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Entries with the tag: trevor daley
from Jim Rutherford at the Players' Tribune,
I was standing at the blue line with our coaching staff in San Jose on June 12 when the gentlemen in the white gloves brought out the Stanley Cup. This was a moment I had been chasing for 10 years, since I first won the Cup as the GM of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
Our captain, Sidney Crosby, lifted the Cup over his head, and I felt great for him, knowing all the hard work he put in to lead us to this point. But I felt even better for the guy Sid handed the Cup to next.
Trevor Daley had hobbled out onto the ice for the celebration with a broken ankle. He had changed into his uniform and was still sporting a full playoff beard. Sid skated right over to him, said a few words and handed him the Stanley Cup.
It was one of the more emotional moments I’ve had in my 30-plus years as a general manager.
A lot of people probably thought Trevor was the captain’s choice because he was a 32-year-old veteran who had sacrificed his body for the team and had just won his first Stanley Cup.
But there was a much more important reason. Trevor’s mother, Trudy, was watching on TV from her hospital bed in Toronto, where she was battling cancer.
Trevor’s mother had made him a promise, and he was holding up his end of the deal.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
You battle through a 13-year pro career and all of the highs and lows that come with it and finally reach the Stanley Cup final. You get handed all of the nice new swag dispersed among the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks, and are tossed into the middle of the media day frenzy on the Consol Energy Center concourse.
And when your big moment arrives, as Trevor Daley’s did Sunday afternoon, you show up using crutches and wearing a walking boot.
“You know what, obviously I do – I do feel sorry for myself,” said Daley. “I try to control what I can control. I can’t control this situation so I’m going to have to make the best out of it.”
The Penguins have already announced that he’s done for the playoffs with a broken left ankle. Daley got his skate stuck in a rut and fell awkwardly while getting hit by Ryan Callahan in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final on May 20.
However, he’s still trying to keep the faintest light of hope alive, especially given that a Stanley Cup final that begins Monday might stretch all the way until June 15.
If you missed the injury, watch below...
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
First things first, head coach Mike Sullivan had no updates on defenseman Trevor Daley who left the game at 10:32 of the second period. Battling for a puck in the Penguins' left corner, Daley and right winger Ryan Callahan collided. Daley went down in a heap and had trouble recovering to his skates.
Daley needed assistance off the ice and into the dressing room. He did not return. He left Amalie Arena on crutches.
Sullivan suggested he could have some information Saturday.
As far as the game goes, the Penguins got thoroughly outplayed for the first 40 minutes. Almost literally from the start, they were chasing the Lightning. They gave up a goal less than 30 seconds into play and were playing from behind the entire night. They scraped out three goals in the third period to make it interesting and really came close to tying the game a few times. But as captain/center Sidney Crosby said, "We didn't deserve to win."
The Lightning is a very good team. Despite what Games 2 and 3 looked like as far as the possession battle was concerned, this wasn't going to be a mismatch in favor of the Penguins the way the first and second rounds were against the Rangers and Capitals respectively. The Lightning can play with the Penguins when it comes to speed and possession.
Tonight, they were better at the Penguins' own game.
See the Daley injury below.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
After years of being such a workhorse for the Dallas Stars, being relegated to a bit player with the Chicago Blackhawks no question took its mental toll on Trevor Daley this season.
"You went from a situation in Dallas where you were getting a lot of minutes and playing in those situations to suddenly not getting them [in Chicago], and for me to say I didn't lose confidence? I lost a lot of confidence," the 32-year-old defenseman said this week over the phone from Pittsburgh, where he has rediscovered that confidence.
The Dec. 14 trade from the Blackhawks to the Penguins in exchange for Rob Scuderi was an absolute godsend for Daley, his old self rediscovered in a Penguins uniform. He's playing a ton, fourth on the team in minutes per game, he's playing in all situations, and his natural skating ability and puck-moving skills have come to the forefront on a surging Penguins team overall looking a lot faster under head coach Mike Sullivan.
"I have always liked Daley," said one rival Eastern Conference GM via text message. "Good skater, more a secondary power-play player. Might lack a little vision but uses his skating to generate offense. Looks like a good fit in Pittsburgh -- exactly what they needed."
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
The salary cap, and specifically the Blackhawks, have changed the way I look at trades.
Any time Chicago makes a trade that seems motivated more by the cap space than personnel decisions, the deal looks to favor the other team. To me, Daley is a more useful defenseman right now than Scuderi, but to a team like Chicago the additional cap space the deal creates may end up being more valuable than either player.
As Pierre noted, the Penguins are retaining one-third of Scuderi's contract, which means he costs the Blackhawks $2.25 million compared to Daley's $3.3 million. When every last dollar counts, that's significant. The most interesting thing to me isn't the players involved, but what Bowman will do with that additional flexibility.
more on the trade from the ESPN hockey writers...
