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.

  • Noah Hanifin fighting nerves as he awaits to learn NHL Draft fate

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. —Noah Hanifin has seen all the Tweets. The notifications pop up on his phone displaying the hopes of fans hoping he lands with their favorite team. He hasn’t, however, kept track of the rumors about the No. 3 pick and the desires of some general managers to trade into that spot to take the 18-year Boston College defenseman.

    “You can’t really pay attention to it because there are so many examples of crazy things happening in the past,” he said.

    The NHL Draft begins at the No. 3 pick, held by the Arizona Coyotes. Hanifin could land there or he could fall a few spots. The uncertainty of his fate started to hit him when he arrived in South Florida. 

    “There’s definitely a lot of nerves. It’s starting to hit me now, a day away,” Hanifin said on Thursday. “You’ve been dreaming about something your whole life and now that it’s here it’s pretty surreal. There’s so many teams and so many things that could happen in the draft that it’s kind of making it really exciting for

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  • Mike Reilly expected to sign with Minnesota Wild: Report

    Mike Reilly has made his decision and he will be signing with the Minnesota Wild. 

    According to Mike Russo of the Star Tribune, Reilly will ink a two-year, $1.85 million deal with bonuses after becoming a free agent last week after failing to agree to terms with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that drafted him in 2011. 

    The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins were among the finalists for Reilly’s signature.

    Reilly grew up in Minnesota and played the last three years for the Golden Gophers, where he was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award finalist this past season. His dad, Michael, is a minority investor with the Wild. 

    He’ll get a shot to make the NHL roster during training camp. The Wild currently have five defensemen under contract for next season. So does Reilly’s signing mean GM Chuck Fletcher may look to move one of his blueliners this weekend in Sunrise -- like maybe Jared Spurgeon?


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  • Tyler Toffoli gets two-year bridge deal from LA Kings

    LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi had two big restricted free agents to worry about as July 1 approached. Now he’s down to one after Friday’s news hours before the start of the NHL Draft.

    The Kings have handed forward Tyler Toffoli a two-year bridge contract worth $2.6 million next season and $3.9 million in 2016-17. The deal carries a $3.25 million cap hit, according to’s Pierre LeBrun.

    Toffoli is coming off a 23-goal, 49-point season and only turned 23 in April.

    It’s a good deal for both sides. Toffoli gets a decent payday and the ability to cash in big after two years and the Kings tie down a key young piece of the roster and avoid having him go to market and be subject to potential offer sheets.

    Next up for Lombardi are three decisions: Re-signing UFA Andrej Sekera; re-signing or dealing RFA Martin Jones; and figuring out what to do with Mike Richards with the buyout deadline coming on Tuesday.

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  • Avs acquire rights to Carl Soderberg; bye-bye Ryan O'Reilly?

    Beginning Thursday, NHL teams are able to speak to unrestricted free agents ahead of the opening of free agency on July 1. The Colorado Avalanche will have a second pending UFA to speak to -- along with Jan Hejda -- now that they’ve acquired the negotiating rights to Carl Soderberg from the Boston Bruins for a 2016 sixth-round pick. 

    Soderberg landed in Boston in 2013, and scored 29 goals and 94 points in 161 games.

    According to’s Pierre LeBrun, talk is that Soderberg is seeking in the neighborhood of $5 million a season, a price too rich for the Bruins’ cap-strapped blood. Enter the Avs, who may need to replace a certain center very soon.

    What does this mean for the future of Ryan O’Reilly? Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reported that O’Reilly’s camp is looking for a $60 million deal. He’s entering the final year of his deal with a $6 million cap hit and will be a UFA next summer. That will likely lead to him being dealt by, so bringing in Soderberg would be a bit of a downgrade,

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  • Offers coming in as Coyotes contemplate what to do with No. 3 pick

    The NHL Draft will begin at pick No. 3 with the Arizona Coyotes. We know Connor McDavid is going to Edmonton first overall and Jack Eichel will land with the Buffalo Sabres at No. 2. The real fun begins when it’s Don Maloney’s turn to decide what to do.

    The Coyotes GM holds the cards for all the teams who want to move up to No. 3 and either grab Dylan Strome or Noah Hanifin, the likely two prospects who will be picked at that spot. Maloney can sit back and hear all the offers from teams desperate to move up. Or he could add another young piece to a growing list of top prospects in the organization.

    Maloney said on Thursday that he knows who he will pick if the Coyotes hang on to No. 3, but that could change with one phone call, and he’s certainly received his fair share of offers for the pick. 

