Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago
Seriously. You had ONE JOB.
At the risk of throwing a stone in a glass house – and acknowledging that our own adventures in editing can sometimes read like a junior jumble puzzle – the editors of the official game program of the Pittsburgh Penguins made a rather egregious error on their cover on Tuesday night.
The Jan. 27 game between the Penguins and the Winnipeg Jets didn’t feature Sidney Crosby, who’s out with an injury. But neither did the cover of their game program … although it did feature a “Sindey Crosby,” making us curious if they’re outsourcing their copyediting to Philadelphia.
Dejan Kovacevic of Pittsburgh Sports, who snapped the image, said that the Penguins pulled the program off arena stands. Congrats to anyone who snagged a collector’s item. It'll go well with the Crosby bobblehead they handed out as well,
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago
Remember Mike Richards?
Not the fourth-liner that cleared waivers for the Los Angeles Kings and was demoted to AHL Manchester on Tuesday. That’s not the guy we’re talking about here.
The Mike Richards we remember was a Selke-worthy defensive center with offensive upside, a player that could be mentioned in the same breath as Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron for that duality and not have many scoff at it. A player who drove possession for his teams, even when pressed into situations that weren’t exactly corsi-friendly as a defensive forward. A player with an edge to his game that allowed him to piss off players like Sidney Crosby as he was shuttering them offensively.
We miss that guy.
Figuring out where he went … well, novels could be written. Justin Bourne has a nice take on it last year, a year that earned Richards his second Stanley Cup ring:
We can’t believe that his game has fallen off that steeply. Neither can the people employing him.
And then Lombardi really makes you think when he says:
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
Having covered Alex Semin with the Washington Capitals for several seasons, the Carolina Hurricanes’ decision to hand him a 5-year contract in 2013 was fraught with potential disaster.
One the one hand, Semin’s line with Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty was downright dominant in 2012-13; at the time of the contract, he led the team with 22 assists and was second in points and plus-minus. Then the injury bug hit, and hit again the following season, when he was limited 65 games, scoring 22 goals.
On the other hand, he’s a player whose motivation and preparedness have been at issue throughout his career. So far this season, it’s been disastrous: One goal in 22 games, several healthy scratches and Coach Bill Peters calling out his effort in what’s been a lost season for the Canes.
From the News & Observer, Peters torched Semin on Tuesday:
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago
The NHL hasn’t released a video explaining Zac Rinaldo’s eight-game suspension, which was for “charging and boarding” Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins last week. But one assumes Rinaldo didn’t do himself any favors with his behavior after the game.
Please recall Rinaldo making light of the incident after the game, an incident that sparked a fight-filled second period between the Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. “Yeah, I changed the whole game, man. [Expletive], who knows what the game would have been like if I didn’t do what I did?” he said.
The NHL Department of Player Safety quickly announced he’d have an in-person hearing for the hit.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Rich Hammond on the LA Kings.
• Brodeur retires.
• The World Cup of Hockey.
• News and notes.
Question of the Day: Your thoughts on Marty Brodeur as he retires. Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago
Martin Brodeur is finally calling it a career.
Yes, the Blues. Not the New Jersey Devils, where he spent 24 seasons and a team that has been fairly consistent in bringing back the franchise’s legendary players work with the organization. Which is a little awkward, considering Devils GM Lou Lamoriello’s comments about Brodeur just last September:
“Yes. He knows that he will be a Devil for the rest of his life. He’s said it publicly and we’ve talked about it,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed. “What Marty has done, the type of personality he is and what his experience has been, it’s really a no-brainer. He’s a Devil.”
OK, stand down everyone ...
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago
You know, the NHL and the KHL have a lot in common. Alex Radulov. Shady ownership. Hatred of the IIHF.
And, of course … MASCOTS!
They’re a little creepy. Some of them have the dirty charms of a Times Square costumed performer, and some of them look like generic versions of other better mascots, and some of them are OMG DEMONIC SNOWMAN!!!!
The KHL All-Star Game was last weekend, and the League’s furries were front-and-center during the event. Featured in the clip above: a mascot shootout. Which, in all honesty, should probably replace the regular-season shootout.
How does one measure the effectiveness of a shootout move? When the goalie literally loses his head:
In which thousands of young fans run screaming from their seats at the arena, and thousands of ice cream bars are purchased by nervous parents.
But here’s the thing: When you try to bring demon snowmen and a moose and a bear and a puma with a butterfly face together on the same ice, you can’t expect them to all get along.
Which brings us to another highlight of the KHL All-Star Game – MASCOT BRAWL!
Needed some confetti. That would have clinched it.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago
John Tavares warned people not to let the New York Islanders’ 31-14-1 record at the All-Star Break obscure how much hard work it took to get there.
“There have been some ups and downs. But that is part of the process, part of the journey. It's still important to remind ourselves as a team with our group to remind ourselves there is still much we haven't accomplished,” he said.
And now, a down: Kyle Okposo, the team’s second-leading scorer, will miss up to two months with an upper body injury of an undisclosed nature.
"We had an idea something was bothering him before the break, but when you get the news, it's tough," said coach Jack Capuano to Newsday on Monday. "Kyle was leading the team in a lot more ways than just his production on the ice. His enthusiasm on the plane, in the room, he's been terrific in that regard."
He’s been as steady a hand at the wheel as a team can have, and had been established during his tenure with the Islanders, a leader behind the scenes.
So can the Islanders maintain their success through this injury?
Yes, and much like the rest of their success this season, they have Garth Snow to thank for it.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
Like many six-year-olds, little Alex is losing his baby teeth.
Like any hockey player, he knows losing a Chiclet on a slap shot is a rite of passage.
So with some parental supervision -- and kids, don't try this at home without some -- Alex combined his passion for the game with some amateur dentistry and yanked his own tooth out.
By tying it “super tight” to a puck and then firing the disc at the goal.
(Has Shea Weber considered this as a side job?)
According to his father, the experiment was a success, and Alex now has an official hockey smile. And, not for nothing, an incredible hockey set-up in his basement. Things have come a long way since Sidney Crosby fired pucks at a washer/dryer.
Question is, does this moment put him on the road to becoming an oral surgeon or winning the shot accuracy contest at the 2030 NHL All-Star Game?
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alex Ovechkin wanted a car in Columbus this weekend. Badly.
He lobbied to be the last pick in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Friday, as the “Mr. Irrelevant” for each team was given a brand new Honda – a campaign hilariously chronicled on his Instagram feed, including a hand-written sign that read “I WANT TO BE LAST. I NEED A CAR.”
Alas, he was picked second to last.
On Sunday, he vowed to win the Most Valuable Player in the NHL All-Star Game, a wild affair that saw a new record established for goals scored in a game with 29.
Alas, he finished with three assists, but his linemate and local fan favorite Ryan Johansen won the car.
"I'm not disappointed,” said Ovechkin. “There's going to be a couple surprises."
“We didn’t find out the reason he wanted one until we connected with his agent.”
Ovechkin was surprised by the gesture, and was glad he could help the organization.