Greg Wyshynski

  • Evgeni Malkin for Eric Staal trade is possible, according to Stan Fischler

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    So the venerable Stan Fischler decided to take a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins in his latest “One Timers” column for The Hockey News. 

    And it went a little something like this:

    No matter how you shake it Sidney Crosby has become a curious subject for study in Pittsburgh. His slow scoring start was enough to raise eyebrows through the season’s first quarter although Sid seems to be back on track. What’s troublesome are reports of a feud with his former landlord and boss Mario Lemieux. That has created more negative vibes than the Penguins need.

    Both Crosby and Lemieux were emphatic in denying a rift between them, although without a photo showing them sharing a bottle of Cabernet in Mario’s basement/Sid’s former bedroom, we’re not sure if they can ever establish there’s no heat.

    The venerable Stan Fischler then decided to put on his GM fedora, and came up with this little ditty:

    Which brings us to this, from the venerable Stan Fischler:

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: George Richards on Panthers, Jagr; Kate Cimini on NWHL!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

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

    - George Richards of the Miami Herald joins us to talk about the Florida Panthers, some struggling young players, potential relocation and the glory of covering Jaromir Jagr. 

    - Kate Cimini, Lead NWHL writer for@TodaysSlapshot, joins us to talk about the league, its future and the biggest stories on the ice this season. 

    - John Tortorella calls the Penguins whiners.

    - Jim Kyte vs. Brendan Gallagher and Brad Marchand.

    - Carey Price's injury. 

    - 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.]

  • Carey Price out 6 weeks with injury; Mike Condon to play in Winter Classic?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will miss a minimum of six weeks with a knee injury, the team announced on Monday. 

    The NHL’s Winter Classic is scheduled for January 1, 2016, between the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.

    Look, we’re no math majors, but it sure does sound like Carey Price will not be in the crease for the NHL’s signature outdoor event.

    Francois Gagnon of RDS reported on Friday that Price would miss a month, and this injury confirmation from the Canadiens estimates it’ll be mid-January before we see him again.

    The good news here, obviously, is that Price’s injury won’t require surgery. Well, we assume it’s good news, and the Canadiens and Price aren’t doing something stupid like trying to rehab an injury that otherwise should require surgery. But hey, it’s the NHL … you never know.

    So the Canadiens’ crease now belongs to Michael Condon and Dustin Tokarski.


  • Joni Pitkanen making unexpected comeback bid in Finland

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    Hybrid icing. Where would Joni Pitkänen be today if there had been no-touch or hybrid icing in April 2013? 

    Probably still in the NHL, where mobile scoring defensemen are indeed a coveted commodity. Instead, the former Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman is attempting a comeback bid from a catastrophic heel injury suffered when he crashed into the end boards on an icing play – two and a half years ago.

    His heel injury kept him out of hockey until last summer, when Pitkänen began training on ice for the first time. Now, according to Ilta-Sanomat, the 32-year-old defenseman says his rehab has progressed to the point where he believes he can make a potential comeback with Liiga club Kärpät Oulu. He played with that club until making the jump to the NHL as a 20 year old in 2003. 

    Keep in mind that Pitkänen never retired in the NHL. He played 535 games and had 282 points, including two 46-point seasons.  

  • Brendan Gallagher wages Twitter war with old school NHL player

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Remember Jim Kyte?

    The defenseman played 598 games from 1982-96 with five franchises, starting with Winnipeg Jets (1.0) and ending with the San Jose Sharks. He was also legally deaf, as this remarkable story chronicled.

    A lot has changed since Kyte was in the NHL and he decided to get all “old man shakes fist at cloud” about it on Twitter recently. Specifically, he doesn’t like the pests that buzz around for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruin. “Brendan Gallagher, Brad Marchand, and players of their ilk are the reason I don't watch many NHL games anymore,” wrote Kyte, with the hashtags “#nohonor” and “#noaccountability.”

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    You know who didn’t appreciate this sentiment? Brendan “No Honor” Gallagher, who shot back with an indictment of Kyte’s own dishonorable play. And thus, the Great Gally Vs. Kyte Twitter War began.

  • Bride watches NHL game in wedding dress, devours burger (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Erica Skuta is a Minnesota Wild fan living in New Zealand, which is pretty awesome because they have several different kinds of indigenous penguins there. 

