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Hello! You may have noticed that Puck Drunk Love is no longer active. Fear not! Your loyal team of hockey writers is still active providing content over on the NHL section of The Comeback. We’ve always been under The Comeback’s umbrella, but now we’re merging with the main site to bring more readers more hockey stories. Isn’t that what it’s all about? We thank you for following...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Recent deals have already provided a trade deadline preview

Each year the trade deadline in the NHL comes and goes, there aren’t a lot of changes and people are left scratching their heads. Are these general managers so risk averse that they don’t want to make major trades?A few trades involving Patrick Eaves, Tomas Jurco, Martin Hanzal and Ben Bishop have taken place already, but they don’t inspire much drama.Let’s diagnose what...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Officials Association vetoes Vermette’s suspension reduction

Thanks to the NHL Officials Association, Antoine Vermette’s suspension for slashing a referee won’t be reduced.Vermette idiotically took a swing at an official after a faceoff earlier this month.The slash earned him an abuse of official penalty, an ejection and a 10-game suspension from the league.Looking to get his suspension reduced, Vermette appealed the 10-game ban. The...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Martin Hanzal traded to Wild, nets Coyotes a ridiculously good return

The Minnesota Wild are all-in. In a stunning move, Minnesota acquired Martin Hanzal (and Ryan White) for a steep package: It’s a nice addition for Minnesota without factoring in the cost. Hanzal is a solid two-way center with scoring touch. In 51 games, Hanzal’s got 15 goals and 26 points on an offensively challenged Coyotes roster. The 30-year-old is a perfect middle-six forward...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Doan doesn’t understand the Martin Hanzal trade

Don’t count Shane Doan among the group thinking the Coyotes got the better of the recent Martin Hanzal trade. Doan appeared flustered during an interview between periods. The Coyotes captain and teammate of Hanzal’s for nearly a decade called the deal “really hard,” admitting “you can’t really replace him.”Having trouble formulating a fully thought out response, Doan...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Babcock appears to take issue with Leafs’ medical staff over Marner

Mitch Marner sat out his fifth straight game on Satuday with an upper-body injury, failing to impress Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock. Babcock expressed frustration about Marner’s absence, telling media members Marner looked like “the best player” at practice. He was unsure why Marner was forced to sit. Babcock is reportedly frustrated with the medical staff holding out...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: AHL players fight on and off the ice in wild brawl

Vince Dunn of the Chicago Wolves and Kurtis Gabriel of the Iowa Wild had a pretty spirited fight in the third period of their game on Saturday night. After they exchanged punches on the ice, the two weren’t finished as they met up off the ice in the tunnel and fought a bit more. Watch Dunn dish out a HUGE right to knock Gabriel to the ground as security rushes in. Blues fans were...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

This Week in NHL Stupid: Where are the parents?

Welcome once again to This Week in NHL Stupid, where we track the ugly, the silly, and the just plain stupid in the NHL. Now a hockey game is a great way to indoctrinate your children into the beauty of hockey. And if your child is hungry, NHL arenas all over North America offer the best in food and drink to keep your child happy and healthy. Suffice to say, if you bring your children...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blake Wheeler: Department of Player Safety’s recent decisions 'raise a lot of questions'

Blake Wheeler was left questioning the decision making of the Department of Player Safety and their inconsistency following a string of similar hits with different punishments.Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba earned a two-game suspension for a check to the head of Senators forward Mark Stone. On the flip side, Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin wasn’t suspended for a very similar...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Miller: “Hopefully, I get traded”

Drew Miller would be more than happy to leave the Detroit Red Wings. The 33-year-old veteran was demoted to the AHL this month following ongoing struggles. Miller has scored just five goals and one assist in 35 games. Miller outright admitted to Peter J Wallner of MLive.com that he’s hoping to get dealt during the upcoming trade deadline. “Hopefully, I get traded. I want to...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Price and Montoya discussed sending photos of bruises from smaller equipment to the NHL

An interesting new hitch not discussed after the NHL decided to make goalie pants smaller was the potential risk of injury. Smaller equipment created newly exposed areas without padding. Montreal Canadiens goaltenders Carey Price and Al Montoya both know the emerging issue a bit too well. Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports Price and Montoya chatted about sending pictures of bruises...
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February 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs to wear throwback Toronto St. Pats jersey

Toronto is paying homage to their pre-Maple Leafs roots.The team announced they’ll wear Toronto St. Pats jerseys on March 18th. Before becoming the Maple Leafs, the organization was known as the St. Pats from 1919-1927, winning a Stanley Cup in 1927. The look is a throwback design on their old shirts. What do you think of the look? St. Pat jerseys: yay no nay?
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February 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Vegas Golden Knights want to build a team similar to high-flying Washington Capitals of old

