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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Hockey

Look: Robin Lehner’s NHL award has a pretty terrible mix-up

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Goaltender Robin Lehner was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the end of the 2018-19 season, honoring him for perseverance and sportsmanship after he battled back from alcoholism and bipolar disorder to backstop the team to the playoffs. However, there was one little problem with the trophy.

Lehner won the award as a member of the New York Islanders, but the trophy listed him as a member of the New York Rangers in a pretty big error.

One would assume the NHL will supply him with a new nameplate. It’s the least they can do, especially after Lehner formed such a quality bond with Islanders fans over the course of the season.

Sidney Crosby has been wearing the same jock strap since midget hockey

Sidney Crosby

Professional athletes are known for being superstitious creatures, and that can lead to some disgusting habits. Sidney Crosby has one that may surprise — if not repulse — you.

Crosby was a guest on the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast recently with former teammates Ryan Whitney and Paul Bissonnette, and a discussion about when he finally updated his stick to the latest technology led to a mention of his jock strap. Apparently it is known among Crosby’s teammates that he has been wearing the same jock strap for years. How many years? At least 15 or so.

Midget hockey is for players aged 15-17, and Crosby is 32. He says he has made some alterations to the undergarment over the years, but that’s still downright shocking.

Crosby is apparently just old school, if you want to call it that. He doesn’t like change, which is why he also revealed that he used a wood blade stick for the first several seasons of his career until switching to a one-piece because they didn’t make his old one anymore. He scored 50 goals the year he made the change, so apparently he adjusted to it quickly. Perhaps he just doesn’t like the way they make new jock straps, either.

We’ve seen some weird requests for athletes in the past involving jock straps, so we can only imagine the ones Crosby is going to get after sharing that little piece of information.

H/T Crab Man

Watch: Ryan O’Reilly takes tooth out during ESPYs acceptance speech

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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.

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.

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.

PK Subban’s new profile pic after trade to Devils is hilarious

PK Subban

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.

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.

Devils reportedly acquire PK Subban from Predators

PK Subban

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 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.

Lightning players did not appreciate Kenan Thompson’s joke about them

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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.

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.

Penguins get better end of Olli Maatta trade

Olli Maatta

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.