    From Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona:

    "I guess I am surprised at the type of names being presented for trades, outright," Maloney said. "These are people that would fit into our future

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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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  

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    • Swedish side Kiruna IF unveiled their latest LGBT-certified jerseys. Backstory here. [Kiruna IF]

    • The LA Kings have suspended Slava Voynov, on top of his existing NHL suspension, because the Achilles injury he suffered was non-hockey related. The move opens up more cap space for GM Dean Lombardi. [LA Kings Insider]

    • Good read on how 3-on-3 overtime will affect goalies. [In Goal Mag]

    • Negotiations have begun between Mark Giordano and the Calgary Flames. "Sources say the initial ask from Giordano’s camp, headed by agent Ritch Winter, is in the neighbourhood of $9 million per season." [TSN]

    • Years of bad drafting is catching up to the Boston Bruins. [Herald]

    • Keep an eye on these 10 prospects who could wreck mock drafts everywhere. [The

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  • Puck Daddy's 11 can't-miss dates of the 2015-16 NHL season

    The 2014-15 NHL campaign ended 10 days ago and now it’s already time to look forward to next season. As we come down from the tour de force that was the NHL Awards show Wednesday night and prepare ourselves for Round 1 of the NHL Draft Friday night, the league dropped the 2015-16 schedule on us Thursday morning, so start planning those road trips.

    Some notes about the schedule: 

    • The regular season begins Oct. 7 and ends Sat. April 9.

    • The Christmas break is from Dec. 23-25

    • Super Saturday on the final day of the regular season!

    Here are 11 dates to mark on your calendar as appointment viewing:

    Oct. 7, 2015
    New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks

    It’s opening night league-wide and in what’s becoming a pretty regular thing, the Blackhawks will raise their third Stanley Banner in six seasons during their home opener against the Rangers. The roster on the ice for the pre-game ceremony will have plenty of new faces and who knows how many players who helped them capture the Stanley Cup

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  • How Steve Yzerman won the 2015 NHL GM of the Year Award

    Steve Yzerman may not have won the Stanley Cup last week, but he’ll end this season with some hardware after taking home the 2015 NHL General Manager of the Year. 

    "It’s been a lot of work," said Yzerman. "A lot of decisions. A lot of changes, player wise, personnel wise, our staff wise. We’ve done a lot of different things. Some things have worked, some things haven’t worked. It’s nice to see us progressing. I wouldn’t be standing here if it weren’t. I literally wouldn’t be standing here."

    From the NHL:

    After leading Tampa Bay to the Conference Finals in 2010-11, his first season in charge, Yzerman oversaw the rebuild to a roster that returned to the final four with just two holdovers from the 2011 squad, cornerstone center Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman. Bolstered by key acquisitions through the draft (Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat), via free agency (Brian Boyle, Valtteri Filppula, Tyler Johnson, Anton Stralman) and trades (Ben Bishop, Ryan Callahan, Braydon Coburn,

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  • Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews named as NHL 16 cover athletes

    Since 2011, EA Sports has revealed its cover athlete for the NHL videogame series at the NHL Awards. Changing things up for NHL 16, there will be two players on the cover for the first time in the game’s history.

    From EA:

    “I’m honored to not only share the Stanley Cup Championship with Patrick, but to share the EA SPORTS NHL 16 cover with him too,” said Toews. “Our team’s passion and dedication have made this all possible – and I’m sure fans will be fired up about it.”

    “Being teamed up with Jonathan for the NHL 16 cover is a great feeling,” said Kane. “I never would have imagined being on the cover twice, and the fact this is happening on top of our team taking home the Cup is unreal.”

    EA did not hold a Twitter like they had for the past few years, thereby preventing all of your timelines from being spammed with various NHL player-related hashtags.

    Kane and Toews are now two-time cover athletes, with the Chicago Blackhawks captain appearing on the cover of NHL 11 and the American star

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  • Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk wins 2015 Masterton Trophy

    Devan Dubnyk had a heckua a year. From looking like he would be a career backup to turning his season around after a trade to the Minnesota Wild, the netminder is about to cash in on a new deal and just won the 2015 Masterton Trophy, as voted on by the PHWA.

    Last season Dubnyk was traded from Nashville - where he was beat out by Carter Hutton for the backup job - to the Montreal Canadiens, essentially for nothing and assigned to Montreal's AHL affiliate in Hamilton. We asked him about how he felt the day he was traded and how far he has come since then. 

    "When you’re in Hamilton and you’re back on the bus and rotating three guys, it’s tough to see past that I guess. You try to but when you’re in it, it’s real tough to see past it. I think the best thing is to get a break from the season and get that chance in the summer to reflect on everything that had happened and why it happened and like I said up there, you realize how lucky you are to have

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