Manziel's college jersey up for auction (Yahoo Sports) - One of the jerseys Johnny Manziel wore during his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Texas A&M will be auctioned off this week. The No. 2 jersey, with an estimated value of $100,000, was worn for six games in 2012 by Manziel, the dazzling quarterback who became the first freshman to win college football's most prestigious award. It will be up for auction online starting on Aug. 6 through the National Sports Collectors Convention. Manziel is in his first NFL training camp with the Browns. AP source: Gordon hires attorney for NFL hearing (Yahoo Sports) - Josh Gordon has a new, high-profile teammate to help him fight the NFL. Facing an indefinite suspension, Cleveland's talented wide receiver has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012, will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. Gordon is facing an indefinite ban under the league's substance abuse policy. Second sprint gold for England's Proud - Canes captain has surgery to fix muscle injury (Yahoo Sports) - RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes say captain Eric Staal has had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and should be ready for training camp. Tevez stepfather freed after kidnap - The stepfather of Argentine football star Carlos Tevez is freed after being kidnapped on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and held for eight hours. England gymnasts win double gold - England make India batsmen struggle - James Anderson and Stuart Broad help England continue to dominate India on day three of the third Test at Southampton. Five-star McIntosh earns record haul - Jen McIntosh eclipses her mother's medal record to become Scotland's most successful female in Commonwealth Games history. NBA players union elects new executive director (Yahoo Sports) - LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American male sports union. Rodriguez & Schneiderlin 'not for sale' - Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and striker Jay Rodriguez are not for sale.

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Jets re-sign Frolik; Reimer on return; Sharks' troubling offseason (Puck Headlines) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 7:17 pm]
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. Which #stanleycup tastes better? @HockeyHallFame @NHL @lakingspr pic.twitter.com/1Y32Eh200k— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 28, 2014 • Good question. Let's ask Hayden Panettiere.  • The Winnipeg Jets have avoided arbitration with Michael Frolik, signing the winger to a one-year, $3.3 million deal. [Jets] • The Minnesota Wild and Justin Fontaine done the same and signed a two-year, $2 million deal. [PHT] • Sean McIndoe looks at the five biggest Forrest Gumps in hockey history -- the otherwise ordinary guys who stumbled into the sport's biggest moments. [Grantland] • The San Jose Sharks have had a troubling offseason, but even more troubling is that they've been unable to massage it for fans so it seems less troubling, which makes it double-troubling. [Fear the Fin] • Three on-ice situations where players need to change the way they think. [The Score] • Classic summer hockey story: The Ottawa Senators goaltending coach's neighbour's house burnt down. [Ottawa Sun] • How Mike Vernon set the stage for Patrick Roy's exit from Montreal. [Habs EOTP] • The first line of the 2014 All Good Contracts Team is basically just the first line of the Dallas Stars. Jim Nill is so good. [Defending Big D] • Seven rules the NHL needs to change right away. And here's a bonus eighth: there's currently nothing in the rulebook that says a giraffe can't play hockey. The league needs to close that loophole before the NHL is full of giraffes as teams try to get a leg up on the Boston Bruins. [Puck Drunk Love] • Former NHL blueliner Todd Gill has been hired as an assistant coach for the AHL's Adirondack Flames. [Calgary Sun] • The Leafs' offseason signings should give them a leg-up in the penalty-drawing department. [Leafs Nation] • James Reimer talks about his decision to come back, a

