Greg Wyshynski

  • Nicole Brown of ‘Hockey Wives’ on criticism of Dustin Brown, motherhood and reality TV

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    Nicole Brown scrolled through her memory, trying to recall what would qualify as her favorite reality show.

    “I’m trying to think about what my husband tells me to shut off when we’re going to bed,” she said, laughing.

    She settled on “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” the O.G. version of that franchise and a series had a bit more humanity than its trashier offspring.

    This is what Brown wants from her co-starring role on “Hockey Wives,” the new series debuting on Canada’s W Network at 10 p.m. ET/PT on March 18. As the wife of Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown – the two have been together since they were 15 years old, and have four children – she hopes the new show brings to light the lives of wives and girlfriends of NHL players.

    They raise families. They own businesses. They leverage their husbands' and boyfriends’ stardom for charitable causes.

    “Every wife and girlfriend has their own story to tell,” Brown said. “It’s not like we’re all sitting at home waiting for our husbands or boyfriends to come home.”

    The cast for the upcoming season, including Brown:

  • My night at the bar with Tim Peel, NHL ref and object of scorn

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    “That one hurt.”

    NHL referee Tim Peel and I are at Foley’s pub in New York, which is the only logical place for a hockey summit. He’s between games, having officiated in Washington the night before and headed over to New Jersey on Friday night. He’s affable, engaging, the kind of guy who gives you a tap on the knee before hitting a punchline in that “you’re going to want to hear this one” way. 

    And he’s sitting across from a guy who’s ridden his ass like a jockey for the last two years.

    We were aware of Tim Peel well before his foibles became a department on this website. A lot of hockey fans were. The criticism of his many mishaps tracks back to 2008 on the venerable Kukla’s Korner. The advent of social media in hockey fandom led to a cottage industry of “Tim Peel Alerts” when he was scheduled to officiate the game.

    Anyway, here’s Peel, beer in hand, explaining that for all the derision, all the criticism, there was one thing that really hurt.

    But instead we were toasting shots of tequila while glancing at the Wild and Flames on the television; two hockey guys, talking hockey. 


  • NHL putting ads on World Cup jerseys, which are apparently for-profit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    When the NHL and the NHLPA announced the 2016 World Cup of Hockey last weekend, it was clear that they would find new and excited ways to generate revenue from an event that could gross as much as $120 million. 

    This is because NHL players (and fans and media) are all really keen on Olympic participation, and the League knows the only way to knock dreams of gold medals out of their heads is to smack them with bags of money.

    So, to the surprise of no one except those delusional enough to believe there won’t be advertising on NHL jerseys in the near future, there will be advertising on World Cup of Hockey sweaters, according to Rick Westhead of TSN:

    The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.

    Who’s ready for Team Sweden, with the fourth crown provided by Burger King!?

    Image via Hockey Blog in Canada

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Brodeur retirement; Chuck Gormley on Caps/Pens

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington on the Capitals vs. Penguins.

    • Brodeur retires. 

    • Spezza in Ottawa. 

    • News and notes. 

    Question of the Day: Ask us anything! Email or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!



  • Martin Brodeur, pride of New Jersey

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    They call my home state of New Jersey the “Garden State.” I always imagined it was the runner-up to the rejected original winner, “Constant State of Inferiority.”

    We’re a punch-line. We’re a weird growth on the ass of New York. We’re trash heaps and smoke stacks and odd odors that creep through your vents while traveling down I-95. We’re Snooki and The Situation and Joe Piscopo and Chris Christie and clichés about Springsteen songs and where everyone looks like Tony Soprano.

    When you’re from Jersey, you always hear about the concept of “Jersey Pride.” It’s this notion that we’re something more than the jokes that define us, something more than the being “The Garbage State.”

    It’s a difficult concept to grasp for many reasons, being that we’re a collection of self-deprecating jerks half the time. It was especially difficult growing up as a sports fan in New Jersey during the 1980s and ‘90s, because nothing that was good about Jersey sports was actually ours.

    Set records with New Jersey. Won Cups with New Jersey.


