Greg Wyshynski

  • Mike Babcock back in Detroit: Old voice meets the new one

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 mins ago

    Mike Babcock makes his return to Detroit – well, in the regular season – as the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    But rather than facing a Red Wings team that had to throw away the script when he departed, he faces one that’s trying to continue the legacy of success he helped build there. Jeff Blashill, the new head coach, is preaching the same kind of pace and puck control that Babcock did.

    And like Babcock was with the Wings, GM Ken Holland’s the reason he’s there as head coach.

    The Detroit Free Press’ Mitch Albom asked Leafs president Brendan Shanahan about the disciples of Holland, who are not only coaches but also GMs like Jim Nill with Dallas and Steve Yzerman with the Lightning.

    "I'll give Kenny the credit," Shanahan says. "There are certain organizations in hockey that have the kind of leader that makes you want to stay in the game.

    "Kenny, Jimmy Nill, they were good, they were fun, they were pros and they were kind. And I think that's why you see a lot of Red Wings stay in hockey.

  • As NWHL debuts, salaries aren't women's hockey players’ only reward

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    NEW YORK – Janine Weber was recently speaking with some 12-year-old girls, and had a question for them: What do you want to be when you grow up? 

    After a few expected answers, one of them told her, proudly: “I want to be a hockey player.”

    Weber smiled. “I think it’s pretty cool that now they can be professional hockey players.”

    A native of Austria who attended Providence College, Weber was the first free agent to sign with the four-team National Women’s Hockey League, one of two professional women’s leagues in North America. Her team, the New York Riveters, opens its inaugural season on Sunday in Stamford, Conn., against the Connecticut Whale.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Sign up for a league today]

    (The afternoon game at Chelsea Pier, CT, is sold out; there are tickets available for the Buffalo Beauts’ debut against the Boston Pride at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 at HarborCenter. Manon Rheaume, the first woman to appear in an NHL exhibition game, will drop the first puck.)



  • Andy Greene named NJ Devils captain, obviously

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    The New Jersey Devils needed a captain, so they put the ‘C’ on a defenseman, which is their wont.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Sign up for a league today]

    Andy Greene was named the 11th captain in team history, replacing defenseman Bryce Salvador and following in the tradition of defensemen Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Bruce Driver. 

    The team actually had a stretch of six years with captains at the forward spot – Patrik Elias, followed by Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise – but this makes two in a row on the back end.

    Why Greene? Well, he’s signed through 2020 for one, with a no-trade clause. He’s a career Devil, for another. But he’s also the team’s oldest player (32) among its defensemen, which is the most promising area of the lineup. You could do a lot worse than having Greene as the role model for Adam Larsson, Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill and Damon Severson, as he’s been during the start of their careers.


  • Buffalo Sabres make hip-hop classic their unlikely new goal song

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    The connections between professional hockey and hip-hop are well established.

    There was that time Snoop Dogg hung with commissioner Gary Bettman at an Anaheim Ducks game. There was that time Kris Kross wore New Jersey Devils jerseys in the “Jump Jump” video (backwards, of course, because they were totally Krossed out). There was Lil Jon, Thrashers fan. (RIP ... the team, not Lil Jon.) There was that time Alex Ovechkin was name-checked in a rap and performed a rap himself. There was … hmmm … give us a moment … uh … Drake? 

    So it should come as no surprise that the connection grows forever stronger, as the Buffalo Sabres have turned to an old school rap classic as their goal song this season.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Sign up for a league today]



  • After 10 years of Crosby vs. Ovechkin, you ready for McDavid vs. Eichel?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    So who ya got? 

    In this corner is Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Canadian hockey wunderkind and anointed top prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered arguably the best young player to enter the League in a decade and maybe beyond. He’s polished and practiced, his image cultivated and controlled.

    In this corner is Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, American hockey prodigy and consensus second-best prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered a franchise player and someone who would have gone first overall in many other recent drafts. He’s a little rougher around the edges, and you can sense there’s a rascal lurking under that measured rookie veneer.

    As hockey fans, we'd obviously like them both to excel, to maximize their potential, to give this League two more must-see players among the dozen or so that currently exist. We want them to revive their moribund franchises, to challenge for trophies. And since they’re inexorably linked by their draft year, we want them to push each other, feeding our societal need for constant comparison.

