Greg Wyshynski

  • NHL Three Stars: Radulov and his goosebumps lead Canadiens to win

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 38 mins ago


    No. 1 Star: Alexander Radulov, Montreal Canadiens 

    The New Alexander Radulov now has five points in six games with Montreal, scoring a goal and two assists in their 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. He assisted on goals by Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher. Montreal is now 5-0-1. Said Radulov of his goal and celebration: “I don’t know how to say, I got this tickle … Yeah, goosebumps.”

    No. 2 Star: Brian Elliott, Calgary Flames

    The goalie who helped the St. Louis Blues to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs last season turned in a 31-save performance to beat them on Monday night, 3-2. That included six saves in the 3-on-3 overtime before he made a few more in the shootout.

    No. 3 Star: Kris Versteeg, Calgary Flames

    The former Blackhawk (twice!) won the shootout for the Flames in the seventh round with a little forehand-backhand-forehand action.

    Kris Versteeg with the winner in the shootout. Dat reach.

    — Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 25, 2016


  • NHL leader in ice time? Dustin Byfuglien, of course

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Boy, what a wacky first couple of weeks of the NHL season. Up is down. Left is right. The Canucks and Oilers are both in playoff spots.

    To that end: After five games, Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets is leading the NHL in average ice time at 29:20 over 149 shifts.

    That’s more than Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings (28:05) and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild (27:01) and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators (26:48), anyone of whom you’d expect to have topped this list.

    Here are Byfuglien’s five games on the season thus far. Keep in mind the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs games were actually overtime affairs.

    Now, consider this about Byfuglien, listed at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds this season:

    – In the entirety of last season, he played over 30 minutes in a game twice. He’s already done it three times in five games.

    – In the first five games of each of the last two seasons, the most Dustin Byfuglien played was 23:42. He was under 22 minutes played in nine of those 10 games.

    – Byfuglien is averaging 4:42 on the power play and 2:16 on the penalty kill.

    So what’s the deal here? Why is the U.S.S. Byfuglien being deployed with such frequency?


  • Shannon Szabados released by Peoria two games into season

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Goalie Shannon Szabados made history in the Southern Professional Hockey League two years ago when she broke the gender barrier, becoming the first woman to ever play in the minor hockey league.

    The two-time Team Canada gold medalist spent two seasons with the Columbus Cottonmouths, who decided to let her test free agency last summer. On Sept. 20, she signed a team with the Peoria Rivermen, who won the SPHL’s regular-season points title two years running. “We want her here and it’s exciting to get her. The way we play defense in Peoria, and the types of players we have, I think she’s going to look a lot better with our team in front of her. I’m anxious to get her into camp and see how it goes,” said coach Jean-Guy Trudel.

    Just over a month later, Trudel released her.

    “He wants to play wherever Shannon plays. So both are gone,” said Trudel.


  • Cubs loving Jonathan Toews outed as White Sox fan by Kris Versteeg

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs are seeking their first World Series championship in 108 years. Everyone outside of Cleveland Indians fans and lovers of prolonged misery (i.e. “Cleveland Indians fans”) is pretty much pulling for the Cubs to break several curses to Fly The ‘W’ for the title.

    That includes Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, recently seen taking in Cubs games and rocking Cubs gear at appearances and singing during the seventh-inning stretch:

    Not bad …


    According to Kris Versteeg, former Chicago Blackhawks winger and current Calgary Flames player, Toews is a sock in Cubs’ clothing.

    “Toews was a White Sox fan. I know how he’s probably trying to play it off right now that he’s actually cheering,” Versteeg told reporters.

    Hell, if it’s good enough for this White Sox fan, it’s good enough for Toews:


    Where have you gone, Paul Konerko …


  • Jaromir Jagr destroyed Halloween dance party, sang Chainsmokers (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers forward and your favorite hockey player, isn’t exactly known for his elaborate Halloween costumes. Like in 2013, when he had Bootsy Collins’ head and the Incredible Hulk’s body. Or something.

    For 2016, he teased on Facebook that he was “preparing for Halloween, but it looks like this year won’t require a mask.” And he’s right: When one is dressing like a Pharaoh and one is already the face of (hockey) god, one doesn’t need a mask.

    Just a headpiece and, of course, his Cleopatra, 24-year-old model Veronika Kopřivová.

    This is just an excuse to party in flip-flops, isn’t it?

    But he’s not just a legend for his costume. Oh no. Jagr is a legend because he dresses like a Pharaoh and then BREAKS THAT [EXPLETIVE] DOWN on the dance floor, flipped around the flaps of his headpiece like a burlesque dancer uses her tassels.

    Watch Jagr’s night of partying, courtesy of his Instagram Story:

    And then he probably ran the stairs inside the Panthers’ arena for three hours. Legwork rests for no holiday, people!