Peter Mueller signs with Blues after 1-year absence from NHL [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 6:41 pm]
Peter Mueller signed a 1-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, getting another chance to revive an NHL career that was devastated by concussions.  Mueller spent last season with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss-A League, notching 46 points in 49 games, good for second in the league in scoring. (Matthew Lombardi, who led the League, earned a 2-year contract with the New York Rangers earlier this summer.) His journey in the NHL has been fraught with frustration. He was a No. 8 overall pick for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2006, scoring 54 points in 81 games in his rookie season and then never hitting that total again. He was traded with Kevin Porter to Colorado Avalanche for Wojtek Wolski in 2010, and then entered concussion hell. A hit by Rob Blake concussed him late in the season, and then he had another one in the following preseason. Post-concussion syndrome plagued him during his last season with the Avs. and they chose not to re-sign him. Mueller bounced to the NHL’s Island of Misfit Toys, a.k.a. the Florida Panthers, before the lockout and had 17 points in 43 games before heading overseas last season. So the good news is that Mueller has been healthy for the last two seasons, although neither are the 82-game grind of a full NHL regular-season. Thus, the Blues are taking a worthy gamble, especially on a two-year contract. If Mueller latches on, he’s an improvement on their bottom six, which is lean and mean but not laden with proven offensive talent outside of Patrik Berglund. This move also means that Magnus Paajarvi is going to have some competition in camp for an offensive role on the team’s third line. Assuming, of course, he makes it through camp without a trade. Nice signing for the Blues, a nice reclamation project for Ken Hitchcock and a nice landing spot for Mueller in his return to the League.  

NBC exec says Monday Night Football shaped NHL schedule, Rivalry Night [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 5:28 pm]
NBC Sports released its 2014-15 NHL schedule last week, and the reaction was that annual combination of celebration and befuddlement. The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks getting on 13 times each? Bravo. The Columbus Blue Jackets getting one game, and John Tavares getting a goose egg? The aforementioned befuddlement ... One interesting aspect of the schedule: The lack of Monday night games on NBC Sports Network. There are three of them scheduled before the end of the calendar year; contrast that with 10 games before Dec. 31 in the 2013-14 season.  What gives? Steve Lepore of Awful Announcing spoke with Jon Miller, NBC Sports’ President of programming, and found out that “Monday Night Football” still has some sway over the sports landscape on ESPN: SL: Your NHL schedule was just released, you’ve kind of moved away from Monday nights this year in favor of a lot of west coast games on Wednesdays. JM: Quite honestly, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape and you don’t spit into the wind. Monday Night Football on ESPN is a strong franchise and we’d rather use our exposures where we don’t have that kind of really strong competition on Monday nights. We worked with the league, and they agreed, and we’ve been able to move some of the games off those nights, or move them later. Wednesday Night Rivalry has become a great franchise for us, so we’re continuing to build and improve on that, and that’s where our focus is. The move might come at the right time, as "Monday Night Football" saw a significant ratings spike last season, posting its best numbers since 2010.   Rivalry Night has taken some criticism from fans for NBC forcing it at times – the Blackhawks and Rangers are rivals? – but the inspiration for it is solid hockey marketing. Said Miller: SL: That did kind of come out of nowhere, at least out of the lockout, what do you think was key into launching a marquee cable hockey night, which hadn’t really been done before? JM: That’s

IIHF hands Justin Abdelkader three-game suspension for hit during 2014 Worlds [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 3:25 pm]
Justin Abdelkader had already been suspended one game for a knee-on-knee hit at the 2014 IIHF World Championships when he launched himself into Vladimir Sobotka’s head during the medal round.  The U.S. forward was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the blow. The Czech Republic would end up scoring twice on the ensuing power play and knock out the Americans with a 4-3 victory. The decision on Abdelkader finally arrived on Tuesday when the IIHF’s Disciplinary Board met and announced that he would be suspended for the first three games of the 2015 tournament. From the IIHF: Abdelkader was originally assessed a major penalty and game misconduct penalty for charging. The panel is of the opinion that because of the potential for injury to the brain, checks to the head always must be considered a gross infringement of the playing rules that require additional sanctions, especially in the case at hand where the injured player was not able to return to the game. Considering the extreme unfairness of the action as well as the high risk of brain injuries connected with blows to the head and neck area, the Deciding Panel is of the opinion that a suspension of the player for three games is appropriate and adequate. One thing to note here is that the suspension is soley for the 2015 World Championships. Should Abdelkader be unable to participate in the tournament next year for whatever reason, the ban would not carry over into 2016. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

