Greg Wyshynski

  • Martin St. Louis retires after 16 seasons; Hall of Fame worthy?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 45 mins ago

    The market was going to dictate Martin St. Louis’s future in the National Hockey League as a 40-year-old forward. 

    The market spoke, St. Louis heard it and decided that 16 seasons was long enough to call it a career, officially retiring from the NHL on Thursday.

    “I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride,” he said, through the New York Rangers, his final NHL team.

    The winger split from the Rangers after the season, the team having acquired St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014 in a blockbuster deal. He struggled offensively last season, with 21 goals and 31 assists in 74 games, the lowest offensive numbers he posted in nine years.

    He retires after having been one of the most explosive point-producers on the wing in recent NHL history, despite being one of its most diminutive stars, at a listed height of 5-foot-8.

    Fare thee well, Marty St. Louis. We’ll always remember your thighs.

    Because we can’t un-see them.

     

  • Jack Eichel, please never stop hula-hooping (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Jack Eichel officially signed with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, and has been hitting the town with the team to celebrate the arrival of their hockey savior.

    That included a stop in Larkin Square, where Eichel exhibited a skill that may not have come to light at the NHL Combine: a joyous mastery of the hula hoop.

    Seriously, look at this kid.

    Shakira hips that simply do not lie, his arms flailing like he’s riding a wave, a look of gleeful satisfaction one normally associates with a well-told dirty limerick. Jack Eichel hula-hooping might be our new spirit animal. 

    This Vine alone proves that the Buffalo Sabres may have gotten the best player in the 2015 NHL Draft. Unless, of course, Connor McDavid is an absolutely wizard on the Pogo-Ball. 

  • Why would St. Louis Blues want to trade Kevin Shattenkirk?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    In deciding what went wrong in a given team’s season, one assigns some players as being part of the problem and others as part of the solution. 

    A lot went wrong with the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. The idea that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, with his eight goals and 44 points in 56 games, was part of the problem and not the solution is hard to comprehend.

    And yet his name bounced around the rumor mill at the NHL Draft, with the Edmonton Oilers the most prominently mentioned courter of the 26-year-old defenseman.

    His agent denied that Shattenkirk was being shopped, but it got us thinking: Why would the Blues ever consider dropping Shatts?

    From Jeremy Rutherford of STLToday.com:

    It could be because the club has defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester locked up in long-term contracts. Pietrangelo is signed through 2019-20 with a salary cap hit of $6.5 million, while Bouwmeester is inked through ’18-19 at $5.4 million.

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  • Hurricanes owner mocks Pittsburgh Penguins for Phil Kessel trade

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr., sat before the assembled media in Raleigh on Wednesday and was asked if he takes responsibility for the buyout of Alex Semin, whose bloated and ill-conceived deal was ended this week. 

    “Ultimately, you have to take responsibility for everything, alright?” he said.

    “I do not have to take responsibility for Pittsburgh signing Kessel, however.”

    Oh, OK … wait, what the hell just happened?

    First, Kessel was a trade acquisition for the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a move that was universally approved, especially because the Leafs retained salary. Second, it was GM Jim Rutherford, who served the Hurricanes for decades and helped Karmanos move the Whalers from Hartford to North Carolina, that made the Kessel trade.

  • Red Wings warming to Sergei Fedorov’s number retirement?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    So will Brad Richards wear No. 91 with his new team, the Detroit Red Wings?

    We only ask because, technically, it’s available. Sergei Fedorov, the only player to have worn it, doesn’t have it retired despite 908 games and 954 points and three Stanley Cups with Detroit.

    Why? Well, there was that holdout in 1997-98 that resulted in his signing an offer sheet with owner Mike Ilitch’s mortal enemy Peter Karmanos, Jr. and the Carolina Hurricanes. And there was that bitter split in 2003, when Fedorov signed a 5-year, $40-million deal with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, spurning an offer from Detroit over one year difference in the contracts.

    He retired from hockey in 2012, and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame last week.

    Should the Red Wings hold off on giving Brad Richards No. 91 and put it in the rafters instead?

    GM Ken Holland, who watched Fedorov leave for Anaheim 12 years ago, says they’ll talk about it.

    Holland said that the Red Wings have made some fairly easy calls on number retirements in the last few years, with Steve Yzerman (2007) and Nicklas Lidstrom (2014) joining the likes of Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk, Alex Delvecchio and Sid Abel.

