Greg Wyshynski

  • Evgeni Nabokov waived by Lightning; end of the road?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning brought in Evgeni Nabokov as a veteran backup for Ben Bishop this season, just in case they had an injury catastrophe like last season's and were left without an experienced fill-in. 

    Unfortunately, Nabokov turned out to be a disaster himself.

    The 39-year-old netminder went 3-6-2 with an .882 save percentage and a 3.15 GAA in 11 games. So they waived him on Sunday, and recalled AHL standout Andrei Vasilevskiy to become the team’s backup.

    So much for the veteran fallback plan …

    Is this it for Nabby? He was 15-14-8 with a .905 save percentage for the New York Islanders last season. He turns 40 in July. There are a finite number gigs available for veteran goalies in the NHL; does he have enough left to be a viable option if a team needs an emergency solution to an injury problem?

    If this is the end, Nabokov will go down as one of the best regular-season goalies of the last 15 years. He won the Calder in 2001, and is No. 3 among active goalies with 353 victories – No. 18 all-time. 

    But what separates Nabokov from, say, Chris Osgood is that he was as responsible as anyone for the San Jose Sharks’ postseason disappointments.



  • NHL Three Stars: Niemi blanks Blackhawks; Klingberg leads Stars

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks 

    The ex-Blackhawk made 31 saves in shutting out Chicago, 2-0, on goals by something called Melker Karlsson and Joe Thornton. Niemi made 15 saves in the second period alone.

    No. 2 Star: John Klingberg, Dallas Stars

    The rookie defenseman had two goals and two assists in their big 5-2 win on the road at the Winnipeg Jets. His two third-period goals put the game out of reach.

    No. 3 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    Price made 36 saves in shutting out the Washington Capitals, 1-0, as Max Pacioretty scored the game-winner in overtime. It was Price’s second straight shutout.

    Did You Know? The Flames now have an NHL-leading nine wins when trailing after two periods.

    Dishonorable Mention: Bryan Bickell took out Scott Hannan with a hit on San Jose, while Robyn Regher did the same to Loui Eriksson in Boston.  … Brock Neslon was whistled for embellishment for the Islanders. … Mike Smith was terrible again, stopping just 15 of 20 shots before being pulled. Brandon MacMillan, Kyle Chipchura and Andrew Campbell were all minus-3 for the Coyotes.  … Tyler Toffoili was a minus-3.

  • Dustin Byfuglien resists cannibalism, but puts Jamie Benn in leg-lock (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    Dustin Byfuglien is a rather competitive guy, and the Winnipeg Jets were playing an important Western Conference game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. So he did what it took to win. Also, he was hungry. Let us explain.

    In the third period, Byfuglien checked Jamie Benn of Dallas to the ice and then attempted to keep him out of the play … by squeezing his legs around Benn’s head while the Stars captain was on his gloves and knees.

    Byfuglien raised his hands in that “hey I’m just as confused as all of you about this precarious situation” way, and then appeared to make amends with Benn as the two skated away.

    Because, in the end, Big Buff doesn’t want to hurt anybody. Even when his insatiable hunger makes it difficult for him.

    That was Byfuglien, in a scrum with the Stars, doing everything he can to resist his cannibalistic urges when Travis Moen’s hand got a little too close his maw. Frankly, given Byfuglien’s proportions, it’s a minor miracle he hasn’t taken his skate and sliced off a porterhouse from an opponent at some point in his career.

  • Boston Bruins rock Patriots toques in warm-up, lend Super Bowl support

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    The New England Patriots are playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl in between commercials, so the Boston Bruins decided to lend some support from afar. And also get those extra five seconds on local newscasts tonight.

    The Bruins wore New England Patriots toques during warm-ups before their game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. They were emblazoned with the slogan “Do Your Job”, which is the most blue-collar thing to hit Boston since that one time Gregory Campbell bussed his own table at Menton.

    Malcolm Subban wore it well.

    But in case you needed a reason to find the Patriots anymore loathsome:


    No word if the Vancouver Canucks will be wearing Seattle Seahawks toques on Sunday, being that everyone in Vancouver has apparently discovered the NFL in the last three years.

    As for the Bruins, it was a nice shout-out to their city mates, and a great way to help get them pumped up for the big game. After all, we’d hate to see the Patriots deflated. 

  • Patrick Kane, welcome to the Hart Trophy race

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks currently has what they call the hotness: 11 points in his last seven games, including two goals and assist in a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

    Hey, would you look at that: Kane sits second in the NHL in points at 56 (in 49 games), having closed the gap with Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers (58 points in 50 games). 

