Matt Cullen: Hockey Dad

The dog was pooping all over the floor. That’s how nervous it was in my house before Game 7 against Tampa. My three little boys were freaking out. They could barely handle it. I guess the dog knew something was…

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5/31/2016 6:40 AM

Purdy: Sharks have time to erase Game 1's costly first period

The anticipation was gripping. The lights were bright. The noise was loud. Yellow laundry was being twirled in the air by 18,596 yellow laundry twirlers. And the entire hockey world was looking over the Sharks' shoulders to see if the teal was for real...

Penguins' Rust day to day after 'blindside hit to the head'

The Pittsburgh Penguins came away with a big 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but it came at a price.Playoff sensation Bryan Rust left Monday's game after a high hit from Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, and...

5/31/2016 6:38 AM

Pascal Dupuis: Why We Play the Game

One leg was twice the size of the other. It was a few hours before the game. We were in Edmonton last November. I was warming up in the hallway. At some point I looked down and saw that my…

5/31/2016 6:36 AM

50 Million (Give or Take) Consequences of The Babcock Effect

I’d been a fan of Mike Babcock long before I had the pleasure of watching the press conference that introduced him as the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He coached at Red Deer College for three seasons before moving on to Moose Jaw and...

5/31/2016 7:01 AM

Defenseman Martin supplies steadying force for Sharks

Twelve years in the NHL, and first-year San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin never has missed the playoffs and is striving to become the third Elk River-raised player to win a Stanley Cup (Joel Otto, 1989 Flames; Dan Hinote, 2001 Avalanche).

Free Press discusses the Wings’ sticky cable TV revenue wicket

You may or may not have much interest in this, so I'll suggest that the Free Press's Joe Guillen offers a story of selective interest this morning: The city of Detroit may have missed out on millions of dollars from Olympia Entertainment as part of...

Penguins bypass feeling-out process, take Game 1 right at Sharks

PITTSBURGH – The opening period of Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final was absent of any sort of typical feeling-out process between teams in the first game of a series. The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t wait around to see how the San Jose Sharks would...

Monday, May 30, 2016

Stanley Cup Final turns into reunion for Sharks' Paul Martin

Back when the playoffs started nearly seven weeks ago, San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin wondered what it would be like to play his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final. There were plenty of steps needed before that could happen...

Joe Thornton no longer a captain but still a Sharks leader

Nineteen years after getting drafted, the often maligned Thornton, a 36-year-old former Sharks captain who had that "C" stripped right off his chest, is back in Pittsburgh potentially within days of winning hockey's ultimate prize.

Long road to Cup Final ends for rebuilt Sharks and Penguins

It wasn't supposed to take the San Jose Sharks this long to reach their first Stanley Cup Final. It wasn't supposed to take this long for Sidney Crosby to guide the Pittsburgh Penguins back to a destination many figured they'd become a fixture at...

Sunday, May 29, 2016

5/29/2016 7:59 AM

How Mike Sullivan emerged from Tortorella shadow 10 years later

It had no impact that my evaluation of Mike Sullivan was wrong when he replaced Mike Johnston behind the Penguins’ bench in December. What is startling, however, is how essentially every NHL club executive in a position of power was equally wrong...

Offseason moves send Sharks to final after missing playoffs

After watching the San Jose Sharks miss the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade, general manager Doug Wilson set out to remake the team last offseason. Individually, none of the moves sent shockwaves through the NHL. The Sharks hired a...

Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has the better forwards?

While the Penguins have been waiting the last two rounds for Crosby and Malkin to deliver all of San Jose’s best forwards have contributed from Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings through Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues.

5/29/2016 8:25 AM

Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has the better special teams?

Leading up to Monday's Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks — on the ice and off the ice.POWER PLAY As you’d suspect, the special teams for both of the Penguins...

Sunday Q&A: Wild forward Jason Pominville

While Jason Pominville has been busy chasing two young kids around so far this offseason, his team has been busy with the hiring of new head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Backes certainly wants to re-sign with Blues

The captain has no desire to jump ship.After helping the St. Louis Blues come close to the Stanley Cup, David Backes doesn't appear set on testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent come July 1, preferring instead to re-sign with the...

