Greg Wyshynski

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Brodeur retires, World Cup, Rich Hammond on Kings

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 mins ago

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Rich Hammond on the LA Kings. 

    • Brodeur retires. 

    • The World Cup of Hockey.

    • News and notes. 

    Question of the Day: Your thoughts on Marty Brodeur as he retires. Ask us anything! Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

  • Martin Brodeur finally retiring; joining Blues, not Devils, front office

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 31 mins ago

    Martin Brodeur is finally calling it a career.

    The NHL’s all-time winningest goalie will announce his retirement on Thursday. Sportsnet, which broke the story, reports that he’ll join the St. Louis Blues front office.

    Yes, the Blues. Not the New Jersey Devils, where he spent 24 seasons and a team that has been fairly consistent in bringing back the franchise’s legendary players work with the organization. Which is a little awkward, considering Devils GM Lou Lamoriello’s comments about Brodeur just last September: 

    “Yes. He knows that he will be a Devil for the rest of his life. He’s said it publicly and we’ve talked about it,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed. “What Marty has done, the type of personality he is and what his experience has been, it’s really a no-brainer. He’s a Devil.”

    Hmmm…

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  • KHL mascots have adorable all-star game brawl, battle in shootout (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    You know, the NHL and the KHL have a lot in common. Alex Radulov. Shady ownership. Hatred of the IIHF.

    And, of course … MASCOTS!

    They’re a little creepy. Some of them have the dirty charms of a Times Square costumed performer, and some of them look like generic versions of other better mascots, and some of them are OMG DEMONIC SNOWMAN!!!!

    The KHL All-Star Game was last weekend, and the League’s furries were front-and-center during the event. Featured in the clip above: a mascot shootout. Which, in all honesty, should probably replace the regular-season shootout.

    How does one measure the effectiveness of a shootout move? When the goalie literally loses his head:

    In which thousands of young fans run screaming from their seats at the arena, and thousands of ice cream bars are purchased by nervous parents.

    But here’s the thing: When you try to bring demon snowmen and a moose and a bear and a puma with a butterfly face together on the same ice, you can’t expect them to all get along.

    Which brings us to another highlight of the KHL All-Star Game – MASCOT BRAWL! 

    Needed some confetti. That would have clinched it.

    The End. 

  • Loss of Kyle Okposo will tell us a lot about NY Islanders

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    John Tavares warned people not to let the New York Islanders’ 31-14-1 record at the All-Star Break obscure how much hard work it took to get there. 

    “There have been some ups and downs.  But that is part of the process, part of the journey. It's still important to remind ourselves as a team with our group to remind ourselves there is still much we haven't accomplished,” he said.

    And now, a down: Kyle Okposo, the team’s second-leading scorer, will miss up to two months with an upper body injury of an undisclosed nature.

    "We had an idea something was bothering him before the break, but when you get the news, it's tough," said coach Jack Capuano to Newsday on Monday. "Kyle was leading the team in a lot more ways than just his production on the ice. His enthusiasm on the plane, in the room, he's been terrific in that regard."

    He’s been as steady a hand at the wheel as a team can have, and had been established during his tenure with the Islanders, a leader behind the scenes.

    So can the Islanders maintain their success through this injury?

    Yes, and much like the rest of their success this season, they have Garth Snow to thank for it.

  • Watch 6-year-old boy slap shot loose tooth out of mouth (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Like many six-year-olds, little Alex is losing his baby teeth.

    Like any hockey player, he knows losing a Chiclet on a slap shot is a rite of passage.

    So with some parental supervision -- and kids, don't try this at home without some -- Alex combined his passion for the game with some amateur dentistry and yanked his own tooth out.

    By tying it “super tight” to a puck and then firing the disc at the goal.

    (Has Shea Weber considered this as a side job?)

    According to his father, the experiment was a success, and Alex now has an official hockey smile. And, not for nothing, an incredible hockey set-up in his basement. Things have come a long way since Sidney Crosby fired pucks at a washer/dryer. 

    Question is, does this moment put him on the road to becoming an oral surgeon or winning the shot accuracy contest at the 2030 NHL All-Star Game?

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  • Alex Ovechkin’s heartwarming reason for wanting NHL All-Star Game car

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alex Ovechkin wanted a car in Columbus this weekend. Badly. 

    He lobbied to be the last pick in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Friday, as the “Mr. Irrelevant” for each team was given a brand new Honda – a campaign hilariously chronicled on his Instagram feed, including a hand-written sign that read “I WANT TO BE LAST. I NEED A CAR.”

