- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Q. What were some of the more consistent pieces of feedback you received on the beta?
RAMJAGSINGH: “Really positive feedback. I would say nothing major, nothing game-changing for us. The biggest thing was lot of feedback in the EA Sports Hockey League around the balancing of the different classes; so we worked closely with our game-changers, the group nominated by the fans to represent them working with us closely, to really interpret the feedback that we’re getting around the balance amongst the player classes in the EA Sports Hockey League. Just minor, minor things with gameplay that we’ve been tuning and tweaking and creating a new tuner set for so we have that experience dialed in for when the game launches [on Sept. 13.].
“People really enjoyed the customization that we made available. For people that play in the EA Sports Hockey League and leveraging the customization of the progression mechanics, lots of great feedback as to other stuff that people want see for customization down the road added to the suite of customization assets that we have added to the game right now, which is great.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
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— Packers News (@PGPackersNews) August 27, 2016
• That handshake melted all the cheese in Wisconsin. [@PGPackersNews]
• Chris Higgins with join the Calgary Flames for training camp on a PTO. [Flames]
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
[Ed. Note: Some lists chronicle the best in hockey. Others the worst. Others the most memorable or greatest or essential. What Puck Daddy’s 2016 Summer Series seeks to do is capture those indefinable, quirky, oddities that occur every season. Moments that defy prediction or, in some cases, logical explanation. Welcome to WEIRD NHL.]
1. Helmet Pardy
Back on November 6, 2013 in a game against the Blackhawks in Chicago, Jets defenceman Adam Pardy was put through the glass by Brandon Bollig. While that is usually sufficient to get the fans excited a couple of rowdy Hawks fans decided to take it to the next level.
First, Pardy’s helmet was ripped off his head by a rather inebriated fellow who then proceeded to put the sweaty bucket on his lid. To add insult to injury his lady friend then dumped her full beer on Pardy. Post game Pardy joked, “it was a waste of good beer.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Raffi Torres will get the opportunity to find out if his rehabilitated knee can withstand the rigors of the NHL after the Carolina Hurricanes extended the 34-year-old forward a training camp invite.
Between ACL surgeries and various suspensions, Torres has only played 56 NHL regular season and playoff games since 2013. He last appeared with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda in February after being traded by the San Jose Sharks to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then being loaned back to San Jose’s minor league affiliate. He shut things down for the season following a procedure and entered the summer without a contract and a bad knee.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Despite their last Stanley Cup Playoff appearance and win occurring in May 2009, the Carolina Hurricanes have made changes that have them back on track for a return trip to the postseason.
The man playing architect of the Canes’ rebuild is general manager Ron Francis, who was handed a contract extension by the organization on Tuesday that will keep him there through the 2018-19 NHL season.
“Ron has rebuilt our organization the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out,” said Peter Karmanos Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Owner and Governor of the Hurricanes. “I’m thrilled that he will continue to see the job through. The future is very bright for the Hurricanes in Carolina.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]
The Stanley Cup is just like us!
Even the trophy has to follow standard airport protocols when going through security.
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) August 15, 2016
Now we know for sure the Stanley Cup isn’t filled with chocolate…
Anyway, the Cup made a stopover in Landshut, Germany to spend some time with Tom Kuhnhackl and friends before heading to the waiting arms of defensive wunderkind, Olli Maatta in Finland.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
They won’t be the Las Vegas Knights because of complicated trademark issues with the London Knights of the OHL.
They won’t be the Las Vegas Black Knights because owner Bill Foley received pushback from the U.S. Army, and moved on.
They won’t be the Las Vegas Aces, Deuces, Blackjacks, Jackpots, Pit Bosses or Craps, because “the NHL has made it very clear that the name really should not be associated with gambling,” according to Foley. Despite, you know, the NHL taking ad dollars from poker sites and being an equity investor in Draft Kings. But we digress…
So what is the Las Vegas expansion franchise going to be called?
Clark Rasmussen of DetroitHockey.net sniffed around last week and discovered that along with Nighthawks, Red Hawks and Desert Hawks, the team had secured domain rights to properties involving the Las Vegas Desert Knights. Foley confirmed it.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
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— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) August 28, 2016
• Mazel tov, Ovi!
• Yahoo Fantasy Hockey is open for the 2016-17 season. Register your team today! [Yahoo]
• Desert Knights, Silver Knights, and Golden Knights have been trademarked by Bill Foley. Which one will be the Las Vegas NHL expansion franchise’s name? [Sin Bin Vegas]
• Oh, and now let’s add “Sand Knights” to the list. Yeesh. [SportsLogos.net]
• Former NHLer John Madden will replace Jared Bednar behind the bench of the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters. [Monsters]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
What if I told you that your team could have two Hall of Famers and a former Stanley Cup champion for $1.675 million in total combined salary?
Granted, they have a combined cap hit of nearly $18 million, but that’s OK: Your team is basically laying on the salary cap floor, staring at the ceiling.
OK, you got me: There’s a slight catch.
One of the players is in the KHL. One of the players has a back injury so chronic that he might not play again. Oh, and one of the players is retired-save-for-the-paperwork, and in a feat of utter hilarity has an active contract as a player, a job with the League office and a Hall of Fame plaque. Which is a neat trick.
Now, would that be something that might interest you?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
To understand why a professional hockey team would honor a dead cat with a statue outside of its arena you have to go back two years to Dec. 2014 and inside a seafood store at Vladivostok International Airport.
As patrons shopped, a curious little cat was hungry and decided to have itself a meal.
That meal was a pricey one. About $1,000, in fact, as Stephen Douglas of The Big Lead detailed in June. It also landed the cat an offer to cozy up with anew home with the Communist Party. Instead, the feline took advantage of the newfound viral fame and was adopted by KHL side Admiral Vladivostok, which named it Matroska.