Greg Wyshynski

  • Dylan Larkin embraces his ‘D-Boss’ viral video past

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    As of last weekend, Detroit Red Wings knew they were living in a new era: There was everything that came before Dylan Larkin’s teenage basement skills video went viral, and everything that shall come after it. 

    Please recall the incredible video in which a teenaged Larkin – the video is from Nov. 2010 – wears an American flag, calls himself “D-Boss” and puts on a “Snip Show” in the basement, which he and former Bantam teammate Evan Gizinski refer to as “the dungeon.”

    He also says things like, “Tearing it up it all around the metro area, Detroit. Wrecking the ‘D’. Showing goalies what I got. ‘Tenders ain’t got nuttin.’” And, in unison, “1-2-3 LET’S HAVE FUN!”

    It's pretty much the greatest. 

    The video was taken down for a bit – we’re guessing the processed involved a series of panicked text messages from an NHL rookie all reading ‘WTF DUDE?!?’ – but has been restored in all its glory by Gizinski.

    "It's good that's what I was doing. I could have been doing anything else."

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  • Two-Minute Minor: Which Canadian teams will make NHL Playoffs? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Which Canadian teams will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Will the Minnesota Wild fire coach Mike Yeo? Does a professional hockey writer still pay to go to games? Is Phil Kessel a bust?

    And what’s the proper sequence to watch the STAR WARS’ series?

    These are the questions that Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski faced in this week’s Two Minute Minor, courtesy of you, the dedicated puckheads. 

    The Two Minute Minor is our biweekly look at the NHL. If you have questions for Wysh, email to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #AskWysh.

  • NHL Three Stars: Lundqvist stops Crosby roll

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    Lundqvist made 34 saves as the King helped the Rangers shut down Sidney Crosby, ending his seven-game goal streak, and defeat the Penguins, 3-0.

    No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks

    Miller made 33 saves to improve to 9-1 against the Coyotes in his career and 6-0 in Arizona, as the Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes, 2-1.

    No. 3 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

    Zetterberg’s snipe at 2:01 of the third period gave the Detroit Red Wings a key insurance goal en route to a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

    Honorable Mention: Kevin Hayes, Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast had the Rangers goals.  … Darren Helm and Danny DeKeyser scored for Detroit. … Zack Smith scored for Ottawa. … Jake Virtanen and Jannik Hansen scored goals and the Vancouver Canucks. … The Canuckswon a coach’s challenge against the Coyotes.

    Did You Know? It was New York's first shutout at Pittsburgh since Feb. 27, 1971, when Ed Giacomin won 4-0. (NHL)

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  • Zoolander tribute makes Martin Hanzal officially so hot right now (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    For years, whenever Martin Hanzal of the Arizona Coyotes would do anything of note offensively, it would be universally celebrated with the same pop culture reference: 

    “Hansel, so hot right now.”

    The line from “Zoolander,” about Owen Wilson’s torrid male model, has become synonymous with the Coyotes center. On Wednesday night, the meme was taken to the next level by some Coyotes fans who not only declared that Hanzal – who scored the team’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks – was “so hot right now,” but they also dressed the part:

    Derek Zoolander, Mugatu and Hansel himself, celebrating Martin Hanzal. And yet no “blue steel” from any of them. 

    “Zoolander 2” opens this week. According to the Tomatometer, you’d enjoy watching Martin Hanzal more, and that was his first goal since Jan. 9. 

    Big s/t to the great Patrick M.

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski: Vulgar chants about Sidney Crosby with Dave Lozo!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    It's a Wednesday edition of  Marek vs. Wyshynski  podcast, in which we discussed: 

    - Wysh and guest host Dave Lozo of Uproxx and Vice Sports are talking hockey!

    - The Martin Brodeur number retirement ceremony, in all its glory. 

    - Oh, hey, the New Jersey Devils fans have a new vulgar chant about Sidney Crosby. 

    - Breaking down the Dion Phaneuf trade even more.

    - The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Episode 2!

    - Your listener mail, answered!

    - News and notes from around the NHL.

    The  Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast  is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world.  MvsW  streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

  • In praise of Maple Leafs’ roster demolition crew

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    When Brian Burke was hired as Toronto Maple Leafs general manager in 2008, he stood before two distinct paths.  

    One led to a burning city. Total destruction. An inhabitable place in the short term, but one that could be rebuilt from the embers into something glorious.

    The other led to a rickety, termite-infested ranch-style home that smelled of sewage and had squatters that wouldn’t leave. He looked at it and said, 'Yes, this might do." He liked the foundation. Maybe he could figure out the squatter thing. Fresh coat of paint, some new sod on the lawn – no need to knock it down and rebuild. Flip this franchise!

