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.

  • New York Islanders defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy were at Roosevelt Field Mall not far from Nassau Coliseum doing an autograph signing Wednesday night. At the same time, their teammates, Matt Martin and Michael Grabner, were doing some shopping, unaware of the event.

    While riding an escalator, Martin stood behind an Islanders fan wearing his jersey. The moment was too funny for Grabner to let pass without taking a photo:

    From Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank:

    "I felt bad after, so I sent him a message on twitter,” Martin said. “I think he’s coming to the game tonight, we’ll get him down here and sign his jersey. Say hello. It was funny in the moment and talking about it after we we kind of wish we stopped him, and said hello.”

    The fan, Michael Frumento, came across Grabner’s Tweet

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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. 

    • The Ontario Reign are going “back in black” for their new jersey design next season. [LA Kings Insider]

    • After Tim Murray’s two trades on Wednesday, what’s his next move for the Sabres? [Die by the Blade]

    • Evander Kane on the trade to Buffalo: “The sense I got from Buffalo is that, yes they're rebuilding but they're not going to sit around and wait. They're looking to do something now. It's nice to go somewhere where you feel wanted and you feel that they want to put you in a situation to have success." [ESPN]

    • What’s the fantasy hockey impact of the Kane deal? [Dobber Hockey]

    • “Murray put himself on the line for

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  • Cross-checking opponents in the throat is typically frowned upon in the NHL. Antoine Roussel of the Dallas Stars learned that on Tuesday night when he was given a five minute major and ejected for a cross-check to the throat of Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.

    The NHL’s Department of Player Safety took notice, and on Thursday suspended Roussel for two games:

    As Patrick Burke notes, McQuaid was ready to scrap, while Roussel had other plans. His raising of his stick in an aggressive manner and not one to defend himself against a ready-to-fight McQuaid doesn't help his cause. That, and his repeat offender status after being fined in November for a sucker-punch.

    Roussel will lose $21,505.38 in salary and is eligible to return next Tuesday against St. Louis.

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  • Tim Murray wasn’t done trading after he made the Evander Kane deal on Wednesday morning. In his second trade of the day, the Buffalo Sabres GM sent goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars in exchange for netminder Anders Lindback and a conditional third-round pick in 2016. 

    That conditon, according to Bob McKenzie, is if Enroth wins four playoff games for the Stars, Buffalo will receive a second-round pick instead of a third-rounder. 

    "Jhonas is an extremely instinctive, experienced goaltender and Head Coach Lindy Ruff has a familiarity with his game," said Nill, via a press release. "Going down the stretch, where we have five more back-to-back situations, it was important for us to have a game-tested goaltender to help balance the workload.” 

    Nill got a good view of what his new goaltender can bring after the Sabres beat the Stars 3-2 last Saturday night. Enroth made 38 saves in the win.

    There’s no question that Kari Lehtonen has struggled mightily this season. His .906 save

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  • Jets GM on Evander Kane trade: 'This was not a knee-jerk reaction'

    Kevin Cheveldayoff’s phone is probably sitting on his desk right now taking a serious recharge. A week after “TracksuitGate,” he finally pulled the trigger on trading Evander Kane.

    The Jets general manager had his options: Cheveldayoff could have waited to deal Kane in the summer, when all 29 NHL teams could join in on the sweepstakes; or he could make the trade now, sending away a player who is out for 4-6 months for parts that could help his team now and in the future. He chose the latter.

    “We think it’s something that’s going to help us both in the short-term and really helps us in the long-term as well,” Cheveldayoff said Wednesday.

    That short-term help comes in the form of Tyler Myers, a player trying to turn his game around after winning the Calder Trophy in 2010, and Drew Stafford, a pending unrestricted free agent, who hasn’t played playoff hockey since 2011. Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux — a player Winnipeg wanted in the 2014 draft — and that 2015 first-round pick are the

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  • No. 1 Star: Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers

    “The Hobbit” scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 5:56 left in the third period to give the Rangers a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Derick Brassard, Dominic Moore and Marc Staal each recorded two points, while Rick Nash added three helpers. Cam Talbot made 30 stops.

