Greg Wyshynski

  • Sidney Crosby feels stupid humoring Mario Lemieux feud rumor

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 44 mins ago

    On Wednesday, former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matthew Barnaby dropped a bombshell on Sirius XM Radio: 

    “The more and more I looked into it, the more I found out, people with the same sentiments that there’s a big falling out between Mario (Lemieux) and (Sidney) Crosby. Now whether that pushes them to move him at some point? Whether he wants to move? That I don’t know.”

    Barnaby went on to say that the rift is over “coaching” and “maybe the personnel” on the Penguins.

    Mario Lemieux said, through the Penguins’ Twitter feed, that the claim was “not true” and “silly.”

    Sidney Crosby was given his chance to refute the claim after the Penguins’ win over the St. Louis Blues, and he took it:

    "I honestly don’t even know what to say to that. If people are going to make stuff up, it’s totally out of my control. I feel stupid even commenting on it, to be honest with you.

    Barnaby, meanwhile, stood by his story in a series of tweets:

    In a separate story Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are just working together. Both reps deny

  • Referee wants no part of Boston Bruins’ OT celebration (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    There’s a lot to love in this clip of the Boston Bruins’ overtime game-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings in their 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.

    Let’s start with the call from NESN’s Jack Edwards (listen here), who basically acknowledges that the Bruins had no business winning:


    Like everyone else that watched the game, Edwards knew that the Red Wings absolutely dominated in possession and the Bruins needed a Colin Miller goal at 18:16 of the third to send the game to overtime.

    It was Miller’s shot that Frank Vatrano tipped home for the overtime game winner, and that brings us to the greatest thing about this clip: Vatrano’s hilarious goal celebration, rubbing his glove on the ice before throwing an air punch near the glass.

    Or, in the words of Jack Edwards (we imagine): “HE SAID TAKE THAT CELEBRATION AND STUFF IT IN THE TURKEY!”



  • Nail Yakupov injured in bizarre incident with linesman (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers hasn’t scored a goal since Oct. 18, and had one point in his last 10 games heading into Wednesday night’s contest at the Carolina Hurricanes. 

    So things were going pretty poorly for Yakupov.

    And then a linesman fell on him, injuring him and ending his night in the second period.

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    The bizarre play occurred with the score tied 1-1 and 17:43 left in the second period. Mark Letestu of Edmonton and Riley Nash of Carolina took the faceoff. Linesman Matt MacPherson backed up and tripped over a stick. He reached out and grabbed Yakupov’s shoulder, bringing the Oilers forward down with him and pinning Yakupov’s leg under the player.

    Yakupov was helped off the ice, and the Oilers said he wouldn’t return to the game.

    So, in summary, you really don’t know “struggling” as a player until a linesman accidentally puts you in an MMA submission hold and ends your night. 


  • Why NHL COO John Collins quit: ‘I feel like I’ve left nothing undone’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    John Collins joined the NHL in 2006. Visualizing where the League was at that moment speaks volumes about where Collins would take it over the next nine years. 

    No billion-dollar contracts with Comcast and Rogers. No outdoor games, and their ancillary benefits. No deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens proclaiming that they’d tapped out every local revenue stream they could find, desperately seeking national ones the NHL hadn’t located yet. The media chatting up the idea that the NHL, stumbling after its cancelled season, was primed to be surpassed by Major League Soccer in the American sports pecking order.

    Hell, in the first Sports Business Journal awards that Collins attended with the NHL, the League didn’t just fail to garner a nomination – no one from the League, including Commissioner Gary Bettman, even presented an award.

    But in 2011, Sports Business Journal named the NHL its “Sports League of the Year. In 2014, it did it again.

    In 2006, the NHL was a $2 billion industry. As Collins leaves his position of chief operating officer of the League, resigning this month, the NHL is a $4 billion industry.

  • The 10 most pleasant surprises of the NHL season

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    (There’s really no such thing as the “quarter pole” of the NHL season, but most teams have cleared their first 20 games. Here are the 10 most pleasant surprises of the season so far; we chronicled the unpleasant ones yesterday.)

    10. The Devils Aren’t The Devils

    So not only are they not tanking for Auston Matthews, they’re a contending team with a young roster, an aggressive offense and a strong reliance on analytics that’s kept them far from the cap ceiling. These are not Mr. Lamoriello’s Devils.

