Greg Wyshynski

  • NHL Three Stars: Sidney Crosby is ridiculous right now

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins 

    At this point, it’s Sidney Crosby’s world, and we’re all living in it. Sid had a four-point night in the Penguins’ 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, with two goals and two assists. That’s seven straight games with a goal, and points in 11 straight games (12 goals, 10 assists). Crosby is now fifth in the NHL in scoring, and six points away from Jamie Benn for second in scoring. Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves.

    No. 2 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings

    Mrazek made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, as the Red Wings defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-0. Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk (2 goals) had the offense for Detroit.

    No. 3 Star: Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators

    Stone scored a goal for the fourth straight game, tallying twice in the second period to power the Senators to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He also assisted on Zack Smith’s opening goal.

    Did You Know?  Crosby broke his previous career-high of six straight games with a goal established from Dec. 5-Dec. 15, 2006. (NHL)

  • Sasha Barkov out after high hit from Justin Abdelkader (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    Heading into the Florida Panthers’ game at the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, Aleksander Barkov had goals in each of his last four games.

    He didn’t score against the Red Wings, because his night ended nearly midway through the second period.

    Barkov collected the puck near his own net, and tried to send it up the boards. He was a bit crouched, a bit off-balance. Abdelkader met him with a hard hit that appeared to make principle contact with Barkov’s shoulder or chest before his head.

    The Panthers forward dropped to the ice, before skating back to the bench. He didn’t see the ice after that hit, playing just 8:58 for the game.

    Florida announced he was out with an “upper body injury.”

    Hopefully this was just a precaution, as Barkov is having a heck of a season for the Panthers. 

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  • NHL expansion draft among mysteries for Las Vegas owner

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Bill Foley, the billionaire behind the Las Vegas NHL expansion bid, is “9.5 out of 10” confident that the League will award him a franchise. 

    He thinks that the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena, opening in April, is enough to earn a team. He thinks 14,000 season-ticket “deposits and commitments” are enough, with the upper bowl of the Vegas arena sold out. He thinks having sold out all but one of his luxury boxes in the arena is enough. 

    So he’s watching and waiting. “They’re doing their job. They’re doing their process,” he said of the NHL, in an interview with NBC 3 in Las Vegas this week. “I don’t talk to the owners. I’m in a quiet time. It’s like a public offering: I’m trying to be patient.”

    That said, Foley isn’t quiet about one aspect of the timeline: He’d like an answer by June if this team is going to debut in the 2017-18 season.

    Why June? For one reason, that’s the earliest he can start looking for a hockey operations staff. “We really can’t talk to potential GMs or coaches or scouting staff [in season],” he said.

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  • Dustin Byfuglien signs 5-year extension, as Jets win on term

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    Once it became apparent that the Winnipeg Jets were dead-set on signing defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to an extension, the only question was one of term. 

    The Jets and Byfuglien answered that question on Monday in announcing his new contract: $38 million, with a $7.6-million cap hit, over five years.

    FIVE YEARS!

    “This was something between ourselves and Dustin’s representative that we could feel comfortable with,” said GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.

    What a win for the Jets.

    “I’ve been here five years. From where started and where we’re at now, I don’t feel like we’re that far off,” said Byfuglien, via Illegal Curve.

    Reports were that Byfuglien was asking for $55 million over eight years, which led to visions of an immobile 37-year-old Dustin Byfuglien with a $6.875 million cap dragging down the Jets like a rusty anchor. 

    From the Jets:

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  • Rangers coach: Wrong on Sidney Crosby, maybe right on Simmonds ban?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    One of John Tortorella’s favorite tropes is the way Sidney Crosby is coddled. For example, theorizing how the NHL would react if the Pittsburgh Penguins’ “whining star” was injured on a controversial hit. 

    At the very least, Tortorella evokes this when his teams are playing the Penguins. In that sense, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault went beyond the full Torts, in bringing up Crosby in relation to Ryan McDonagh’s concussion, and the lack of any suspension for Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers for concussing him.

    “I had a feeling he had a concussion,” Vigneault said. “We weren’t 100 percent sure. He had some symptoms.

    First off, can we retire this Sidney Crosby-gets-preferential-treatment nonsense?

    David Steckel wasn’t suspended. Victor Hedman wasn’t suspended. Marc Staal dropped more lumber on Crosby’s head than a forklift at Home Depot and wasn’t suspended. Vigneault remembers that, right?

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  • Homer History: Joe Carter's World Series winning blast

    Greg Wyshynski at Big League Stew 14 hrs ago

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    “Every story has already been told. Once you've read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had." - Anna Quindlen, author.

