Greg Wyshynski

  • Andy Greene named NJ Devils captain, obviously

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    The New Jersey Devils needed a captain, so they put the ‘C’ on a defenseman, which is their wont.

    Andy Greene was named the 11th captain in team history, replacing defenseman Bryce Salvador and following in the tradition of defensemen Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Bruce Driver. 

    The team actually had a stretch of six years with captains at the forward spot – Patrik Elias, followed by Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise – but this makes two in a row on the back end.

    Why Greene? Well, he’s signed through 2020 for one, with a no-trade clause. He’s a career Devil, for another. But he’s also the team’s oldest player (32) among its defensemen, which is the most promising area of the lineup. You could do a lot worse than having Greene as the role model for Adam Larsson, Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill and Damon Severson, as he’s been during the start of their careers.

    Since they’re all youngin’s on the blueline, the Devils named forwards Elias, Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri, Adam Henrique and Auston Matthews as their alternates. Ha, just kidding, Auston Matthews isn't a Devil until next season ...

  • Buffalo Sabres make hip-hop classic their unlikely new goal song

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    The connections between professional hockey and hip-hop are well established.

    There was that time Snoop Dogg hung with commissioner Gary Bettman at an Anaheim Ducks game. There was that time Kris Kross wore New Jersey Devils jerseys in the “Jump Jump” video (backwards, of course, because they were totally Krossed out). There was Lil Jon, Thrashers fan. (RIP ... the team, not Lil Jon.) There was that time Alex Ovechkin was name-checked in a rap and performed a rap himself. There was … hmmm … give us a moment … uh … Drake? 

    So it should come as no surprise that the connection grows forever stronger, as the Buffalo Sabres have turned to an old school rap classic as their goal song this season.

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  • After 10 years of Crosby vs. Ovechkin, you ready for McDavid vs. Eichel?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    So who ya got? 

    In this corner is Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Canadian hockey wunderkind and anointed top prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered arguably the best young player to enter the League in a decade and maybe beyond. He’s polished and practiced, his image cultivated and controlled.

    In this corner is Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, American hockey prodigy and consensus second-best prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered a franchise player and someone who would have gone first overall in many other recent drafts. He’s a little rougher around the edges, and you can sense there’s a rascal lurking under that measured rookie veneer.

    As hockey fans, we'd obviously like them both to excel, to maximize their potential, to give this League two more must-see players among the dozen or so that currently exist. We want them to revive their moribund franchises, to challenge for trophies. And since they’re inexorably linked by their draft year, we want them to push each other, feeding our societal need for constant comparison.

    Ten years, to be exact.

  • Why Dustin Brown wasn’t suspended for ‘head butt’ on Logan Couture

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    Boy, that Dustin Brown hit against Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks on opening night was something, wasn’t it? 

    It was like he was shot out of a cannon: a head-first King missile, launching into Couture’s upper body, cutting the Sharks forward’s face. It was a brutal hit, the kind you look at and immediately recognize as the sort of thing you don’t want to see in the NHL.

    But what rule, exactly, did it break?

    That was the conundrum for the NHL Department of Player Safety, which reviewed the hit after the game but opted not to have a suspension hearing for the Los Angeles Kings captain.

    Forget the fact he wasn’t penalized on the ice; the Department of Player Safety exists, partially, to hand out punishments for calls that aren’t. The issue is that the play itself doesn’t necessarily fall into any category the NHL uses for supplemental discipline.

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    Was it a charge? Not by the definition of the rule.

    That said, Brown will reportedly receive a warning from the NHL to not do … whatever this was, again. 

  • NHL Three Stars: Sharks open strong at LA Kings

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

    The newly minted Sharks captain scored a power-play goal to give the Sharks the lead, assisted on Brent Burns’ second-period goal and picked up another helper on Joonas Donskoi’s third-period tally in the Sharks’ 5-1 rout of the Los Angeles Kings. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brent Burns and Joe Thornton had a two-point nights in Peter DeBoer's debut as coach. 

