Greg Wyshynski

  • As Wild imploded, Mike Yeo couldn’t escape this firing

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Mike Yeo couldn’t survive this one. 

    In the 2013-14 season, Yeo was a “whisker away” from being fired by the Minnesota Wild after a six-game losing streak, with defenseman Ryan Suter saying the team was “as close to bottom as you can get.” But somehow, he survived. (You know things are surreal when you go from the firing line to Ilya Bryzgalov coming off the scrapheap to save your season.)

    In 2014-15, same deal: The team was in a death spiral, and the expectations were even higher. They sat six points out of the playoffs in January. Yeo was so pissed off that he slammed his stick against the boards and stormed out of practice. Then Devan Dubnyk arrives, Yeo rides him like American Pharoah and the Wild make the playoffs. Job status: Safe, somehow.

    “I’m a realist. You can’t lose every game and expect there’s not going to be changes,” he said. “I’m operating under the assumption that I’ll be the coach tomorrow.”

    And then he was fired.

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  • Winnipeg Jets outdoor game vs. Connor McDavid in October: Report

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    It’s been known for some time that the Winnipeg Jets were getting an outdoor game in the 2016-17 NHL season. 

    Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the NHL “owed” Winnipeg a gameafter plans for the Heritage Classic in Manitoba fell through. In January, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the game would likely be played at Investors Group Field – home of the CFL’s Blue Bombers – in December 2016 against an undetermined opponent.

    On Saturday, John Shannon of Sportsnet reported that the opponent will be the Edmonton Oilers, and that outdoor game will be held in October.

    This would be the earliest an outdoor game will be played during the regular season, breaking the tradition for the NHL since the Winter Classic debuted in 2008 to have that be the first outdoor game of the season.

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  • Dallas Stars seeking to join NHL’s elite, ready for Capitals

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    It was a statement win for the Dallas Stars. They skated into Chicago, less than a week after the Blackhawks throttled them in a 5-1 win back in the Lone Star State, and skated out with a 4-2 victory that saw them sprint out to a four-goal lead.

    Impressive? Without question, and especially without the injured Jason Spezza. But for Lindy Ruff, it’s more important that the Stars show they belong among the elite rather than occasionally toppling them.

    "Chicago has proven it year after year," Ruff said. "We still have to prove we can get there and stay there and be able to battle a top team."

    Or battle the NHL’s top team, as they will when they face the Washington Capitals on Saturday night in Dallas. The Capitals have won five straight, and will have Evgeny Kuznetsov, their dynamic young center, despite a concussion scare this week.

    Oh, January was bad,  as the Stars went 3-6-2.

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  • Petr Mrazek has crashed Braden Holtby’s Vezina party

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    At one point this season, quite recently, the Vezina Trophy race was a sprint to a coronation: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals goaltender and pupil of that Netminding Yoda Mitch Korn, had the trophy in the bag.

    He had the NHL lead in wins. As he did for goals-against average. As he did for save percentage.

    As for Feb. 12, he still holds onto one of those leads: Wins, with 35, four more than Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s 14 more wins than Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings – Holtby has started 44 games, Mrazek has 34 – but hey would you look at that: The Red Wings goalie leads the NHL in save percentage (.934) and GAA (1.94) heading into Friday night’s game hosting the Colorado Avalanche.*

    The current stats picture, via War-on-Ice, at 5-on-5:

    Here’s what they’ve done on the penalty kill:

    The Red Wings have the 19th best penalty kill in the NHL; the Capitals have the fourth. Sometimes a kill works because of the goalie. Sometimes it’s the system and the personnel in front of him.

    Which is, essentially, the same argument that can made with all goaltending stats, right?

    Well, they’ve done OK with it.

    So, that said, here’s Mrazek:

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  • Carey Price done; Habs won’t confirm for ‘marketing’ value (Report)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price hasn’t played since Nov. 25, defeating the New York Rangers and moving his team to 17-4-2. 

    They’ve gone 10-20-2 since then, tumbling from first place in the conference down to three points out of a playoff spot.

    But it is just three points. There is hope. And of course, there’s the hope that the reigning MVP and top goalie in the NHL will ride in and literally save the season.

    It’s hope that the Canadiens have helped create by being coy with Price’s status. GM Marc Bergevin said in January that Price would be out at least another month – bad news in the context of the initial prognosis, but good news in the sense that he’d be back.

    But La Presse reports on Friday that this is basically a ruse. Price is still suffering from an injury to the MCL of his right knee. They didn’t opt for surgery, but rather for rehab. It’s hasn’t worked, and the chances are “slim” that he’d be back for the end of the regular season or the playoffs.

