- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Reporting by Dhiren Mahiban
TORONTO – – For the second time in as many years Patrick Eaves walked away from the annual Smashfest Ping-Pong tournament as the champion. The Dallas Stars forward defeated Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks to reclaim his title at the charity event on Thursday night.
— RealPatrickEaves (@Patrick_Eaves) July 22, 2016
Several current and retired NHLers participated in the event at Steam Whistle Brewery in downtown Toronto including Aaron Ekblad, Jeff Skinner, Derick Brassard and Sam Bennett.
According to Ekblad, the event showcases the brotherhood of the hockey community.
- Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Kevin Hayes and the New York Rangers salary arbitration appointment on July 27 is officially cancelled. The two sides came to an agreement on Friday. First reported by NHL pundit Aaron Ward, Hayes signed a two-year, $5.2-million contract keeping him as an RFA at the end of the deal.
In two seasons with the Rangers, Hayes has 31 goals, 81 points in 158 NHL regular season games. After a strong rookie season with 49 points in 79 games, Hayes had a bumpy second second with New York.
Appearing to be in the infamous sophomore slump, Hayes was healthy scratched by Alain Vignaultduring the regular season. In December 2015, :
“In Kevin’s case, I think we made it clear our expectations about him and what we felt he could do were very high,” Vigneault said. “Obviously, he hasn’t lived up to that. “Did we overestimate his possibilities? I don’t know, time will tell. But I do know that what I’m seeing now, and what we’re seeing now, is not good enough.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
The concept of luck in hockey is a contentious one.
Fans generally don’t like to hear that a goal was a result of a lucky bounce, or that an entire season’s worth of results — in terms of wins and losses — came because a team simply had the puck go their way for the majority of the year. After all, this somewhat assumes that all things in hockey are created equal, when we know that is not the case.
For instance, a team with a lot of skilled players — say, an actual All-Star Team — could take the same number of shots as a team of fourth-liners, from the same exact positions on the ice and expect better results. That stands to reason. A shot from Alex Ovechkin from x location in a high-danger area has a greater chance of going in than one from Zac Rinaldo or even Lee Stempniak. There is significant stratification of all kinds of talent in hockey, but the two that manifest themselves the most when talking solely about statistics at the end of the year are shooting and goaltending.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Joe Pavelski is modest when asked about his golf game.
“It’s alright. It’s respectable,” he said from Lake Tahoe on Thursday.
The San Jose Sharks captain will put his game to the test this weekend at the American Century Championship featuring over 80 celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds. Pavelski enters the tournament a 30/1 favorite. (Wonder if he brought along any of his TRUTH golf balls to help him out?)
Pavelski, who will be in a group with T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals and Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano this weekend, rates himself pretty highly among the golfers on the Sharks roster.
“I’d have to give myself a No. 1 on the Sharks, but there’s a couple of good players, couple of six and sevens,” he said. “You know what, though, Jumbo’s [Joe Thornton] one of the best partners. He’s a great six, seven. He makes some putts and he’s who you want on your team.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
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— Kristopher Letang (@Letang_58) July 21, 2016
• QUICK! Someone tell Kris Letang when Pokemon says ‘gotta’ catch ’em all,’ they don’t mean physically! [Letang_58]
• “A young woman accusing 2012 New Jersey Devils draft pick Ben Johnson of raping her in a washroom stall three years ago has launched a $3.95-million civil lawsuit against the NHL hopeful.” [The Londoner]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Kris Versteeg was one of those names still floating in the unrestricted free-agent pool that surprised you.
He split last season with the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings, amassing 15 goals and 23 assists in 77 games, playing an average of 15:23 per night. (His Kings average brought that down, as he was a spare part after the deal.)
Versteeg is a serviceable and versatile winger, having bouncing around six different teams since 2007, including two different stints with the Chicago Blackhawks. He could have helped someone’s top nine, but perhaps that’s the issue: Versteeg, 30, might not want to latch on with a lottery team, and many contenders that could use him are pushed up against the cap.
Plus there’s that whole “seemingly traded every season” thing, which must get tiring.
Rather than wait on PTO season, Versteeg is taking his talents to Bern.
According to Darren Dreger, Versteeg is expected to sign with SC Bern of National League A, a.k.a. the Swiss League.
Just speculating here, but we wonder if Devin Setoguchi might have put a bug in Versteeg’s ear about this move.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres has been arrested for “misdemeanor criminal trespass” among other charges, according to the Buffalo News.
Police sources had said that Kane was facing “non-criminal harassment charges” after a June 24 incident involving two women at a local club called Bottoms Up. (A third woman involved in the incident had yet to come forward to police as of early July.
Kane had been in Canada, and voluntarily turned himself in when three Buffalo police detectives met him outside City Court around 11 a.m. on Friday.
— Aaron Besecker (@AaronBesecker) July 22, 2016
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
This is what the New York Rangers and Chris Kreider do. They wait until the door to the arbitrator’s office is nearly open and then end the drama with a new contract before walking in.
Two years ago, it was a two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $2.475 million. On Friday, it ended up being a four-year contract with an annual cap hit of $4.625 million.
After a controversial trade earlier in the week, this one is a slam-dunk for GM Jeff Gorton and the Rangers.
First off, it was imperative to head off arbitration, which would have resulted in a one-year deal that would have really given Kreider, 25, some leverage on his next contract, with unrestricted free agency looming.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 27: Detroit Red Wings center Brad Richards (17) celebrate his game winning goal with Detroit Red Wings center Luke Glendening (41) during the third period February 27, 2016 at Coors Field. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-3. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Brad Richards had 932 points in his NHL career, which began in 2000 and ended officially this week with his retirement. He’s one of those offense stars who straddled two eras – the methodical trap years before for the 2005 lockout, and the NHL 2.0 rules changes that stretched the ice and mandated speed.
“The game has changed so much from when I came into the League,” Richards told TSN Radio 1050. “I don’t want to sound older, and ‘everything that’s better back in the day,’ but a little bit of creativity is gone from the game.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
NBC Sports Group announced its 2016-17 NHL schedule on Thursday, with 106 NHL regular-season games spread between the networks.
Some teams made out great. Some teams … not so much. Here’s a look at the winners and losers in NBC’s 2016-17 TV schedule. (And here is a look at last year’s winners and losers.)
WINNER: Wednesday Night Rivalry Night
It does appear that most, if not all, of the games scheduled for Rivalry Night feature honest-to-god rivalries.
Although that Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks one is a little suspect.
LOSER: Nashville Predators (and by proxy, us)
You can’t always account for late-breaking news when constructing a broadcast schedule, but what a bummer that the Preds get a chance to bring P.K. Subban to American TV audiences and their total appearances are actually cut in half from four to two.
WINNER: Boston Bruins
The Bruins go from 12 games on NBC and NBCSN last season to 17(!) this season, as obviously the acquisition of David Backes means eyes on glued to the B’s. Or maybe they’re just a gigantically popular regional team.