    Alas, he was picked second to last.

    On Sunday, he vowed to win the Most Valuable Player in the NHL All-Star Game, a wild affair that saw a new record established for goals scored in a game with 29.

    Alas, he finished with three assists, but his linemate and local fan favorite Ryan Johansen won the car.

    "I'm not disappointed,” said Ovechkin. “There's going to be a couple surprises."

    “We didn’t find out the reason he wanted one until we connected with his agent.”

    Ovechkin was surprised by the gesture, and was glad he could help the organization.

  • NHL All-Star Game scoring record set in Columbus with 29 goals

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 60th NHL All-Star Game was an offensive affair. 

    Take that any way you’d like.

    The teams captained by Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets set a new League record for most combined goals in an All-Star Game, in a 17-12 victory for Team Toews on Sunday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

    Patrick Kane’s (Foligno) goal at 13:09 of the third period was No. 27 for the night, breaking the 26-goal record set in 2001 during the North America vs. The World format.

    We don’t want to say the 29-goal night was overwhelming, but at one point the Civil War-dressed workers that fire a cannon after every home-team goal seemed to simply forget to do so. Maybe they ran out of ammo; the teams certainly didn't. 

    John Tavares of Team Toews became the sixth player in history to score four goals in the NHL All-Star Game. Tavares scored once in the first period, twice in the second and another in the third period.

    So basically it was the NHL All-Star Game.

    The second period featured 11 goals, an All-Star Game record and a metric ton of sarcasm.

    A few call-outs:

     

  • Puck Daddy's 2015 NHL All-Star Game Live Chat!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    It's the 2015 NHL All-Star Game from Columbus and the Yahoo Sports crew is here to chat it up!

    Team Foligno vs. Team Toews!

    But the real intrigue is with some of the first timers at the game. 

    Twelve 2015 NHL All-Stars are under age 25. Thirty-two of the 41 players have yet to celebrate their 30th birthday. The youngest 2015 NHL All-Stars are 18-year-old  Aaron Ekblad  (2/7/96) and 20-year-old  Filip Forsberg  (8/13/94). Ekblad will be the second 18-year-old to skate in the past three NHL All-Star Games, following  Jeff Skinner  in 2011 in Raleigh, N.C.

    So join the Puck Daddy crew and your Yahoo Sports friends for all the action at 5 p.m. ET.

  • Does Rick Nash deserve credit for Columbus hockey fan boom?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – In 1997, John H. McConnell gave the city he loved a franchise in a sport he didn’t love yet.

    “I can't say I'm a fan because we never had hockey here,” said McConnell, the steel industry magnate who brokered a deal with the NHL to bring the Columbus Blue Jackets to reality.

    But that’s how you make hockey fans, right? You bring hockey to them, bring them into the arena, get them hooked on a game whose addictive qualities are a natural fit for a Midwest U.S. town with cold weather and sports obsessions. (See Buckeyes, THE Ohio State University.)

    Starting in 2003, Rick Nash was central to that recruiting mission. With due respect to Ray Whitney and Geoff Sanderson, Nash was the first star the franchise had – a hulking forward taken first overall in the NHL Draft, and a player GM Doug MacLean traded up to select.

    He worked hard at growing the Jackets, growing the game and connecting with fans until 2012, and a contentious split between the franchise and its franchise player. Nash was traded to the New York Rangers, and the cheers turned to boos whenever he stepped on the ice.

    Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner, echoed that sentiment this weekend.

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  • Nikita Gusev scores ridiculous spinning lacrosse goal in KHL all-stars (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Nikita Gusev is a 22-year-old forward in the Kontinental Hockey League, drafted at No. 202 overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012.

    He made its all-star squad after 28 points in 45 games for Yugra. He was an entrant in their shootout skills competition this weekend and, well, he stole the show.

    Gusev put the puck between his legs and pressed his stick blade down behind him,  trailing him like a tail. He then lifted the puck back through his legs on his stick blade, spun to his right and fired a lacrosse shot into the net with his blade facing downward.

    In real time, it looked like an attack move out of Street Fighter.

    It was awesome.

    It also made us wonder where the heck the spin moves were this weekend in Columbus during the shootout events. Like, it’s banned in the NHL, but does that mean that it’s banned in the skills competition exhibition too? Because, you know, they allowed players to use little kids and blindfolds and such.