We are but 29 days from the first puck being dropped in Sochi for the women's hockey tournament. Four days later, the men (led by mostly NHLers) will get revved up. I'm already so overexcited for this that I can't wait for it to be over.
The networks of NBC Universal will televise pretty much everything from the hockey tournament. NBCSN will also air a "Hockey Game of the Day" every evening at 6 p.m. ET. Anything that isn't televised (i.e. a few women's games) will be streamed on NBCOlympics.com. With that, we give you the TV schedules for both tournaments.no comments
Mark Messier took to the hockey section of Reddit on Thursday and answered a series of questions from users. As you might expect from an interview (or Ask Me Anything - AMA) on Reddit, the questions took on many shapes and forms. Messier stood in and provided a ton of interesting and even insightful comments.
Here are 10 responses we thought stood out from the others:
Hi Mark, Do you have a life-time supply of Lays potato chips in your garage?
I need you to negotiate my next contract.
(Question is referencing this old Lays ad.)no comments
This tidbit was tucked away in a Sportsnet column yesterday. [ SN ]
Those who found the third season of HBO’s 24/7 less compelling than the previous two might be interested to know that the cable network hopes to take the behind-the-scenes concept to another level by getting embedded during the playoffs. Word has it that some NHL teams have already been approached to gauge their interest and at least one is open to the idea. While it probably won’t be pulled together by this spring, according to a source, it would be can’t-miss TV for hockey fans if it ever happened.
There were rumors of this after the first 24/7, but nothing ever became of it. The Winter Classic 24/7 love affair may be wearing off, but a playoff 24/7 would open up the NHL to what he craves most: the casual fan.no comments
Will Crosby lead Canada to a second-straight gold medal in Sochi?
We've taken a look at the US Olympic hockey roster ad nauseum already, and there's still a month to go until the Opening Ceremonies. On Tuesday, the other 11 nations competing for hockey gold in Sochi announced their 25-man rosters, finally giving us something else to talk about.
Shortly after the seemingly six-hour struggle that was Hockey Canada's announcement, Jeff and Derek here at Puck Drunk Love broke down each roster and gave you some insight on what to expect from each team competing.
Adding to that now, Steve and Mike thought it'd be a good idea to take a glance at the tournament from the group perspective. Here are the groups, along with what you might expect from each one, a breakdown of the unconventional tournament format and some medal predictions for the sake of us looking silly in six weeks' time:no comments
It looks like the Montreal Canadiens will have to pay a big price if they want to retain P.K. Subban. TSN's Bob McKenzie stated that he believes Subban is looking for a new deal ranging between $8 and $9 million a season.
Not surprisingly, McKenzie believes that the Canadiens won't be too eager to shell out that type of money for the defenseman.
Here's the full statement from McKenzie regarding Subban's talks with the Canadiens:
Negotiations are ongoing, there is no real hard news to report there other than we know Dion Phaneuf signed a long-term deal with the Maple Leafs worth $7 million a year. P.K. Subban's asking price will be somewhere from $8 million to $9 million a year. I am sure the Canadiens will not be thrilled about that and I suspect it's going to be tough sledding for some time to get this deal done.
Evidently Subban's camp is trying to use recent deals such as Phaneuf's as leverage for more money. It's not a surprising tactic, but it's still shocking to think that Subban believes he deserves more money than Steven Stamkos ($7.5 million cap hit), Alex Pietrangelo ($6.5 million cap hit) or as much money as Evgeni Malkin ($8.7 million cap hit).
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We all know how tough hockey players are. Hell, Gregory Campbell broke his leg from blocking a shot during a penalty kill in the playoffs. This story adds another notch to the belt of hockey toughness lore.
Schenn was skating up to New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus to make a body check during the Flyers-Devils game on Tuesday night. As Zubrus fell back, his skate came up and sliced Schenn in the stomach, dropping him instantly.
Seeing a big Reebok logo on an NHL sweater is a pretty common sight. Those days may be coming to an end after a report from CBC.ca indicates that Adidas is considering placing their name on NHL uniforms.
Adidas, the parent company of Reebok since 2005 (the more you know!), is also considering extending their jersey deal with the NHL which currently runs through 2016-17.
Elliotte Friedman writes:
Small business item: Reebok has the rights to make NHL jerseys. Its parent company, Adidas, apparently is considering putting its own name there instead of Reebok. As part of that, we may see an extension of the current contract, which runs through 2016-17.
Everyone is probably of tired of the "Ovechkin vs. Crosby" narrative that the NHL has been shoving down our throats for nearly a decade.
I really think that their brain trust needs to come up with better ideas for the next great marketing rivalry.
"How about this - how about instead of having Ovie play on the Washington Capitals against other teams... how about it just be Ovechkin against those teams? Like, you know, Ovie versus the Penguins! Ovie versus the Tampa Bay Stamkoses!"
"Lightning. I think their team's named the Lightning."
An exchange like that is the only thing that can explain this poll on NHL.com (s/t r/sports user Merfner)
"Yeah, that looks good. Run with it. Woah woah woah wait, who are these 'Coy-o-tes?'"no comments
[ The Bolshoy ice dome ]
There is just something about the Olympic games in Sochi that has us excited. The first step was getting all of the rosters announced. That process was completed on Tuesday, so we wanted to take a quick look at the rosters for all Olympic teams as well as the biggest surprises and omissions from all of the Olympic rosters.no comments