    “So, baby, drag me farther

    ‘Cause you’re [expletive] Jaromir Jagr

    You used to play abroad

  • NHL considering West Point, Notre Dame for future outdoor games

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    About six years ago, we published a list of the “top 30 future locations for NHL Winter Classic games.” This was after the Fenway Park game, and it’s amazing how many locations the League has managed to knock off that last. (With the frustrating exception of Beaver Stadium, which is obviously where the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers game needed to be played.)

    But looking back on it, one thing is clear: We’ve yet to enter the era of outdoor games that are held near NHL cities rather than in them, and conversely the era in which outdoor games are held in weird-ass locations that aren’t elephantine pro baseball or football stadia.

    According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, that might change in the near future.

    “They’ve gone to a lot of cities, they don’t necessarily want to go back to cities a second and third time, so they’re saying where else can we go with this?”he said last night during Hockey Night in Canada.


  • Jonah Imoo’s father, 46, is his backup goalie in historic AHL debut

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending injuries this season have had a trickle-down effect with their minor league team, the AHL’s Ontario Reign.

    Jack Campbell was an emergency recall for the Kings after goalie Jeff Zatkoff was injured in a morning skate, leaving the Reign to start 22-year-old prospect Jonah Imoo against San Jose on Saturday night.

    It’s his AHL debut, having previously played in the Federal Hockey League and the Southern Professional Hockey League. We’d imagine he’s a little nervous. Luckily, his father will be on hand to calm him down and cheer him on.

    As his backup goalie.

    Dusty Imoo, 46, is a goalie coach with the Kings organization. He was also a goalie for Japan in the 1998 Winter Olympics. He’s been known to participate in practice if needed, but this time, he has to suit up for the Reign.

    From Lindsay Czarnecki of Kings Insider:

    Good luck to the Imoos. And if things go off the rails for Jonah, our only hope is that Dusty gives him an “ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, LET YOUR FATHER HANDLE THIS” like they’re trying to change a tire together.


  • Brian Elliott seeks turnaround vs. ex-teammates (Free NHL Live Stream of the Day)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    It’s never good when a goalie’s name is found on the second page of results for “NHL save percentage,” and yet here we are with Brian Elliott of the Calgary Flames.

    Elliott’s first three games of his tenure with the Flames, after being acquired in the offseason to stabilize the goaltending position, have been putrid: a .839 save percentage and an 0-3-0 record.

    He has a 4.72 goals-against average. That’s on the second page of goalie stats, too.

    In fairness to Elliott – who battles his old teammates, the St. Louis Blues, at 10 p.m. ET in the Yahoo Sports Free NHL Live Stream of the Day – the Flames have looked incredibly disorganized in front of him this season.

    “The easy thing is to get frustrated and to put your head down and hang your head a little bit,” Elliott said. “But what got us all here, to this league, is perseverance and that relentless attitude that no matter what happens, we’ll get it done. We keep that going and a good attitude, and we’ll be OK.”


  • Why Flyers’ Dale Weise was suspended three games for Holzer hit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Philadelphia Flyers forward Dale Weise was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday for his hit to the head of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer in their Thursday night game.

    Weise was previously suspended for three preseason games in 2013 for an illegal check to the head.

    The incident occurred at 7:35 of the second period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Weise will forfeit $39,166.68. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

    Here’s the video explaining the suspension:

    One of the great things about these DoPS videos is how they spell out when a player is or is not eligible to be hit. So, to that end, Weise made a good decision in trying to take Holzer out of the play, as the Ducks defenseman tried to chip the puck past him into the neutral zone.

    But then he made a really, really bad decision in the way he delivered the hit.

    “If Weise wants to deliver this check, he must do so in a way where he doesn’t make the head the main point of contact,” said the NHL’s verdict.

    Well, there’s precedent for that, going back to last season and this Nate Thompson hit on Justin Faulk.

  • Who will coach the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion team?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The NHL’s newborn Las Vegas franchise has taken its first steps.

    It has a general manager in George McPhee, who has built out a staff of experienced faces and some outside-the-box choices. It has a season-ticket base that’s selected its seats for the inaugural season in 2017-18. Soon, it will (finally) have a name and color scheme, so those fans can purchase merchandise.

    But in early 2017, it will take one of its most important steps on the journey: The selection of its first head coach and his staff.

    “Obviously we’ve talked about it,” McPhee told Yahoo Sports this week.

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    McPhee said he and assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon are keeping independent lists, which will be compared and combined when Vegas is closer to selecting a coach.

    The most recent rounds of expansion have seen a variety of head coaches hired in Year One.

    In which direction will Vegas go?

    Of course, most of the hiring they’ve done in Vegas has been people with whom upper management has previous experience.