Greg Wyshynski

  • Hart Trophy Watch: Patrick Kane, Henrik Lundqvist and Dallas Stars power

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    With roughly 25 games in the books, it’s time to take a gander at the MVP race for the 2015-16 NHL season. 

    When it comes to voting for the actual trophy, we have a strict “in it to win it” policy; you can’t have a Hart Trophy winner from a non-playoff team. But for the sake of this ranking, we’ve included players from teams that are currently out of a playoff seed.

    We also figure only one or two goalies, in the end, are going to be in contention for the Hart. But we’ve included four here, as there’s no question they’re in the MVP conversation.

    So with that established, here are the top 10 candidates for the Hart Trophy through Monday’s games:

    10. Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens 

    9. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    His 1.95 GAA is sterling, and he has a .926 save percentage in leading the league with 15 wins. A bit further down the list because the team in front of him is quite good, and because there are a few goalies ahead of him in the ranking. That said, he’s aces at Cage The Elephant karaoke.

    5. Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

  • Ole-Kristian Tollefsen suspended 8 games for Mattias Tedenby head-shot (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Ole-Kristian Tollefsen has been called “The Norwegian Nightmare” for his physical, and frequently injurious, play. You may remember him from the Olympics, playing defense for the NORGE. He also spent five years in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Philadelphia Flyers from 2005-10. He played 163 games. He earned 296 penalty minutes. 

    Now played for Färjestad BK in the SHL, Tollefsen showed he’s still got the touch in a recent game against HV71. The “touch” in this case being the ability to blindside a player with a head shot.

    As former New Jersey Devils forward Mattias Tedenby was lunging for a pass near the Färjestad net, Tollefsen charged at him. Tedenby was eligible to be hit on the play; but as he bent down to reach for the puck, Tollefsen skated through him, connecting with his head. Tedenby hit the ice, but would continue to play in the game.

    As Hockey Vilson notes, the SHL has a new “situation room” that looks at player safety incidents and recommends action to the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation’s Disciplinary Committee.


  • Evgeni Malkin for Eric Staal trade is possible, according to Stan Fischler

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    So the venerable Stan Fischler decided to take a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins in his latest “One Timers” column for The Hockey News. 

    And it went a little something like this:

    No matter how you shake it Sidney Crosby has become a curious subject for study in Pittsburgh. His slow scoring start was enough to raise eyebrows through the season’s first quarter although Sid seems to be back on track. What’s troublesome are reports of a feud with his former landlord and boss Mario Lemieux. That has created more negative vibes than the Penguins need.

    Both Crosby and Lemieux were emphatic in denying a rift between them, although without a photo showing them sharing a bottle of Cabernet in Mario’s basement/Sid’s former bedroom, we’re not sure if they can ever establish there’s no heat.

    The venerable Stan Fischler then decided to put on his GM fedora, and came up with this little ditty:

    Which brings us to this, from the venerable Stan Fischler:

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: George Richards on Panthers, Jagr; Kate Cimini on NWHL!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

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

    - George Richards of the Miami Herald joins us to talk about the Florida Panthers, some struggling young players, potential relocation and the glory of covering Jaromir Jagr. 

    - Kate Cimini, Lead NWHL writer for@TodaysSlapshot, joins us to talk about the league, its future and the biggest stories on the ice this season. 

    - John Tortorella calls the Penguins whiners.

    - Jim Kyte vs. Brendan Gallagher and Brad Marchand.

    - Carey Price's injury. 

    - 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.]

  • Carey Price out 6 weeks with injury; Mike Condon to play in Winter Classic?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will miss a minimum of six weeks with a knee injury, the team announced on Monday. 

    The NHL’s Winter Classic is scheduled for January 1, 2016, between the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.

    Look, we’re no math majors, but it sure does sound like Carey Price will not be in the crease for the NHL’s signature outdoor event.

    Francois Gagnon of RDS reported on Friday that Price would miss a month, and this injury confirmation from the Canadiens estimates it’ll be mid-January before we see him again.

    The good news here, obviously, is that Price’s injury won’t require surgery. Well, we assume it’s good news, and the Canadiens and Price aren’t doing something stupid like trying to rehab an injury that otherwise should require surgery. But hey, it’s the NHL … you never know.

    So the Canadiens’ crease now belongs to Michael Condon and Dustin Tokarski.