Eric Staal has surgery after off-season training injury [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 2:16 pm]
Eric Staal has a lot to prove next season.  The Carolina Hurricanes captain already had his news coach, Bill Peters, call him out this summer for an “unacceptable” one goal on the power play in 2013-14. He’s coming off his worst points-per-game season (0.77) since 2003-04. So he’s working hard this summer. He’s been like a human training montage, complete with generic 1980s rock soundtrack. He’s pushing it to the limit! He’s got the burning heart! He’s got the touch, he’s got the power! Annnnd he injured himself. Hurricanes GM Ron Francis revealed on Tuesday that Staal underwent surgery to “repair a core muscle suffered during off-season training,” a procedure performed by the venerable Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. “Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated,” said Francis. “By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season.” Well that’s good news. But no word when Staal will be able to restart his P90X, er, “offseason training” this summer. 

How long until John Tortorella is back behind an NHL bench? [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 9:13 pm]
It's no secret that John Tortorella's tenure in Vancouver was a disaster, but here's one story you may not have heard. Tortorella never actually lived in Vancouver. Instead, he lived in nearby Point Roberts, which is across the American border, but only about a 45-minute drive from Rogers Arena on a good day. For practice days (which were so rare the players complained) Tortorella would drive in for a brief appearance, and then head home, leaving his assistants to handle everything else. Mike Gillis got so frustrated with his quick turnarounds that the team eventually built a bed into Tortorella's office so he could take naps there instead of driving home. You can watch Willie Desjardins react with bemusement to the fold-out bed in this video of the Canucks showing their new coach into his office. But despite Tortorella's one-and-done turn in Vancouver, which is destined for infamy and seems like a pretty logical endpoint to his NHL head coaching career, former GM Jay Feaster is confident that Tortorella's not done. "I think time heals all wounds," he said in an exclusive interview with the Fischler Report: I believe that John will get back. General managers in the league know he’s a good coach, and you take the good with the bad. Part of what makes him a good coach is that he does not have the political correctness gene. He is not worried about what you or me or what anybody else thinks about him – he’s going to do what he thinks is right. I think some time away, so time to decompress, I think that’ll be good for him. I don’t have any doubt that at some point in time, a team is going to be struggling and a team is going to need some discipline, some structure, and a general manager is going to say, “This is a guy that can provide it.” Feaster's probably right. It won't be too long before some team decides they need discipline, and then makes the puzzling leap that the famously difficult Tortorella is the man to provide it.  It will be insane, espec

Kyle Dubas on new Maple Leafs gig, analytics changing NHL and Nick Cousins (Interview) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 8:47 pm]
Kyle Dubas is being seen as a game-changing hire for the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The Original Six team brings on an assistant general manager that’s 28 years old, didn’t take the traditional path to the job (i.e. wasn’t an example of cronyism) and fully embraced the use of advanced analytics while the GM of the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL. But perhaps most importantly, he attended the Marek Vs. Wyshynski NHL Draft Party at Foley’s in New York City last summer. Which we assume is what got him this sweet new gig with the Leafs. Dubas joined us on MvsW on Monday to talk about his new gig, his player personnel philosophy, the criticisms of his hiring, the good and bad in hockey analytics, the infamous Nick Cousins case in the Soo (one relevant today, considering the Ray Rice suspension) and a few other topics. Take a listen here: I offered my admittedly glowing take on the Dubas hiring here, while others like Yahoo Sports’ own Sunaya Sapurji were a bit more skeptical about his time in the Soo. I was surprised by the reaction to the Cousins question on social media during the show, as I hadn’t realized that it wasn’t something Dubas was asked about during his media tour. I think it surprised Dubas too, but he handled the question well and, at the very least, one got a sense of how torturous it was to make a call on his players facing sexual assault allegations. The full podcast is available here or on iTunes. 