This happened in the middle of a game:
From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
"Lots of teams looking for a defenceman," said a league executive, "and they all want one that can play in the top four."
Well, good luck with that.
Still, a sniff around NHL circles by telephone indicates there are plenty of teams that would like blueline help as the important U.S. Thanksgiving quickly approaches at the end of November. The list is long and, of course, the the list of actual players who can provide that kind of assistance is pretty short.
That hasn't stopped teams from looking. Sources say Columbus, Toronto, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Calgary, San Jose, Buffalo and Boston are on a list of more than 10 teams that are looking for somebody who can play in their top four immediately.
"Since those guys aren't available you have to decide if there's a guy who is a No. 5 on a team right now that can maybe help you in your top four," the executive added.
There aren't many in the names of blueliners being shopped: Trevor Daley (Chicago), Matt Carle (Tampa), Justin Braun (San Jose), Braydon Coburn (Tampa), Ron Hainsey (Carolina), Carl Gunnarsson (St. Louis), Jake Gardiner (Toronto) and Kris Russell (Calgary).
The Blackhawks are holding their annual fan convention this weekend, and ahead of the event, Hawks GM Stan Bowman spoke with NHL.com's Brian Hedger regarding the state of his capped-out team...
"We've had a lot of discussions," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday at the Hilton Chicago prior to the start of their annual fan convention. "I think we have some ideas of what we're going to do. We've got a couple different scenarios that we are planning on doing and ultimately, which one we'll land on … in time that will come to be.
"There's been a lot of work preparing for this. Nothing's come up and surprised us, and it's only the second week of July. As a result, we're still working on it."
Bowman said bonus overages from last season, which carry over to this season's cap charges, amount to about $750,000. That makes the squeeze even tighter and the possibility of additional trades more likely.
And Joel Quenneville and Jonathan Toews spoke with the Associated Press regarding the Hawks' cap crunch:
I double-checked this Tweet to make sure it was real, because this is a jaw-dropper of a Friday night trade:
From the NHL:
ISLANDERS’ MARTIN SUSPENDED ONE GAME FOR KNEEING
NEW YORK (March 4, 2015) -- New York Islanders forward Matt Martihas been suspended for one game, without pay, for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during NHL Game No. 948 in Dallas on Tuesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 1:48 of the first period. Martin was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Martin will forfeit $5,376.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Looks more like a knee to inner thigh hit.
I guess the NHL's annual start-of-the-playoffs crackdown on horizontal stick fouls only counts regarding obstruction and interference, not spearing, stick-swinging or otherwise using one's stick as an instrument of torture.
As noted in the Wings-Bruins quick take, @myregularface showed Milan Lucic spearing Danny DeKeyser in the groin...
And during tonight's Ducks-Stars game, Corey Perry did this to Jamie Benn, per The Score and TSN...
The Dallas Stars made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 by defeating the St. Louis Blues 3-0, bumping the Phoenix Coyotes out of the playoff mix and setting the set of 16 teams that will battle for the Stanley Cup starting next Wednesday, and after the game, DallasStars.com's Mark Stepneski reports that the Stars were nothing less than ecstatic about their achievement:
“It means a lot,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “Every kid dreams of playing in the playoffs and trying to win a Stanley Cup. I believe we’ve got a great group in here that can do some damage. We earned it tonight.”
The trip to the postseason is the first for the Stars since 2008, when they made it to the Western Conference Finals.
“It’s a great feeling,” said defenseman Trevor Daley, the only player still around from that 2008 playoff team. “We’ve been battling hard. We’ve been battling hard for a long time. “
Stars coach Lindy Ruff may have been the most excited person in the Stars' locker room, too:
The Stars announced Daley will not return and has a lower-body injury.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
DAL defenceman Trevor Daley has agreed to a 6-year, $19.8M (cap hit of $3.3M annually) extension. NTC kicks in next season.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
“There will be a time,” Trevor Daley was saying, “when the streets come calling.” The Dallas Stars defenceman was sitting with Canadiens centreman Glen Metropolit, a friend and idol of youth nine years his senior who, in many ways, had walked the same challenging road to the National Hockey League.
“When that time comes, you’ve got to have the willpower to know what decision you need to make,” Daley continued. “Glennie and I had to make those decisions to get where we are today.
“I’m sure we’ve made some wrong decisions. I know I have along the way. But it’s not an easy thing to do, especially when the streets come calling. You get into that position: ‘Do I run with these guys, or those guys?’ ” Metropolit, 35, and Daley, 26, grew up without privilege, luxury or any sense of entitlement in downtown Toronto’s Regent Park district.
From the Dallas Stars:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed defenseman Trevor Daley to a three-year contract worth $6.9 million (average of $2.3 million per year) through the 2010-2011 season.
“At just 24 years of age, Trevor continues to grow as a hockey player and we are looking for his game to improve over the next three years,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He is a valuable member of our hockey club and is a key part to our strong nucleus of younger players.”