Greg Wyshynski

  • Penguins 'racist' locker room prank revealed in Jarkko Ruutu’s book

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Jarkko Ruutu was one of the NHL’s greatest pests during his 11-season career. Two of those seasons were with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where Ruutu shared a locker room with forwards Colby Armstrong and Georges Laraque, both of whom are now retired. 

    And now, in his new Finnish-language book “The Divine Comedy,” Ruutu shares one hell of a story about these two teammates which was excerpted on iltasanomat.fi.

    From reader Krespo:

    In this story he tells how, one day after practice, Georges Laraque stormed into the locker room absolutely furious, threatening to trash the place. Players gathered around and Laraque showed a picture pinned at his locker room stall – a drawing of a monkey with a banana.

    So of course everybody started to freak out a bit, worried this could destroy the team. Laraque demanded to know who did it, and after a while, Colby Armstrong stepped up and admitted he did it.

    Others wanted to know why would he do such a thing.

    Armstrong replied: "What do you mean? He is a [N-word], isn't he?"

    No word on when his book will be translated for English, but can it be, like, tomorrow?

  • Washington Capitals: Puck Daddy’s 2015-16 NHL Season Preview

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    (The 2015-16 NHL season is nearly upon us! Why bother watching this team? What will make or break the season? Find out as we preview all 30 teams as camps begin!)   

    45-26-11, 101 points. Second in the Metro Division.

    Better. With due respect to the work that Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer did for the Caps, the acquisitions of Justin “Mr. Game 7” Williams and T.J. “Never Played a Game 7” Oshie make this a better team. And while they’ll miss the puck moving prowess of Mike Green, they weren’t going to hand him another $6 million cap hit over three years.

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    In fact, that this Capitals blue line can handle the loss of Green is a testament to how effective this group was last season. John Carlson (55 points), Matt Niskanen (31 points), Karl Alzner (always steady) and Brooks Orpik (c’mon, he was much better than any of us thought he would be) anchor the group; Dmitry Orlov is on the cusp of being mighty effective, too.

    1. Alex Ovechkin, LW

    2. Braden Holtby, G

    3. Nicklas Backstrom, C

    4. T.J. Oshie, RW

    5. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C

  • Pittsburgh Penguins sale price tag? Might be NHL record $750 million

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    When it was revealed that Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle were selling the Pittsburgh Penguins – moments before Gary Bettman gave his State of the NHL speech at the Stanley Cup Final, no less – the speculation began about how much this glamour franchise could bring in. 

    The initial projections had the price somewhere between $700 million and $850 million, which is crazier than trading Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy.

    Rick Westhead of TSN, however, has zeroed in on what might be the actual asking price for the Penguins:

    The owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins are asking $750 million (U.S.) for the team, but face long odds of finding a buyer who’s willing to pay that much because of the flagging North American economy and uncertainty over the future of the Canadian dollar, sports investment bankers say.

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  • Stephane Auger, awful NHL referee, hired as head of Swiss Player Safety

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    Hey, remember Stephane Auger, who was just named the new head of the Swiss Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety? Of course you do. 

    He was the referee embroiled in one of the NHL’s greatest recent controversies. In Jan. 2010, Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks said Auger threatened to “get him back” for embarrassing him with a dive in a previous game, and Auger called two minors and a misconduct against Burrows in the third period of a loss against the Nashville Predators. Burrows was fined $2,500 for his remarks.

    That led to the infamous 11-minute character assassination by Ron MacLean on “Hockey Night in Canada,” followed by a two-minute apology to Burrows.

  • Antti Raanta rooted for Blackhawks playoff loss, ‘pissed off’ about treatment

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    As the Chicago Blackhawks ascended to the Stanley Cup, goalie Antti Raanta was dropped down the depth chart. The goalie had been seen as a potential challenger to Corey Crawford’s status as a starter; instead, he was practicing with the Black Aces, as journeyman sensation Scott Darling had won the backup job.

    Naturally, this didn’t sit well with Raanta, and he spoke about it to Finnish paper Satakunnan Kansa with stunning candor: The Chicago Blackhawks goalie was rooting against the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs. 

    From reader Ju Pa, via Iltasanomat.fi (currently down):

    “I was really hoping Nashville would beat us in four games and I could get back to Finland. I was [so pissed off] about how Chicago was treating me.”

    According to Raanta, Blackhawks were suffering of weak team spirit and head coach Joel Quenneville didn't seem to like him. 

    Oh, I see ...

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  • Bryce Salvador announces retirement after 14 NHL seasons

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    New Jersey Devils captain Bryce Salvador played 15 games last season, missing the glut of the campaign with a bulging disc in his back. That’s after playing just 40 in the previous season. 

    On Wednesday, Salvador announced his retirement from the NHL in a article on The Players' Tribune.

    Read the entire piece to get a sense of just what Salvador was experience health-wise.

    Salvador was another case of Lou Lamoriello handing out questionable contracts to veteran players in his final years in Jersey. There’s no doubt Salvador earned another deal with the Devils after his 2012 playoff performance; but did a 36-year-old defenseman really need a three-year deal, even if the hit was just $3.16 million annually? 

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    Fare thee well, Bryce Salvador. 

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  • Anze Kopitar, LA Kings significantly apart on contract talks

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Hopefully Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi has an electric foot massager or one of those lavender scented happy eye pillows, because the stress on this guy just keeps increasing. 

    On top of the Slava Voynov decision, on top of his decision to terminate Mike Richards’ contract and the NHLPA fighting it, on top of trying to get a defending champion that missed the playoffs to climb back on the throne, he has to find a way to get his best offensive player under contract in a long-term-yet-fiscally-sane manner – and it’s not really going that well.

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    Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports that the gap between center Anze Kopitar and Lombardi is rather large as he enters the last year of a seven-year, $7.6 million contract that pays him a $7.7 million salary this season:

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Islanders architect Bill Torrey on Al Arbour

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

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    It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at noon ET/9 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more.

    Special Guest Star: Bill Torrey, Islanders GM great, on the late Al Arbour.

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  • Winnipeg Jets: Puck Daddy’s 2015-16 NHL Season Preview

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    43-26-13, 99 points, No. 2 Wild Card in West

    About the same, although there are some changes from the group that was swept away by the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round.

    Jack of all trades Michael Frolik signed a five-year deal with the Calgary Flames. Veteran energy forward Jim Slater was unsigned. Rentals Lee Stempniak (10 points in 18 games) and Jiri Tlusty (8 points in 20 games after coming over from Carolina) were unsigned.

    It’s not to say these aren’t impactful losses, because they are, but they’re still role players. Balancing those departures: The return of Alex Burmistrov, back from a two-year sabbatical in the KHL and ready to bring his skill to a third-line role.

    1. Dustin Byfuglien, D/F

    2. Ondrej Pavelec, G

    Hutchinson is back and starter-in-waiting Connor Hellebuyck is waiting to leap over both of them. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if Pavelec can shut critics up for another season. OK, two thirds of a season. OK, maybe a few weeks.

    3. Tyler Myers, D

    4. Andrew Ladd, LW

    5. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW

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  • Tyler Seguin called out by ex-Leafs CEO for 6 a.m. parties

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    We’ve written about a lot of shocking stories here, but perhaps none more confounding as what you’re about to read.

    OK, deep breath:

    A 23-year-old, who gets his summers off work, is having parties until 6 a.m. in August and failing to properly clean up his trash.

    And that’s why we have capital punishment, people.

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    The true patriot who brought this story to our attention is Richard Peddie, former CEO of the Toronto Maple Leafs and a man who stands next to a brick wall for his Twitter avatar. At around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning (when we assume the party ended), he snitched on Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, who is in Yorkville this summer and has apparently been having some all-night ragers:

    Tyler Seguin now behaving himself? Yorkville neighbours sure don't think so. Lots of loud noisy parties to 6am Lots of garbage left behind

    Clearly, Seguin needs to be the Zac Efron to Peddie's Seth Rogen and invite him to the kegger.