Subban mum on contract talks; unique NHL sticks; Winnik to Leafs; (Puck Headlines) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 7:35 pm]
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. Not a bad collection of hardware for Jeff Carter eh @LAKings @HockeyCanada #Silver&Gold pic.twitter.com/Dt1Dac5gLl— Dave Sandford (@Dave_Sandford) July 26, 2014 • Safe to say Jeff Carter has had a pretty successful hockey career. [@Dave_Sandford] • How often does Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks think about the team’s first round collapse to the Los Angeles Kings? “I think every time I see hockey on TV or read about it in the paper.” [CP via THN] • Aside from hanging with Seth Rogen, P.K. Subban was at the RBC Canadian Open in Montreal over the weekend and not in a mood to discuss his pending contract extension. “It’s been kept pretty quiet the whole time and it’s going to remain that way until a deal is done.” [Montreal Gazette] • Michael Leighton won’t be playing in the KHL this coming season after an illness made him unavailable to attend training camp with expansion HC Sochi. [Windsor Star] • Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser, a current restricted free agent, is confident that a new deal will be done before training camp opens. [FOX17]  • Tomas Tatar will return to the Red Wings after signing a three-year deal. [Red Wings]  • A look at the Robin Lehner contract negotiations for the Ottawa Senators and their crop of UFAs next summer. [6th Sens]  • Real good read on the sons of the late Steve Chiasson, who attended Carolina Hurricanes developmental camp last week. [NHL.com] • The largest private-sector union in Canada is attempting to organize junior hockey players. [TSN] • NHL player sticks come in all different varieties. Here are five players who use some unique twigs. [Backhand Shelf]  • Daniel Winnik heads from Anaheim to Toronto after signing a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs. [TML] • The QMJHL has been a bunch of movement

Flyers fan celebrates 104th birthday by trying on Stanley Cup ring (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 6:18 pm]
When Helen Moser was born the NHL was still seven years away from being founded. It wasn’t until 1967 -- over 40 years after Moser immigrated to the United States from Germany -- that the Philadelphia Flyers entered the league and that she began following the sport and rooting for her hometown team. On Wednesday, Moser celebrated her 104th birthday with friends and family at the Wesley Enhanced Living retirement community in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t just any celebration. The party was Flyers-themed, with Moser and guests rocking sweaters of her favorite team. At one point during the party a special guest arrived: Bob “The Hound” Kelly, who played 10 years with the Flyers and was a member of their two Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1974 and 1975. Kelly delivered a cake and presented Moser with a Flyers jersey featuring her name and the number 104 on the back.  Kelly then allowed Moser to try on one of his Stanley Cup rings, which moved her to tears: In May, Moser told the Bucks County Courier Times that she began following the sport because of its resemblance to soccer, which she grew up following. She also loves the Flyers so much that during a playoff game against the New York Rangers this past spring, she shooed away aides who were coming to help her shower.  Now that’s dedication to your team. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

Marek Vs. Wyshynski: Kyle Dubas of the Maple Leafs; our takes on summer NHL news [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 5:56 pm]
LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.] It's a Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more: Special Guest Stars: Kyle Dubas, assistant GM of the Leafs and advanced stats whizkid.  • Everything that's gone on in hockey since we took a vacation.  • Yes, that includes the NBC winners and losers. Question of the Day: What would you like us to address in the world of hockey? Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above! Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Feedburner.

