- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at .
— Tyler Seguin (@tseguinofficial) July 24, 2016
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Twitter planted its flag in the world of live sports streaming with a $10-million deal with the NFL earlier this year, providing a digital platform for select Thursday Night Football games.
But it wasn’t until Wimbledon this summer that fans saw what that streaming experience will look like: a video window planted above, or to the side, of tweets discussing the event in real-time.
It was a beta test, but it showed promise. So much promise that MLB Advanced Media is bringing baseball and NHL games to the platform, as was announced on Monday.
“It gives us a chance to take advantage of the platform in ways we haven’t been able to do so in the past,” Stephen McArdle, NHL executive vice president of digital media and strategic planning, told Yahoo Sports.
“[Wimbledon] was a very interesting execution. You consume the content in real time, and comment on it in real time, on the same platform.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Flyers and young forward Brayden Schenn avoided salary arbitration and came to terms on a four-year contract.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the average annual value of Schenn’s contract with the Flyers is worth $5.125 million.
The 24-year-old Schenn was one of the bigger names on the salary arbitration list this offseason. Last year he finished with 59 points and 26 goals – both career highs – in 80 games played. He held a 49.78 score and venue adjusted 5-on-5 CF% and a minus-0.25 5-on-5 score and venue adjusted CF% Rel.
Schenn had reportedly asked for $5.5 million on a one-year deal in the arbitration hearing while the Flyers had countered with $4.3 million against the salary cap on a two-year contract.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Two big pieces of news for the Schenn family this weekend.
First, Luke Schenn, a serviceable third-pairing defender who was always miscast in a larger role, got a two-year deal with Arizona that should work out nicely for both sides.
And second, Brayden Schenn’s apparent ask for his arbitration hearing (scheduled for Monday) leaked. CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio says Schenn wants $5.5 million against the cap for just one year, while the Flyers offered him a two-year deal worth a little more than $4.3 million against the cap, with the lower payout coming in year one. That’s not an insurmountable gap or anything, and it’s perfectly plausible that the two sides reach an agreement even before this story is published.
This is, of course, a negotiation. Team goes in low, player comes in high, and then they eventually meet somewhere in the middle. If they split the difference evenly here, that gives Schenn an AAV of $4.9 million; and on the surface that sounds just about right. But the question is whether he’s worth that much in the first place.
- Puck Daddy22 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 journey started off a little bumpy. Murray went to the Northwest Ontario Sports Hall of Fame where he was to raise a Penguins flag.
Only one problem … there wasn’t a Penguins flag available.
Luckily, 15-year-old Zach Prenger is a huge fan and planned to attend the ceremony with his aunt who works for the city.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
If you’re a St. Louis Blues fan, these are strange days.
How many conference finalists bid farewell to their team captain and starting goaltender in the following summer? How many general managers of conference finalists are willing to admit that to get over the hump, they might need to scurry back a few yards and get a running start?
“We don’t want to take any backwards movement in our organization. But sometimes you do expose yourself to maybe taking half a step back to take a couple steps forward,” said GM Doug Armstrong, to the Boston Globe.
Essentially what he’s talking about is transferring the leadership responsibilities – and in some cases, ice time – to the large collection of under-30 players that now dominate the Blues’ roster.
This is the team of Alex Pietrangelo, who could be the next captain. It’s the team of youngins Colton Parayko, Robby Fabbri and Jaden Schwartz. It’s Vladimir Tarasenko’s team, of course, and now it’s Jake Allen’s team.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 days ago
I’m sitting at the same table that I was one year ago, laptop next to coffee mug, early hours of a summer morning. Except this time, as I write about Lou Lamoriello, there’s considerably less shock, awe, Eastern Conference plate tectonics and bafflement.
Growing up as a New Jersey Devils fan, imagining that Lamoriello would leave the general manager’s chair wasn’t too outrageous. We all get old. We ride off into the sunset, content that we’ve left a legacy behind, which in his case was three Stanley Cups, five conference titles, and the basic survival of the franchise through frequency of playoff appearances. Not too shabby.
What I never imagined was seeing Lamoriello step down from the Devils to become another NHL team’s general manager. Sure, he could slide into some NCAA front office or USA Hockey role. That made sense. But seeing Lamoriello running another franchise was like seeing your franchise player wearing another sweater before retirement.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy2 days 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 Daddy2 days 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 Daddy3 days 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.