Greg Wyshynski

  • Antoine Vermette acquired by Blackhawks, for steep deadline price

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    The Chicago Blackhawks were probably going to acquire Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes even before the injury to Patrick Kane, but it became a necessity when the star winger went down. 

    So they made the deal on Saturday night, and paid the price to snag the prized trade deadline center.

    Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported that the Blackhawks traded their first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and highly-regarded defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck for Vermette, an unrestricted free agent.

    Yep, another first-rounder changing hands for a prized rental, as the Los Angeles Kings did in grabbing Andrej Sekera from Carolina. That’s how high the prices already are under less than 48 hours away from the trade deadline.

    Yes, even with Kane’s injury. This is the last ride for this core, with players like Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya likely looking at their last ride with Chicago. This can be a championship team. Or, at the very least, one that advances deep enough to potentially get Kane back. Hence Vermette and Kimmo Timonen arrive. 

    TWO MILBURYS.

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  • Dustin Penner’s rape jokes don’t go over very well on Twitter

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Dustin Penner runs a pretty funny Twitter feed.

    He has an acerbic wit, and cracks jokes at the expense of ex-teammates and trolls. He also asked President Obama is he had a place he could crash for a while when Penner was traded to the Washington Capitals.  

    Alas, every comedian has their blind spot, and apparently Penner’s is making demeaning jokes about women, and then trying to rationalize it.

    Like the time he called a 19-year-old driving a nice car a “prostitute.” That didn’t go over well.

    Then on Saturday night, Penner, currently a free agent, made a joke about rape.

    And it didn’t go over well.

    Is it always consensual if she's your girlfriend? Asking for my gf...& shortly arriving police

    Followed by:

    I came up with the joke with my gf U idiots freaking out about this.

    And an immaterial one, as Penner then doubles-down:

  • Dany Heatley traded by Ducks to Florida for Tomas Fleischmann

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    The Florida Panthers have acquired both Dany Heatley and Jaromir Jagr in the last few days, which means it’s entirely possible they’re using a copy of EA Sports NHL ’96 to generate trades. (“TRADE ACCEPTED!”)

    Heatley was traded by the Anaheim Ducks along with a third-round pick to the Panthers for forward Tomas Fleischmann on Saturday. 

    Heatley had been toiling in the AHL for the Norfolk Admirals since December, recently having gone 15 games without a goal. The Panthers say the 34-year-old who recorded back-to-back 50-goal seasons from 2005-2007 is expected to report to AHL San Antonio.

    Fleischmann, 30, was expected to be dealt at the trade deadline because he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has seven goals and 21 assists in 52 games, skating to a plus-12. Fleischmann was a drag on possession this season. 

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  • Mats Zuccarello put on trade block by Rangers at deadline

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    Why did your team win the Stanley Cup? “Secondary scoring.” 

    Why did your team lose in the playoffs? “A lack of secondary scoring.”

    Different album, same song. We hear it every year. Which is why the availability of a player like Mats Zuccarello at the trade deadline is pretty darn intriguing: He could be a vital piece for another contending team, and could be the player the New York Rangers lament dealing away due to economics if their offense stalls.

    Katie Strang of ESPN.com reports it “looks more likely that Rangers F Mats Zuccarello will be traded than re-signed. Teams have been told he's available.” That because talks on a long-term deal have broken down, per the NY Post.

    He’s fifth on the team in scoring at 35 points in 58 games, with a plus-16. He’s an essential part of the team’s top six, and a player that can generate goals on his own. He also drives possession with a 54.4 percent Corsi Close, which is the best for all Rangers forwards with over 20 games played.

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  • As Brent Sopel retires, impact on LGBT hockey not forgotten

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Andrew Sobotka remembers the power of the Stanley Cup. 

    He remembers hockey’s Holy Grail rolling down the streets of Chicago in the 2010 Pride Parade. He remembers watching people who might not otherwise attend a LGBT event lighting up when the float caught their eyes.

    “Everyone who is a Chicagoan was happy to have the Cup there,” said Sobotka, then president of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association, “and it continued the conversation about LGBT athletes.”

    The Stanley Cup was featured in the parade because the Chicago Blackhawks won it that season, and because defenseman Brent Sopel believed it would be an important way to honor a friend and his dedication to the LGBT movement.

    Sopel, who retired from hockey on Friday after 18 seasons as a pro, had been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers after the season but returned to Chicago in June 2010 for the parade. He wore his Hawks sweater with a shamrock over his heart, inscribed with the initials “BB” for the late Brendan Burke.

    It was the first time a professional sports trophy from the “big four” had appeared in a Pride Parade.

    “It hasn’t happened since,” said Sobotka.

    The ultimate goal, however, is to just to be seen as hockey players.

  • Terminix gives next player who scores on Tuukka Rask extermination for life

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask recently had the bizarre honor of havinga species of wasp named for himin Kenya – Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski – as the team that discovered the insects had a Bruins fan among them. 