Classic NHL 99 video game intro invaded by the Russians (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 4:02 pm]
EA Sports’ “NHL 99” isn’t often mentioned in the pantheon of greatest hockey video games of all-time, at least not in the same breath as a game-changer like “NHL 94”. But what they did have for systems like PlayStation and Nintendo 64 was one of the most memorable opening videos in the history of the series, especially if you place David Bowie’s “Heroes” on an altar and worship it as a seminal rock classic (like yours truly does).  Take a look back: Chillllls. That CuJo save. All day, all night. Now, we know what you’re asking: Would this intro be improved if it featured a collection of marginal talents, below-averaged goaltending and foreign announcers?  The Kontinental Hockey League provides the answer in this recreation of the “NHL 99” intro. As the KHL writes on YouTube: “Here's a little fantasy on what hands down best sport intro in the history of video-gaming would look like if EA Sports NHL 99 had used KHL highlights.”  OK, so they couldn’t figure out how to erase some of the glowing NHL logos from the graphics, although there is a bit later in the video where it’s a collection of glowing KHL logos. We’d actually love to see EA Sports tackle a KHL video game. Especially a Be A Player mode. “You are a free agent; do you choose: AHL or KHL?” “Congratulations! Your hat trick has earned you a second paper bag stuffed with small bills in your locker!” “Sorry, your team has suddenly folded for a year. Perhaps you'd care to play in Omsk (YES/NO)?”      

What We Learned: Breaking down Central Division, NHL Group of Death [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 1:32 pm]
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.  Things have calmed down considerably in the free agent market. Rosters at this point are more or less set, and we can therefore go about taking stock of who did what this summer, and what that means for the season that's currently still three or so months away. It's pretty tough to make the case that any single division improved more than the Central, and given the league's new playoff format, those several teams that took huge steps forward might find that it's not going to be enough for them to get things together and actually make the postseason. We can all more or less agree that Chicago, which made only one significant move in bringing aboard bargain-basement Brad Richards and letting Michal Handzus walk, not only is the best team for this coming season as it was for the prior one, but also improved marginally. That top spot in the Central, and perhaps the whole of the Western Conference or even NHL, is very much spoken for. But then there's the matter of everyone else. The race to get into the bottom two to five spots in the West's playoff picture — though banking on the higher side there seems foolish — is going to look like when all three Stooges try to go through the same door at once. St. Louis, Dallas and Minnesota all seem very likely contenders for those spots, having either remained good from last season or improved in this summer signing period. Dallas has clearly taken the largest step forward in adding Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, but they also have a lot more ground to make up in terms of the point gap from last season; getting into the playoffs with 91 points is barely an accomplishment. The Blues are obviously in the best position, having added Paul Stastny and despite the loss of Vladimir Sobotka. Their big

P.K. Subban drinks beer from Stanley Cup with Seth Rogen (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 27, 2014, 11:32 pm]
P.K. Subban has yet to lead the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup. But he's led Seth Rogen to the Stanley Cup, through the siren’s song of Canadian beer.  Rogen’s “Hilarity For Charity,” which seeks to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, was in Montreal as a part of the Just For Laughs festival, holding a late-night gala. On Saturday night, Rogen hit the stage with the apparent intent of creating the most Canadian moment in the history of Canada or moments. Not only did Rogen have Youppi, the beloved Montreal Expos mascot, come on stage with a wheelbarrow of Timbits, but he had the Stanley Cup on stage (right-side-up, Def Leppard).  (Why was the Cup there when no Los Angeles Kings were present? Apparently everyone in Hollywood is eligible to have it for a day, per bandwagon rules.) He vowed to fulfill a bucket list moment by drinking beer out of it. Enter P.K. Subban with two pitchers of brew. Enter beer, into Seth Rogen’s stomach. Here’s a fan-shot video of the moment: Great fun, great cause, and great to see P.K. Subban using his time effectively as he awaits his arbitration deadline with the Habs. But perhaps we’re burying the lede here: P.K. SUBBAN DRANK FROM THE STANLEY CUP.  You can see it in the video, right as Rogen is addressing the rabid crowd. However, there’s a reason why Subban’s one of our favorite people in the NHL: He’s so shrewd that he drank beer out of the Cup with a straw, as was noted by the Montreal Gazette. (Boston says: "Told you he sucks.") Yes, it’s an affront to the Hockey Gods if you touch the Stanley Cup before your time, assuring that you’ll never win it. But he never actually touched it. So as far as we can tell, Subban is free of any supernatural comeuppance. Unless you want to argue that the beer was in the Cup, was transformed into the blood of Lord Stanley, and Subban drank the beer. Paging Mike Bolt for clarification… 

