hockey Jersey fuses USA Hockey’s rich history and tradition with the performance needs of today’s athletes. Decades of design delivered the inspiration to create a lightweight jersey with distractions removed and range of motion maximized.

    The jersey draws inspiration from the pride of competing for Team USA by amplifying the American Flag aesthetic through matte/shine stars on the shoulders and bold striping. The patriotic and inspirational message "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave" can be found on the inside neckline.

    The USA Hockey Crest has been enlarged and refined to reflect the 80’s aesthetic, while the right sleeve pays homage to gold medals in 1960 and 1980.

    Let's take a closer look after the jump.

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  • Getty ImagesARLINGTON, VA -- When the hockey world descends on Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Games, they will be greeted with a bigger ice surface, a surface not see in the tournament since the 2006 Games in Torino.

    The increased size of the ice sheet was a hot topic on the opening day of Team USA's Olympic orientation camp Monday. Some players have experience on the big ice, while others don't. Some fancy the extra room to maneuver around on, while others might fear their lack of speed will hurt them. Those are some of the factors that general manager David Poile and his staff will need to consider when they sit down to select the final roster.

    San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski is no stranger to the bigger surface. He played on it when he was younger and for a short time while he was with Dynamo Minsk during the NHL lockout last season.

    “It did cross my mind when I was going over [to Minsk] it would be a good thing to go experience again," he said.

    For Pavelski, the extra ice allows for more creativity, but it also provides a different challenge.

    “It’s just fun playing," he said. "It was definitely a little different game, holding on to the puck a little longer, be patient in certain areas and situations. It was a change of pace. It did take me a little bit to get used to, but I was really glad I went over [to the KHL]. [Around] game eight or nine things started to click a little bit better. It was all of a sudden you knew the situations [and] the areas of the ice you can do certain things on.”

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