    Kane is having his best offensive season, save for the 48-game post-lockout campaign. He’s scoring at a 1.14 points per game clip, and a 0.51 goals per game average. He leads the Blackhawks in points by 14 over Jonathan Toews (42) and in goals by 10 (Toews and Brandon Saad both have 15). He’s also skating at a plus-13, and has just two penalty minutes (for all you Lady Byng watchers).

    Most of all, however, the Blackhawks are entrenched in the playoffs, which gives Kane an advantage over many of the other Art Ross candidates: Voracek, Tyler Seguin (53) and Claude Giroux (52) could all finish out of the playoffs, which kills their candidacy. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, meanwhile, share the wealth for voters.

    And if you don’t think that means something to Kane, then you don’t know Kane.



  • Julius Hudacek wears cross-country skis on ice, leads fan celebration (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Julius Hudacek of Orebro is our favorite goalie in the world.

    Who else would lead fans in a postgame celebratory Macarena? Or play leap-frog with his goaltending teammate?Or have a teammate pull him around on a sled as he delivered fans gifts after a Christmastime win? 

    Well, after Orbero’s 1-0 win over Modo this week, it was time for another #HudaShow, as the goaltender skated back out to salute the fans after a victory.

    This time wearing cross-country skis.

    And using his ski poles to lead cheers from the adoring crowd. 

    Hockey needs more Julius Hudacek. No … humanity needs more Julius Hudacek.

  • Nicole Brown of ‘Hockey Wives’ on criticism of Dustin Brown, motherhood and reality TV

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Nicole Brown scrolled through her memory, trying to recall what would qualify as her favorite reality show.

    “I’m trying to think about what my husband tells me to shut off when we’re going to bed,” she said, laughing.

    She settled on “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” the O.G. version of that franchise and a series had a bit more humanity than its trashier offspring.

    This is what Brown wants from her co-starring role on “Hockey Wives,” the new series debuting on Canada’s W Network at 10 p.m. ET/PT on March 18. As the wife of Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown – the two have been together since they were 15 years old, and have four children – she hopes the new show brings to light the lives of wives and girlfriends of NHL players.

    They raise families. They own businesses. They leverage their husbands' and boyfriends’ stardom for charitable causes.

    “Every wife and girlfriend has their own story to tell,” Brown said. “It’s not like we’re all sitting at home waiting for our husbands or boyfriends to come home.”

    The cast for the upcoming season, including Brown:

  • My night at the bar with Tim Peel, NHL ref and object of scorn

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    “That one hurt.”

    NHL referee Tim Peel and I are at Foley’s pub in New York, which is the only logical place for a hockey summit. He’s between games, having officiated in Washington the night before and headed over to New Jersey on Friday night. He’s affable, engaging, the kind of guy who gives you a tap on the knee before hitting a punchline in that “you’re going to want to hear this one” way. 

    And he’s sitting across from a guy who’s ridden his ass like a jockey for the last two years.

    We were aware of Tim Peel well before his foibles became a department on this website. A lot of hockey fans were. The criticism of his many mishaps tracks back to 2008 on the venerable Kukla’s Korner. The advent of social media in hockey fandom led to a cottage industry of “Tim Peel Alerts” when he was scheduled to officiate the game.

    Anyway, here’s Peel, beer in hand, explaining that for all the derision, all the criticism, there was one thing that really hurt.

    But instead we were toasting shots of tequila while glancing at the Wild and Flames on the television; two hockey guys, talking hockey. 


  • NHL putting ads on World Cup jerseys, which are apparently for-profit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    When the NHL and the NHLPA announced the 2016 World Cup of Hockey last weekend, it was clear that they would find new and excited ways to generate revenue from an event that could gross as much as $120 million. 

    This is because NHL players (and fans and media) are all really keen on Olympic participation, and the League knows the only way to knock dreams of gold medals out of their heads is to smack them with bags of money.

    So, to the surprise of no one except those delusional enough to believe there won’t be advertising on NHL jerseys in the near future, there will be advertising on World Cup of Hockey sweaters, according to Rick Westhead of TSN:

    The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.

    Who’s ready for Team Sweden, with the fourth crown provided by Burger King!?

    Image via Hockey Blog in Canada

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Brodeur retirement; Chuck Gormley on Caps/Pens

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

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    It's a Thursday 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: Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington on the Capitals vs. Penguins.

    • Brodeur retires. 

    • Spezza in Ottawa. 

    • News and notes. 

    Question of the Day: Ask us anything! Email or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!