Greg Wyshynski

  • Can Carey Price win the Hart Trophy this season?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 mins ago

    Our friend Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News wonders if Carey Price should win the Hart Trophy this season:

    In reality, it’s the player most valuable to his team as long as that team is good and since Montreal is a near-lock for the playoffs already, the Habs qualify. But the Canadiens have just one player among the top-60 scorers in the NHL and that’s Max Pacioretty, who ranks 34th right now with 38 points in 46 games.  

    The power play – one of the few aspects of the game Price has no effect on – is bottom-10 in the league, clicking at just 17.1 percent.

    Price has a compelling case. He’s third behind Brian Elliott (.944) and Michael Hutchinson (.942) in even-strength save percentage, coming in at .939. That’s with having faced the fourth-most shots at 5-on-5 (914). He’s 25-10-2 overall with a 2.15 GAA.

    But we all know how this Hart Trophy thing works, right?

    And to that end, Price has a compelling case.

    From a possession standpoint, they’ve been atrocious: 25th in the NHL in Corsi-percentage (48.4).

  • Charlie Coyle scores sick breakaway goal from behind the net (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Watching Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle’s goal from Tuesday night vs. the Edmonton Oilers in real time, you’re left awestruck. 

    The Oilers defenders were on him. Goalie Viktor Fasth came out to the top of the crease to challenge him. Coyle looked like he ran out of real estate before sliding into the boards. And yet … it was a goal, the game-winner in the Wild’s 2-1 victory over the Oilers.

    How’d he pull that one off? Logic would dictate that he banked it off Fasth as the goalie scrambled back to his crease. But no – Coyle actually tucked the puck in from behind the goal line after beating three Edmonton defenders on a breakaway. That’s nuts.

    Although Coyle said after the game that the goalie’s aggressive reaction surprised him, Fasth played the challenge correctly – not his fault that he followed the backhand deke to its logical conclusion.

    There may have been just a slight miscommunication with the defenders as Andrew Ference came blazing in on the backcheck, but they mostly had this played correctly. And Coyle barely got the puck around the near post before running out of time.

  • Penguins pull game program that misspelled Sidney Crosby’s name

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    Seriously. You had ONE JOB. 

    At the risk of throwing a stone in a glass house – and acknowledging that our own adventures in editing can sometimes read like a junior jumble puzzle – the editors of the official game program of the Pittsburgh Penguins made a rather egregious error on their cover on Tuesday night. 

    The Jan. 27 game between the Penguins and the Winnipeg Jets didn’t feature Sidney Crosby, who’s out with an injury. But neither did the cover of their game program … although it did feature a “Sindey Crosby,” making us curious if they’re outsourcing their copyediting to Philadelphia.

    Dejan Kovacevic of Pittsburgh Sports, who snapped the image, said that the Penguins pulled the program off arena stands. Congrats to anyone who snagged a collector’s item. It'll go well with the Crosby bobblehead they handed out as well, 

  • Mike Richards and the downward spiral

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    Remember Mike Richards?

    Not the fourth-liner that cleared waivers for the Los Angeles Kings and was demoted to AHL Manchester on Tuesday. That’s not the guy we’re talking about here.

    The Mike Richards we remember was a Selke-worthy defensive center with offensive upside, a player that could be mentioned in the same breath as Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron for that duality and not have many scoff at it. A player who drove possession for his teams, even when pressed into situations that weren’t exactly corsi-friendly as a defensive forward. A player with an edge to his game that allowed him to piss off players like Sidney Crosby as he was shuttering them offensively.

    We miss that guy.

    Figuring out where he went … well, novels could be written. Justin Bourne has a nice take on it last year, a year that earned Richards his second Stanley Cup ring:

    We can’t believe that his game has fallen off that steeply. Neither can the people employing him.

    And then Lombardi really makes you think when he says:

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  • Alex Semin mess in Carolina getting messier

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    Having covered Alex Semin with the Washington Capitals for several seasons, the Carolina Hurricanes’ decision to hand him a 5-year contract in 2013 was fraught with potential disaster.  

    One the one hand, Semin’s line with Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty was downright dominant in 2012-13; at the time of the contract, he led the team with 22 assists and was second in points and plus-minus. Then the injury bug hit, and hit again the following season, when he was limited 65 games, scoring 22 goals.

