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Dec 08

Paul MacLean fired by Ottawa Senators for things that aren’t his fault

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Paul MacLean has been fired by the Ottawa Senators after four seasons, two of which were playoff years and two of which were frustrating messes thanks to jettisoned talent, average goaltending and penny pinching ownership.* So if it sounds like we’re saying “don’t blame Paul MacLean for the Ottawa Senators’ problems,” that’s because that’s what …

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Jun 28

Puck Daddy: Winners and Losers of the 2014 NHL Draft

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PHILADELPHIA – The 2014 NHL Draft ended with a whimper, as trade activity involving roster players was handcuffed once again by the salary cap. The James Neal trade between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators was the lone blockbuster; the biggest other news was made over what didn’t happen.* Here’s a look at some of …

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Jun 15

Puck Daddy: Sidney Crosby wins most outstanding player, second Ted Lindsay Award

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Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the ?Most Outstanding Player? in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and right wing Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning were …

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Dec 11

Gary Bettman’s 20-year anniversary as NHL commissioner: The good, the bad and the unplayed

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Do you hate Gary Bettman? Good, because that’s his job. Loather-in-chief. A sponge for your abhorrence, a deflector shield for whomever that hatred should be actually directed towards. It’s a rite of passage for a National Hockey League fan to blame every problem great or miniscule on Bettman because it feels right; Bettman is to …

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Dec 08

The 50 worst own-goals in hockey: Puck Daddy counts down Nos. 10-1

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We wrap up this week-long tour of hockey’s greatest own-goals with entries from all over: the KHL, the NCAA, the Swiss National League B, an IIHF tournament and, of course, NHL action stretching back over decades. If there’s one thing that this list — and especially this final batch of 10 makes perfectly clear — …

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Oct 04

Puck Daddy: NHL 2012-13 Campaign Preview: San Jose Sharks

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After four consecutive Pacific Division titles and two consecutive trips to the Western Conference Finals, the San Jose Sharks took a serious step back in 2011-12. In fairness, their step back began in the first half of 2010-11, but a late-season turnaround saw them return to their seemingly rightful place near the top of the …

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Jun 18

Gary Bettman could take over New Jersey Devils, according to NY Post

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Even though they lost in the Stanley Cup Final, things seemed to be perking up on the financial front for the New Jersey Devils. They made more in playoff ticket sales than every movie made at the box office this weekend save for “Madagascar 3″; and the Devils didn’t have the benefit of a talking …

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May 30

NHL GMs debate slipping standards on obstruction, carryover penalties and hybrid icing

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NEW YORK — Say there’s another Shea Weber incident. Somebody grabs an opponent’s head and shoves it into the glass at the end of a playoff game, as Weber did to Henrik Zetterberg in Game 1 of the Nashville Predators’ first-round series with the Detroit [...]

May 17

Ryan Getzlaf’s controversial kneeing major leads to Slovakia’s elimination

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Team Canada made history at the IIHF World Championships on Thursday.

Really, really lousy history: For the first time, the Canadians have been eliminated in the tournament quarterfinals in three consecutive years.[...]

May 11

Puck Daddy: Don’t insult Bikini Hockey League with comparisons to Lingerie Football League

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The first sign that the Bikini Hockey League is going to offer excellent competition and players with extraordinary skill is that it’s being created for a reality television program in which all the girls live in a mansion. Hopefully in lieu of roses, they do a stick ceremony.[...]

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