    And we know which path he took.

    "I'm not interested ... in a five-year rebuild like some of these teams have done," said Burke in April 2010. "Maybe because of my age, maybe just because I know it doesn't have to be five years because it wasn't in Anaheim. I like the group that finished the year, I think just on internal improvement we will be better. I think we will be good enough with this group and a couple additions to say in training camp that the playoffs are a reasonable goal."

    But it was the only path to take.

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  • Watch Dmitri Yudin embarrass KHL goalie on behind net deke (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Dmitri Yudin is a 20-year-old defenseman for SKA in the KHL. Entering last Friday’s game against Ugra, he had one career goal in 123 games. 

    In other words, he’s not exactly the guy you’d expect to unleash a wicked little deke move while going behind the net, as evidenced by the reaction of goalie Georgy Gelashvili on said wicked little deke move. (We call this “Marek Malik Syndrome.”)

    Yudin noticed that Ugra was changing, and rocketed up the left side. Defenseman Yakov Seleznyov dropped down, defending a pass, so Yudin took the puck behind the net.

    Or so we all thought! As Gelashvili whipped around to the other post anticipating a wraparound, Yudin stopped, brought the puck back to the near post and tucked it past a baffled netminder.

    Quite the second career goal, that one.

    Nice offensive moves by Yudin. His coach was no doubt proud, as he knows a thing or two about a thing or two about offensive defensemen: Sergei Zubov!

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  • Martin Brodeur, Devils fans finally have closure at number retirement

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey fans wear old jerseys. 

    It’s one of their most enduring qualities, along with sexually explicit chants about division rivals. Walk into any New Jersey Devils game at the Prudential Center, and you see menagerie of sweaters with names new, old, forgotten and comedic. (Yes, I’m talking to you, “No. 17 Ilya KovalSUCK” guy.)

    On the night when Martin Brodeur’s jersey was retired, you could trace his career timeline through the fans’ fashion.

    The hipsters in the No. 29 Christmas-colored jerseys, the first sweater Brodeur wore in the NHL, back when he was rocking a flat top and one of the worst peach-fuzz mustaches in the history of follicles.

    The All-Star Game jerseys, from different eras and event formats. The Team Canada jerseys from his 2002 gold medal performance, which to this day Brodeur says is what elevated him to elite status. A few St. Louis Blues jerseys to remind us how it all ended. The jersey with “RANGERS SUCK” on the nameplate where “BRODEUR” should have been, because of course .

    Brodeur, in turn, didn’t have that closure with them, either.

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  • Lou Lamoriello owns Gary Bettman at Brodeur retirement ceremony (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    NEWARK, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils retired goalie Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 on Tuesday night at Prudential Center. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was there to honor him. As one might expect, one of these people received a rather healthy amount of cheers, while the other received … the opposite. 

    Bettman was booed when he was announced. He was booed when he walked to the podium to give his speech.

    "Thank you for that enthusiastic welcome,” Bettman said, sarcastically. More boos happened, as they would through his lengthy speech.

    “It’s always tough for Gary Bettman. He told me beforehand, ‘I’m taking a bullet for you tonight, you know that?’ He knew it was coming.” said Brodeur. 

    This is tradition, of course, as was the tradition when Lou Lamoriello – Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and the architect of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup champions – walked to the podium. The sellout crowd bellowed “Loooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuu!” as the veteran executive smiled.

    (Remember, they’re not “booing,” they’re “Louuuuuuuing.”)

    That’s when Lamoriello tilted his head, looked at Bettman, and said:

    “Commissioner, that’s not the same reaction that you got.” 

    Boom.

    Roasted.

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  • What Milan Lucic meant to the Boston Bruins

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Milan Lucic returns to Boston on Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Kings, which meant it was time for a new tradition in the NHL: The Players Tribune article in which he bares his soul about seeing the Bruins bear again. 

    “I have to say, every day as an LA King has been a happy one. I don’t think I could have landed in a better spot for me and my family. But I’ll always appreciate how Boston shaped my life,” he wrote. “Coming back to the Garden for the first time this week, I’ll be battling the butterflies, for sure. Who knows, maybe I’ll just go out there and drop the mitts just to get the blood flowing. For old time’s sake. Boston: Thank you. For everything.”

    The “trade him” side of the argument always seemed to come back to the same point: He wasn’t playing like a $6 million a year player, so there’s no point in belaboring the fact that the already cap-strapped Bruins weren’t going to pay him more than that.

    As Elliote Friedman said last June:

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