  • Puck Daddy's 2015 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Chatterbox, Day 2!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    It's the 2015 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Chatterbox, Day 2!

    The Chatterbox offers breaking news and insider insight in one place; to have, at the end of the day, a chronological review of the NHL Free Agent Frenzy's rumors and trades; and as a place for your friends at Puck Daddy to pop in and out during the day for quick chats.

    For NHL Free Agent Frenzy Day 2, we've compiled Twitter feeds from some of the best hockey journalists, news-breakers and entertaining analysts for your viewing enjoyment.

    Check out the UFA Tracker here.

    Your experts:

    We'll drop in periodically to talk about free agency; check out our Twitter feeds for alerts on when the chats are happening!

  • NHL free agent best signing, worst signing and Phil Kessel breakdown (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    The 2015 NHL Free Agent Frenzy lived up to its name, although it wasn't a signing but a trade that stole the show.

    Here are Greg Wyshynski and Sean Leahy of Yahoo Sports' Puck Daddy blog, revealing their favorite moves, their least favorite moves and a breakdown of the trade that saw Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel go to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a blockbuster deal. 

    Check out Puck Daddyfor complete coverage of Day 1 of the Frenzy. 

  • On Phil Kessel, Jim Rutherford and silencing the haters

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    Toronto won’t have Phil Kessel to kick around anymore, which means we might have to pitch in and get Dave Feschuk a ball or a can or Dion Phaneuf or something, since the annual target of his indignation is now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    How to describe Feschuk’s coverage … well, it was as if all the criticism of Kessel became sentient, took on human form and acquired a byline in the Toronto Star. There was the TRADE KESSEL column of June 2013. There was the time he used an assistant coach’s comments at an offseason clinic to crucify Kessel as un-coachable. He confronted Kessel with that theory when Randy Caryle was fired; Kessel called him an idiot and stormed out of the dressing room.

    How could Shanahan not want to eradicate Kessel’s joyless, uncommitted presence from Leafland, and pronto? Surely it’s a fait accompli.

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  • Phil Kessel trade: Winners and losers of Leafs, Penguins blockbuster

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs, along with Tyler Biggs and defenseman Tim Erixon in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington and a 2016 third-round draft pick previously acquired from New Jersey, as well as a complicated scenario in which other picks will change hands. 

    Who won the trade? Who lost the trade? Here’s our take:

    WINNER: Phil Kessel

    Since he arrived in Toronto, only four players have more goals that Kessel’s 156 in 446 games. The idea that his setup man will now be either Sidney Crosby (most likely) or Evgeni Malkin is indeed a scary thought. Granted, we still have to see how his style – he and Crosby both like the puck – meshes with his new teammates, but 40 goals is the floor for what to expect from Kessel. 

    LOSER: Phil Kessel

    WINNER: Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin

    LOSER: Tyler Bozak

    WINNER: Jim Rutherford

    LOSER: Pittsburgh’s Depth

    WINNER: Leafs Salary Cap

    LOSER: Chris Kunitz

    WINNER: Gary Roberts

    LOSERS: Toronto Mitten-stringers

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  • Phil Kessel trade: Penguins put disaster insurance on pick sent to Leafs

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    The Pittsburgh Penguins made their trade of Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel official on Wednesday: Kessel, forward Tyler Biggs and defenseman Tim Erixon in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington and a 2016 third-round draft pick previously acquired from New Jersey for their signing of coach John Hynes. 

    The deal also involves two conditional picks. And that’s where it gets a little complicated:

    *If Pittsburgh qualifies for the 2016 postseason, Toronto will receive the Penguins’ 2016 first-round draft pick; and the Penguins will receive Toronto’s 2016 second-round selection. The second-round pick would be the one Toronto originally acquired from Pittsburgh for Daniel Winnik earlier this year.

    *Should Pittsburgh miss the 2016 playoffs, Toronto will INSTEAD receive the Penguins’ 2017 first-round pick; with Pittsburgh getting Toronto’s 2017 second-round selection in return.

    *If the Penguins were to miss the postseason the next two years, Toronto would receive Pittsburgh’s 2017 second-round draft pick and Pittsburgh would not receive a draft pick.

    Everybody got that?

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