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.

  • Olli Jokinen playoff-bound again after being traded to Blues

    Olli Jokinen has played 1,223 games in his NHL career, but has only been involved in six playoff games. That number will increase this spring after the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt him to the St. Louis Blues for forward Joakim Lindstrom, a conditional 2016 sixth-round pick 15 days after acquiring him from the Nashville Predators.

    The condition, according to Pierre LeBrun, is that the pick becomes a fourth-rounder if the Blues reach the Stanley Cup Final and Jokinen plays.

    Jokinen was not a happy camper to be traded to Toronto from the Cup-contending Predators last month. 

    “Years go by fast. Any year you go in, you always think any team’s got a chance. Maybe I will get lucky one of these days," he said last week.

    Jokinen played six games with the Maple Leafs, recording one assist in 14:17 of ice time.

    He's set to become a free agent this summer, so

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 4

    1:55 p.m. ET: The Islanders stay active and upgrade their backup goalie spot by nabbing Michal Neuvirth from the Buffalo Sabres for Chad Johnson and a conditional third-round pick in 2016. Tim Murray sees your tank, Don Maloney, and just raised the game. Johnson has struggled in New York, and has posted an .904 even-strength save percentage in 17 starts this season, compared to the .932 ESVP he put up a year ago in Boston. Neuvirth, who was acquired for now-crease partner Jaroslav Halak at last year's deadline, has played well for a tanking Sabres club, recording a .934 ESVP in 27 starts.

    1:40 p.m. ET: Another deal goes down with Ian Cole heading from the St. Louis Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Robert Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-rounder. Both are set to become UFAs this summer. Bortuzzo will provide some insurance while Zbynek Michalek deals with a concussion. Cole has the better game and could fit in nicely for the Penguins, who were looking to add to their blueline.

    1:25 p.m.

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Day drinking game

    It’s been more like NHL Trade Deadline Week rather than Day, huh? All the excitement has occurred in the days leading up to today’s 3 p.m. ET deadline. Who knows what kind of action we’ll see over the next few hours, but the excitement sure seems to have been sucked out of today.

    While you either sit at home skipping work or school or are slacking off at work or school waiting to see who’s moving where, we felt like injecting your day with a bit more fun by bringing back out world famous drinking games. 

    We hope this helps and please do add your own submissions in the comments. We suspect that'll be more fun than these next several hours. 


    Take One Drink When ...

    • Any trade is announced.

    • Anyone on the TSN or Sportsnet panels looks down at their Blackberrys for more than a 5-second count.

    • A player acquired is called "the last piece of the championship puzzle."

    • The phrase "what we're hearing" or "according to sources" is uttered.

    • They throw to reporter on location in a

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 1

    10:50 a.m. ET: Minor deal involving Tim Murray and the Sabres: pending RFA winger Bryan Flynn heads to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick, according to Bob McKenzie.

    Back on the Phaneuf front, The Hockey News' Ken Campbell reports that Brendan Smith may be a sticking point in any deal involving the Red Wings.

    10:35 a.m. ET: DRINK!

    10:30 a.m. ET: Dion Phaneuf's name is out there as talk has the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in conversations about a swap. Stephen Weiss and Jakub Kindl are a couple of names out there that may be part of a package. According to Renaud Lavoie, Phaneuf has a list of 12 teams he would accept a trade to.

    Speaking of the Maple Leafs, Ron Wilson sighting!

    10:17 a.m. ET: The Buffalo Sabres have 13 players set to become unrestricted or restricted free agents this summer. The most-rumored name has been Chris Stewart, who's

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  • Curtis Glencross dealt to Capitals for pair of 2015 draft picks

    Curtis Glencross wanted an extension from the Calgary Flames. The team didn’t agree with the numbers his camp put together so on Sunday the forward was dealt to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a second and third round pick in the 2015 draft, according to Chris Johnston.

    Glencross, who had to waive his no-trade clause to approve any deal, has 9 goals and 28 points in 53 games this season, while his fancy stats are okay for someone who’s played tough minutes. He was also a key cog on the Flames' power play, averaging 2:14 of ice time with the man advantage, recording eight points.

