Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues did perhaps the most hockey thing ever during this year’s ESPY Award’s ceremony.
The Blues took home the award for Best Comeback for going from the worst team in the NHL at one point during the season to winning the Stanley Cup.
From worst team in the league in January to Stanley Cup Champions
The St. Louis Blues win the ESPY for Best Comeback. pic.twitter.com/NS4w3c60T6
— ESPYS (@ESPYS) July 11, 2019
Among those to take the stage to accept the award was O’Reilly, who took a moment to remove his tooth before continuing to speak.
That's hockey baby!! pic.twitter.com/YntwyJ9hrB
— arcusD (@_MarcusD3_) July 11, 2019
Hockey players are no strangers to losing teeth on the ice, but this may be the first time we have seen one voluntarily remove one during an awards show.
- Ryan O'Reilly
Defenseman P.K. Subban was traded to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in a deal that came together quite quickly. While he likely heard the trade rumors that surrounded him in the days leading up to the NHL Draft, the deal itself didn’t give him much advance warning.
After the deal was officially announced, Subban realized he needed to change his profile picture to something more fitting — and he came up with a hilarious solution.
— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) June 22, 2019
The Devils added Subban in a blockbuster trade with the Nashville Predators, who were looking to clear salary in order to retain defenseman Roman Josi and enter the free agent market. Subban, at least, seems excited about his new adventure in New Jersey.
The Nashville Predators have parted with defenseman P.K. Subban after three seasons.
According to reports, the Predators have traded Subban to the New Jersey Devils in a move to free up salary cap space.
The New Jersey Devils have acquired P.K. Subban
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 22, 2019
Deal is Steve Santini, Jeremy Davis, 2nd round pick in this year’s draft (#34) and 2nd round pick in 2020 for PK Subban.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 22, 2019
The Devils took on the entirety of Subban’s $9 million salary in the deal as well, which is likely a major factor behind the modest return heading to Nashville. The Predators were in need of cap space and prioritized that ahead of maximizing Subban’s trade value.
A three-time All-Star, Subban goes from a Stanley Cup contender in Nashville to a rebuilding effort in New Jersey. The 30-year-old should help accelerate that effort, while also bringing the art of trolling to New Jersey with him.
The early reviews on Kenan Thompson were that he was mostly entertaining as the host of the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. The Tampa Bay Lightning just might disagree.
Thompson cracked a joke at the Lightning’s expense over Tampa Bay’s strong regular season and disappointing playoff exit.
The reactions from the players killed me pic.twitter.com/XQCUeUqA9g
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 20, 2019
Nope, they did not appear to be at all amused.
The Lightning went 62-16-4 with 128 points in the regular season and then got swept out of the playoffs, leaving them apologetic.
When you get swept out of the playoffs — especially after such a strong season — you have to prepare for the jokes. The best way to get revenge is by using it as motivation for the following season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are shaking things up after a disappointing end to the 2019 season. The team from the Steel City traded defenseman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for right wing Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in the upcoming draft. While some Pittsburgh fans may be upset with the team for trading the talented defenseman, who contributed to the Penguins’ championship runs in 2016 and 2017, they won’t hold on to their disappointment long. The Penguins improved tremendously and won this trade.
First off, there was no room for Maatta in Pittsburgh. He was one of eight defenseman on the team under contract for next year, so his playing time would have been limited. The 24-year-old was also a healthy scratch in the last three games of the season for the Penguins, which ended in a first-round playoff sweep.
The scratches were deserved as Maatta suffered through a poor 2018-2019 campaign. He scored just 14 points all year and missed two months due to injury. Not exactly the strong seasonal performance that inspires faith in a coach.
In exchange for the underperforming defenseman, the Penguins received 23-year-old Dominik Kahun, who scored 37 points during the season, his first year in the NHL. Combined with the talents of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Kahun is poised for another big year in his sophomore season.
Besides the on-ice positives, the deal benefits the Penguins financially as well. Maatta is owed just over $4 million next year while Kahun’s salary sits at a slim $925,000. The Penguins opened up some salary cap room, which may come in handy during free agency.
The Penguins traded up in every way. They received a younger, more consistent player at a position that is not already overcrowded while also somehow shedding salary cap. Matta may have been an important part of two championships, but the past is the past, and the Penguins are ready to get back to their winning ways.
The St. Louis Blues’ run to the Stanley Cup has been memorable for all the team’s fans, but it’s safe to say no one is enjoying it more than Brett Hull.
The franchise legend spoke at the team’s victory parade in St. Louis on Saturday. With beer in hand, he decided that the traditional “let’s go Blues” chant no longer applied since the team successfully won the title, and urged the crowd to join him in chanting “we went Blues” instead.
Brett Hull is absolutely wrecked, wants fans to chant "We Went Blues" instead of "Let's Go Blues" and the TV crew is amused pic.twitter.com/9cWLU8JLPi
— Board Man Gets Paid (@cjzero) June 15, 2019
The crowd didn’t really seem to pick up the chant, but everyone was having a grand time, and isn’t that what really counts?
Hull, of course, is a Blues franchise icon. He won two Stanley Cups as a player, though never while playing for St. Louis, so this is a sweet moment for him. It’s also one he may not remember clearly tomorrow, but who cares? He’s been having the time of his life all week.
- Brett Hull
The city of St. Louis had Stanley Cup fever on Wednesday night when the Blues won their first championship in franchise history, and even the band Phish got in on the fun during their concert.
Phish was playing a show in St. Louis when the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7, and they opened their second set with “Gloria.”
Phish played Gloria. pic.twitter.com/pObnYcrAvb
— Drew Silva (@drewsilv) June 13, 2019
The band followed that up by playing “Loving Cup” by The Rolling Stones, which was another reference to the Stanley Cup victory.
So, @phish is playing St. Louis tonight. My buddy, a die-hard Blues/Phish fan, is there (his 63rd Phish show). He said all the TVs in the arena had the game on.
And now Phish just played Gloria —> Loving Cup.
That’s amazing. So damn cool.
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) June 13, 2019
Those who followed the Blues’ playoff run know that “Gloria” is their celebratory song of choice, though they had another great song selection after punching their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final. Phish was clearly aware of their surroundings on Wednesday night.