Rangers avoid arbitration with Derick Brassard, agree to five-year, $25 million deal [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 27, 2014, 9:16 pm]
Proving once again that nothing gets a deal done like an impending arbitration hearing, the New York Rangers and RFA Derick Brassard have agreed to terms on a new deal. It's a five-year contract that will pay Brassard $25 million total, for a cap hit of $5 million. The year-to-year breakdown isn't quite that simple, however. The 26-year-old will earn the bulk of the money up front, with $7 million coming to him next season, $6 million in 2015-16, $5 million the following year, and then $3.5 million in the final two years of the deal to bring that all important average annual salary down. The deal is a huge win for Brassard's camp. Heck, it's even a little more than they were asking yesterday, according to Elliotte Friedman: Brassard requests $4.95M. NYR counter is $3.825M— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 26, 2014 The two sides were only $1.1 million apart then, and with arbitration looming, it was the Rangers who caved, apparently kicking in an extra $50,000 for Brassard's troubles.   It's not surprising. They need Brassard desperately. Without him, Dominic Moore is New York's second-line centre, and there's really no one coming down the pipe that looks poised to take on the job in the coming seasons. If the Rangers hope to return to the Cup Final, retaining Brassard is vital. Which is why they lost this negotiation. That and their apparent allergy to arbitration. That makes three guys this season (Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello) they've signed before going to court. In addition to the wheelbarrow full of cash, Brassard has also been handed a limited no-trade clause, which will help him control his destiny when the Rangers try to get out from under a deal that pays $5 million a season to a guy who's never hit 20 goals or 50 points in his five full seasons as an NHLer. Still, at 26, Brassard is entering his prime years, and it's a pretty good bet that he finally hits both milestones next season, at least, especially with Brad Richards now out of the picture

Maple Leafs hiring Kyle Dubas an assault on old boys network [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 27, 2014, 4:21 pm]
For the most part, the hiring of Kyle Dubas by the Toronto Maple Leafs was greeted with pom-poms and champagne corks, and it’s easy to understand why.  The advanced stats advocates lauded it as a major advancement, as one of their own became a Leafs' lottery-pick-finish away from ascending to Dave Nonis’ seat. The media welcomed a new voice to the NHL conversation. Maple Leafs fans embraced it, as they do any move with the fait whiff of ingenuity and positivity. There were a few voices of dissent, the loudest being Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, who offered a critical evaluation of Dubas’s time as GM of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Alas, it was buried under a dozen paragraphs of slightly bitter, ageist denouncement of Dubas as the flavor of the moment, a slick interview, a “whiz kid” who was eight years old when Joyce began banging out hockey tales at the Globe & Mail. “Normally the excitement with the announcement of a new assistant GM is a brief news item. If it’s a former player of note, then it’s worth a story, something along the lines of a gauzy retelling of his playing days and lessons learned,” he wrote. “An assistant GM as big story? This might be a first.” (Somewhere, Dave Nonis weeps.) If it is a first, it’s due to exactly what Joyce described here: Dubas isn’t some former NHL jock getting a career boost from a former teammate. He’s not a franchise fan favorite added for public relations as much as player relations. He’s an untraditional pick, both in age and in biography, and that itself makes it newsworthy, especially so in the Centre of the Hockey Universe. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe nailed it in a thoughtful piece on Sunday, on Dubas and the lack of “good old boys” networking that led to his hiring: It can be a dangerous example of groupthink. Players are rarely encouraged to freelance and think creatively. Coaches love structure and expect their charges to fall in line. Players know two things: when th