    From Richard Labbe: 

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  • Blackhawks coach: NHL agrees ref blew coach's challenge on goal

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Joel Quenneville lost a lot on Tuesday night.

    He lost a goal from the scoreboard, as Brandon Mashinter's tally against the San Jose Sharks was overturned after a coach’s challenge, with the referees determining that Chicago Blackhawks forward Dennis Rasmussen interfered with Sharks goalie Martin Jones.

    And then he lost his cool in the postgame press conference, storming out after declaring about goalie interference standards: "It has gone to a different level. I don't know the rules anymore or something has changed. … I think everybody has an interpretation, what's a good goal, what's a bad goal. But I can't believe it."

    It was understandable that he was a little miffed, what with it being the second time in three games the Blackhawks had a goal taken down on a coach’s challenge.

    So Quenneville spoke with the NHL this week, airing some grievances. According to CSN Chicago, they agreed with the Blackhawks coach that it wasn’t the right call:

    Asked if the league agreed with the no-goal decision, Quenneville said, “Did they agree with the call? No.”

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  • NHL totally ruined the Maple Leafs’ 100th birthday, you guys

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    While there would be a no more appropriate way to honor the Toronto Maple Leafs at their centennial than with a box of broken hearts and crushed expectations, it appears the NHL’s refusal to give the Centre of the Hockey Universe all the events in 2017 has fans upset. 

    As in, we haven't seen this kind of entitled whining since our last episide of "Caillou." ("BUT MOMMY, ROSIE GOT THE ALL-STAR GAME!!!")

    This hubris tracks back to 2012, when then-GM Brian Burke revealed the team was pushing for all three of the NHL’s annual signature events.

    From Pension Plan Puppets:

    Please recall that the 2009 All-Star Game and the 2009 NHL Draft were both held in Montreal in honor of the Habs’ centennial. They did not receive an outdoor game, because Canada wasn’t allowed to have them again until the Winter Classic proved viable.

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  • Dylan Larkin embraces his ‘D-Boss’ viral video past

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    As of last weekend, Detroit Red Wings knew they were living in a new era: There was everything that came before Dylan Larkin’s teenage basement skills video went viral, and everything that shall come after it. 

    Please recall the incredible video in which a teenaged Larkin – the video is from Nov. 2010 – wears an American flag, calls himself “D-Boss” and puts on a “Snip Show” in the basement, which he and former Bantam teammate Evan Gizinski refer to as “the dungeon.”

    He also says things like, “Tearing it up it all around the metro area, Detroit. Wrecking the ‘D’. Showing goalies what I got. ‘Tenders ain’t got nuttin.’” And, in unison, “1-2-3 LET’S HAVE FUN!”

    It's pretty much the greatest. 

    The video was taken down for a bit – we’re guessing the processed involved a series of panicked text messages from an NHL rookie all reading ‘WTF DUDE?!?’ – but has been restored in all its glory by Gizinski.

    "It's good that's what I was doing. I could have been doing anything else."

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  • Two-Minute Minor: Which Canadian teams will make NHL Playoffs? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Which Canadian teams will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Will the Minnesota Wild fire coach Mike Yeo? Does a professional hockey writer still pay to go to games? Is Phil Kessel a bust?

    And what’s the proper sequence to watch the STAR WARS’ series?

    These are the questions that Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski faced in this week’s Two Minute Minor, courtesy of you, the dedicated puckheads. 

    The Two Minute Minor is our biweekly look at the NHL. If you have questions for Wysh, email to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #AskWysh.

  • NHL Three Stars: Lundqvist stops Crosby roll

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    Lundqvist made 34 saves as the King helped the Rangers shut down Sidney Crosby, ending his seven-game goal streak, and defeat the Penguins, 3-0.

    No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks

    Miller made 33 saves to improve to 9-1 against the Coyotes in his career and 6-0 in Arizona, as the Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes, 2-1.

    No. 3 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

    Zetterberg’s snipe at 2:01 of the third period gave the Detroit Red Wings a key insurance goal en route to a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

    Honorable Mention: Kevin Hayes, Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast had the Rangers goals.  … Darren Helm and Danny DeKeyser scored for Detroit. … Zack Smith scored for Ottawa. … Jake Virtanen and Jannik Hansen scored goals and the Vancouver Canucks. … The Canuckswon a coach’s challenge against the Coyotes.

    Did You Know? It was New York's first shutout at Pittsburgh since Feb. 27, 1971, when Ed Giacomin won 4-0. (NHL)

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