Parise gets familiar with new Wild coach

New Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau sat down last week with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the team’s $98 million men, to make sure the franchise’s highest-paid and most important players are on board with the new direction. Parise said the...

Report: Senators' Chiasson expects to be traded

It appears Alex Chiasson's days as a member of the Ottawa Senators are over.According to a report by Dhiren Mahiban of The Hockey News, Chiassion's agent, Kent Hughes, confirmed the 25-year-old is expected to be dealt ahead of June's...

Yzerman: Next two summers will define Lightning for 7-8 years

It's not hyperbole to suggest the fate of the Tampa Bay Lightning's future lies in the hands of general manager Steve Yzerman.Fresh off two consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference finals and a Stanley Cup appearance a year ago, the club faces a...

BIG10: New Badgers hockey coach Tony Granato heads back to class to finish his degree

The position requires a bachelor's degree or the ability to obtain one within 12 months, and Granato was 15 credits short when he was hired in March.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

5/29/2016 8:00 AM

NCHC: Ten Things To Know

The NCHC sent out its annual season in review release this week and, once again, it contained plenty of details you usually never see in public releases by conferences. Here are 10 things to know from the release: 1. The league made money in 2015-16...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

5/28/2016 10:06 AM

NCAA: Eaves Hired at DIII St. Olaf

Mike Eaves, who spent the last 14 seasons as head coach of Wisconsin before he was let go following this past season, was named head coach at Division III St. Olaf (Minn.) today.Eaves led Wisconsin to seven NCAA appearances, including a national...

CHL: Why it's time to change the league's NHL agreement

The only box Mitch Marner still has to check off at the junior level is gold at the 2017 world juniors. It might actually work better for Hockey Canada and the CHL if they conceded a handful of 19-year-olds would be more prepped for the WJC by being...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5/31/2016 6:37 AM

WHL: Tigers mourn death of former star

How did McDonald, Lysiak end up in Medicine Hat?.       F Lukáš Vantuch (Calgary, Lethbridge, 2005-07) has signed a one-year extension with Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga). This season on loan to Hradec Králové (Czech Republic,...

Monday, May 30, 2016

OHL: Knights work overtime to beat Huskies

Tkachuk scores twice in Memorial Cup victory.       Per, the KHL rights to F Brandon Kozun (Calgary, 2006-10) have been traded by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland, KHL) in a three-team trade. Kozun goes to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl,...

5/30/2016 6:55 AM

OHL: Mississauga Steelheads beef up coaching staff

The Mississauga Steelheads didn’t have to look too far to find their next assistant coaches. On Thursday, general manager James Boyd announced the hiring of Jamie Caruso and Jeff Kyrzakos, both of whom have ties to the city.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

CHL: Mitch Marner, Ivan Provorov take home major league awards

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers have to be very pleased with the progress made by their top prospects this season.London Knights forward and Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Mitch Marner has been named the Canadian Hockey League player...

AHL: Hershey Bears wing and NHL prospect Nathan Walker to become first Aussie to play in Calder Cup

AUSSIE Hershey Bears star and National Hockey League prospect Nathan Walker scored the decisive goal in the American Hockey League eastern conference finals, and is now set to make history.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pyeongchang: Swiss host in Arosa - Women’s Olympic Qualification in the Alps

ZURICH – Switzerland will host the Women’s Final Olympic Qualification Group C in the mountain resort town or Arosa from 9 to 12 February 2017.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Worlds: Phil Kessel's omission from Team USA makes zero sense

Dean Lombardi and company at Team USA headquarters overthought this one. Phil Kessel was a surprising omission from the United States' World Cup of Hockey team when the full squad was announced Friday, and the decision is no less curious 48 hours...

Sunday, May 29, 2016

MN H.S.: Mitchell Mattson – The Next Ones - NHL 2016 Draft Prospect Profile

followed by a dominant playoff showing and a deep run in the famed annual Minnesota High School Hockey State tournament. Mattson stands out on the ice, both for his massive frame …

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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