Greg Wyshynski

  • Mats Zuccarello put on trade block by Rangers at deadline

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Why did your team win the Stanley Cup? “Secondary scoring.” 

    Why did your team lose in the playoffs? “A lack of secondary scoring.”

    Different album, same song. We hear it every year. Which is why the availability of a player like Mats Zuccarello at the trade deadline is pretty darn intriguing: He could be a vital piece for another contending team, and could be the player the New York Rangers lament dealing away due to economics if their offense stalls.

    Katie Strang of ESPN.com reports it “looks more likely that Rangers F Mats Zuccarello will be traded than re-signed. Teams have been told he's available.” That because talks on a long-term deal have broken down, per the NY Post.

    He’s fifth on the team in scoring at 35 points in 58 games, with a plus-16. He’s an essential part of the team’s top six, and a player that can generate goals on his own. He also drives possession with a 54.4 percent Corsi Close, which is the best for all Rangers forwards with over 20 games played.

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  • As Brent Sopel retires, impact on LGBT hockey not forgotten

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Andrew Sobotka remembers the power of the Stanley Cup. 

    He remembers hockey’s Holy Grail rolling down the streets of Chicago in the 2010 Pride Parade. He remembers watching people who might not otherwise attend a LGBT event lighting up when the float caught their eyes.

    “Everyone who is a Chicagoan was happy to have the Cup there,” said Sobotka, then president of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association, “and it continued the conversation about LGBT athletes.”

    The Stanley Cup was featured in the parade because the Chicago Blackhawks won it that season, and because defenseman Brent Sopel believed it would be an important way to honor a friend and his dedication to the LGBT movement.

    Sopel, who retired from hockey on Friday after 18 seasons as a pro, had been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers after the season but returned to Chicago in June 2010 for the parade. He wore his Hawks sweater with a shamrock over his heart, inscribed with the initials “BB” for the late Brendan Burke.

    It was the first time a professional sports trophy from the “big four” had appeared in a Pride Parade.

    “It hasn’t happened since,” said Sobotka.

    The ultimate goal, however, is to just to be seen as hockey players.

  • Terminix gives next player who scores on Tuukka Rask extermination for life

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask recently had the bizarre honor of havinga species of wasp named for himin Kenya – Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski – as the team that discovered the insects had a Bruins fan among them. 

    As you know, the sworn enemy of the wasp is the exterminator, or Exterminatus Poisoninsectus . So when Terminix got wind of this honor for Rask, it decided to take a stand against wasps and all of their evil pestering by supporting those who wish to leave Rask feeling stung.

    Terminix announced it’s offering free extermination services for life to the next NHL player who beats Rask for a goal:

    “We’re in the business of defeating bugs. That’s why we’re offering free Terminix services for life to the next player who scores on professional hockey player Tuukka Rask, who had a species of wasp named for him this week.

    “You heard right: The next player to light the lamp on ‘The Wasp’ never has to worry about bugs again!”

    We called; it's legit. The reward is capped at $1,000 per year. Which sounds like a lot of dead bugs to us.

     

  • My love of the David Clarkson trade and its many remedies for idiocy

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The David Clarkson trade might be my favorite trade in recent memory. 

    Let me count the ways.

    David Clarkson was born in Toronto, and was given the opportunity to make $5.25 million annually for seven years to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He said on Friday he has no regrets about signing there, and that it was a childhood dream to wear the jersey. His proudest day as a Leaf was when his father saw him wearing that sweater for the first time, on the day of his signing in Summer 2013. It was, and shall be, the only good day he had in the sweater. 

    Oy, that signing. Clarkson was a perfect fit for the New Jersey Devils: a power forward who they didn’t ask much more than being a physical assistant to the team’s professional scorers on a contending team. He wasn’t overpaid. He didn’t have a hell of a lot of expectations on his shoulders – even when a reunion with junior coach Pete DeBoer turned him into a 30-goal scorer.

    Except they didn’t, and Nonis wore this mark of shame like a scarlet dollar season. The nerve of this guy: Of course he didn’t care about contract length. He wasn’t going to survive past Year 2 of the deal. It was somebody else’s problem.

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  • Blackhawks divided over locker-room fight, personal issues: Reports

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    When Patrick Kane had surgery, putting him out of the lineup for 12 weeks, one optimistic theory stated that it could be a rallying point for the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Which would be a good thing, because apparently they want to tear each others’ throats out behind the scenes ...

    Two sports analysts with Chicago roots have reported, independently, that the Blackhawks dressing room is a cesspool of personal conflict. First came this cryptic proclamation from Dan Bernstein, a WSCR afternoon host and columnist for CBS Sports who has a kick-ass ROBOTRON arcade game as his Twitter header:

    Per sources, #Blackhawks' locker room complicated by some untidy personal lives right now. Q's job: keep things from distracting/dividing.

    “Untidy personal lives” … well, if “The Odd Couple” taught us anything it’s that slovenly behavior leads to personal strife.