    As you know, the sworn enemy of the wasp is the exterminator, or Exterminatus Poisoninsectus . So when Terminix got wind of this honor for Rask, it decided to take a stand against wasps and all of their evil pestering by supporting those who wish to leave Rask feeling stung.

    Terminix announced it’s offering free extermination services for life to the next NHL player who beats Rask for a goal:

    “We’re in the business of defeating bugs. That’s why we’re offering free Terminix services for life to the next player who scores on professional hockey player Tuukka Rask, who had a species of wasp named for him this week.

    “You heard right: The next player to light the lamp on ‘The Wasp’ never has to worry about bugs again!”

    We called; it's legit. The reward is capped at $1,000 per year. Which sounds like a lot of dead bugs to us.

     

  • My love of the David Clarkson trade and its many remedies for idiocy

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The David Clarkson trade might be my favorite trade in recent memory. 

    Let me count the ways.

    David Clarkson was born in Toronto, and was given the opportunity to make $5.25 million annually for seven years to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He said on Friday he has no regrets about signing there, and that it was a childhood dream to wear the jersey. His proudest day as a Leaf was when his father saw him wearing that sweater for the first time, on the day of his signing in Summer 2013. It was, and shall be, the only good day he had in the sweater. 

    Oy, that signing. Clarkson was a perfect fit for the New Jersey Devils: a power forward who they didn’t ask much more than being a physical assistant to the team’s professional scorers on a contending team. He wasn’t overpaid. He didn’t have a hell of a lot of expectations on his shoulders – even when a reunion with junior coach Pete DeBoer turned him into a 30-goal scorer.

    Except they didn’t, and Nonis wore this mark of shame like a scarlet dollar season. The nerve of this guy: Of course he didn’t care about contract length. He wasn’t going to survive past Year 2 of the deal. It was somebody else’s problem.

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  • Blackhawks divided over locker-room fight, personal issues: Reports

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    When Patrick Kane had surgery, putting him out of the lineup for 12 weeks, one optimistic theory stated that it could be a rallying point for the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Which would be a good thing, because apparently they want to tear each others’ throats out behind the scenes ...

    Two sports analysts with Chicago roots have reported, independently, that the Blackhawks dressing room is a cesspool of personal conflict. First came this cryptic proclamation from Dan Bernstein, a WSCR afternoon host and columnist for CBS Sports who has a kick-ass ROBOTRON arcade game as his Twitter header:

    Per sources, #Blackhawks' locker room complicated by some untidy personal lives right now. Q's job: keep things from distracting/dividing.

    “Untidy personal lives” … well, if “The Odd Couple” taught us anything it’s that slovenly behavior leads to personal strife.

    Oh, but then David Diehl, the former NFL lineman turned NFL game analyst for FOX Sports, really turned up the heat:

    A fist fight!? ON A TEAM THAT ONLY HAS 13 MAJOR PENALTIES THIS SEASON!? 

    Was there a fight? Are there locker room issues? If so, can the Blackhawks overcome them?

  • Six reasons NHL trade deadline day could suck (more than usual)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The NHL Trade Deadline is Monday, March 2, and it’s crazy to think back at the action from last season’s deadline.

    To wit, we saw: 

    - Marty St. Louis moved to the Rangers.

    - Thomas Vanek moved to Montreal. 

    - Marian Gaborik moved to Los Angeles

    And so many more!

    Now, each of those trades had particular circumstances surrounding them – some personal, some contractual. It’s possible we’ll see some more of these blockbusters … but not probable.

    Here are six reasons the NHL Trade Deadline could (emphasis on could ) suck this season. More than usual:

    Everyone Is Afraid Of The Cap

    Like a chilly wind blowing over the trade deadline, the fear in the NHL is that the salary cap is going to be under $70 million next season. One GM told Elliotte Friedman he’s approaching the deadline with a $69 million cap in mind for next season, which is going to be bad news for a lot of capped-out teams.

    But it also would make the owners sweat, and every chance the players can do that, they will …

    No One Wants To Move First Rounders

    The Tank

    No Good Lousy Stinkin’ Long-Term Contracts

    No, not a comb – no-move clauses.

  • Seattle mayor willing to make NHL-first deal for arena

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    While the Las Vegas NHL franchise’s potential owners try to scrounge up 10,000 individuals – rather than casinos – for season-ticket deposits, that other possible Western Conference expansion city is making some noise. 

    In announcing that the environmental review of the proposed arena site should be complete by May 7, Mayor Ed Murray said he would go to the city council and ask for their deal with current arena rights holder Chris Hansen to be amended to allow construction for an NHL tenant first. Currently, the funds will only be released for an NBA team.

    From KING5.com:

    He also revealed Wednesday that he is willing to go to the Seattle City Council to modify the existing Memorandum of Understanding for an NHL team to prompt construction of a new facility. The MOU currently allows for public financing and construction to begin only after an NBA team is acquired.

    The last part's the key: There's going to have to be some financial promises from the NHL and the new owner, and probably some extra freight picked up in cost. 

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