Greg Wyshynski

  • David Perron on trade block; headed to Columbus?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    The Edmonton Oilers are winless in seven games after losing to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Changes will be made, and reports say that forward David Perron’s change of address will be one of the first.

    Aaron Ward of TSN reported that Perron could be shipped out to the Columbus Blue Jackets, with center Artem Anisimov potentially headed back to the center-starved Oilers.

    This would reunite Perron with Jackets president John Davidson and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, who knew him well during their days with the St. Louis Blues.

    Anisimov is signed through 2016 with a $3.283 million cap hit. Perron is also signed through 2016 with a $4.5 million cap hit.

    Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet believes the Montreal Canadiens would have interest in Perron, and that the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in the derby too, given their need for another veteran wing in the top six after the loss of Pascal Dupuis.

  • NHL Three Stars: Seguin nets two; Miller blanks Devils

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

    Another multi-goal game for Seguin, as the Stars star is up to 17 goals on the season with a 2-goal second period in their 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

    No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks

    Miller made 20 saves in shutting out the New Jersey Devils, 2-0. Alex Burrows and Shawn Matthias had the goals. This was a shutout vs. former Canuck Cory Schneider.

    No. 3 Star: Danny Briere, Colorado Avalanche

    Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Briere flung the puck towards Zach Redmond, but it deflected off the stick of Martin Hanzal and past Mike Smith at 3:16 into overtime to complete an Avs’ rally, 4-3 over the Arizona Coyotes. Gabe Landeskog had two goals in the win.

    Did You Know? The Coyotes are 0-for-20 on power plays in their last five home games, including 0-for-1 on Tuesday.

  • Erik Johnson flattened by Martin Hanzal elbow in Avalanche win (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    In overtime between the Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes, defenseman Erik Johnson was given a little drop pass from Danny Briere. He shoveled a quick shot on Mike Smith, who made the save.

    And then he was freight-trained by Martin Hanzal.

    The collision knocked Johnson to the ice where he was face-down before being helped off to the back.There was no penalty on the play.

    The Avs would win the game on a Briere overtime goal. Coach Patrick Roy said Johnson was feeling good after the game, which is good news for all parties.

    As far as the hit goes, it’s a tough one to assign blame.

    Johnson was crouched down when he took the shot; Hanzal stands at 6-foot-6, so he was lined up for a hit to the head. He definitely delivers a check, not really attempting to avoid Johnson; but Johnson’s eligible to be hit there, according to previous NHL rulings.

    So despite Hanzel having two supplemental discipline punishments last season -- a fine and a suspension -- he could be OK on this one.

  • Ryan Garbutt goes knee-on-knee on Taylor Hall; suspension worthy? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Ryan Garbutt tormented Taylor Hall every time he had the chance in the Dallas Stars’ game vs. the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. He’s a pest, Hall’s a star; it’s expected.

    Less expected was the knee Garbutt stuck out to clip Hall with just under eight minutes left in the third period, sending Hall flying to the ice. His linemates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle immediately went over to Garbutt to … well, considering who we’re talking about here, we’ll just assume they threatened to call over one of their bigger friends and/or litigation.

    Garbutt was given just a 2-minute minor for “tripping.” Hall remained in the game, and actually took his own minor for hooking 11 seconds later. Dallas won the game, 3-2.

    Said Hall after the game, via Gene Principe: "I know guys who know him. He's not that kind of player but I would liked to have seen more than two minutes."

    He still might. Garbutt is a repeat offender, having received five games for charging Dustin Penner on Oct. 23, 2013 and just over $1,400 for spearing Corey Perry on April 25 of this year.

  • Pat Quinn honored with 'Danny Boy' in touching Vancouver ceremony (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Pat Quinn has a lasting legacy with the Vancouver Canucks, having served as their president, general manager and head coach – the latter gig from 1990-96, including the team’s memorable run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1994.

    Quinn died on Monday at 71, after battling a lengthy illness. Tributes from around the hockey world honored him, and the Canucks added their before Tuesday’s game vs. the New Jersey Devils.

    The team had a moment of silence followed by the quintessential tribute to the gregarious Irishman: a rendition of “Danny Boy” as images of Quinn illuminated the ice. A roaring ovation followed from the fans.

    The Canucks wore “PQ” decals on their jerseys in his honor during the game as well.

