Greg Wyshynski

  • What NHL players are told about rape, domestic violence

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Two years ago, it was Semyon Varlamov, arrested after allegedly having assaulted his then-girlfriend. Prosecutors eventually dropped the domestic violence charges when they couldn’t prove them beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Then it was Slava Voynov, arrested and charged with a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse. He would plead “no contest” to domestic violence charges and get 90 days in jail, along with a prolonged suspension from the NHL. 

    Most recently it was Patrick Kane, currently under investigation by Buffalo police after being accused by a local woman of sexually assaulting her in his home. 

    None of this is unique to hockey, and all of it seems to run counter to what we assume organized sports can, or should, accomplish with young men: Instilling discipline; preaching selflessness; establishing some semblance of morality, or at, a minimum, humanity.

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    But what, if anything, does the league tell these players about rape? About sexual assault? About domestic violence? Does the League do enough? Does it have an effective approach?

  • Cody Franson, Buffalo Sabres nearing 2-year contract deal?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    When free agency began, Cody Franson was a wide-eyed 27-year-old defenseman, full of life and optimism and thinking this summer would produce a contract offer that befit his 6-5 frame and 40-point potential.

    As of Thursday, Aug. 27, Franson was a frustrated 28-year-old, sitting by while dozens of defensemen were gobbled up on the UFA market. Oh, there were “talks” rumored with teams like the Boston Bruins. But nothing concrete.

    Then, finally, some movement: Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports that the Buffalo Sabres and Franson are in talks, and one assumes he likes what he’s hearing: Instead of another one-year stop-gap deal, Franson and the Sabres are talking about a two-year deal.

    From the News:

    Franson was a dud last season for the Nashville Predators after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs: one goal, three assists in 23 games, seeing his ice time go from 21:23 with the Leafs to 15:25 in Nashville.

    Well, in the salary cap sense. We all know Terry Pegula has enough money to buy Donald Trump. 

  • Scott Gomez gets Blues camp invite, and he’s earned it

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    The good news for Scott Gomez is that, over the years, he’s become a punchline to fewer and fewer people. 

    The loudest guffaws came when he didn’t come close to living up to his elephantine contract, and went through an epic goal-scoring drought that earned him an ironic cult following. The chuckles continued when he went from a top six forward to a professional tryout contract hanger-on, and they continued when he ended up back in New Jersey, the team he spurned to sign that aforementioned contract with the rival New York Rangers.

    But then, at 35 years old, the laughing subsided. Gomez had 34 points in 57 games last season, with 27 assists; had the Devils’ offense resembled anything close to being on an NHL level, he might have had more.

    Gomez wasn’t invited back by the Devils’ new regime – the reruns left with Lamoriello – but he wasn’t about to let his NHL career end there.

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  • Mike Richards charged with possession of controlled substance

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Mike Richards had his contract with the Los Angeles Kings terminated on June 29, with the team claiming that there was a “material breach of the requirements” of his 12-year deal, which ran through 2020. 

    What was the breach? NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire indicated there was an incident at the Canadian/U.S. border that prompted the Kings to take action. Then TMZ Sports reported that Richards had been stopped at the border and questioned about oxycodone pills in his possession on June 17.

    It’s taken nearly two months, but Richards has finally been charged by the Manitoba RCMP: Possession of Controlled Substance while entering Canada.

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  • NFL rookie says hockey made him a tackling machine

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Nick Dzubnar rushed up the middle of the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line, lunged and grabbed the leg of quarterback Drew Stanton, bringing him down to the grass. 

    Granted, his natural inclination may have been to put a shoulder into his jaw, knocking him down, forcing a turnover and then preparing to fight one of his teammates in retribution. But this was a San Diego Chargers’ preseason game. It was a field, not a rink. It was football, not hockey. Although Dzubnar believes his time playing the latter has informed his approach to the former.

    Dzubnar is an undrafted rookie linebacker from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which isn’t exactly Linebacker U. Nevertheless, he’s the school’s all-time leader in tackles, which is great considering he almost opted to play another sport.

    He caught the hockey bug before and during his time at Mission Viejo High in California. He almost considered a junior hockey career, but he followed his father’s path to Cal Poly instead.

    Still, Dzubnar said the tools hockey gave him are the foundation for the kind of football player he’s become.