    Scott Mackie was a Devils fan I knew back in the day, who once penned this about the experience of being one:


  • Andrew Conboy dropped by ECHL team after 20-game suspension

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    NHL fans have been debating some suspensions recently: Dan Carcillo’s six games, Zac Rinaldo’s eight games. Some said they didn’t go far enough in sending a message to repeat offenders. 

    Meanwhile, in the ECHL, they’re dropping 20-game hammers.

    Andrew Conboy of the Elmira Jackals was suspended 20 games by the League for a cross-checking incident against Brampton. He was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for cross checking another player in the face, and a match penalty for deliberately attempting to injure an opponent.

    Conboy was a repeat offender, having been hit with a suspension last October and then having that suspension extended to four games. He was also suspended in Jan. 2014.   

    The Jackals, having seen enough, waived Conboy after his suspension.

  • adding Corsi, Fenwick, enhanced stats next month

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    One of the knocks on advanced stats in the NHL is that they’re not treated as official numbers by the League -- we can find goals and assists on, but not Corsi and PDO. This allows critics to treat them like some kind of crazy nerd voodoo rather than an increasingly legitimate means through which to evaluate players, teams and games. 

    Well, it appears to the nerds won.

    “Absolutely,” said NHL COO John Collins, at least weekend’s All-Star Game.

    Collins confirmed that while the League waits to standardize the new player-tracking system that will eventually quantify puck possession stats more accurately, is adding “enhanced stats” to its collection of player and team statistics. 

    The addition is scheduled for late February.

    “You’re going to see a big change in the way we present our stats, in terms of the depth and the utility of how to do it. And that’s before the puck tracking [system],” said Collins.

    Among the 30 or so advanced stats being added to the stats pages:

    * Corsi, which estimates puck possession by totaling shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots

    * Fenwick, which does the game minus the blocked shots

    * Average shot distance

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Darren Pang on Brodeur; NHL prospects talk

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Darren Pang on the retirement of Marty Brodeur.

    • NHL prospects talk. 

    • Carey Price and the Hart

    • The World Cup of Hockey.

    • News and notes. 

    Question of the Day: Ask us anything! Email or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

  • NHL All-Star Game ratings crash in U.S., Canada

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The disconnect between the NHL All-Star Game’s entertainment value on-site and on television grows forever wider.

    Having covered the weekend in Columbus, it was a blast. OK, the actual game wasn’t – that was pretty unwatchable. But the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft and Skills Competition delivered and were a riot to watch. 

    Having now seen the TV ratings for these events … woof .

    NBCSN in the U.S. reports that the All-Star Game on Sunday delivered 1.194 million viewers, which was a 14-percent drop from the 2012 game on NBCSN (1.317 million). The Skills Competition delivered 895,000 viewers, down 15% from the 2012 competition on NBCSN (1.104 million). The Fantasy Draft on Friday delivered 310,000 viewers, down 24% from the 2012 Fantasy Draft (408,000).

    The good news for NBC, such as it is, was that the All-Star Game was the most-watched NHL game on NBCSN since the Stanley Cup Final and the 1.194 million viewers were up 240 percent vs. the network’s regular-season average from last season 351,000.

    Again, it’s a shame, because the weekend on a whole was pretty entertaining for the NHL.

  • Can Carey Price win the Hart Trophy this season?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Our friend Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News wonders if Carey Price should win the Hart Trophy this season:

    In reality, it’s the player most valuable to his team as long as that team is good and since Montreal is a near-lock for the playoffs already, the Habs qualify. But the Canadiens have just one player among the top-60 scorers in the NHL and that’s Max Pacioretty, who ranks 34th right now with 38 points in 46 games.  

    The power play – one of the few aspects of the game Price has no effect on – is bottom-10 in the league, clicking at just 17.1 percent.

    Price has a compelling case. He’s third behind Brian Elliott (.944) and Michael Hutchinson (.942) in even-strength save percentage, coming in at .939. That’s with having faced the fourth-most shots at 5-on-5 (914). He’s 25-10-2 overall with a 2.15 GAA.

    But we all know how this Hart Trophy thing works, right?

    And to that end, Price has a compelling case.

    From a possession standpoint, they’ve been atrocious: 25th in the NHL in Corsi-percentage (48.4).