    Ten years, to be exact.

  • Why Dustin Brown wasn’t suspended for ‘head butt’ on Logan Couture

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Boy, that Dustin Brown hit against Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks on opening night was something, wasn’t it? 

    It was like he was shot out of a cannon: a head-first King missile, launching into Couture’s upper body, cutting the Sharks forward’s face. It was a brutal hit, the kind you look at and immediately recognize as the sort of thing you don’t want to see in the NHL.

    But what rule, exactly, did it break?

    That was the conundrum for the NHL Department of Player Safety, which reviewed the hit after the game but opted not to have a suspension hearing for the Los Angeles Kings captain.

    Forget the fact he wasn’t penalized on the ice; the Department of Player Safety exists, partially, to hand out punishments for calls that aren’t. The issue is that the play itself doesn’t necessarily fall into any category the NHL uses for supplemental discipline.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Sign up for a league today]

    Was it a charge? Not by the definition of the rule.

    That said, Brown will reportedly receive a warning from the NHL to not do … whatever this was, again. 

  • NHL Three Stars: Sharks open strong at LA Kings

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

    The newly minted Sharks captain scored a power-play goal to give the Sharks the lead, assisted on Brent Burns’ second-period goal and picked up another helper on Joonas Donskoi’s third-period tally in the Sharks’ 5-1 rout of the Los Angeles Kings. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brent Burns and Joe Thornton had a two-point nights in Peter DeBoer's debut as coach. 

    No. 2 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    The reigning MVP and Vezina winner made 36 saves as the Canadiens ruined Mike Babcock’s debut with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Max Pacioretty scored two goals and P.K. Subban had three assists.

    No. 3 Star: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists as the Canucks hung 44 shots and five goals on Karri Ramo in a 5-1 victory.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Sign up for a league today]

    Did You Know? Calgary is 12-20-10-2 all-time in its first game of the season. (

  • Patrick Kane one whistle away from awkwardly being banner night hero (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The ovation for Patrick Kane was loud and, by this point, expected. His unhindered promotion by the Chicago Blackhawks – taking part in their red carpet entrance on Madison, playing a role in the team’s Stanley Cup championship banner raising – was in keeping with the team’s increasingly brazen response to the swirl of outrage around their star, who is still under investigation (but not charged) for sexual assault in Western New York as the NHL season begins. 

    No matter how voluminous the social media protests, no matter how many Blackhawks fans were questioning their fandom or outright walking away from it, the United Center was Patrick Kane’s protective bubble.

    Toews goal currently being reviewed

    Here's the ceremony:

  • Karri Ramo makes incredible save vs. Sedin Twins (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Calgary Flames eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season in six games, with goalie Karri Ramo getting the win in relief of Jonas Hiller.

    Ramo got the opening night start for the Flames against the Canucks, and midway through the first period on Wednesday night he got the better of the Sedin Twins with a spectacular save.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Sign up for a league today]

    Henrik Sedin skated in on a two-on-one after a Flames turnover, his brother rocketing down the wing. He floated a pass to Daniel Sedin’s stick, and it looked like another bit of twin magic from the Sedins.

    Instead, Ramo executed a spinning windmill save with his blocker, knocking the puck over the glass as the Sedins were stunned.

    Alas, Ramo would give up two goals to the Canucks in the first period. But that save sure was something. Save of the year candidate, for sure. You know, one game into the season.



  • Mike Babcock wins 1st NHL coach’s challenge on opening night; good call? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL finally instituteda coach’s challenge this season, granting bench bosses a way to appeal blown goalie interference and offside calls that lead to a goal – as long as they have a timeout. 

    [Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit]

    At 6:35 of the second period on Wednesday night, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock hadn’t used his timeout. So when Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens crashed goalie Jonathan Bernier prior to defenseman Jeff Petry putting the puck in the net, Babcock decided to test the system for the first time in the regular season on opening night.

    He called over referee Frederick L'Ecuyer, indicated that he wanted a coach’s challenge, and that set the wheels in motion. L'Ecuyer and referee Dan O’Rourke picked up a small video tablet and began reviewing the play between the penalty boxes.

    The system worked!