    On the other hand, he’s a player whose motivation and preparedness have been at issue throughout his career. So far this season, it’s been disastrous: One goal in 22 games, several healthy scratches and Coach Bill Peters calling out his effort in what’s been a lost season for the Canes.

    From the News & Observer, Peters torched Semin on Tuesday:

     

  • Sidney Crosby hopes suspension makes Zac Rinaldo more ‘apologetic’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    The NHL hasn’t released a video explaining Zac Rinaldo’s eight-game suspension, which was for “charging and boarding” Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins last week. But one assumes Rinaldo didn’t do himself any favors with his behavior after the game. 

    Please recall Rinaldo making light of the incident after the game, an incident that sparked a fight-filled second period between the Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. “Yeah, I changed the whole game, man. [Expletive], who knows what the game would have been like if I didn’t do what I did?” he said.

    The NHL Department of Player Safety quickly announced he’d have an in-person hearing for the hit.

    Rinaldo later tweeted he was sorry for the hit on Letang, which is something he didn’t say while defending the hit and glibly noting the subsequent violence it created.

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Brodeur retires, World Cup, Rich Hammond on Kings

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

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

    It's a Tuesday 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 Star: Rich Hammond on the LA Kings. 

    • Brodeur retires. 

    • The World Cup of Hockey.

    • News and notes. 

    Question of the Day: Your thoughts on Marty Brodeur as he retires. Ask us anything! Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com 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!

  • Martin Brodeur finally retiring; joining Blues, not Devils, front office

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    Martin Brodeur is finally calling it a career.

    The NHL’s all-time winningest goalie will announce his retirement on Thursday. Sportsnet, which broke the story, reports that he’ll join the St. Louis Blues front office.

    Yes, the Blues. Not the New Jersey Devils, where he spent 24 seasons and a team that has been fairly consistent in bringing back the franchise’s legendary players work with the organization. Which is a little awkward, considering Devils GM Lou Lamoriello’s comments about Brodeur just last September: 

    “Yes. He knows that he will be a Devil for the rest of his life. He’s said it publicly and we’ve talked about it,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed. “What Marty has done, the type of personality he is and what his experience has been, it’s really a no-brainer. He’s a Devil.”

    Hmmm…

    OK, stand down everyone ...

  • KHL mascots have adorable all-star game brawl, battle in shootout (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    You know, the NHL and the KHL have a lot in common. Alex Radulov. Shady ownership. Hatred of the IIHF.

    And, of course … MASCOTS!

    They’re a little creepy. Some of them have the dirty charms of a Times Square costumed performer, and some of them look like generic versions of other better mascots, and some of them are OMG DEMONIC SNOWMAN!!!!

    The KHL All-Star Game was last weekend, and the League’s furries were front-and-center during the event. Featured in the clip above: a mascot shootout. Which, in all honesty, should probably replace the regular-season shootout.

    How does one measure the effectiveness of a shootout move? When the goalie literally loses his head:

    In which thousands of young fans run screaming from their seats at the arena, and thousands of ice cream bars are purchased by nervous parents.

    But here’s the thing: When you try to bring demon snowmen and a moose and a bear and a puma with a butterfly face together on the same ice, you can’t expect them to all get along.

    Which brings us to another highlight of the KHL All-Star Game – MASCOT BRAWL! 

    Needed some confetti. That would have clinched it.

    The End. 

  • Loss of Kyle Okposo will tell us a lot about NY Islanders

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    John Tavares warned people not to let the New York Islanders’ 31-14-1 record at the All-Star Break obscure how much hard work it took to get there. 

    “There have been some ups and downs.  But that is part of the process, part of the journey. It's still important to remind ourselves as a team with our group to remind ourselves there is still much we haven't accomplished,” he said.

    And now, a down: Kyle Okposo, the team’s second-leading scorer, will miss up to two months with an upper body injury of an undisclosed nature.

    "We had an idea something was bothering him before the break, but when you get the news, it's tough," said coach Jack Capuano to Newsday on Monday. "Kyle was leading the team in a lot more ways than just his production on the ice. His enthusiasm on the plane, in the room, he's been terrific in that regard."

    He’s been as steady a hand at the wheel as a team can have, and had been established during his tenure with the Islanders, a leader behind the scenes.

    So can the Islanders maintain their success through this injury?

    Yes, and much like the rest of their success this season, they have Garth Snow to thank for it.