Greg Wyshynski

  • Another Rick Nash playoff dilemma for New York Rangers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    During Game 1 of the New York Rangers’ series against the Washington Capitals, NBC analyst Mike Milbury said that Rick Nash was playing a “marshmallow soft” brand of hockey, which wasn’t exactly fair, considering that marshmallows are visible. 

    Through eight playoff games, Nash has one goal and four assists. Against the Capitals, he has one assist. In his last 33 playoff games with the Rangers, he had four goals. In his last 33 regular-season games with the Rangers, he had 14 goals.

    And yet he was visible in Game 2, setting the screen that allowed an Boyle’s goal from the point to sneak past Braden Holtby and pumping four shots on goal, more than any other Ranger. And he was very downright dominant in Game 3, with 15 shot attempts and seven of them finding Holtby.

    Still, nothing to show for it on Nash’s score sheet, which brings us back to a conversation that was ongoing in the Rangers’ run to the Cup Final last postseason:

    Is Rick Nash’s lack of playoff goal-scoring hurting the Rangers, or does he do enough away from the score sheet to excuse it?

    Here’s Sean Hartnett on Nash:

  • Will Ray Shero hire Dan Bylsma to coach NJ Devils?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    When Lou Lamoriello shocked the world by handing his New Jersey Devils general manager gig to Ray Shero on Monday, one of the first things Shero mentioned on his to-do list was finding the team’s next head coach. 

    Please recall that after Pete DeBoer was fired last season, Lamoriello joined Adam Oates and Scott Stevens in convoluted coaching hydra that managed to inch the Devils closer to mediocrity and farther away from Connor McDavid.

    Is it possible that one of them will remain as the Devils’ head coach? Tom Gulitti has an exclusive chat with Shero and pressed him on it:

    “So, you take the time that you have and try to make some decisions based on what you find out and go from there.”

    Anyone else hear a record scratch and/or a car screeching to a halt when he mentioned Dan Bylsma?

    Gulitti asked, noting that Shero might not be at liberty to discuss him candidly:

  • NHL Three Stars: Capitals shut down Rangers in Game 3

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    The Caps goalie made 30 saves to win Game 3 against the New York Rangers, 1-0. It’s his second career shutout, with his first coming two years ago to the day. 

    No. 2 Star: Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals

    Beagle scored his first of the playoffs after a strong forechecking sequence by the Capitals, banging the puck in off of defenseman Keith Yandle for the game’s only goal.

    No. 3 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    The Rangers goalie did all he could with 21 saves in the Game 3 loss.

    Honorable Mention: Troy Brouwer and Andre Burakowsky picked up helpers on the Caps’ goal. … Rick Nash had 15 shot attempts for the Rangers. 

    Did You Know? Lundqvist is the first Rangers player to appear in 100 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

    Dishonorable Mention: Rick Nash had no goals despite 15 shot attempts. … Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play.



  • Braden Holtby, Capitals win Game 3 over Rangers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers played an energetic and entertaining Game 3. In the end, it was a fluky goal and a brilliant goalie that made the difference. 

    Jay Beagle scored off the skate of Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle at 7:31 of the second period, and Braden Holtby made 30 saves as the Capitals topped the Rangers, 1-0 on Monday night.

    The Capitals’ fourth line accounted for the game’s only goal.

    Evgeny Kuznetsov began the play with a dump in off the end boards before making a change. Troy Brouwer barreled in on Marty St. Louis and Dan Girardi on the forecheck, helping to force a turnover that trickled to Andre Burakovsky, who fed Beagle for a chance that Henrik Lundqvist fought off. 

    "He made a good blocker save," said Beagle. "I just tried to come back around and got a little lucky."

    Beagle circled the net after getting his own rebound, and banked the puck off Yandle’s skate for his first of the playoffs.

    “We’ve been really stressing about getting in on the forecheck, getting in after it,” said Browuer.

    Holtby carried them the rest of the way, including a breakaway save on Martin St. Louis. 

  • Ray Shero, Lou Lamoriello and end of Devils hockey as we knew it

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    On April, 30, 1987, Lou Lamoriello was named the third general manager in New Jersey Devils history. Just over 28 years later, they have a fourth. 

    In the span between Lamoriello taking over the Devils and relinquishing his job to former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, New Jersey has experienced (in particular order):

    - Three Stanley Cups, won in the span of eight seasons.

    - Five conference championships.

    - Nine division titles.

    - Three major work stoppages.

    - Four ownership groups.

    - Moving to a new arena.

    - The franchise-shifting thievery of Scott Stevens from the St. Louis Blues, as compensation for Brendan Shanahan.

    - The drafting of Martin Brodeur and Scott Niedermayer, both as the result of trades.

