Greg Wyshynski

  • Dan Boyle was a roadie for Faith No More summer tour

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    When you’re a 39-year-old NHL defenseman, you have to start thinking about life after hockey. And if you’re Dan Boyle of the New York Rangers, apparently that means thinking about a life of checking mic levels, rustling groupies and making sure there are only green M&Ms in the dressing room. 

    Yes, Dan Boyle tried his hand at the rock and roll lifestyle last summer … as a roadie for FAITH NO MORE!

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    Boyle toured with the band on the East Coast, traveling from D.C. to Philadelphia (where luckily he wasn’t recognized as a walking target on stage, like a carnival game duck) to Boston and then New York. He helped set up instruments for the band and distributed tickets to VIPs.

    From the NY Post:

    Boyle met the San Francisco band about eight years ago when they played in their hometown while he was a member of the San Jose Sharks.

    [Cue flopping goldfish]



  • Alex Ovechkin opens up about brother’s death, early NHL days (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    The Washington Capitals open their season on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils. And in case you want to feel ancient today, we regret to inform you that it’s Alex Ovechkin’s 11th (!!!) season in the National Hockey League. 

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    Doesn’t it seem like it was yesterday when a Russian goofball with the Moe Howard haircut rocked that Caps jersey with the giant eagle on it, rocketing around the offensive zone like a comet?

    Graham Bensinger sat down with Ovechkin to reminisce about his life so far, including the clip above that chronicles how Ovechkin dealt with the death of his brother Sergei, who died in a car accident at 25 when Alex Ovechkin was 10, and how that informed his hockey career and his character.

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    That included this exchange: 

  • Aaron Ward arrested for domestic assault, suspended from TSN

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    Aaron Ward, the former NHL defenseman and current TSN analyst, was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina, and charged with "assault against a woman," according to WNCN. He was also charged with “interfering with emergency communication,” a law that you can read more about here.

    According to WRAL, Ward was arrested at his home:

    According to police, Ward's wife called 911 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m.

    According to the warrant for his arrest, he took away his wife's phone.

    Because of the nature of his charges, Ward will spend a mandatory 48 hours in the Wake County jail. Anyone arrested on a domestic violence charge is held for 48 hours before bail is set.

    According to a magistrate's order, Ward assaulted his wife "by pushing her." Interfered with emergency communications "by taking" her phone.

  • Mike Babcock back in Detroit: Old voice meets the new one

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    Mike Babcock makes his return to Detroit – well, in the regular season – as the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    But rather than facing a Red Wings team that had to throw away the script when he departed, he faces one that’s trying to continue the legacy of success he helped build there. Jeff Blashill, the new head coach, is preaching the same kind of pace and puck control that Babcock did.

    And like Babcock was with the Wings, GM Ken Holland’s the reason he’s there as head coach.

    The Detroit Free Press’ Mitch Albom asked Leafs president Brendan Shanahan about the disciples of Holland, who are not only coaches but also GMs like Jim Nill with Dallas and Steve Yzerman with the Lightning.

    "I'll give Kenny the credit," Shanahan says. "There are certain organizations in hockey that have the kind of leader that makes you want to stay in the game.

    "Kenny, Jimmy Nill, they were good, they were fun, they were pros and they were kind. And I think that's why you see a lot of Red Wings stay in hockey.

  • As NWHL debuts, salaries aren't women's hockey players’ only reward

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    NEW YORK – Janine Weber was recently speaking with some 12-year-old girls, and had a question for them: What do you want to be when you grow up? 

    After a few expected answers, one of them told her, proudly: “I want to be a hockey player.”

    Weber smiled. “I think it’s pretty cool that now they can be professional hockey players.”

    A native of Austria who attended Providence College, Weber was the first free agent to sign with the four-team National Women’s Hockey League, one of two professional women’s leagues in North America. Her team, the New York Riveters, opens its inaugural season on Sunday in Stamford, Conn., against the Connecticut Whale.

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    (The afternoon game at Chelsea Pier, CT, is sold out; there are tickets available for the Buffalo Beauts’ debut against the Boston Pride at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 at HarborCenter. Manon Rheaume, the first woman to appear in an NHL exhibition game, will drop the first puck.)



  • Andy Greene named NJ Devils captain, obviously

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

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

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    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.


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

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day 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 1 day 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 2 days 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 2 days 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. (