    My favorite thing about baseball is that, for the most part, everything has happened before. Records aren’t records unless someone has already set them. Greatness isn’t greatness without the benefit of comparison. Every season is a variation on a theme; and what separates the moments playing in perpetuity on highlight reels or immortalized in a concrete temple in Cooperstown from ones that slip from memory is how one claims the moment for themselves.

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    But Carter’s home run is inarguably the greatest moment in Canadian baseball history, as much as it’s one of the lowest moments in Philadelphia sports history – god’s work, really.

    Then you’d get the 1993 Phillies, apparently.

    God, I hated Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams.

    Spoiler: He didn’t.

  • See adorable Playmobil NHL figures for 12 new teams (Photos)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    Last year, Playmobil made 16 NHL figures, and they were all very cute. 

    Now they’ve finally expanded the line to include a 12 more teams, including five in Canada, which sometimes gets the shaft when it comes to toy lines. (Luckily, Playmobil has a deal in the U.S. and Canada, the first time in the company’s history that it has licensed line in both countries.)

    Click here to take a look at the figures:

    The new teams, with one player and one goalie for each: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets.

    From the good folks at Playmobil:

    “Due to popular demand from consumers and retailers alike, we are thrilled to expand our offerings of NHL toys,” said Mark Cohen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PLAYMOBIL USA. “Young fans were clamoring to play with their favorite NHL teams and now with the introduction of additional franchises and iconic NHL moments, they can continue to express their fandom and create their own authentic NHL-inspired experiences with PLAYMOBIL.”

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  • Super Bowl on ice: The 15 times NHL and NFL collided

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL and NFL share some commonalities. They’re winter sports. They’re perfect for tailgating. They have a multitude of equipment players wear. They both used to have hitting.

    But as the Super Bowl arrives on Sunday between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers – we repeat, the CAROLINA Panthers – we decided to look at 15 times the NFL was mixed with the NHL, and vice versa. The Winter Classic has certainly made this more frequent. 

    Here are 15 times the NHL and the NFL collided:

    1. Sidney Crosby attempts 70-foot ‘field goal'

    To celebrate the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins decided to take some 70-yard field-goal attempts … with his stick and some pucks. Probably because, as usual, the Penguins didn't give him anyone to pass to.

    But there was another player who attempted an actual field goal.

    2. Andrew Shaw boots at a Bears game

    3. Joe Namath and Derek Sanderson

    4. Ben Bishop chirps Rams owner

  • Columnist slams Blackhawks fans’ national anthem tradition

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Chicago Blackhawks fans have a tradition for the playing of our national anthem: They cheer. They holler. They applaud. Their volume at home games can drown out the words and music. It’s all rather inspiring. 

    Terry Frei, venerable columnist for the Denver Post, has a problem with it. Not in Chicago, but when Blackhawks fans are invading places like Colorado Avalanche games.

    But what bothered me Tuesday was that some — some — of the Blackhawks fans attempted to transfer the United Center ritual of hollering, hooting, cheering and applauding through the national anthem to the Pepsi Center.

    ... When Blackhawks fans at another arena, including in Denver on Tuesday, attempt to yell, hoot, holler and clap through the anthem in a place where quiet — or at most, singing along — is the norm, it comes off as boorish, discordant and disrespectful. You can bring Gino's East and White Castle to Denver ... but leave the hockey anthem ritual in Chicago.

    First, let’s get something straight: White Castle was founded in Wichita and is headquartered in Columbus.

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  • Teen Dylan Larkin U.S. wears flag, calls himself ‘D-Boss’ in amazing lost video

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    (UPDATE: To the surprise of no one, the video has been removed, likely after a panicked phone call from D-Boss to E-Slayer on Sunday morning. Luckily, Winging It In Motown captured the following .gif that gives us endless "1-2-3 Let's Have Fun" moments.)

    Dylan Larkin is a rookie forward for the Detroit Red Wings who is pushing for the Calder Trophy and recently broke the NHL All-Star Game record for fastest skater in the skills competition. 

    But before that, he was ‘D-Boss,’ the dude who sniped pucks in a basement … sorry, “dungeon” net, wore a U.S. flag like a blanky and put over Patrick Kane as an American hero.

    This video … is amazing. Let us count the ways:

    - Larkin refers to himself as ‘D-Boss.’ Multiple times.

    - Larkin says they’re putting on a “snip show,” rather than a “snipe show.” Perhaps he hoped to become a mohel.

    - He’s wearing socks.

    1-2-3 LET’S HAVE FUN!