    She was back in Minnesota this weekend, where she married fellow Wild fan Lewis Blake and attended the Wild’s game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night as their “wedding finale.” In the process, she gave the hockey world an image that will be replayed in Jumbotron fan montages ‘till death do us part.

    That’s Erica, munching on a burger while sitting in the arena seats in her wedding dress.

    And in one of his first acts of husbandly gallantry, that’s Lewis wiping some burger grease and/or condiment off his bride’s chin before it plummeted down to her dress. Nice work, sir. Better than a jacket over a puddle on a rainy street.

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    We raise a large arena burger in your honor, you lovely Kiwis.


  • NHL Three Stars: Gaborik rallies King over Chicago; Boedker tricks Sens

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings

    The Kings star scored at 14:05 of the third period to complete a rally against the Chicago Blackhawks. He then scored at 2:04 of a frantic 3-on-3 overtime to give the Kings an impressive 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Anze Kopitar set up both goals. 

    No. 2 Star: Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes

    The Coyotes forward tallied a hat trick in their 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. That included an insurance goal in the third period, his ninth of the season, that ended up being the game-winner. Anders Lindback made 35 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers

    It’s hasn’t been the best offensive year for Simmonds, but it was a hell of an offensive performance from him in a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers. He scored two goals and set up Sean Couturier’s tally, giving Steve Mason (24 saves) all he’d need for the shutout victory.

    Did You Know? Patrick Kane became the first American player to tally a point in 19 straight games, setting an NHL record.

  • John Tortorella blasts Penguins: ‘Pittsburgh whines enough for whole league’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was suspended for Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues after giving Sidney Crosby a cross-check to the head, and then another one to his back while he was down on the ice. 

    Dubinsky argued that his stick rode up on Crosby and that the Pittsburgh Penguins star put himself in a prone position. The NHL answered that argument in its suspension video, rather effectively.

    The Blue Jackets could have used Dubinsky in a tightly-played game against the St. Louis Blues, which Columbus lost 3-1 on two Blues goals in the third period.

    “He’s contagious. All the things you need to do against a club like this, Dubi brings that,” Coach John Tortorella said after the game. “We still have some guys that need to jump aboard, as far as what you have to do to win these games. But Dubi certainly would have helped.”

    But he wasn’t, and Tortorella was asked after the loss if he felt the suspension was justified. And … well, he went the full Torts:

    The Blue Jackets visit the Penguins on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh.

  • Carlo Colaiacovo treated for ‘dented trachea’ after throat cross-check (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Carlo Colaiacovo has an injury history in the NHL that could probably fill a few medical journals. There have been concussions and hand injuries and knee injuries and leg injuries and countless other ailments. 

    But never a “dented trachea.” Not until Saturday night, at least.

    The Buffalo Sabres defenseman was guarding his crease when the Nashville Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson spun into him and cross-checked him in the throat.

    Colaiacovo went down to the ice, in obvious pain, slowly crawling in his own zone as the whistle sounded. He was helped to the back.

    Arvidsson was given a cross-checking major and a game misconduct. The Sabres got some measure of revenge for their fallen teammate, getting power-play goals from Jamie McGinn and Sam Reinhart in their 4-1 win over Nashville.

    After the game, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma announced that Colaiacovo had a “dented trachea:

    Sabres coach Dan Bylsma says Carlo Colaiacovo is at hospital and being treated for "dented trachea" but is OK

    Well, if it’s anything like our car, they just need to get in their with a tiny hammer and bang out that dent, right?

    So … guess the suspension for Viktor Arvidsson. Yikes.


  • Patrick Kane sets NHL record with points in 19 straight games

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Patrick Kane’s torrid start to the 2015-16 season is now a record-breaking start. 

    Kane scored 11:10 into the first period at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, tallying on the power play for the Chicago Blackhawks. The goal gave Kane a point in his 19th straight game, setting a record for points in consecutive games by an American-born player -- breaking a tie with both Eddie Olczyk of the 1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel of the 2008-09 Boston Bruins, who both had a point in 18 straight games.

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    Kane now has 11 goals and 19 assists during the streak. It began on Oct. 17 with a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kane scored multiple points in eight of the 19 games. Kane has 13 goals and 22 assists in his first 23 games.

    The sniper is two games with points away from the Blackhawks’ record 21-game point streak set by Bobby Hull in the 1971-72) season.