Greg Wyshynski

  • NHL Three Stars: Enroth, Pickard shine in the crease

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres

    The Sabres goalie made 43 saves, including 20 in the second period, as Buffalo topped the Washington Capitals, 2-1. Torrey Mitchell had the game-winner.

    No. 2 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

    Benn finally exploded offensively, scoring two goals and assisting on John Klingberg’s in the first period as the Stars held off the Los Angeles Kings, 5-4. Justin Williams had two goals in the loss.

    No. 3 Star: Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche 

    Pickard earned his first NHL victory with 17 saves on 17 shots in relief of Reto Berra, who was pulled after giving up three first-period goals. Erik Johnson, Jarome Iginla and Zach Redmond rallied the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Nathan MacKinnon assisted on all three.

    Did You Know? The Bruins dressed five rookies: forwards Matt Fraser, Seth Griffith, Alexander Khokhlachev and Matt Lindblad, and defenseman Joe Morrow.

  • On Batman vs. The Riddler night, why wouldn’t hockey players fight? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    The Toledo Walleye and Evansville IceMen held “Heroes Night” on Saturday, which was a good excuse to wear incredibly awesome jerseys themed to Batman and The Riddler. 

    So if you’re dressing one team like the Caped Crusader, and the other team as one of Gotham’s most infamous criminals … well, you knew what was going to happen. 

    POW! BAM! KAPOW!

    "Riddle me this, Batman: What has five digits but is measured in pounds?"

    "What?"

    "MY FIST!" 

    The game in Toledo featured four fights between the Dark Knight clad Walleye and the green question mark speckled IceMen, including Cody "Dark Knight" Lampl and Kevin "Please Don't Let Jim Carrey's Performance Define This Iconic Character" Harvey. 

    Here's another battle between the forces of justice and chaos:

    The game worn jerseys will be sold after the final whistle during a live auction, with proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well.

     

     

  • Syracuse Crunch set indoor attendance record, honor Leah Still

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    In 1996, the Tampa Bay Lightning set an attendance record for an indoor pro hockey game in the United States. In 2014, that record finally fell, thanks to their minor league affiliate.

    The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League drew an announced crowd of 30,715 at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on Saturday night, shattering the record of 28,138 set by the Lightning vs. the Philadelphia Flyers in a Eastern Conference playoff quarterfinal game held in what was then called the ThunderDome on St. Petersburg, Fla.  

    The Crunch defeated the Utica Comets, the Vancouver Canucks’ farm team, 2-1. Here’s a look at the scene:

    From the AHL:

    Tonight’s turnout also represented the second-largest crowd in the 79-year history of the AHL. The Syracuse Crunch were also the first AHL team to put on an outdoor game when in 2010, a crowd of 21,508 fans – then the largest ever for an AHL game – packed the New York State Fairgrounds to watch the Crunch.

    The jerseys were to be autographed and auctioned off to benefit Ronald McDonald House. 

     

  • Jason Demers demolishes Jarret Stoll with awesome hip check (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Welcome to Dallas, Jason Demers.

    In his first game with the Dallas Stars, the former San Jose Sharks defenseman said hello to some old friends: The Los Angeles Kings, who visited the Lone Star State on Saturday night.

    In the first period, Jarret Stoll had the puck in the neutral zone, attempting to cross the Dallas blue line. Alas, he didn’t know Demers would keep the lost art of the perfectly executed hip check alive. Stoll earned some frequent flier miles, hurtling to the ice.

    Here's the super slow-mo of the hit:

    Heck of a hit by Demers. And, of course the Sharks defenseman only steps up with an amazing play against the Kings the moment he leaves San Jose …

    s/t My Regular Face

  • NHL responds to concussion lawsuit, says players weren’t misled

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    The NHL finally responded to the lawsuit brought by 40 former players, seeking damages because they allege the League mishandled its response to concussions during their playing days. And the League thinks the suit should be dismissed from Minnesota District Court. 

    (In August, “a federal panel ruled that all concussion-related lawsuits brought by retired N.H.L. players would be consolidated into a single suit and heard by the United States District Court in St. Paul, Minn.”)

    Via Katie Strang of ESPN.com:

    According to the documents filed by the NHL, the league feels it has firm legal ground to stand upon in facing such allegations.