    No. 2 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    The reigning MVP and Vezina winner made 36 saves as the Canadiens ruined Mike Babcock’s debut with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Max Pacioretty scored two goals and P.K. Subban had three assists.

    No. 3 Star: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists as the Canucks hung 44 shots and five goals on Karri Ramo in a 5-1 victory.

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    Did You Know? Calgary is 12-20-10-2 all-time in its first game of the season. (

  • Patrick Kane one whistle away from awkwardly being banner night hero (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The ovation for Patrick Kane was loud and, by this point, expected. His unhindered promotion by the Chicago Blackhawks – taking part in their red carpet entrance on Madison, playing a role in the team’s Stanley Cup championship banner raising – was in keeping with the team’s increasingly brazen response to the swirl of outrage around their star, who is still under investigation (but not charged) for sexual assault in Western New York as the NHL season begins. 

    No matter how voluminous the social media protests, no matter how many Blackhawks fans were questioning their fandom or outright walking away from it, the United Center was Patrick Kane’s protective bubble.

    Toews goal currently being reviewed

    Here's the ceremony:

  • Karri Ramo makes incredible save vs. Sedin Twins (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Calgary Flames eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season in six games, with goalie Karri Ramo getting the win in relief of Jonas Hiller.

    Ramo got the opening night start for the Flames against the Canucks, and midway through the first period on Wednesday night he got the better of the Sedin Twins with a spectacular save.

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    Henrik Sedin skated in on a two-on-one after a Flames turnover, his brother rocketing down the wing. He floated a pass to Daniel Sedin’s stick, and it looked like another bit of twin magic from the Sedins.

    Instead, Ramo executed a spinning windmill save with his blocker, knocking the puck over the glass as the Sedins were stunned.

    Alas, Ramo would give up two goals to the Canucks in the first period. But that save sure was something. Save of the year candidate, for sure. You know, one game into the season.



  • Mike Babcock wins 1st NHL coach’s challenge on opening night; good call? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL finally instituteda coach’s challenge this season, granting bench bosses a way to appeal blown goalie interference and offside calls that lead to a goal – as long as they have a timeout. 

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    At 6:35 of the second period on Wednesday night, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock hadn’t used his timeout. So when Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens crashed goalie Jonathan Bernier prior to defenseman Jeff Petry putting the puck in the net, Babcock decided to test the system for the first time in the regular season on opening night.

    He called over referee Frederick L'Ecuyer, indicated that he wanted a coach’s challenge, and that set the wheels in motion. L'Ecuyer and referee Dan O’Rourke picked up a small video tablet and began reviewing the play between the penalty boxes.

    The system worked!


  • Blackhawks try to sneak Gary Bettman past boos and they fail (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Like throwing hats for three goals or never touching the conference title trophies, it’s a National Hockey League tradition for arena crowds to boo Gary Bettman when he’s on the ice, whether he’s deserving of the jeers or not.

    (And really, that depends on proximity to a work stoppage.)

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    Sensing this, the Chicago Blackhawks decided to take a new approach to having Gary Bettman on the ice for their banner raising celebration on Wednesday night vs. the New York Rangers. They slotted Bettman in-between introductions to their player personnel staff, hoping that the fans would simply process the name as another Chicago front office drone and not jeer him. 

    Alas, the listening comprehension of Blackhawks fans was greatly underestimated. Bettman was booed, lustfully, as he often is when he’s not in Winnipeg.

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  • Who wins 2015-16 Stanley Cup? Puck Daddy predicts the champions!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Ladies and gents, it’s time. 

    The Eastern Conference prognostications are in. The Western Conference prognostications are in. The predictions for this season’s NHL Awards are in. Heck, even the predictions on Connor McDavid’s point totals are in. The previews for all 30 NHL teams this season are here.

    It’s now time for the grand finale. The final stanza. The picks of all picks.

    Who plays for, and who wins, the 2015-16 Stanley Cup championship?

    East: Montreal Canadiens

    West: Anaheim Ducks

    West: Anaheim Ducks