Greg Wyshynski

  • NHL considering West Point, Notre Dame for future outdoor games

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    About six years ago, we published a list of the “top 30 future locations for NHL Winter Classic games.” This was after the Fenway Park game, and it’s amazing how many locations the League has managed to knock off that last. (With the frustrating exception of Beaver Stadium, which is obviously where the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers game needed to be played.)

    But looking back on it, one thing is clear: We’ve yet to enter the era of outdoor games that are held near NHL cities rather than in them, and conversely the era in which outdoor games are held in weird-ass locations that aren’t elephantine pro baseball or football stadia.

    According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, that might change in the near future.

    “They’ve gone to a lot of cities, they don’t necessarily want to go back to cities a second and third time, so they’re saying where else can we go with this?”he said last night during Hockey Night in Canada.


  • Jonah Imoo’s father, 46, is his backup goalie in historic AHL debut

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    The Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending injuries this season have had a trickle-down effect with their minor league team, the AHL’s Ontario Reign.

    Jack Campbell was an emergency recall for the Kings after goalie Jeff Zatkoff was injured in a morning skate, leaving the Reign to start 22-year-old prospect Jonah Imoo against San Jose on Saturday night.

    It’s his AHL debut, having previously played in the Federal Hockey League and the Southern Professional Hockey League. We’d imagine he’s a little nervous. Luckily, his father will be on hand to calm him down and cheer him on.

    As his backup goalie.

    Dusty Imoo, 46, is a goalie coach with the Kings organization. He was also a goalie for Japan in the 1998 Winter Olympics. He’s been known to participate in practice if needed, but this time, he has to suit up for the Reign.

    From Lindsay Czarnecki of Kings Insider:

    Good luck to the Imoos. And if things go off the rails for Jonah, our only hope is that Dusty gives him an “ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, LET YOUR FATHER HANDLE THIS” like they’re trying to change a tire together.


  • Brian Elliott seeks turnaround vs. ex-teammates (Free NHL Live Stream of the Day)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    It’s never good when a goalie’s name is found on the second page of results for “NHL save percentage,” and yet here we are with Brian Elliott of the Calgary Flames.

    Elliott’s first three games of his tenure with the Flames, after being acquired in the offseason to stabilize the goaltending position, have been putrid: a .839 save percentage and an 0-3-0 record.

    He has a 4.72 goals-against average. That’s on the second page of goalie stats, too.

    In fairness to Elliott – who battles his old teammates, the St. Louis Blues, at 10 p.m. ET in the Yahoo Sports Free NHL Live Stream of the Day – the Flames have looked incredibly disorganized in front of him this season.

    “The easy thing is to get frustrated and to put your head down and hang your head a little bit,” Elliott said. “But what got us all here, to this league, is perseverance and that relentless attitude that no matter what happens, we’ll get it done. We keep that going and a good attitude, and we’ll be OK.”


  • Why Flyers’ Dale Weise was suspended three games for Holzer hit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Philadelphia Flyers forward Dale Weise was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday for his hit to the head of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer in their Thursday night game.

    Weise was previously suspended for three preseason games in 2013 for an illegal check to the head.

    The incident occurred at 7:35 of the second period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Weise will forfeit $39,166.68. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

    Here’s the video explaining the suspension:

    One of the great things about these DoPS videos is how they spell out when a player is or is not eligible to be hit. So, to that end, Weise made a good decision in trying to take Holzer out of the play, as the Ducks defenseman tried to chip the puck past him into the neutral zone.

    But then he made a really, really bad decision in the way he delivered the hit.

    “If Weise wants to deliver this check, he must do so in a way where he doesn’t make the head the main point of contact,” said the NHL’s verdict.

    Well, there’s precedent for that, going back to last season and this Nate Thompson hit on Justin Faulk.

  • Who will coach the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion team?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The NHL’s newborn Las Vegas franchise has taken its first steps.

    It has a general manager in George McPhee, who has built out a staff of experienced faces and some outside-the-box choices. It has a season-ticket base that’s selected its seats for the inaugural season in 2017-18. Soon, it will (finally) have a name and color scheme, so those fans can purchase merchandise.

    But in early 2017, it will take one of its most important steps on the journey: The selection of its first head coach and his staff.

    “Obviously we’ve talked about it,” McPhee told Yahoo Sports this week.