    - Twenty-one head coaches named to the job, including Jacques Lemaire and Lamoriello himself three times.

    - The establishment of the team’s defensive philosophy, which would be its calling card for over two decades.

    - One 17-year, er, 15-year contract to a player now in Russia.

    - The departure of at least a dozen other players, chasing the money to places like Madison Square Garden and Minnesota.

    - From 1987-2012, qualifying for the playoffs in 21 seasons out of 23.



  • Ray Shero named NJ Devils GM, as Lou Lamoriello gives up role

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    The New Jersey Devils announced a hasty conference call on Tuesday. Speculation was a contract extension or Martin Brodeur’s inevitable job with the organization would be announced.

    Instead, it was a bombshell: Lou Lamoriello was giving up his job as general manager, which he’s held since 1987, and handing it to former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, effective immediately.

    Lamoriello will remain with the team as team president on the hockey side, and will work with Shero. But he said Shero has the final call in matters like hiring the Devils’ next coach.

    “It was a big attraction for me to have Lou stay on,” said Shero, who was fired by the Penguins last summer. “It’s a great situation for me. I’m really looking forward to it.”

    The Devils, once a dominant organization that won three Stanley Cups in the span of eight years, have missed the playoffs in three straight seasons. The fired head coach Pete DeBoer this season, replacing him with a three-headed monster of Lamoriello, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens behind the bench. 

    Shero was fired last summer by the Pengujns after having built a Stanley Cup winner in Pittsburgh after being hired in 2006. 



  • Behind that adorable Chicago Blackhawks prom proposal

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago


    Last week we published an image of an enterprising young man who used Chicago Blackhawks player namesas puns on a prom proposal sign.

    Kane you believe it went viral? Oduya know that didn’t make us Saad at all?!

    We asked for the backstory on the proposal, and we received an email from Dawn Starr, who is a bit of an insider on this subject – being that her son Joe Starr is the one who created the Blackhawks prom message.

    From Dawn: 

    He's an 18 year old LaGrange resident and is a senior at Lyons Township High School. He's headed to Ball State University in the fall to study sports management. The girl is Valeria (Val) Garcia from Cicero who attends J.S. Morton High School.  

    They met through friends, but the relationship is fairly new. Joe played water polo at Lyons Township for two years on the J.V. team, and he has volunteered at Morton High School for the girls water polo team for the past two years.  

    However, my husband Joe wanted to let you know that he thought it a "Magnuson" idea!

    Ha, well done!

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Sean Gordon on Habs, Katie Brown on Caps, Periscope

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

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

    It's a (I don't like) Mondays 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 Stars: Sean Gordon on Montreal Canadiens; Katie Brown of on Washington Capitals 

    • Updates on all four series. 

    • Brandon Prust vs. referees.

    • McLellan and Oilers.

    • Avengers review.

    • Hockey News and Views

    Question of the Day: How do you watch hockey in 2015, from a technology standpoint? 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!



  • Kerry Fraser indicates NHL refs will punish Brandon Prust, avenge Brad Watson

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    There are two charming things about TSN analyst Kerry Fraser’s transformation from perfectly coiffed on-ice official into the hockey media’s leading voice on referee matters.

    The first, of course, is that one of the NHL’s more problematic officials during his tenure with the league has been recast as a paragon of virtue. If reading Fraser's "here's what I would have done" analysis gives me the chuckles, I can't even imagine the guffaws from his peers in zebra stripes. 

    The second is Fraser’s absolute candor in that NHL officiating is problematic, due to their inherent humanity and fallibility and biases and outright lust for revenge on certain players.

    Which brings us to Brandon Prust.

    According to Kerry Fraser, revenge is a dish best served cold, and it’s very cold in the referees’ dressing room. From the National Post:


  • Conn Smythe Watch: Corey Perry feeling ducky; Blackhawks’ terrific trio

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Welcome to the latest edition of our Conn Smythe Watch, which chronicles the ever-changing race for playoff MVP. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked. 

    1. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    Perry has 13 points in six games for the Ducks, which is a rather robust points-per-game pace. That includes four power-play points. He’s also a plus-6. He’s also undefeated. Life’s been pretty … ducky (groan).

    2. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

    The Lightning forward leads the playoffs with seven goal and is second with 10 points. That includes an OT game-winner. Hopefully now that Stamkos scored, some of the pressure’s off the Triplets to carry the offense.

    3. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

    Two goals and eight assists to lead all playoff defensemen, and he’s averaging 30:54 TOI. Has that triple-OT game-winner on his record, too.

    4. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    King Henrik won the Rangers Game 2 with a stellar effort, and has a 1.67 GAA and a .938 save percentage for the postseason, to go along with that flawless beard.

    5. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals