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It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet on NHL B.O.G. meeting.
• Joffrey Lupul's play-in game idea.
• Vladimir Tkachev doesn't ink with Oilers.
• New Sportsnet studio.
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Forrest Griffin made his name in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, including a huge upset win over “Rampage” Jackson in 2008 and memorable bouts against Tito Ortiz. He was a light heavyweight champion who is in the UFC Hall of Fame.
Please note nothing in that description involved the word “skating,” which is probably why his practice with the AIK Hockey of HockeyAllsvenskan wasn’t exactly at an all-star level.
Although we were impressed with that dual goalie interference/delay of game for closing his glove around the puck play to score from his knees …
Faring much better is Swedish MMA star Alexander Gustafsson, a.k.a. The Mauler, who taught some fighting and played some puck with the team.
MMA training has been the norm for more than a few NHL fighters through the years, for what it’s worth.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Did you watch the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland A’s in their Major League Baseball wild card game on Tuesday? Pretty exciting stuff, what with the Royals making the playoffs for the first time since the 18th century.
Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs watched the game, and wondered whether that October (eve) magic in baseball would translate to the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Better ball game. Someone tell me why the NHL doesn't have a playoff between the 8th and 9th seeds. Anyone?
Now, the fact that a member of a perennial bubble team is lobbying for a de facto extra playoff seed should surprise exactly no one. And Lupul’s idea received a rather harsh response on the twitters …
So you hate the idea, but it would be the two most watched games of the entire season.
But let’s analyze this idea a little, shall we?
The Case For Adding A Play-In Game
The integrity of the Stanley Cup Playoffs would remain intact with the top eight seeds battling in each conference. This play-in merely adds another level of intrigue to the postseason, and as Lupul said these games would receive huge ratings – hey, who doesn’t love a Game 7?
NHL players are being asked more and more about advanced stats.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is one of them, and LA Kings Insider writer Jon Rosen received a heaping spoonful of that delightful Doughty candor in a conversation about defensive partner Jake Muzzin.
“Yeah. I think that Corsi thing is a bunch of crap, personally. That’s not to take away from Muzz being the top guy in the league, because you know Muzz is a really good player. He’s improved so much over the last few years. He’s just going to improve even more and become better. Me and Muzz have it in our minds that we’re going to be one of the best D-pairings in the league one day, so we’re going to work towards that.”
This is somewhat noteworthy because the Kings were the best Corsi team in the NHL last season and one that incidentally turned that monstrous puck possession game into a second Stanley Cup in two seasons.
(The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)
Huzzah! New owners for the Coyotes, after years of turmoil!
Alas, the Coyotes celebrated by finishing out of the money for a second straight season under Dave Tippett, just two points out of the wild card. Mike Smith’s injury near the end of the season was their undoing.
But that was the Phoenix Coyotes.
These are the Arizona Coyotes.
The best of Ekman-Larsson, who is in turn the best thing about this team.
The Coyotes made a statement when they bought out Mike Ribeiro, who had 47 points in 80 games but whose off-the-ice behavior led to his dismissal.
Radim Vrbata and the Coyotes couldn’t agree on a new deal, and the team’s sniper left for the Canucks.
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has seen his share of diving and embellishment.
Some of it was from his own players like Brad Marchand, and Julien acknowledges that his team isn’t innocent from the occasional flop. Some of it was from teams like the Montreal Canadiens in the 2014 playoffs, including Tomas Plekanec’s Emmy-nominated performance in “The Phantom High Stick.”
So with the NHL ready to take a firmer standagainst embellishment, with video review leading to fines and public disclosure of players’ names, how does Julien feel about all of it?
It’s the preseason, right? No big deal. Just another game.
Oh, that’s right: The last time the San Jose Sharks met the Los Angeles Kings before Tuesday night's exhibition game was the last game of their first-round series, and the completion of the Kings’ “reverse sweep” of the Sharks.
Oh, that’s right: The Kings’ star defenseman, Drew Doughty, infamously called out the Sharks’ leaders, saying that even after the Kings’ first victory in the series he knew they were afraid of losing. “You could see it in their eyes and their team and their captains and leaders that they were worried about us coming back. So we don’t want to give these guys any life,” said Doughty.
So just another game, right Joe Thornton?
“I’ve never really cared if people have compliments or people have jabs,” Thornton said on Tuesday. “It doesn’t change my mindset. You just go out and play. You don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff.”
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Joe Haggerty of CSN New England on the Boston Bruins.
• Breaking down the Krug, Smith, Schwartz and Stuart signings.
• Vladimir Tkachev inks with Oilers.
• New Sportsnet studio.
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Mark Greenberg’s Times Square office sits across the street from what used to be a Virgin Megastore, a behemoth of commerce that tourists and locals used to swarm for the latest CDs and DVDs.
It closed in 2009.
It’s now a Forever 21.
“The world is evolving. How will you evolve with it?” is something Greenberg, the CEO of the Epix pay cable network, asks his potential partners. It’s something he asked NHL commissioner Gary Bettman when the two talked about bringing the League’s Winter Classic reality programming from HBO to Epix.
“[Our] CEO shows up to negotiations. I’m not sure that was the case with HBO," he quipped.
They both knew that HBO had provided a template for success in its “24/7” series, which aired three, four-episode seasons featuring six NHL teams. The results changed the way fans saw the players, coaches and hockey life – raw language, stunning imagery and editing that revealed off-the-ice drama to which we’d not previously been privy.
“They did a lot of smart things. Take the smart things that were there, and expand them,” said Greenberg.
Last season, the Dallas Stars had a dynamic duo in Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, combining for 163 points.
Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators briefly had one of their own in Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Spezza finished the season with 66 points; Hemsky scored 17 in his 20 games in Ottawa.
The latter two players signed with the Stars in the summer. On Monday night, coach Lindy Ruff decided to empty his toy chest, putting all four of them on the same power play unit along with an incredibly lucky Trevor Daley. It was a group that hadn’t seen a minute of practice together in the preseason.
The result? Dallas scored two late power-play goals by Seguin, who had a hat trick, in rallying to beat the Florida Panthers.
It was one game, but you could see the puddles of drool collecting on the ice from agape mouths watching this unit find chemistry.Tue, Sep 30Tampa Bay5 - 1DallasGame Recap