    In the other brief, the league cites certain statutes of limitations that preclude the plaintiffs from seeking compensation and considers the claims "untimely."

    From the first suit filed, which you can read here:

  • NHL gives LA Kings cap relief after Slava Voynov domestic violence charge

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Los Angeles Kings have finally seen the “dysfunctional” cap situation created by Slava Voynov’s suspension cleared up. 

    From the NHL on Friday night:

    The National Hockey League announced today that the existing terms of its suspension of Los Angeles Kings’ Player Slava Voynov will be continued indefinitely.

    However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Thus, Voynov’s $4.1 million salary cap space is finally freed up. He’s still suspended without pay, as he was charged with a felony on Thursday for “corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily harm.” If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison and possible deportation. 

     

     

  • Jason Demers traded to Stars for Brenden Dillon in surprise Sharks swap

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars pulled off a trade of young defensemen that’s fascinating on several fronts, especially the fiscal one. 

    The Sharks flipped Jason Demers and a 2016 third-rounder for Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon. The former is 26 and a puck-moving defenseman; the latter is 24 and a big body. Neither one has gotten off to a good start this season, and both now have new zip codes.

    From the Stars, some summary:

    Demers, 26, has posted three assists (0-3=3) in 20 games played for San Jose this season. His 30 hits are second amongst San Jose defensemen and he has yet to be on ice for a power play goal against in 21:14 of shorthanded time. He set career highs in goals, assists and points (5-29=34) in 75 games played during the 2013-14 season.

    The six-year NHL veteran has appeared in 300 career NHL games, all with San Jose, producing 98 points (16-82=98) and a +20 plus/minus rating. In 39 playoff contests, he has produced nine points (3-6=9) and 44 shots.

    The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Dorval, Quebec was originally selected by San Jose in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.

  • Gallery: Create an NHL Starter Pack reader art contest!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    We asked, and once again you dear readers delivered...

    Our latest Reader Art Contest is the "Create An NHL Starter Pack" competition, in which we asked you to dive into the meme sweeping the Interwebz. It's a simple concept: Four images, edited together, that represent the essentials for "becoming" a given person or team. 

    Like, for example, the "Ilya Bryzgalov Starter Pack" by reader Spencer Thome: The universe, fear of bears, a giant regrettable contract and the man himself in a goofy hat.

    We'll continue taking entries through Monday, Nov. 24 at noon ET. Email over to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. 

    Top five entries snag something from the Puck Daddy prize closet!

    OK, enough with the logistics. How about some Starter Packs? 

    And here ... we ... go. 

     

    Joel Quenneville Starter Pack by Derek Harms (Mustache; Line Blender"; Sandpaper Grit"; Crotch Grabbing Ability)

    Los Angeles Kings Fan Starter Pack by John Tyndall

    Randy Carlyle Era Leafs Starter Pack by Tom Urtz, Jr.

    Mark Messier Starter Pack by Mark Miotto (The elbow took us a second.)

    Richie And Cartsy Bro-Starter Pack by Mohit 

  • Man falls asleep on ice resurfacing machine during AHL intermission (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    On Tuesday night, the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL hosted the Norfolk Admirals. As many teams do, the Checkers invite fans to ride on the ice resurfacing machine (Zamboni, the Zamboni people reminded us via email, is trademarked) to keep things trademark generic). It’s the thrill of a lifetime, a moment some fans would never forget. 

    Or a chance to take a nap.

    As captured on this short YouTube clip, a fan caught flies as the ice was resurfaced. Some fans – like Joe Hospoder, who hipped us to this story – wondered if it was a dummy or mannequin. Others probably wondered if this was narcolepsy at best or rigor mortis at worst.

    So what was it? We asked the Checkers, and they said:

    “He was just messing around. Did it the whole ride, but popped up right after.”

    OK, then kudos to you, sir. That's ... well, that's a unique sense of humor you got there. 

    Whew. That’s a relief. For a second, we thought we were watching “Weekend at ‘Boni’s.”

     

     

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Aaron Portzline on Jack Johnson; Hextall rant on Flyers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch on Jack Johnson. 

    * Ron Hextall's rant on the Flyers.  

    * Top NHL defensemen.   

    Question of the Day: What was your reaction to the Jack Johnson story? Ask us anything!  Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to  @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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