- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy43 mins ago
LOS ANGELES – Last season Dustin Brown had little energy.
After a workout would end, he would come home to his wife and four children and just lay on the couch.
He couldn’t play with his kids, couldn’t throw them around his pool. He felt more tired than a man in his late 20s or early 30s should.
Was it the wear and tear on his battering ram of a body? Did his game start to deteriorate at a time when he shouldn’t have seen such a major drop off that saw him go from 54 points in 2011-12 to half that number in 2014-15?
Most athletes hit a crossroads at some point in their career where they have to change something to stay productive. For the Los Angeles Kings captain – it was the type of food he was putting in his body.
He heard about Manhattan Beach-based nutritionist Lisa Rado from Kings chiropractor Chad Moreau and decided to talk to her about how to shift his diet.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy55 mins ago
On Monday, NHL teams finalized their rosters by dropping dozens of players through waivers. In some cases, that meant attempting to stow away players in the AHL that just don’t have a fit on the current team. In other cases, that meant attempting to make a veteran player and his contract disappear, by demotion or waiver claim.
Max Talbot of the Boston Bruins is a member of that latter category.
Talbot, 31, was a surprise name on the waiver wire, despite having been in a training camp battle for a fourth-line spot. He’s only making $900,000 against the cap this season, since the Colorado Avalanche retained $900,000 of his $1.8 million cap hit. Every little bit counts for the Bruins, who have less than $2 million under the cap.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
In April 2014, the Philadelphia Flyers looked upon the 19 games defenseman Andrew MacDonald had played for them since he was acquired from the New York Islanders and thought, yes, this man is worthy of a 6-year, $30-million contract extension.
The first season of that contract? Hideous.
He stumbled out of the gate with a knee injury, was a turnover machine, and by season’s end was a healthy scratch by former coach Craig Berube. The Flyers were a better team with MacDonald off the ice.And for a team that’s been crouched down under the salary cap for two years, his $5 million hit was an albatross.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Chicago Blackhawks will raise another Stanley Cup banner Wednesday night before their game against the New York Rangers. On Sunday, one the final celebrations of their 2015 championship conquest took place when the players and staff all received their rings.
Here are the details about the Jostens rings, via the Blackhawks:
So what’s the tale of the tape between the 2010, 2013 and 2015 rings?
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
There is a huge shortcoming when you talk about goaltender evaluation at just about any level of hockey:
We only have one number that really tells us anything about their quality.
All we have is save percentage. That's it. There's not a lot more we can really do at this point to objectively understand their efficiency, efficacy, and so on when it comes to doing anything involved in their job, except for what it ultimately boils down to: Stopping the puck.
For example, who's the best in the NHL at getting from one post to the other? Who takes up the most net? Who best takes away scoring chances in 1-on-1 situations? These are all measures that probably could be measured, but not right now, and that means that while we can have opinions as to who does all those things better than anyone else, it's very, very subjective.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs 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 Daddy22 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 Daddy1 day 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 Daddy1 day 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.