Late Leafs fan has pallbearers wear Toronto jerseys, to 'let him down one last time' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 26, 2014, 6:29 pm]
Hamilton man Terrance Siebert died last Monday, July 21, 2014, surrounded by his family, at 58 years of age.  According to his death notice, he went peacefully. But even so, the lifelong Leafs did manage to sneak in one last shot at his beloved but infuriating hockey team, who hadn't won a damn thing since he was an 11-year-old boy. Note the final line of Siebert's death notice, published in Thursday's Hamilton Spectator: It was Terry's last wish that his pallbearers be the Toronto Maple Leafs so they could let him down one last time. Ba-zing. One wonders if his epitath will just read: "It was 4-1". Admittedly, it's an old joke. You can substitute in just about any team, especially those that have a long history of losing. Heck, Zoe McKnight of the Toronto Star dug up three more occasions of the same joke being used in the last year alone. From the Toronto Star: A Cleveland man and lifelong Browns fan made the same request in The Columbus Dispatch last year and earlier this summer a Minnesota man asked that the Vikings carry his coffin in the Pioneer Press. A British radio broadcaster and fan of the Everton Football Club made the same joke often, according to his 2013 obituary. But here's what makes Siebert's notice stand out. His people made it happen for him. Wile the real Leafs weren't on hand to do the honours, Terry's friends were more than willing to look the part. The pallbearers at his funeral wore Leafs jerseys: Pallbearers at Terry Siebert's funeral wearing @MapleLeafs jerseys. pic.twitter.com/anIsookZ2k — Omar Sachedina (@omarsachedina) July 26, 2014 In other words, the late Terrance Siebert got his wish.

Pallbearers at Leafs fan funeral wear Toronto jerseys, to 'let him down one last time' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 26, 2014, 6:29 pm]
Hamilton man Terrance Siebert died last Monday, July 21, 2014, surrounded by his family, at 58 years of age.  According to his death notice, he went peacefully. But even so, the lifelong Leafs did manage to sneak in one last shot at his beloved but infuriating hockey team, who hadn't won a damn thing since he was an 11-year-old boy. Note the final line of Siebert's death notice, published in Thursday's Hamilton Spectator: It was Terry's last wish that his pallbearers be the Toronto Maple Leafs so they could let him down one last time. Ba-zing. One wonders if his epitath will just read: "It was 4-1". Admittedly, it's an old joke. You can substitute in just about any team, especially those that have a long history of losing. Heck, Zoe McKnight of the Toronto Star dug up three more occasions of the same joke being used in the last year alone. From the Toronto Star: A Cleveland man and lifelong Browns fan made the same request in The Columbus Dispatch last year and earlier this summer a Minnesota man asked that the Vikings carry his coffin in the Pioneer Press. A British radio broadcaster and fan of the Everton Football Club made the same joke often, according to his 2013 obituary. But here's what makes Siebert's notice stand out. His people made it happen for him. Wile the real Leafs weren't on hand to do the honours, Terry's friends were more than willing to look the part. The pallbearers at his funeral wore Leafs jerseys: Pallbearers at Terry Siebert's funeral wearing @MapleLeafs jerseys. pic.twitter.com/anIsookZ2k— Omar Sachedina (@omarsachedina) July 26, 2014 In other words, the late Terrance Siebert got his wish.