  • Joni Pitkanen making unexpected comeback bid in Finland

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Hybrid icing. Where would Joni Pitkänen be today if there had been no-touch or hybrid icing in April 2013? 

    Probably still in the NHL, where mobile scoring defensemen are indeed a coveted commodity. Instead, the former Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman is attempting a comeback bid from a catastrophic heel injury suffered when he crashed into the end boards on an icing play – two and a half years ago.

    His heel injury kept him out of hockey until last summer, when Pitkänen began training on ice for the first time. Now, according to Ilta-Sanomat, the 32-year-old defenseman says his rehab has progressed to the point where he believes he can make a potential comeback with Liiga club Kärpät Oulu. He played with that club until making the jump to the NHL as a 20 year old in 2003. 

    Keep in mind that Pitkänen never retired in the NHL. He played 535 games and had 282 points, including two 46-point seasons.  

  • Brendan Gallagher wages Twitter war with old school NHL player

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Remember Jim Kyte?

    The defenseman played 598 games from 1982-96 with five franchises, starting with Winnipeg Jets (1.0) and ending with the San Jose Sharks. He was also legally deaf, as this remarkable story chronicled.

    A lot has changed since Kyte was in the NHL and he decided to get all “old man shakes fist at cloud” about it on Twitter recently. Specifically, he doesn’t like the pests that buzz around for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruin. “Brendan Gallagher, Brad Marchand, and players of their ilk are the reason I don't watch many NHL games anymore,” wrote Kyte, with the hashtags “#nohonor” and “#noaccountability.”

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    You know who didn’t appreciate this sentiment? Brendan “No Honor” Gallagher, who shot back with an indictment of Kyte’s own dishonorable play. And thus, the Great Gally Vs. Kyte Twitter War began.

  • Bride watches NHL game in wedding dress, devours burger (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Erica Skuta is a Minnesota Wild fan living in New Zealand, which is pretty awesome because they have several different kinds of indigenous penguins there. 

    She was back in Minnesota this weekend, where she married fellow Wild fan Lewis Blake and attended the Wild’s game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night as their “wedding finale.” In the process, she gave the hockey world an image that will be replayed in Jumbotron fan montages ‘till death do us part.

    That’s Erica, munching on a burger while sitting in the arena seats in her wedding dress.

    And in one of his first acts of husbandly gallantry, that’s Lewis wiping some burger grease and/or condiment off his bride’s chin before it plummeted down to her dress. Nice work, sir. Better than a jacket over a puddle on a rainy street.

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    We raise a large arena burger in your honor, you lovely Kiwis.


  • NHL Three Stars: Gaborik rallies King over Chicago; Boedker tricks Sens

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings

    The Kings star scored at 14:05 of the third period to complete a rally against the Chicago Blackhawks. He then scored at 2:04 of a frantic 3-on-3 overtime to give the Kings an impressive 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Anze Kopitar set up both goals. 

    No. 2 Star: Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes

    The Coyotes forward tallied a hat trick in their 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. That included an insurance goal in the third period, his ninth of the season, that ended up being the game-winner. Anders Lindback made 35 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers

    It’s hasn’t been the best offensive year for Simmonds, but it was a hell of an offensive performance from him in a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers. He scored two goals and set up Sean Couturier’s tally, giving Steve Mason (24 saves) all he’d need for the shutout victory.

    Did You Know? Patrick Kane became the first American player to tally a point in 19 straight games, setting an NHL record.

  • John Tortorella blasts Penguins: ‘Pittsburgh whines enough for whole league’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was suspended for Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues after giving Sidney Crosby a cross-check to the head, and then another one to his back while he was down on the ice. 

    Dubinsky argued that his stick rode up on Crosby and that the Pittsburgh Penguins star put himself in a prone position. The NHL answered that argument in its suspension video, rather effectively.

    The Blue Jackets could have used Dubinsky in a tightly-played game against the St. Louis Blues, which Columbus lost 3-1 on two Blues goals in the third period.

    “He’s contagious. All the things you need to do against a club like this, Dubi brings that,” Coach John Tortorella said after the game. “We still have some guys that need to jump aboard, as far as what you have to do to win these games. But Dubi certainly would have helped.”

    But he wasn’t, and Tortorella was asked after the loss if he felt the suspension was justified. And … well, he went the full Torts:

    The Blue Jackets visit the Penguins on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh.