Greg Wyshynski

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski: Inside the P.K. Subban and Taylor Hall trades (Podcast)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    – Arpon Basu of talks with us about that mammoth P.K. Subban deal that brought Shea Weber to Montreal

    -Taylor Hall gets traded too!

    – Steven Stamkos stays in Tampa Bay!

    – News and notes from around the NHL.

    The  Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast  is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world.  MvsW  streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn’t work, try here.]


  • Bruins sign Torey Krug, make bad buyout with Seidenberg

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    The Boston Bruins said goodbye to Dennis Seidenberg and extended restricted free agent Torey Krug on Thursday.

    First, on Seidenberg: Considering the week Peter Chiarelli is having, it’s unfortunate we have to pile on with ghosts of general managing past, but here we are.

    The Boston Bruins bought out the remaining two contract years for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who is 34 going on 57. He’ll get two-thirds of his remaining salary. The Bruins will have $1,166,667 in dead cap space in 2016-17, 2018-19, and 2019-20, and the hit is $2,166,667 for 2017-18.

    It was Chiarelli, then GM of the Bruins, who decided to trade Johnny Boychuk rather than Dennis Seidenberg two years ago, getting a better return (two second-round picks) and perhaps making the more cost-effective move, although Boychuk is roughly two years younger. But he made the wrong choice, and here be the repercussions.

    Either way, they’re getting indigestion, we suppose.

    Krug had 44 points in 81 games for the B’s last season.

    And they did!


  • Nashville bad for P.K. Subban’s brand, says marketing guy

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    P.K. Subban is now a member of the Nashville Predators, and the positive fallout of that move is palpable. Like being with an organization that doesn’t have a perplexing hesitancy to commit to him. Like being on a team headed towards a Stanley Cup rather than clawing at playoff contention. You know, the little things.

    But Nashville isn’t Montreal, even if both have their own virtues when it comes to smoked meats. And in an effort to find anything that might be remotely negative about this trade for Subban, Canada’s Business News Network found a marketing guy to explain why this move is bad for P.K. Subban’s “brand”:

    “P.K. Subban’s brand has been so significant, especially since he signed with Gatorade, and now he’s got to move to Nashville as a market.”

    While also being one of the single popular players in the NHL whose every move will still be covered by Canadian media because of that popularity.

    Or not.


  • In praise of Steve Yzerman, samurai GM and Stamkos derby winner

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    “Should one ask: ‘How do I cope with a well-ordered enemy host about to attack me?’ I reply: ‘Seize something he cherishes and he will conform to your desires.’”- Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

    Steve Yzerman is a samurai.

    There’s really no other apt way to describe the patience, focus and clarity of mission that the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager has displayed in the last three season, including his masterpiece on Wednesday: Getting Steven Stamkos to sign an eight-year contract with a nominal $8.5 million cap hit, which is less than Corey Perry’s, who is five years his elder.

    Yzerman had what Stamkos desired: The Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Stamkos told him from the end of the season and throughout this process that he wanted to make it work in Tampa. It’s his home, but beyond that, it’s his hockey family. If there’s one lesson to be learned from the Chaos of June 29 it’s the value of seeing things through: Stamkos wanted to do so in Tampa; Taylor Hall wanted to do so with the Oilers, and when they traded him to the New Jersey Devils, he literally said Edmonton was “taken from him.”

    The phone call on Wednesday from Stamkos’s agent surprised him.


  • Puck Soup Podcast: Keith Olbermann and breaking down Subban, Hall, Stamkos

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago


    PUCK SOUP is the new hockey podcast on the Nerdist network for Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast about movies, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup.”

    In Episode 13,Wysh and Lozo are stunned by the craziest 30 minutes in NHL offseason history, what with the Steven Stamkos signing, the P.K. Subban and Taylor Hall trades. Plus, sports broadcasting legend Keith Olbermann joins us to slam Hockey Night in Canada’s changes, talk NY Rangers, spin an Eric Lindros story and explain why the NHL needs ESPN; we list our 10 most fascinating free agents; your listener mail; and a few moments on the absurdities of ID4 2 and OCEAN’S 13.


    As a public service, we present the Episode 13 syllabus:

  • Taylor Hall bitterly leaves what he was building with Oilers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago



    Let’s say you’re flipping a dilapidated house. Your eyes are caked with plaster. Your hands are covered in splinters. You think the foundation could be solid, but they keep finding asbestos in the attic and termites gnawing at the support beams.

    But then things started really turning around because, uh, you won the lottery. Upgraded kitchen. Gorgeous living room. One of those claw-footed tubs off the master suite. All the toil, all the trouble, it’s finally going to pay off …

    … and then someone says the house isn’t yours to profit from.

    And then he trades you to New Jersey.

    “You get attached with a team, and when that’s taken from you, it’s disappointing,” said Taylor Hall, formerly of the Edmonton Oilers, now of the New Jersey Devils after the controversial trade that swapped him for defenseman Adam Larsson on Wednesday. “I feel like I’ve been a good solider for six years. I did as much as I felt I could on the ice.”

    “I voiced my disappointment with what happened,” said Hall, when asked about his conversation with Chiarelli.

    Unfortunately for him, Chiarelli though Hall was a solution, as well – to a different problem, on the blue line.

    But will it be seen as a fair trade?

  • Steven Stamkos staying with Lightning, sweepstakes over

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago


    The Steven Stamkos sweepstakes is over before it began.

    Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning star will remain a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    According to McKenzie, Stamkos has agreed to an eight-year deal with an average annual value of $8.5 million. The Lightning were the only team that could offer an eighth year on a contract, and needed to do so before July 1.

    Stamkos was set to become an unrestricted free agent – arguably the most coveted in NHL history – with suitors ranging from his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs to cash-rich teams like the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.

    Stamkos and his reps met with the Maple Leafs on Monday, in a meeting that reportedly included the CEO of Canadian Tire and the mayor of Toronto.

    Congrats, Lightning fans. Well, at least until you have re-sign everyone else …



  • If Bruins give Jacob Trouba huge offer sheet, should Jets match?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago


    Not surprising: That Jacob Trouba, the Winnipeg Jets’ 22-year-old defenseman, would get an offer sheet as a restricted free agent this summer. We had heard another Eastern Conference team was prepping one before CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty reported on Tuesday night that the Boston Bruins are planning to hand him one. Trouba is coveted. Trouba is sorta available. Odds are that he gets one, even if he doesn’t sign it.

    Surprising: That the offer sheet would be so massive that a team would have to give up four first-round picks for him.

    But if the Bruins want him, that’s the only avenue at the moment. Check out this General Fanager guide to teams and their offer sheet potential:

    See which teams are eligible to make offer sheets based on draft picks they currently have:

    — General Fanager (@generalfanager) June 29, 2016

    From Haggerty:

    You probably let him walk.

  • Cancel that Eric Staal reunion with Carolina Hurricanes

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago


    Eric Staal would seem like a man with few options in the UFA market this summer.

    He followed a 33 points in 63 games campaign with the Carolina Hurricanes with a six points in 20 games stint with the New York Rangers, following their big deadline move. Then the playoffs started, and apparently Staal forgot to set his alarm clock.

    He’s 31 and doesn’t have a prayer of making near the $8.25 million cap hit he carried in his last contract. His agent says he wants a top six role and wants to play center, a.k.a. he was totally miscast in New York.

    Staal did that in Carolina. Could he did it in Carolina again?

    Door is not completely closed on Eric Staal returning to Carolina, but he's looking at other options/ challenges right now.

    — Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) June 28, 2016

    Staal is looking at other options, talking to other teams, but wouldn't rule out a return to Hurricanes if they did express interest.

    To wit, Francis said:


  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Hockey Hall of Fame snubs, Steven Stamkos watch

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    – In which Jeff educates us all about why Rogie Vachon is actually a Hall of Famer.

    – Debating the Eric Lindros induction.

    – Why the Hall of Fame ignores Don Cherry.

    – The Canucks get fined.

    – Stamkos watch.

    – News and notes from around the NHL.

    The  Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast  is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world.  MvsW  streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn’t work, try here.]