    Oh, but then David Diehl, the former NFL lineman turned NFL game analyst for FOX Sports, really turned up the heat:

    A fist fight!? ON A TEAM THAT ONLY HAS 13 MAJOR PENALTIES THIS SEASON!? 

    Was there a fight? Are there locker room issues? If so, can the Blackhawks overcome them?

  • Six reasons NHL trade deadline day could suck (more than usual)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The NHL Trade Deadline is Monday, March 2, and it’s crazy to think back at the action from last season’s deadline.

    To wit, we saw: 

    - Marty St. Louis moved to the Rangers.

    - Thomas Vanek moved to Montreal. 

    - Marian Gaborik moved to Los Angeles

    And so many more!

    Now, each of those trades had particular circumstances surrounding them – some personal, some contractual. It’s possible we’ll see some more of these blockbusters … but not probable.

    Here are six reasons the NHL Trade Deadline could (emphasis on could ) suck this season. More than usual:

    Everyone Is Afraid Of The Cap

    Like a chilly wind blowing over the trade deadline, the fear in the NHL is that the salary cap is going to be under $70 million next season. One GM told Elliotte Friedman he’s approaching the deadline with a $69 million cap in mind for next season, which is going to be bad news for a lot of capped-out teams.

    But it also would make the owners sweat, and every chance the players can do that, they will …

    No One Wants To Move First Rounders

    The Tank

    No Good Lousy Stinkin’ Long-Term Contracts

    No, not a comb – no-move clauses.

  • Seattle mayor willing to make NHL-first deal for arena

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    While the Las Vegas NHL franchise’s potential owners try to scrounge up 10,000 individuals – rather than casinos – for season-ticket deposits, that other possible Western Conference expansion city is making some noise. 

    In announcing that the environmental review of the proposed arena site should be complete by May 7, Mayor Ed Murray said he would go to the city council and ask for their deal with current arena rights holder Chris Hansen to be amended to allow construction for an NHL tenant first. Currently, the funds will only be released for an NBA team.

    From KING5.com:

    He also revealed Wednesday that he is willing to go to the Seattle City Council to modify the existing Memorandum of Understanding for an NHL team to prompt construction of a new facility. The MOU currently allows for public financing and construction to begin only after an NBA team is acquired.

    The last part's the key: There's going to have to be some financial promises from the NHL and the new owner, and probably some extra freight picked up in cost. 

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  • Sharks’ Melker Karlsson loving life with Jumbo

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Melker Karlsson is happy to be here.

    Here, in one sense, is the NHL, where the 24-year-old rookie always wanted to be when he was toiling in Sweden for Skelleftea AIK.

    Here, in another sense, means the San Jose Sharks, the team that handed him a 1-year, $925,000 contract last May. Here, most specifically, means playing on a line with Joe Thornton, who might be the best passer of his generation. 

    “If you’re staying in the right spot, you’re going to get it on your tape,” said Karlsson.

    “It’s pretty easy [to play with him]. But you have to play the game he wants to play. I try to listen to where I need to be.”

    The team saw a lot they liked in Karlsson when they signed him, including the ability to skate with their most skilled players. "He fits with the way we play the game, the way the game is being played in the NHL now and where it's going. Play in all situations and play on the inside,” said GM Doug Wilson to the Mercury News.

    Karlsson has nine goals and seven assists in 32 games, including a five-goals-in-five-games streak in January.

  • Patrick Kane out 12 weeks; how will Chicago Blackhawks cope?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The last day of the Chicago Blackhawks’ regular season is April 11. They’ll still have to wait over a month until star winger Patrick Kane returns. 

    Kane crashed into the boards against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night and did not return to the game, a shootout win for the Hawks. On Wednesday, the official word came down on his injury, from the team:

    The Chicago Blackhawks announced today forward Patrick Kane underwent successful surgery to repair a left clavicle fracture. The procedure was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital by Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry and Dr. Bradley Merk.

    “Patrick underwent successful surgery today to repair his left clavicle fracture,” Terry said. “The procedure went very well and we anticipate a full recovery in approximately 12 weeks.”

    Twelve weeks from the date of surgery? That would be May 20, which could mean Chicago would be without Kane for the opening two rounds of the playoffs.

    If the Blackhawks advance, that is.

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  • Andrej Sekera traded to LA Kings in aggressive deadline move

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The worst-kept secret of the NHL trade deadline was that the Los Angeles Kings would add a body to their blue line, which had been depleted all year with the arrest and suspension of Slava Voynov on domestic violence charges. 

    On Wednesday, five days before the trade deadline, GM Dean Lombardi made his move: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera, who makes $2.75 million against the cap and goes unrestricted this summer.

    And an aggressive move it was: L.A. sent a first-round pick and prospect Roland McKeown to the Canes for Sekera.

    McKeown was acquired in the Linden Vey trade with the Vancouver Canucks. He’s a 6-1 defenseman who was taken No. 50 overall in 2014.

    The pick in the deal goes to Carolina this season if the Kings make the playoffs, and next season if the Kings miss the playoffs, per Elliotte Friedman. So, in essence, lottery protected. (The Kings would draft No. 14 at the moment.)

     

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