  • What if NHL doesn’t expand to Quebec City, Las Vegas after all?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    It was announced recently that Quebec City and Las Vegas have entered “Phase III” of the NHL expansion process, which we assume is the talent portion. Can’t wait to see Bill Foley spinning plates while singing the national anthem … 

    The markets are now proving their viability to the NHL and its Board of Governors, and the League in turn is letting these potential owners know what’s expected of them. Complicated concepts like “don’t be a complete fraud” and “don’t sell season tickets until we tell you to.”

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    Obvious issues to add an eighth Canadian team are:

    1. Market size: Some believe that with under a million citizens, Quebec City will struggle long-term to fill that great new arena.

    That’s a lot of poutine.

    From Luke DeCock:

    Is Quebec one of them?

  • Tom Sestito gets tryout deal from Penguins, continues odd journey

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Tom Sestito’s NHL journey has been an odd one, right through his professional tryout contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins that was announced on Wednesday. 

    He punched his way into the NHL, amassing over 300 penalty minutes in three seasons in the OHL, then 202 in the AHL before getting his first NHL game with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He would appear in 12 more before moving over to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012, because of course.

    He played in 21 games with Philly and then it was off to the Vancouver Canucks for three season, including one that seemed to indicate Sestito might actually have something more to offer than pummeling faces. He had nine points in 77 games under John Tortorella, albeit with with 213 PIMs, a career high. (He also picked up 27 PIMs in one second of ice time. Which is a heck of a trick.)

    But in the next season, he was persona non grata under Willie Desjardins. He was sent to the AHL, and then the Canucks announced he wasn’t going to play there either:

    So now he arrives in Pittsburgh. From the Pens:

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  • Nicklas Backstrom unsure if he’ll be ready for start of Capitals' season

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Washington Capitals star center Nicklas Backstrom had arthroscopic hip surgery after last season. All indications are that the surgery went well, and that Backstrom would join the Capitals in training camp. 

    But appearing in training camp is different than being ready for the start of the 2015-16 season, and Backstrom admitted to Gefle Dagblad 0f Arbetarbladet that he might not answer the bell when the Capitals open against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 10.

    “I don’t know if I will be able to play right away when the season starts,” he said.

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    But Backstrom reiterated that the surgery “has gone well and I hope it stays that way.”

    Said the center: “There has been considerable focus on enhancing mobility in the hip again, from the beginning I could not run or anything, because I wanted to wait to get on the ice also very recently.”

    He’s back on the ice, which means hopefully his absence at the start of the season is a short one, if there is one at all.

  • NHL Stadium Series logos leak for Red Wings, Avalanche and Wild

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    One of the ways the NHL tries to differentiate between the Winter Classic and its Stadium Series games – besides inviting teams beyond the nine seemingly on repeat for Jan. 1 – is through its jerseys and logo designs. 

    Rather than throwbacks, these uniforms are typically spiffy takes on their current wardrobe, like the Los Angeles Kings’ white pants or the New York Rangers’ lettering, shiny and chrome like it’s on the way to Valhalla.

    This season, the Detroit Red Wings are visiting the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild are hosting the Chicago Blackhawks, which means four new designs for the Stadium Series. Or three new designs and whatever they do for the Blackhawks’ annual outdoor game. Ah, the spoils of victory and/or the perils of fame ...

    According to a recently released Reebok catalogue that was screen-capped by graphic designer Conrad Burry, the Wild, Avalanche and Red Wings will all have new looks for the games.

    Here's some gear for Chicago and Minnesota: 

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  • Mark Giordano signs 6-year, $40.5 million deal with Flames

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Were it not for injuries, Mark Giordano could have been a Norris Trophy finalist (and likely winner) in each of the last two seasons. He’s a 31-year-old elite defenseman, on a Calgary Flames team that’s clearly ahead of schedule as a contender and has built a formidable blue line in front of average goaltending. 

    And now, he’s being paid as such: The Flames signed Giordano to a six-year extension worth $40.5 million according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, for a $6.75 million cap hit. He has one more year left at $4.02M AAV for the Flames.

    From the Flames:

    And that’s the thing with this deal: It pays Giordano what he’s worth now, and maybe for the next three seasons; but at some point in this deal, he’s going to be a 37-year-old defenseman making $6.75 million, at a time when guys like Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau could be looking to have new deals that eat up UFA years.

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