Greg Wyshynski

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski: Vulgar chants about Sidney Crosby with Dave Lozo!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

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

    - Wysh and guest host Dave Lozo of Uproxx and Vice Sports are talking hockey!

    - The Martin Brodeur number retirement ceremony, in all its glory. 

    - Oh, hey, the New Jersey Devils fans have a new vulgar chant about Sidney Crosby. 

    - Breaking down the Dion Phaneuf trade even more.

    - The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Episode 2!

    - Your listener mail, answered!

    - 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.]

  • In praise of Maple Leafs’ roster demolition crew

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    When Brian Burke was hired as Toronto Maple Leafs general manager in 2008, he stood before two distinct paths.  

    One led to a burning city. Total destruction. An inhabitable place in the short term, but one that could be rebuilt from the embers into something glorious.

    The other led to a rickety, termite-infested ranch-style home that smelled of sewage and had squatters that wouldn’t leave. He looked at it and said, 'Yes, this might do." He liked the foundation. Maybe he could figure out the squatter thing. Fresh coat of paint, some new sod on the lawn – no need to knock it down and rebuild. Flip this franchise!

    And we know which path he took.

    "I'm not interested ... in a five-year rebuild like some of these teams have done," said Burke in April 2010. "Maybe because of my age, maybe just because I know it doesn't have to be five years because it wasn't in Anaheim. I like the group that finished the year, I think just on internal improvement we will be better. I think we will be good enough with this group and a couple additions to say in training camp that the playoffs are a reasonable goal."

    But it was the only path to take.

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  • Watch Dmitri Yudin embarrass KHL goalie on behind net deke (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    Dmitri Yudin is a 20-year-old defenseman for SKA in the KHL. Entering last Friday’s game against Ugra, he had one career goal in 123 games. 

    In other words, he’s not exactly the guy you’d expect to unleash a wicked little deke move while going behind the net, as evidenced by the reaction of goalie Georgy Gelashvili on said wicked little deke move. (We call this “Marek Malik Syndrome.”)

    Yudin noticed that Ugra was changing, and rocketed up the left side. Defenseman Yakov Seleznyov dropped down, defending a pass, so Yudin took the puck behind the net.

    Or so we all thought! As Gelashvili whipped around to the other post anticipating a wraparound, Yudin stopped, brought the puck back to the near post and tucked it past a baffled netminder.

    Quite the second career goal, that one.

    Nice offensive moves by Yudin. His coach was no doubt proud, as he knows a thing or two about a thing or two about offensive defensemen: Sergei Zubov!

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  • Martin Brodeur, Devils fans finally have closure at number retirement

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey fans wear old jerseys. 

    It’s one of their most enduring qualities, along with sexually explicit chants about division rivals. Walk into any New Jersey Devils game at the Prudential Center, and you see menagerie of sweaters with names new, old, forgotten and comedic. (Yes, I’m talking to you, “No. 17 Ilya KovalSUCK” guy.)

    On the night when Martin Brodeur’s jersey was retired, you could trace his career timeline through the fans’ fashion.

    The hipsters in the No. 29 Christmas-colored jerseys, the first sweater Brodeur wore in the NHL, back when he was rocking a flat top and one of the worst peach-fuzz mustaches in the history of follicles.

    The All-Star Game jerseys, from different eras and event formats. The Team Canada jerseys from his 2002 gold medal performance, which to this day Brodeur says is what elevated him to elite status. A few St. Louis Blues jerseys to remind us how it all ended. The jersey with “RANGERS SUCK” on the nameplate where “BRODEUR” should have been, because of course .

    Brodeur, in turn, didn’t have that closure with them, either.

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  • Lou Lamoriello owns Gary Bettman at Brodeur retirement ceremony (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    NEWARK, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils retired goalie Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 on Tuesday night at Prudential Center. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was there to honor him. As one might expect, one of these people received a rather healthy amount of cheers, while the other received … the opposite. 

    Bettman was booed when he was announced. He was booed when he walked to the podium to give his speech.

    "Thank you for that enthusiastic welcome,” Bettman said, sarcastically. More boos happened, as they would through his lengthy speech.

    “It’s always tough for Gary Bettman. He told me beforehand, ‘I’m taking a bullet for you tonight, you know that?’ He knew it was coming.” said Brodeur. 

    This is tradition, of course, as was the tradition when Lou Lamoriello – Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and the architect of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup champions – walked to the podium. The sellout crowd bellowed “Loooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuu!” as the veteran executive smiled.

    (Remember, they’re not “booing,” they’re “Louuuuuuuing.”)

    That’s when Lamoriello tilted his head, looked at Bettman, and said:

    “Commissioner, that’s not the same reaction that you got.” 

    Boom.

    Roasted.

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  • What Milan Lucic meant to the Boston Bruins

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Milan Lucic returns to Boston on Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Kings, which meant it was time for a new tradition in the NHL: The Players Tribune article in which he bares his soul about seeing the Bruins bear again. 

    “I have to say, every day as an LA King has been a happy one. I don’t think I could have landed in a better spot for me and my family. But I’ll always appreciate how Boston shaped my life,” he wrote. “Coming back to the Garden for the first time this week, I’ll be battling the butterflies, for sure. Who knows, maybe I’ll just go out there and drop the mitts just to get the blood flowing. For old time’s sake. Boston: Thank you. For everything.”

    The “trade him” side of the argument always seemed to come back to the same point: He wasn’t playing like a $6 million a year player, so there’s no point in belaboring the fact that the already cap-strapped Bruins weren’t going to pay him more than that.

    As Elliote Friedman said last June:

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  • Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall on being roommates inside Edmonton fishbowl

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    NEWARK, NJ – Taylor Hall, 24, and Connor McDavid, 19, are housemates this season for the Edmonton Oilers. And when they’re in that house, they tend not to talk about the Edmonton Oilers. 

    “When we’re there, we’re not talking about hockey at all. Just normal guys. It’s good to get away from hockey a little bit,” said McDavid.

    His roomie said it’s not exactly a hockey-free zone.

    “Hockey’s always a topic. We both love the game, love to watch it. But certainly you try to get away from it,” said Hall. “Edmonton can be a little bit of a fishbowl. Always in your face. Always on TV."

    McDavid and Hall room with a bigger fish in their bowl: Luke Gazdic, 26 and 192 career penalty minutes. Along with being someone who makes sure no one tries to enter the house and slash them on the wrists at night, he apparently knows his way around the kitchen, said McDavid.

    “Hallsy doesn’t cook. Gads does. He’s a great cook.”

    The players eat Chef Gadzic’s meals. They watch some movies. They rarely fire up the Xbox. “We haven’t played too many video games. We stick to cards,” said Hall. 

    Cards?

    “I think it’s essential,” he said.

    Which comes in handy during Crazy 8s, no doubt. 

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  • NHL Three Stars: Sidney Crosby is ridiculous right now

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins 

    At this point, it’s Sidney Crosby’s world, and we’re all living in it. Sid had a four-point night in the Penguins’ 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, with two goals and two assists. That’s seven straight games with a goal, and points in 11 straight games (12 goals, 10 assists). Crosby is now fifth in the NHL in scoring, and six points away from Jamie Benn for second in scoring. Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves.

    No. 2 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings

    Mrazek made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, as the Red Wings defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-0. Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk (2 goals) had the offense for Detroit.

    No. 3 Star: Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators

    Stone scored a goal for the fourth straight game, tallying twice in the second period to power the Senators to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He also assisted on Zack Smith’s opening goal.

    Did You Know?  Crosby broke his previous career-high of six straight games with a goal established from Dec. 5-Dec. 15, 2006. (NHL)

  • Sasha Barkov out after high hit from Justin Abdelkader (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Heading into the Florida Panthers’ game at the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, Aleksander Barkov had goals in each of his last four games.

    He didn’t score against the Red Wings, because his night ended nearly midway through the second period.

    Barkov collected the puck near his own net, and tried to send it up the boards. He was a bit crouched, a bit off-balance. Abdelkader met him with a hard hit that appeared to make principle contact with Barkov’s shoulder or chest before his head.

    The Panthers forward dropped to the ice, before skating back to the bench. He didn’t see the ice after that hit, playing just 8:58 for the game.

    Florida announced he was out with an “upper body injury.”

    Hopefully this was just a precaution, as Barkov is having a heck of a season for the Panthers. 

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  • NHL expansion draft among mysteries for Las Vegas owner

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Bill Foley, the billionaire behind the Las Vegas NHL expansion bid, is “9.5 out of 10” confident that the League will award him a franchise. 

    He thinks that the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena, opening in April, is enough to earn a team. He thinks 14,000 season-ticket “deposits and commitments” are enough, with the upper bowl of the Vegas arena sold out. He thinks having sold out all but one of his luxury boxes in the arena is enough. 

    So he’s watching and waiting. “They’re doing their job. They’re doing their process,” he said of the NHL, in an interview with NBC 3 in Las Vegas this week. “I don’t talk to the owners. I’m in a quiet time. It’s like a public offering: I’m trying to be patient.”

    That said, Foley isn’t quiet about one aspect of the timeline: He’d like an answer by June if this team is going to debut in the 2017-18 season.

    Why June? For one reason, that’s the earliest he can start looking for a hockey operations staff. “We really can’t talk to potential GMs or coaches or scouting staff [in season],” he said.

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