The Vegas Golden Knights are getting ready to assemble a roster.Golden Knights general manager George McPhee talked with Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He said he’d like to a build a team similar to the high-flying mid-2000’s Washington Capitals.“I’ve built high-flying teams in the past, offensive, entertaining teams and would like to do the same thing,...
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February 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Panthers coach calls Luongo “the most unlucky goalie I think I’ve ever been around”

Roberto Luongo has had a rough go of things in net for the Florida Panthers as of late. Head coach Tom Rowe believes his struggles have amounted to one thing: Being unlucky. Luongo has allowed 32 goals in his last nine games, including 11 in his last three. On Wednesday night in San Jose, Luongo gave up five goals on 34 shots in a 6-5 OT win. Rowe didn’t criticize Luongo for his...
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February 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Video: Edler beats Elliott from center ice on Vancouver’s first shot of the game

It took about 13 minutes for the Vancouver Canucks to find their first shot on goal against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. That shot came from Alexander Edler from center ice and it somehow managed to beat Calgary goaltender Brian Elliott. Knuckle puck! Elliott has had a rocky year with the Flames and this goal kind of sums everything up. The Flames not only prevented the...
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February 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Video: ECHL team botches number retirement ceremony, raises banner upside down

If you can’t stand watching people embarrass themselves on a grand scale in public, the video below is not for you. The Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL held a special ceremony for Colin Chaulk as they prepared to retire his #91 and raise a commemorative banner to the rafters. There was just one big problem – the banner was upside down. Instead of cutting things short after seeing...
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February 19, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ducks prospect Max Jones ejected for cross-check to Jonah Gadjovich’s face

Anaheim Ducks prospect Max Jones lost his temper in a recent OHL game between the London Knights and the Owen Sound Attack and it resulted in a brutal attack on Jonah Gadjovich. Jones wasn’t too pleased that Gadjovich was still fighting for the puck in his team’s crease and it led to a slash to the back of the legs and a cross-check to the face. That’s just ugly.Jones should...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Video: Jagr fakes out Gibson, scores an awesome goal

If you’re wondering whether or not Jaromir Jagr still has what it takes to hold his own in the NHL, watch the goal he scored on John Gibson on Friday night. After scooping up a loose puck the Ducks gifted to the veteran in their own zone, Jagr found himself standing all alone in front of Gibson’s crease. He then pulled out a series of nasty dekes to pull Gibson out of his skates...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Babcock says Maple Leafs fans should “find something else to do” at the trade deadline

Toronto Maple Leafs fans probably shouldn’t expect too much from the team during the trade deadline. Mike Babcock personally warned fans that the team isn’t planning on being active and even mentioned that Leafs fans should find other things to do during the festivities of the deadline instead of waiting for the club to make a move. Babcock’s comments, as seen in the Toronto...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

This Week in NHL Stupid: That’s not how you use your stick

Welcome once again to “This Week in NHL Stupid”. As you know, we track the silly, ugly and just plain stupid in the world of hockey. Now this week, we have to return to basics, because some players have forgotten the proper way to use a stick. Sticks, in hockey, are used to handle, pass, and shoot pucks. For those who are advanced, they can even do something like this: But some...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Former NHL player Mike Comrie under investigation for rape

Mike Comrie is reportedly being investigated by police over a rape allegation, according to TMZ.com.According to reports, Comrie met with the unnamed accuser at a Los Angeles bar on Saturday, where they went back to his apartment. She claims that while there Comrie raped her multiple times. TMZ reports sources close to Comrie allege the two have known each other for a prolonged period...
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February 15, 2017  |  Discuss

The Senators say “it doesn’t make sense” to make a trade with the Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche are a popular team as the trade deadline approaches as they’re one of just a few clear sellers this season. Many teams have reached out to inquire about several players on the Avs’ roster, but to date no deals have come to fruition. The Ottawa Senators were one of those teams, but they’re now stepping away as there isn’t a deal which makes sense. Via...
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February 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Antoine Vermette slashes ref, given abuse of official penalty and ejected

What was Antoine Vermette thinking?The Arizona Coyotes forward slashed an official during Tuesday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. What provoked him? It appeared Vermette didn’t like the way the official dropped the puck, so he gave him a whack with his stick – a big no, no. For those thinking, “he didn’t hit him that hard,” that won’t fly. The NHL has a zero...
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February 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Jack Edwards mocks Kellyanne Conway and Bowling Green Massacre during Bruins game

Jack Edwards has got jokes. The Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer was calling the B’s matchup against the San Jose Sharks, when he noted Ryan Carpenter went to Bowling Green University. Referencing recent comments made from Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, Edwards commented that Carpenter somehow survived the non-existent Bowling Green Massacre. “Three years at Bowling...
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February 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Robin Lehner ripped his teammates following loss to Canucks

Robin Lehner has never been one to hold back his emotions and following the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Sabres goaltender ripped his team’s effort.Speaking with Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Lehner called out his teammates for acting like Chicago, when they “haven’t done anything in this league.”“We haven’t done anything,” Lehner told...
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February 13, 2017  |  Discuss
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