Greg Wyshynski

  • Anze Kopitar, LA Kings significantly apart on contract talks

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Hopefully Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi has an electric foot massager or one of those lavender scented happy eye pillows, because the stress on this guy just keeps increasing. 

    On top of the Slava Voynov decision, on top of his decision to terminate Mike Richards’ contract and the NHLPA fighting it, on top of trying to get a defending champion that missed the playoffs to climb back on the throne, he has to find a way to get his best offensive player under contract in a long-term-yet-fiscally-sane manner – and it’s not really going that well.

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    Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports that the gap between center Anze Kopitar and Lombardi is rather large as he enters the last year of a seven-year, $7.6 million contract that pays him a $7.7 million salary this season:

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Islanders architect Bill Torrey on Al Arbour

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

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    Special Guest Star: Bill Torrey, Islanders GM great, on the late Al Arbour.

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  • Winnipeg Jets: Puck Daddy’s 2015-16 NHL Season Preview

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    43-26-13, 99 points, No. 2 Wild Card in West

    About the same, although there are some changes from the group that was swept away by the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round.

    Jack of all trades Michael Frolik signed a five-year deal with the Calgary Flames. Veteran energy forward Jim Slater was unsigned. Rentals Lee Stempniak (10 points in 18 games) and Jiri Tlusty (8 points in 20 games after coming over from Carolina) were unsigned.

    It’s not to say these aren’t impactful losses, because they are, but they’re still role players. Balancing those departures: The return of Alex Burmistrov, back from a two-year sabbatical in the KHL and ready to bring his skill to a third-line role.

    1. Dustin Byfuglien, D/F

    2. Ondrej Pavelec, G

    Hutchinson is back and starter-in-waiting Connor Hellebuyck is waiting to leap over both of them. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if Pavelec can shut critics up for another season. OK, two thirds of a season. OK, maybe a few weeks.

    3. Tyler Myers, D

    4. Andrew Ladd, LW

    5. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW

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  • Tyler Seguin called out by ex-Leafs CEO for 6 a.m. parties

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    We’ve written about a lot of shocking stories here, but perhaps none more confounding as what you’re about to read.

    OK, deep breath:

    A 23-year-old, who gets his summers off work, is having parties until 6 a.m. in August and failing to properly clean up his trash.

    And that’s why we have capital punishment, people.

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    The true patriot who brought this story to our attention is Richard Peddie, former CEO of the Toronto Maple Leafs and a man who stands next to a brick wall for his Twitter avatar. At around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning (when we assume the party ended), he snitched on Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, who is in Yorkville this summer and has apparently been having some all-night ragers:

    Tyler Seguin now behaving himself? Yorkville neighbours sure don't think so. Lots of loud noisy parties to 6am Lots of garbage left behind

    Clearly, Seguin needs to be the Zac Efron to Peddie's Seth Rogen and invite him to the kegger.

  • Milan Lucic dreams of playing for Canucks (after LA Kings Cup run)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    Milan Lucic has yet to play his first game as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, and already his thoughts are drifting to where he’ll play next. 

    OK, that’s the pitiless summary of what Lucic said on “The Bro Jake Show” on TSN 1040 during Monday’s interview, but it captures the spirit of the thing: Lucic, a Vancouver native, was asked if he’d ever play for the Canucks and he said it’s been his dream since he was a child … and that he’s a UFA next summer.

    The question: “Do you think we’re ever going to see you here, in a Canucks jersey, ever?”

    Said Lucic:

    So there you go: Super committed to the Kings’ Cup quest, but admittedly fantasizing about having the Sedins dragging him up and down the ice for 82 games in a Vancouver Canucks jersey.

    Hey, you can’t blame a guy for wanting to play the local hero. But maybe  don’t treat the Los Angeles Kings as a rest stop that only sells championship rings, refueling on the way up the coast to B.C.?

    Just a reminder that Ryan Miller is signed with Vancouver through 2017 …

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  • Can Phil Kessel break 40 goals with Pittsburgh Penguins?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    There’s an expectation that Phil Kessel is going to reach new and exciting offensive heights with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His career best numbers were achieved in 2011-12: 37 goals and 45 assists for 82 points in 82 games. (Although he had a higher points-per-game average of 1.08 in 2012-13 and a higher goals per game average in 2008-09 with the Bruins, 0.51.)