    With no future for Glencross in Calgary, captain Mark Giordano heading to injured reserve and the Flames now three points behind the Minnesota Wild for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, it’s a smart move by general manager Brad Treliving. Picking up two extra draft picks for a 32-year old you weren’t going to extend is just good business, especially if the GM still in the market for a

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  • Watch KHL player sneakily try to score goal by lifting net (Video)

    There’s that old saying, “If you ain’t cheatin', then you ain’t tryin'.” This was probably going through the mind of Sibir forward Jonas Enlund during Saturday’s KHL playoff game against Traktor. 

    With Sibir trailing 3-1 with under seven minutes left in the third period, Enlund was tied up behind the Traktor net by Ilya Davydov as both battled for the puck. That’s when Enlund tried to fool the officials with a little sleight of foot.

    Points for creativity, for sure.

    The goal was obviously waved off and Traktor would go on to win 4-1 to take Game 1 of the series. Sibir would even things up with a 5-2 win on Sunday.

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  • KHL netminder robbed of goal, thanks to diving defenseman (Video)

    There have been three KHL goaltenders credited with goals in the league's history, and last week former NHLer Jeff Deslauriers nearly added his name to the list.

    With under 30 seconds to go in Dinamo Riga’s 3-1 win over Medvescak Zagreb last Friday, Deslauriers caught a dumped-in puck from center ice, allowing him more than enough time to take a stab at scoring a goal. His attempt was fine, but Zagreb's defenseman Mark Flood’s effort to prevent the goal was finer:

    Deslauriers' eyes must have bee as big as saucers once he saw the trajectory and accuracy of his shot. But what an effort by fellow ex-NHLer Flood to go all out and prevent a potential goal as his team was down two with time running out.

    Stick-tap Robert Soderlind

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!




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  • We’ve seen what it’s like to watch a giant in 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara play hockey. We came close to seeing 7-foot-7 Manute Bol on the ice, but sitting on the bench during an Indianapolis Ice game in 2002 caused his chronic rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and swell his feet, preventing him from taking a shift during a publicity stunt.

    But if you want to see a 7-foot-2, ex-NBA player lace ‘em up and skate, head out to the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona and you’ll catch Greg Ostertag playing beer league hockey.

    Ostertag, who spent 11 years in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, grew up in Texas loving hockey before steering himself towards a professional hoops career. Once he left the game in 2006, he eventually grew tired of the standard retired athlete hobby of hitting the links.

    From Jim Leitner of USA Hockey Magazine:

    “One day, I just decided to go find something to do besides playing golf every day,” says the 41-year-old Ostertag. “I was lucky to have a guy in Utah send me
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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Mark Giordano was injured Wednesday night moments before the Calgary Flames scored an empty-net goal to put away the New Jersey Devils. Two days later, the team still hasn’t released an official diagnosis, other than the routine “upper-body injury.”

    That can’t be good.

    General manager Brad Treliving did not have an update for reporters on Giordano’s status during the team's morning skate on Long Island Friday, other than to say the captain remains with the team on the road trip. 

    “We know Gio,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “We know how much of a warrior he is.”

    The Flames aren’t divulging much about whatever is afflicting Giordano, and Treliving didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself before an official diagnosis comes down from the medical staff. With three days until the trade deadline, however long the defenseman is out could affect the way the GM approaches a potential replacement. For the time being Corey Potter will take his place in the lineup and

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  • Well-traveled Mark Arcobello finding footing with Coyotes

    You don’t need to ask. Mark Arcobello is well-aware he’s part of an NHL record.

    The Arizona Coyotes became Arcobello’s fourth team this season after they picked him up off waivers earlier this month, tying him with Dennis O'Brien and Dave McLlwain for most teams in a single season, according to

    It’s been a long journey to the desert for Arcobello after beginning with the season with the Edmonton Oilers. He was dealt on Dec. 29 to the Nashville Predators for Derek Roy, played four games in Smashville, was waived and picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 14. Ten games later, he was waived again, landing with the Coyotes.

    Traveling with Arcobello are a couple of suitcases he took with him after the trade from the Oilers as it’s now hotel life for the 26-year old forward. And despite all the movement, he’s still posted 12 goals and 19 points this season.

    So how much has the wackiness of the past two months thrown him off? 

    “A little bit,” Arcobello said during the

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