Dominic Moore's Smashfest charity ping-pong tournament raises over $140,000 (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 26, 2014, 1:23 pm]
Dominic Moore’s annual ping-pong tournament has grown in each of the past three years. In 2012, the inaugural event held at Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto raised $20,000 for concussion research. Last summer, over $100,000 was raised and an additional charity was added — the Katie Moore Foundation, in honor of the New York Rangers forward’s late wife. Smashfest 2014 was held on Thursday night and over 20 current and former NHLers participated with Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux defending his title. Yahoo Sports’ Steve McAllister was there and spoke to Moore about Smasfhest’s origins; had Logan Couture and Doug Gilmour give a message to hockey parents about dealing with concussions; and got some insight into Veilleux’s mastery of the ping-pong table.  The 2014 tournament managed to raise over $140,000 toward concussions and traumatic brain injuries and the Moore Foundation, which benefits rare cancer research and advocacy. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

Brad Richards on his Blackhawks salary, no guarantees he plays with Kane [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 26, 2014, 12:49 pm]
When it became obvious that the New York Rangers were going to buy him out, Brad Richards pitched a potential new NHL home to his agent Pat Morris: The Chicago Blackhawks. Morris reminded him that the Hawks had little money against the cap with which to spend on a center, despite their need for one.  Then GM Stan Bowman came calling for Richards, and the veteran decided he’d make this work at the Blackhawks’ price. Of course, making $51 million off his Rangers deal helps soften the blow of making just $2 million next season. Richards spoke with Bob Verdi of the Blackhawks’ website about that recently: You received a substantial amount of money so the Rangers could clear salary cap space, not an uncommon occurrence in the NHL now. Did that figure into your decision to sign with Chicago for one year at $2 million? RICHARDS: I’ve been fortunate to make a lot of money, and as you say, a lot of teams are up against it with the salary cap. The general manager in New York, Glen Sather, was great to me. We had a good relationship. But it’s a business thing. And the upside to me is that I can afford to be picky. I had other options beside Chicago, maybe for a longer contract and more money, but as soon as I heard from Stan, and later talked to [Head Coach] Joel Quenneville, there was no doubt for me. He also cautioned those that think he’s cemented in as Patrick Kane’s center next season: “People are talking about how I’m coming here to be the No. 2 behind Jonathan [Toews] centering for Patrick Kane. But July is a bit early to be making out lineups. The thing about playing in Chicago—if you do your job and get ice time, you know you’re going to be playing with talented players.” As we said when he signed: From a regular-season perspective, it’s a great signing for a player of his caliber at that price. But back-to-back postseason flops leaves us wondering what he can actually provide them in a push for the Cup. Luckily for the Blackhawks, Richards

Where is the Ryan O'Reilly saga headed next? (Trending Topics) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 25, 2014, 8:16 pm]
It never got as bad as it could have, but it's tough to be convinced it's not still bad. Arbitration is a cutthroat and nasty process that often leaves both sides feeling hard done by, so it was no surprise that Ryan O'Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche settled on a contract that will carry a cap hit of $6 million for the next two seasons. We're told now that everyone looks good in this situation. The Avs came up from their initial arbitration offer, O'Reilly came down from his. The definition of compromise is when both sides are unhappy, you see. But that's a fairly fatuous view of things, if we're being honest. The Avs lowballed — to a ludicrous extent at just $5.525 million — because they wanted to keep his cost down and it's in their best interest to do so. O'Reilly went beyond what he's worth by a hair or three, asking for a $6.75 million AAV, and it's in his best interest to do so. In arbitration, as with just about any negotiation, you don't ask for what you think you're going to get, you just try to maximize the wiggle room so you get closer to what you really want. Simple stuff, really. The big knock on O'Reilly this whole time was, weirdly, that he's not a team guy. You can kind of see where those who feel that way about him are coming from, to an extent. He stayed in the KHL last season even after the NHL restarted — but only because the Avalanche offered him just $3 million to come back, which was flatly absurd. Then he wanted to be paid more than Matt Duchene, which is apparently some sort of unforgivable crime. But all that talk should be over now, both because it was absurd to begin with and because he can say, “See? I took less money than I wanted to better fit within the team's salary structure.” This flatly ignores that the team's salary structure is silly, though. Over the past however-many years in the NHL, a number of teams have tried the, “No one gets paid more than (Player X)” rule, and with some justification. Most famously, it





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