    The team also set up a multimedia page that allowed fans to submit their text, audio and video tributes to Quinn.

  • Tom Sestito has some thoughts on Ferguson

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    Tom Sestito is forward for the Vancouver Canucks. On Monday night, like so many of us, he had opinions about the decision by a grand jury not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown,as well as the civil unrest in the community that followed. 

    So he went on Twitter.

    UM, UH, UH, UM...

    ***Hits Delete***

    ***Hits Delete Again, Just To Be Sure***

    Alas, a Twitter user named Shoemosher managed to snag an image of that opinion before Sestito made it disappear. 

    Here's their interaction, followed by some other tweets about Ferguson fron Sestito (not chronological).  

    Now, you might be one of those people who believes that spotlighting this will cause pro athletes to clam up and not say anything interesting, and of course you'd be wrong. But what we hope it does is remind athletes that, just like the rest of us, it's not cool to delete your tweets. But to his credit, Sestito didn't claim he was hacked. 

    OUUUUUUUUCH...

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Chesnokov on Tikhonov; what we're thankful for in hockey

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

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

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

    Special Guest Star: Dmitry Chesnokov on the death of Viktor Tikhonov.

    * The Norris Trophy debate.

    * The surging Islanders.   

    * Marc-Andre Fleury gets No. 300

    Question of the Day: What are your Pat Quinn memories?  Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to  @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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  • NY Islanders are killing it in the shootout

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason made a save on Kyle Okposo in the shootout on Monday night, which is notable for two reasons: That it was Okposo’s first unsuccessful attempt in five tries, and that it was only the second time this season that an opposing goalie has stopped the puck against the Islanders in the shootout. 

    The Islanders moved to 5-0 in the skills competition with their 1-0 win over the Flyers, the first team in the NHL this season to get to five victories. While it’s not the sole reason they’re tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins atop the Metro Division with 30 points – hello, plus-12 goal differential – it’s hasn’t exactly been a hindrance either.

    This is two straight years of strong shootout performances for the Islanders. They were 9-6 last season, scoring 23 goals, good for second in the league. This season they’ve converted 10 of 16 chances; four of the misses went wide, while only two were saved.

    “Anytime in a shootout when you can make a stop and the guys score goals, it can help,” said Halak last night, wearing his Capt. Obvious cape.

    Of course, it helps when your shooters are Okposo and Frans Nielsen.

     

  • Leap-frogging goalies are hockey’s greatest victory celebration (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Julius Hudacek and Henrik Lundberg are goalies for Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League. Last Thursday, they both contributed to a victory over Brynäs: Lundberg stopped all but one shot during three periods and in overtime and Hudacek, a shootout specialist, stonewalled their foes in the skills competition for the 2-1 win. 

    After the game, they celebrated. 

    With a game of on-ice leap-frog.

    After some awkward setting up for the first leap – Lundberg initially got on all fours in the wrong direction – Hudacek did an equally awkward one-legged leap over his teammate. (Hey … the dudes are literally wearing knives on their feet. Cut’em a break.)

    Lundberg executed a perfect hurdle next, and then they traded jumps until Lundberg slid into the net and Hudacek joined him. Hey when you go 5-hole, it's bound to end up in the net...

    This GIF is everything:

    “Me and Hank put on a gymnastics show,” said Hudacek to Aftonbladet. “We practiced it before but Hank looked like a rookie. I have to show him how it’s done.” 

    s/t Robert Soderlind

  • Milan Lucic has become a punch line

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    In Feb. 2012, Milan Lucic’s NHLPA peers named him the toughest player in the League, edging Boston Bruins teammates Zdeno Chara and Shawn Thornton. Which is to say he was the biggest bad ass on the most bad-ass team in the League at that moment. 

    Remember where Lucic was at that point in his career? Three months removed from steamrolling Ryan Miller. Eight months removed from being a blunt weapon of destruction against the Vancouver Canucks, from pummeling opponents to sticking his fingers in Alex Burrows’ face, daring him to take a chomp.

    Like the rest of the Bruins, Lucic was an anti-hero. His fist kept people honest. He played with a respectable edge, while also producing at an exceptional level. He became what only the most unique combinations of skill and intangibles can become: a prototype. Unless you think the Canucks traded for Zach Kassian for his levity.

    So where did he lose his way? Where did he go from puncher to punch line?

    This did not sit well with Milan.