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.

  • ‘Careless, reckless’ hit earns ECHL player 12-game ban (Video)

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    Admirals

    Tyler Murovich of the Atlanta Gladiators was suspended 12 games on Friday by the ECHL for an ugly, ugly hit on Anthony Calabrese of the Norfolk Admirals.

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    The ECHL suspended Murovich indefinitely the next day and fined him an undisclosed amount after he was given a major and game misconduct for boarding Calabrese during the third period of their Nov. 24th game.

    From the ECHL:

    Murovich is suspended for a careless, reckless play which resulted in an injury to an opponent. Over the course of his seven-year career, Murovich has never been previously suspended or received supplemental discipline.

    Murovich is lucky that it was only 12 games. “Careless” and “reckless” are the right words to use in describing the hit, along with “unnecessary.” According to Admirals broadcaster Pete Michaud, Calabrese suffered multiple vertebrae fractures as well as a punctured lung.

    “I’ve watched that video close to 200 times,” Calabrese told Jim Hodges of the

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  • Coroner: Former NHLer Marek Svatos died of drug overdose

    UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 02: Marek Svatos #40 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the New York Islanders on March 2, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Avalanche 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    Marek Svatos of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the New York Islanders on March 2, 2009, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Getty Images)

     

    One month after his death, the Douglas County Coroner’s Office released its report on Marek Svatos’ death and found codeine, morphine and Xanax were in his system.

    The 34-year-old former NHLer was found dead last month in his Colorado home.

    From the Denver Post:

    He had a history of heroin use and had gone through drug rehabilitation, according to the coroner’s report. He also had suspected depression, prior suicidal ideation, and “recent life stressors.”

    “Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene,” the report said.

    Blood panels found traces of codeine, morphine and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.

    Svatos, a native of Kosice, Slovakia, played 344 games in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators after being drafted in the seventh-round of the 2001 NHL Draft.

    After last playing in Slovakia during

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  • Maple Leafs in search of new backup after waiving Jhonas Enroth

    TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 02: Jhonas Enroth #35 of the Toronto Maple Leafs takes a drink during an NHL preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens at Air Canada Centre on October 2, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) .
    Jhonas Enroth of the Toronto Maple Leafs takes a drink during an NHL preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens at Air Canada Centre on October 2, 2016 in Toronto. (Getty Images) .

     

    The Toronto Maple Leafs were hoping that Jhonas Enroth would be the fit behind Frederik Andersen in their crease, but after four starts they’re ready to move on.

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    The 28-year-old Enroth was waived on Monday after posting an .855 even strength save percentage in six appearances. Toronto signed the netminder in August after trading Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks.

    Where will the Leafs go now? Well, Karri Ramo has been practicing with the team for a few weeks now, even gaining a dressing room stall as he works his way back from a knee injury that ended his 2015-16 season back in February.

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  • KHL player dabs while sliding on ice to celebrate goal (Video)

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    KHL

    Somehow, the dab celebration is still going on. Phenomenons like that tend to fizzle out after a while (Hi there, Mannequin Challenge!), but this one continues to have legs.

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    We’ve seen Dustin Byfuglien and Ryan Reaves dab over here in the NHL, and on Friday it reached the KHL.

    Evgeny Korotkov of Ufa scored his first of the year to the tie the game against Dynamo Minsk and proceeded to incorporate the dab into his unique celebration.

    Ufa would go on to win the game 3-2 after a shootout.

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    EA Sports added the dab to NHL 17 and already have a sliding on the ice celebration in the game. Maybe Korotkov will have some influence to get the dab slide into NHL 18?

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  • NHL Three Stars: Cammalleri leads comeback; Kreider powers Rangers

    New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators in overtime of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Devils won 5-4. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
    New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators in overtime of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Devils won 5-4. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    No. 1 Star: Mike Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils

    Cammalleri started and finished the Devils’ big comeback against the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon. Down 4-1 in the third period, Cammalleri scored the first of three New Jersey goals in the final 20 minutes and then put home the winner with 18 seconds left in overtime.

    No. 2 Star: Chris Kreider, New York Rangers

    Kreider scored a pair of goals 4:46 apart late in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and power the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Derek Stepan picked up three points, including assists on both of Kreider’s goals and Mats Zuccarello chipped in a pair of helpers himself. New York is now 8-0-1 after losses this season.

    No. 3 Stars: Mike Condon, Ottawa Senators / Kari

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  • Coyotes' Mike Smith sets franchise record with 58 saves in loss

    Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith picks up his stick after giving up the game-winning goal to Columbus Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner during the shootout of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith picks up his stick after giving up the game-winning goal to Columbus Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner during the shootout of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was one to remember but also one to forget for Arizona Coyotes netminder Mike Smith.

    The Coyotes dropped their third straight with a 3-2 shootout loss, but Smith was outstanding as he made a franchise record 58 saves on the night, including 22 in the third period.

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    Columbus scored on both of their shootout attempts while the Coyotes failed on their two chances, which led to Smith nearly sending his twig to goalie stick heaven in frustration.

    Saturday’s game was the fourth time this season Smith faced at least 40 shots and the third time in his last four starts. The Coyotes allow 35.5 shots per night, most in

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  • Avalanche lose Erik Johnson for 6-8 weeks with broken fibula

    DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 01: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche fires a shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Pepsi Center on December 1, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
    DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 01: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche fires a shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Pepsi Center on December 1, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

    On top of holding the NHL’s worst recording and getting shut out by the Dallas Stars, the Colorado Avalanche got some more bad news after the loss.

    Defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the next 6-8 weeks after fracturing his fibula during Saturday night’s game, according to head coach Jared Bednar. The injury occurred when he was hit by a Tyler Seguin shot.

    Despite their rough start, Johnson has been a bright spot through 23 games with 11 points while averaging 22 minutes a night. He’s also been a positive possession player.

    Johnson joins captain Gabriel Landeskog (day-to-day) on the sidelines as the headache during Bednar’s rookie season behind the bench continue.

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  • Puck Daddy projects the 2017 NHL All-Star Game rosters

    NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 30: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Florida Panthers and John Scott #28 of the Arizona Coyotes look on in the Discover NHL Shootout during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skill Competition at Bridgestone Arena on January 30, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers and John Scott of the Arizona Coyotes look on in the NHL Shootout during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skill Competition at Bridgestone Arena on January 30, 2016, in Nashville. (Getty Images)

     

    The NHL opened voting for the 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles this week. There won’t be another John Scott moment, however, because that was a perfect confluence of events and the league has changed voting guidelines for this year.

    Voting closes on Jan. 2; so as we wait to find out who the four divisional captains will be for the 3-on-3 tournament, as well as their teammates, your friends at Puck Daddy have picked our own rosters for the midseason event.

    We did our best to have all 30 NHL teams represented on our rosters, so there will be snubs.

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    HONOLULU - FEBRUARY 27: A man is silhouetted as he walks along Waikiki Beach February 27, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Residents are stocking up on food and emergency supplies in preparation for a potentially damaging tsunami, after a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Chile which sent waves across the Pacific Ocean. Warning sirens have been reported to be going off near the coast and the state is under a tsunami warning but there is no evacuation planned at this time. So far over 100 deaths in Chile have been reported and that number is expected to rise. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

    OK, guess he’s still on his Hawaiian honeymoon. 

    Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy Editor

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    F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (CAPTAIN)

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  • TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 5: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs leaves his crease to join in a fight against Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 5, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Canucks 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
    TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 5: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs leaves his crease to join in a fight against Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 5, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Canucks 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

     

    The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night and there’s a lot of anticipation for this game after the last time these two sides met.

    Remember that third period? A lot happened.

    • Morgan Rielly’s hit on Jannik Hansen
    • Nazem Kadri’s hit on Daniel Sedin
    • Alex Burrows’ spear on Morgan Rielly
    • Derek Dorsett losing it
    • Ryan Miller, Troy Stecher and Matt Martin mixing it up, and Frederik Andersen teasing us with a goalie fight.

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    The penalty sheet was a long one that evening, and the fireworks didn’t end there. As the teams went to their dressing rooms following the game, Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson had

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  • Sidney Crosby uses his mastery of the bank shot vs. Stars (Video)

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) banks the puck off the back of Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game with Jordie Benn (24) defending in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. The Penguins won 6-2. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
    Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) banks the puck off the back of Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game with Jordie Benn (24) defending in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. The Penguins won 6-2. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

     

    The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars Thursday night 6-2 and Sidney Crosby continued his hot start to the season by scoring his 16th goal and adding two assists to give him 25 points in 18 games.

    Crosby’s goal put him one ahead of Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine for the NHL’s lead.

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    The goal came as many of them do in Crosby’s case — in ridiculous fashion, as he succeeded on his second attempt to bank the puck off Antti Niemi from behind the goal line by batting it out of the air.

    It’s important to be aware of all angles as a goal scorer, kids. But Niemi isn’t alone in feeling any shame. This is the third time Crosby has scored like this since

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