    No. 2 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

    Benn scored twice and the Stars added two shorthanded goals as they beat the Boston Bruins 5-3. The Stars captain tallied his 17th and 18th goals of the season 3:15 apart late in the first period. Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves for his fourth win in six starts.

    No. 3 Star: Robin Lehner, Ottawa Senators

    Lehner made 35 saves, including 21 in the second period as the Senators edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek provided the goals as Ottawa ended a three-game slide. 

    Honorable Mention: Casey Cizikas scored with 4:37 left in the third period (thanks to a great effort from Colin McDonald) to snap a 2-2

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  • Tim Jackman may never score a luckier goal in his NHL career. The Anaheim Ducks forward benefited from a bouncing puck to beat Roberto Luongo during a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. 

    Late in the second period, Jackman backhanded the puck in from center ice and was rewarded as it took a couple of wacky bounces and went over Luongo’s glove: 

    As Brian Hayward mentions, Luongo’s positioning could have been better, but we’ve seen it happen so many times before where a goaltender just freezes as the bouncing puck approaches. 

    Fortunately for Luongo, after the game he figured out a way to prevent these types of goals in the future: 

    "Perfect shot," Luongo joked after the game.

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  • Potential NHL Las Vegas ownership group opens ticket drive (Photos)

    By the time the Vegas Wants Hockey NHL ticket drive press conference ended on Tuesday afternoon, the goal of 10,000 season-ticket deposits sold was already down to 9,958. 

    Bill Foley, the man behind bringing an NHL team to Las Vegas, welcomed various city dignitaries, along with Gary Bettman during the 30-minute press conference. And, because it’s Las Vegas, it wasn’t your ordinary press conference. 

    There were showgirls:

    Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesPhoto by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

    …and a mock replica of the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign: 

    Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImagePhoto by Bryan Steffy/WireImage

    Finally, when the press conference ended and tickets went on sale, there was a puck drop, involving two local men’s league players and Gavin Maloof, who along with brother Joe, are part of Foley’s team.

    Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesPhoto by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

    After all the glitz and glam, now things get real for Foley and his vision of bringing the NHL to Las Vegas. The league isn't endorsing the ticket drive, but the speed at which they reach the 10,000 sold mark will certainly give Bettman and the Board of Governors an idea that maybe a franchise can be

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  • Antoine Roussel has already been punished by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety this season. Back in November, he was dinged $5,376.34 for sucker-punching Justin Braun of the San Jose Sharks.

    That incident will surely be brought up if Stephane Quintal and his crew feel like what Roussel did to Adam McQuaid of the Boston Bruins Tuesday night warrants supplemental discipline. 

    The Stars forward took exception to McQuaid taking a run at him close the boards, nearly colliding knee-on-knee. In response, Roussel laid a cross-check to the upper chest/throat area of the Bruins defenseman: 

    Via dafoomie

    For this, Roussel was handed a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. McQuaid was back in the game after a brief trip to the dressing room.

    The Stars would actually scoring a shorthanded goal on the ensuing Boston power play and win the game 5-3.

    You have to be in control of your stick at all times in the NHL, and this by Roussel was dangerous and could have caused a

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  • Steve Mason sidelined 2-3 weeks with lower-body injury

    The Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff hopes were already on thin ice. Sitting nine points behind the Boston Bruins for the final Eastern Conference wild card spot, destiny is not in their control.

    On Sunday, those barely existent hopes took a blow when goaltender Steve Mason injured himself during a TV timeout. The prognosis? According to general manager Ron Hextall, he’ll be out 2-3 weeks with a “lower-body injury.”

    Here’s how it happened:

    It’s another tough break for Mason, who's now been injured three times in the last month and a half. He’s played well this season, given the defense in front of him. Currently, he's third in the NHL in even strength save percentage (.938) among goaltenders with at least 25 starts.

    It’s now Ray Emery’s net for the time being and the Flyers have called up 2012 second-round pick Anthony Stolarz to backup.

    Given the Flyers' position in the standings and Mason's value and injury history this season, shouldn't they just shut him down for the year?

    From The

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