    There’s also an expectation that Phil Kessel might not immediately find his fit with the Penguins. Coach Mike Johnston will start him with Sidney Crosby in camp, but no one would be surprised if he settled in as Evgeni Malkin’s triggerman like James Neal was before he was traded to the Nashville Predators.

    Then there’s the expectation that Steven Burtch of Sportsnet has for Kessel, which is that his game will be elevated by either Sid or Geno, because that’s what they do for wingers, but that breaking 40 goals might still be a challenge despite the upgrade in talent around him.

    From Burtch, the good news for Phil:

    However:

    What can Kessel do with that power play?

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  • Fan makes Tyler Seguin a Twitter offer he can’t refuse: In-N-Out burger

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Tyler Seguin is preparing for the Dallas Stars' season, hitting the ice and getting back into game shape. But hey, it’s still the summer – some nutritional cheating is allowed, right? 

    Lindsey Dortch is a University of North Texas student and a huge Stars fan. Obviously knowing how arduous the training process is for an NHL player, she offered up a treat for Seguin via Twitter, if he wanted it: Something from that glorious temple of takeout, In-N-Out burger.

    And like any human with a functioning cerebellum (who doesn’t have moral or health objections to sizzling red meat between two buns), Seguin said yes.

    @lindsfromda1975 double double with just ketchup. Please 😊

    So she and her friend hit up In-N-Out, snagged Seguin’s order and headed for the rink. 

    Mission accomplished, according to her Twitter:

    I didn't pass out, so that's good! @tseguinofficial pic.twitter.com/1eZOtsAn8C

    “Always fun to interact with fans using social media, but that was definitely a first!” Seguin said. “Great burger.”

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  • Pavel Medvedev scores nasty ‘lacrosse’ goal in KHL (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Oh, the lacrosse goal (i.e. “The Michigan Goal.”)

    This nasty little trick shot happens a few times every calendar year, and we never tire of them. Even if we’d like to see a few of them fail, because the success rate is slightly better than the unbeatable deke move on ‘NHL 94’.

    The latest to dabble in the dark arts of the lacrosse shot isPavel Medvedev of Urga of the Kontinental Hockey League, scoring one at 4:18 of the first period. Jeez, buddy, at least let people settle into their seats first …

    Medvedev got a nice little pick from a teammate to give him the time to lift the puck in the air and fire into the top of the net. Traktor goalie Vasily Demchenko had tracked him well and appeared to have a wrap-around defended … until Medvedev buzzed the puck past his mask.

    The play was reviewed, and it was a good goal.

    OK, a great goal.

    OK, just a nasty, nasty goal that gives goalies waking nightmares. 

    s/t reader Rich

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  • What NHL players are told about rape, domestic violence

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Two years ago, it was Semyon Varlamov, arrested after allegedly having assaulted his then-girlfriend. Prosecutors eventually dropped the domestic violence charges when they couldn’t prove them beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Then it was Slava Voynov, arrested and charged with a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse. He would plead “no contest” to domestic violence charges and get 90 days in jail, along with a prolonged suspension from the NHL. 

    Most recently it was Patrick Kane, currently under investigation by Buffalo police after being accused by a local woman of sexually assaulting her in his home. 

    None of this is unique to hockey, and all of it seems to run counter to what we assume organized sports can, or should, accomplish with young men: Instilling discipline; preaching selflessness; establishing some semblance of morality, or at, a minimum, humanity.

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    But what, if anything, does the league tell these players about rape? About sexual assault? About domestic violence? Does the League do enough? Does it have an effective approach?

  • Cody Franson, Buffalo Sabres nearing 2-year contract deal?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    When free agency began, Cody Franson was a wide-eyed 27-year-old defenseman, full of life and optimism and thinking this summer would produce a contract offer that befit his 6-5 frame and 40-point potential.

    As of Thursday, Aug. 27, Franson was a frustrated 28-year-old, sitting by while dozens of defensemen were gobbled up on the UFA market. Oh, there were “talks” rumored with teams like the Boston Bruins. But nothing concrete.

    Then, finally, some movement: Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports that the Buffalo Sabres and Franson are in talks, and one assumes he likes what he’s hearing: Instead of another one-year stop-gap deal, Franson and the Sabres are talking about a two-year deal.

    From the News:

    Franson was a dud last season for the Nashville Predators after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs: one goal, three assists in 23 games, seeing his ice time go from 21:23 with the Leafs to 15:25 in Nashville.

    Well, in the salary cap sense. We all know Terry Pegula has enough money to buy Donald Trump.