- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Chicago Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup to the Chicago Bears’ game against the Oakland Raiders to celebrate the return of Jay-sus Cutler.
Well, that and to get honored at midfield during halftime.
Before the game, the Blackhawks also engaged in some football fun. Although Andrew Shaw apparently put a little too much foot into it.
Here is the Blackhawks’ winger doing his Robbie Gould impression, attempting a field goal at Soldier Field with Patrick Kane* as his holder. Unfortunately, you don’t get any extra points for splitting the uprights with your shoe after the ball.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Goaltender Ben Scrivens has been placed on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.
The move seemed like it was somewhat of a surprise, since Scrivens, 29, played in 57 games last season for and carried a modest $2.3 million salary cap hit. The point of putting Scrivens on waivers was “for purpose of assignment” according to Edmonton’s Twitter feed.
Scrivens came into camp needing to try to erase the memory of a 2014-15 where he had a 3.16 goals against average and .890 save percentage. During the offseason, Edmonton acquired Cam Talbot from the New York Rangers to become the team's starter.
Also, the Oilers seemed to have insurance plans for their backup beyond Scrivens, acquiring Anders Nilsson from Chicago.Sat, 3 OctEdmonton2 - 3VancouverGame Recap
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident Sunday morning, according to the Montreal Gazette.
The Canadiens said Kassian suffered “minor injuries” and is “under the care of the Montreal Canadiens doctors.”
From the Gazette:
A 20-year old woman was driving the truck, which ran into a tree on Clanranald Ave. A 24-year-old man and 18-year-old woman were passengers in the vehicle, said Montreal police spokesperson Manuel Couture.
Speed did not appear to be a factor in the crash, which took place around 6 a.m., said Couture.
“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident on the street where the accident took place. He described the man as a big guy, who he thought looked familiar.
“He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Raffi Torres missed all of last season dealing with an ACL issue. He returned this preseason, and in his third game back he reminded us all of Old Raffi Torres.
Midway through the first period of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, Torres laid this hit on Jakob Silfverberg:
Silfverberg did not return to the game while Torres was handed a match penalty for the hit.
As you see, Torres was deadset on laying a hit on Silfverberg, even as the puck squirted away from the Ducks forward.
"Same player every year,” said Ryan Kesler, via the Orange County Register. “I played with the guy. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game any more. He came from across the ice and only made contact with his head. Obviously hope Silfvy’s alright.”Sat, 3 OctSan Jose1 - 5AnaheimGame Recap
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Goaltender Eddie Lack has a new contract with the ...
(Be honest with yourself. Before reading the headline, did you remember what team Eddie Lack is on? Outside of two cities, it is acceptable not to know the answer.)
Lack, currently a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, and will continue to be a Hurricane for two additional seasons. As for salary, the 'Canes are one of the few franchises to release the details themselves:
The deal will pay Lack $2.5 million in 2016-17, and $3 million in 2017-18.
That'll buy a lot of tacos.
Carolina acquired Lack at this year's draft for a third round pick in 2015 and a seventh round pick next year. When the trade was announced, the sound around the hockey world was that of Vancouver Canucks GM Trevor Linden crushing the souls of his team's fanbase.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Sergei Gonchar’s hockey career likely reached the end of the line on Saturday when the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they were releasing him from his tryout contract.
The 41-year old Gonchar played in four preseason games for the Penguins, and while his time on the ice in Pittsburgh is over, the team is open to being a part of the next chapter of his hockey life.
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said on Saturday that should Gonchar not sign elsewhere to play, he would like for the defenseman to stay in the organization in some capacity.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Edmonton Oilers dropped defenseman Nikita Nikitin on waivers on Saturday, in a reminder that new executives can clean up old messes with a clear conscience.
Please recall the Oilers acquiring Nikitin’s negotiating rights from the Columbus Blue Jackets in June 2014, a move made under former general manager Craig MacTavish and his assistant GM Scott Howson, who acquired Nikitin from the St. Louis Blues in 2011 as GM of the Jackets.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. – On a late September night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Anaheim Ducks played an exhibition lineup that could have probably beaten most NHL bottom feeders in a regular season game.
Forward Corey Perry scored two goals in the Ducks’ 2-1 win over the Kings that evening. Defenseman Cam Fowler notched an assist and played 21:28 of action.
Rickard Rakell – the team’s designated third line center who could be a second-liner on a lot of teams – was arguably their best forward with two assists in 18:04 of ice-time. Newly acquired 34-year-old defenseman Kevin Bieksa showed skating ability that made you think he was back in his late 20s.
Young defenseman Josh Manson stood up to Kings crusher Milan Lucic by fighting the big, bruising winger who was trying to make a statement to his new team.
It was the type of preseason win over a rival that should have built some level of confidence for a team heading into a season. Except that’s not how these Ducks looked at it.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 days ago
There are many legal ways to try to get a competitive advantage in hockey.
And then there are some illegal ways that border on the hilarious and ridiculous. Take Oscar Milton of Almtuna IS from Allsvenskan (Sweden) who tried to untie his opponent’s skates off a neutral zone face off. He reportedly got a two-minute minor penalty.
Oscar Milton unties opponents skate, gets 2 minute minor - Swedish Tier II (Hockeyallsvenskan) pic.twitter.com/nZGL5yLO71
His opponent seemed to take exception to the maneuver by slapping Milton’s skates.
Milton is no stranger to making highlight reels. In 2010 when he was with Almtuna J20, he showed deft hands with this goal off the back of a goaltender’s mask in a game against Nacka of Stockholm.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 days ago
SAN JOSE, Calif. – It’s about 30 steps to the NHL for members of the San Jose Barracuda.
You go out the sliding glass door of their offices in Sharks Ice, walk straight for maybe 20-30 seconds and then cut into the team’s practice facility.
“All of us want to eventually go across the hall and play for the Sharks,” Barracuda forward Trevor Parkes said. “If a guy gets hurt it’s a two minute walk to the dressing room and it’s a big opportunity for guys like us because the chance for getting called up makes it a little easier rather than having to go on a big flight across the country.”
All the American Hockey League teams that relocated to California have their own specific advantages to their parent clubs.