    9. Twin Magic

    Daniel Sedin, 35, has 23 points in 22 games, including 10 goals. Henrik Sedin – spoiler: also 35 – has 21 points in 22 games. They’ve combined for 15 points on the power play, where their Swedish sonar remains in full effect. Still a blast to watch.

    8. San Jose Sharks Lovefest

    7. Tryouts Work Out

    6. No More Raffis

    Sure, Raffi Torres got his, but we’ve only had five suspensions through Nov. 25. We had eight last season. Progress!

    5. Leon Draisaitl and the Not-Jack-And-Connors

    4. The Bread Line


  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Ray Shero on how analytics shaped surprising NJ Devils

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    It's a new edition of  Marek vs. Wyshynski  podcast, in which we discussed:

    - Ray Shero, GM of the New Jersey Devils, discusses their surprising start, how they used analytics to build a thrifty roster and a hilarious story involving his Hall of Fame dad.

    - Brendan Gallagher and the dangers of shot-blocking. 

    - Cocaine testing in the NHL.

    - What we're thankful for in hockey.

    - News and notes from around the NHL.

    The  Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast  is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world.  MvsW  streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

  • Sharks sign Dainius Zubrus to one-year deal, nice depth move

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Dainius Zubrus is 37 years old. Speed isn’t a virtue, and his offense has stagnated. But he’s a shrewd pickup for the San Jose Sharks, who inked him to a one-year deal on Tuesday. 

    Zubrus had 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 74 games with the New Jersey Devils last season, where Pete DeBoer coached him from 2011-14.

    That connection is an important one: DeBoer knows his strengths and his limitations, and it sounds like he had him cast in the right role for the Sharks.

    From CSN Bay Area and Kevin Kurz:

     If anything, adding him should help prevent the Sharks’ coaching staff from dramatically shortening their bench, as they were forced to do late in several close games in the third period on the recent trip. Mike Brown, Micheal Haley and Nikolay Goldobin all saw limited minutes. Zubrus could also push some other struggling forwards like Tommy Wingels, Matt Nieto and Chris Tierney down the lineup, or out of it altogether.  



  • Pass or Fail: Minnesota Wild 2016 Stadium Series jerseys

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Now, you might see the Minnesota Wild’s unveiling of their 2016 Stadium series jerseys as just another opportunity to suck money from fans’ bank accounts for a sweater that appears to fail basic tests for ingenuity and appearance. 

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    But as you can see in this video produced by the team, the release of these jerseys is no less than THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT IN THE RELATIVELY SHORT HISTORY OF MAN AND WOMAN KIND:

    A jersey “is hope?” It’s “a promise?”

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    Here's Mikko Koivu, male model:

    From the Wild: 

    What say you?


  • The 10 most unpleasant surprises of the 2015-16 NHL season

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    (There’s really no such thing as the “quarter pole” of the NHL season, but most teams have cleared their first 20 games. Here are the 10 most unpleasant surprises of the season so far; we’ll get back on the positive tip with the pleasant surprises later.)  

    10. Alex Semin

    Who would have figured that the Montreal Canadiens would be one of the best offensive teams in the League, and free agent Alex Semin would play absolutely no role in it? He has one goal and three assists in 14 games and has been a healthy scratch. If only there was a word that could capture the perplexing nature of a non-North American player’s performance …

    9. Mark Giordano

    After two injury-shortened seasons in which the Calgary Flames defenseman flirted with the Norris Trophy, Giordano has six points in 21 games and it a minus-11. He clearly missed partner T.J. Brodie in October, as did the Flames, whose defense has been hot garbage this season.

    8. Dave Hakstol

    7. The Triplets Line

    6. Raffi Torres

    5. Columbus Blue Jackets

    4. Connor McDavid’s Injury

    3. Sidney Crosby

    2. The Coach’s Challenge Cluster-[$@#$]

    And finally …


  • NHL Three Stars: Holtby blanks Oilers, Flyers get offensive

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    Holtby was brilliant in making 33 saves, outdueling Ander Nilsson in the Capitals’ 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Dmitry Orlov scored in the third period for the game’s lone goal. 

    No. 2 Star: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

    Shayne Gostisbehere scored on the power play in overtime, with Victor Rask in the box for holding the stick, giving the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Claude Giroux had the primary assist on that goal, scored his seventh and set up Brayden Schenn’s power-play goal for a three-point night. 

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    No. 3 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

    Rask made 39 saves and didn’t allow a goal in the shootout in the Bruins’ 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brad Marchand scored two goal, including one baseball style.