Author: Joe Yerdon

Corey Crawford

Video: Corey Crawford gives a legendarily profane Cup rally speech


Today was the day for the Chicago Blackhawks to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory with the people of Chicago. They managed to do so in a way that made us all think back to how they did it back in 2010 and goalie Corey Crawford put the cherry on top.

Patrick Kane awarded Crawford with their “championship belt” and handed off the podium to him. There he let the fans and the team know how hard he thought they worked for the title as Nina Falcone at so eloquently transcribed.

“F***** right, Chicago! Biggest bunch of beauties in the league, f***** worked their n*** off for this trophy! Wooo! No one will ever take this away from us! We’re the champs!”

Bless you and your foul mouth, Corey Crawford.

Report: Flyers interested in Jaroslav Halak

Jaroslav Halak

The Flyers’ hunt for a goalie to replace Ilya Bryzgalov is about to heat up.

Tim Panaccio of reports the team is interested in St. Louis Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak. According to his source, the price to get him won’t be a killer.

“The Flyers have been told it’s going to take a very good player, but it won’t take one of their top guys, which Philadelphia was worried about,” the source said. “He could be their No. 1.”

Halak’s season in St. Louis ended quietly as Brian Elliott took over for them in the postseason. There was a report about a confrontation between Halak and coach Ken Hitchcock towards the end of the season, but inside sources have told PHT no such thing occurred.

Nonetheless, Blues GM Doug Armstrong has called the Blues situation in goal “cloudy” as Halak would be in competition with Elliott and youngster Jake Allen.

Panaccio says the Flyers are looking at a lot of goalies to fill their needs this summer. Among them: Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Jose Theodore, and Ray Emery.

Get to know a draft pick — Valeri Nichushkin

Valeri Nichushkin
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Leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Sunday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Valeri Nichushkin (RW)

Height: 6’3″  Weight: 196  Shoots: Left

Team: Chelyabinsk-2 (Russia Juniors)

Country: Russia

NHL Central Scouting rank: No. 2 among European skaters

What kind of player is he?

Nichushkin is someone that brings out all the typical things you hear about Russian players. He’s highly skilled, has tremendous offensive potential, and also might wind up in the KHL next season. While he does have a deal signed to play there (with Dynamo Moscow), he can reportedly opt out of it if he makes an NHL team immediately.

He was a dominant factor on the Russian team at World Juniors this past year with four goals and three assists in six games. He was so good he earned an invite to the World Championships in May. His talent is almost unquestionable with some even going so far as to compare him with Alex Ovechkin.

His main bugaboo? Consistency. An inconsistent, but highly talented, Russian player will earn him more unfavorable (and perhaps unfair) comparisons.


“Good size, solid skill set, lacks consistency, Subway Series participant, phenomenal 5 Nations, getting better, signed KHL deal. We still have MANY concerns about him coming over so it must be thoroughly investigated.” — Mark Seidel – North American Central Scouting

“He might have as a high a ceiling as any player in this draft. We were all set to rank him out of the top 6 or 7, until he informed everyone he plans to play in the NHL year. He might go in the top 5 or 6 now.” — Mark Edwards –

“He did play with the men in the KHL and played very well there. He plays for the most part a pretty complete two-way game. The only concerns would be there are some inconsistencies to his effort sometimes. But that doesn’t put him in a category all by himself.” — Tony McDonald, Carolina Hurricanes director of scouting.

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Cam Neely admires Patrice Bergeron’s toughness

Patrice Bergeron

One thing that came out of Boston’s loss in the Stanley Cup Final was just how badly Patrice Bergeron was hurt. The litany of injuries he dealt with through the postseason was enough to make Bruins president Cam Neely gush with pride.’s Joe Haggerty was on the scene at today’s wrap-up with Bruins executives and Neely spoke proudly of Bergeron’s efforts to keep playing through pain.

“What he did certainly speaks volumes about Patrice as an athlete and as a human being,” Neely said. “He’s recovering and doing well, and will have a full recovery. All of the guys will do a really good job of resting, recovering and obviously keeping themselves in great shape for training camp.”

Bergeron and the Bruins are taking some heat for allowing Bergeron to play through such injuries, to which his agent defended his client’s choice to play vehemently. If there was ever a guy in the Bruins organization to take up for Bergeron, it would be Neely. After his years of injury problems and playing through them, he knows the sacrifice well.

Report: Devils may be sold to attorney Andrew Barroway

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The talk about the financial distress the New Jersey Devils may or may not be in has been discussed a lot lately. There’s a chance that could all be coming to an end soon, however.

Mike Ozanian of reports the Devils may be sold to attorney Andrew Barroway. He reports the NHLPA is telling its members that Barroway has loaned $30 million to the Devils to help pay down their debt and that a group led by Barroway may be purchasing the team.

Forbes’ report quotes a memorandum that went out to the Players’ Association on June 27, 2013 that says the team has run into “serious cash flow issues” that have resulted in missed payments that were resolved by the league. That much we’d heard about previously. Their comment on Barraway makes for new information.

“Recently, the Club was able to arrange a significant infusion of debt capital ($30 million) from an investor that is interested in purchasing the the Club from [Jeff] Vanderbeek. We understand from League officials that the new investor, Andrew Barraway [sic], is currently negotiating with Vanderbeek and thier [sic] expectation is that either Barroway or another ownership group will end up owning the team within the next 120 days or so.”

PHT reached out to the NHLPA for comment, but they declined to speak about it.

The Devils having a new owner within the next four months would help make for an even busier time for the NHL as they’re on the verge of a resolution regarding the Phoenix Coyotes’ ownerless situation.

Barroway was once part of a group that tried to purchase the Philadelphia 76ers. As for the current owner of the Devils, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice adds that Vanderbeek will maintain a minority share of the team.