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    McPhee said he and assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon are keeping independent lists, which will be compared and combined when Vegas is closer to selecting a coach.

    The most recent rounds of expansion have seen a variety of head coaches hired in Year One.

    In which direction will Vegas go?

    Of course, most of the hiring they’ve done in Vegas has been people with whom upper management has previous experience.


  • NHL fan stashes nachos under urinal, disgusts humanity (Photo)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago


    Inside an NHL arena, hockey fans have limited time between periods to accomplish a variety of tasks. Saying hello to friends. Maybe having a smoke. But usually, the focus is on two specific tasks: The acquisition of food and beverage, and the eventual expelling of them.

    One Montreal Canadiens fan – in a spiffy new Shea Weber jersey, no less! – decided to multi-task at a recent game. And while we’ve never advocated for men’s bathroom photography in eight years of doing Jersey Fouls (for safety’s sake), we’re happy some enterprising fan decided to capture this moment.

    The moment when a hockey fan stashed his soda and nachos under a urinal he was peeing in.


    Forgetting for a moment that most people barely want their shoes near the floor under an arena urinal, let alone their food, at least the soda has a cover.

    The nachos … do not.

    The nachos are basically seated in the first three rows of an dolphin show at Sea World. The nachos are basically on that boat that goes under Niagara Falls except no one gave them a plastic poncho.


  • Dale Weise facing suspension for headshot on Ducks’ Holzer

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago


    Philadelphia Flyers forward Dale Weise is going to have a hearing on Friday afternoon with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head on Korbinian Holzer of the Anaheim Ducks in the Flyers’ loss on Thursday night.

    Holzer played 10:11 in the game, and into the third period.

    This is, we believe, that illegal check to the head:

    Dale Weise with a big hit that drew blood

    — Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) October 21, 2016

    Now, we know what you’re saying: How can a hit that wasn’t penalized AND was the “Wells Fargo Hit of the Game” possibly deserve supplemental discipline?!

    Eh, it probably has something to do with Dale Weise leaping off the ice and picking Holzer’s head or something.

    Weise was previously suspended three preseason games in 2013 for an illegal hit to the head of Taylor Hall.



  • NHL Power Rankings: Who’s out of the gate fastest in 2016-17? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The 2016-17 NHL season is in its infancy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a snapshot of what the League looks like out of the gate.

    Through Wednesday night’s games, here is the first NHL Power Rankings from Yahoo Sports. While they were dominated by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been our most impressive team at the start.

    These power rankings are a combination of performance on the ice, expectations before the season and expectations on where they’ll finish.

    Watch for them every other week on Puck Daddy.



  • NHL Three Stars: Canucks move to 4-0 thanks to Markstrom

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago


    No. 1 Star: Jakob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks

    The Canucks goalie made 26 saves in another gem of an effort, as Vancouver matched a team record with a 4-0-0 start in their 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Daniel Sedin had the eventual game-winner in the third period.

    No. 2 Star: Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins

    The Penguins forward completed a rally against the San Jose Sharks, as Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup Final rematch, 3-2. He assisted on Scott Wilson’s game-tying goal and the scored the go-ahead goal at 14:02 of the third, his second of the season.

    No. 3 Star: Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche

    The Avs goalie made 27 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Lightning, including 12 in the third period when Colorado had only two shots on goal. Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist in the win.

    Did You Know? Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 750th NHL goal in the second period for the Panthers, becoming the third player in history to reach the milestone with Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801). He looked like this afterward:


  • Daniel Winnik loses chunk of ear on nasty blocked shot (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik decided to make an aggressive play on Thursday night with his team up by a goal in the third period. As Reilly Smith of the Florida Panthers cranked up for a shot on the Capitals’ goal, Winnik dropped down to the ice – rather early – in an attempt to block it.

    The puck deflected off his head, which was turned towards the goal for protection.

    It looked like this:

    Daniel Winnik took a scary puck to the head. #CapitalsTalk

    — CSN Capitals (@CSNCapitals) October 21, 2016

    [Click here for a longer view.]

    Winnik stayed down on the ice for several seconds, and then skated off on his own. He returned to the game a few shifts later.

    So, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz, what happened to Winnik on that play?

    “Yeah, he didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Trotz after the game. “He got the puck in his ear hole. It sorta pinched off his ear.”


    “It got chewed up a little bit.”

    “It’s just a small piece.”