Messier Leadership Award Finalists: Ovechkin vs. Tavares vs. Weber

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — The NHL announced Wednesday that Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, New York Islanders forward John Tavares and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber were finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is given “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice,  during the regular season,”  Messier chooses potential...
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Arizona Coyotes to promote 26-year-old John Chayka to GM role

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — John Chayka will be named the next general manager of the Arizona Coyotes, replacing Don Maloney who was fired on April 11. The team has said it will have a “major press conference” Thursday morning where a source said Chayka will be announced as the team’s GM. ESPN’s Craig Custance initially reported the news.  The rest of the structure of the team’s hockey operations will also be...
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Connor McDavid truthers hijack Calder Trophy debate

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — There’s no question that Connor McDavid is a better player than Artemi Panarin.  It’s entirely possible, in 10 years, that McDavid is en route to the Hall of Fame and Panarin has left for the KHL after several years toiling on lines that had a distinct lack of Patrick Kane. There’s every chance that if the Chicago Blackhawks rookie is given the Calder Trophy this season, we’ll look back on...
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Jonathan Drouin's impact with Lightning growing each game

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Sean Leahy) — BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Everything that went down during the Jonathan Drouin saga earlier this season was quickly put in the past by the Tampa Bay Lightning. If there are grudges by his behavior in taking his puck and going home, they aren’t being shown. What’s being shown is how valuable a productive Drouin can be to a Lightning offense that is missing Steven Stamkos. After torching the AHL with...
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NHL coaching carousel: Who's going where?

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — The NHL’s coaching carousel took an unexpected twist Tuesday when the Calgary Flames decided to part ways with coach Bob Hartley.  Until then, much of the offseason coaching drama was predictable. • Dave Cameron was fired by the Ottawa Senators so new general manager Pierre Dorion could put his mark on the team. Also owner Eugene Melnyk’s recent comments about Cameron’s style made it...
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Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Bargains and values for Wednesday and Thursday

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Yahoo Sports Staff) — By Neil Parker Wednesday's DFS contests are comprised of three games across two days. All three playoff games will be the fourth of their respective series, and each series is tied 2-1. Kris Letang 's one-game suspension will have a significant impact in the Pittsburgh-Washington bout, and after the dominance of the Capitals in losing fashion in Game 3, expect a deadlocked series after...
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No Boyle hearing; winning without Letang; Parayko the student (Puck Headlines)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Jen Neale) — 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  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com . • Best of the worst from the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey. We enjoyed this one of Brandon Prust staring into your soul. [ Puck Junk...
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Jori Lehtera, thespian, shows acting range in ad for chips (Video)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Sean Leahy) — Jori Lehtera hasn’t registered a point yet against the Dallas Stars in Round 2, but the St. Louis Blues forward will earn plenty of points for his performance in this commercial for Finnish bakery Linkosuo . Lehtera Tweeted out the video on Wednesday, and in selling the chips, he goes topless in a scene featuring his wife, Lotta ; stars as an action hero; becomes internationally famous;...
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What do you want out of NHL Department of Player Safety?

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski) — Brendan Shanahan was five months into his stint as the NHL’s vice president of player safety when we asked him how the department’s mission could be described.  "We're not in the business of punishing. We're trying to change behavior," he said. Four years later, it’s obvious that the education facet of that mission has been successful. Blindside hits, thanks in no small part to Rule 48, are...
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Maple Leafs, Penguins bias and World Cup ads (Puck Daddy Countdown)

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Ryan Lambert) — (Ed. Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 7. Bob Hartley As the Flames stumbled out of the gate, going 3-8-1 in October. Around the end of that month it became obvious (to me) that Hartley had a very good chance of being the fastest coach in NHL history to go...
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NHL - 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs - Tampa Bay Lightning versus New York Islanders has been the most entertaining second-round series of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs

ESPN: NHL The physical, fast-paced Islanders-Lightning clash -- with its gutsy goals, stellar saves, crushing hits and overtime thrills -- has been the most entertaining series of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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NHL - 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs - Q&A with Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios

ESPN: NHL Chelios, now 54, played until he was 48 and has a thing or two to say about Jaromir Jagr, his old pal Wayne Gretzky and kids these days.
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NHL -- 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- John Buccigross on why top prospect Auston Matthews could be the next Jonathan Toews for the Toronto Maple Leafs

ESPN: NHL John Buccigross has a serious message for Maple Leafs fans, who've been waiting 49 years for a Stanley Cup: Likely top-draft pick Auston Matthews could be the second coming of Jonathan Toews.
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NHL Three Stars: Lightning down Islanders in OT; Blues crush Stars

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — No. 1 Star: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning Hedman was an all-around force for the Lightning in their 5-4 overtime win over the New York Islanders. He scored a goal, notched two assists and played 30:15 total. Hedman had the secondary helper on Nikita Kucherov’s game-tying goal that sent the game to OT and the primary assist on Brian Boyle’s game-winner. The Lightning lead the series...
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St. Louis offense overpowers Dallas goaltenders in Game 3 win

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Josh Cooper) — Before Tuesday’s Game 3 at the St. Louis Blues the Dallas Stars tried to play coy with their goaltenders.  Coach Lindy Ruff wouldn’t say who would start , perhaps to confuse the Blues in their preparation. The Stars ended up using both netminders, but neither could stop St. Louis’ offense in the Blues’ 6-1 drubbing of the Stars.  With the win, St. Louis took a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 on...
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