Greg Wyshynski

  • Sidney Crosby scores first goal of season after concussion return (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    When it became obvious Sidney Crosby would return to the lineup for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night after missing their first six games with a concussion, his teammates were rather happy.

    “He’s the best player in the world,” said winger Carl Hagelin. “We’re happy to have him back and we need to get rolling here.”

    Crosby didn’t waste any time to get rolling. He scored his first goal of the season in his first game back from a concussion suffered in a preseason practice. His power-play goal at 13:41 of the second period cut the Florida Panthers’ lead to 2-1.

    And it got the Penguins rolling, too: Hagelin and Eric Fehr scored in the third period to complete the rally and earn Pittsburgh (4-2-1) the 3-2 win.

    “I think timing and just as far as execution, I think I need to work on that a little bit,” Crosby said after the game. “But it’s been tough to get in any practices or any real game situations. I’ve pretty much just been skating on my own, so I kind of expect that. But I felt like things kind of slowed down as the game went along.”

    Welcome back, Sid.

  • Chris Hansen will privately finance Seattle arena; NHL back in play?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    There are three conditions for the NHL to bring a team to a new market.

    The first is that it’s a market in which they feel a hockey team could thrive. The second is a viable owner or ownership group that’s willing to pay the exorbitant expansion fee or relocation freight. The third is a viable, modern arena where the team can maximize revenue.

    In the most recent round of expansion that yielded a team in Las Vegas starting next season, Seattle met the first condition. It failed miserably to meet the second condition, which was symptomatic of not meeting the third condition: Finding owners for a team without knowing the fate of billionaire Chris Hansen’s downtown arena project was impossible.

    Well, that fate just gained some clarity.

    In a stunning move on Tuesday, Hansen said his group is no longer seeking public funds to build the arena in SoDo. It would be privately funded, as will an overpass over Lander Street, which local opponents of the arena have fought for to ease congestion in around the Port of Seattle.

    From Hansen’s letter to the city:

  • Of course United Kingdom hockey had a Noble vs. Lord fight (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Hear ye, hear ye! Gather ‘round all ye kings, queens and commoners, for a hockey fight comes hither!

    ‘Tis the Elite Ice Hockey League – perchance you know it better as the professional league of ice hockey for the United Kingdom. Our combatants on this frigid field of battle are the Brave and Loyal BLAZE of COVENTRY vying against the Bold and Steadfast DEVILS of CARDIFF.

    Whereas the commencement of this hockey match led to a pitch-kettled moment between two ruffians: A Lord, name of Andrew Lord of Cardiff by way of West Vancouver; and a Noble, name of Kevin Noble of Coventry by way of Sparwood, British Columbia.

    Whereas Noble doffed his crown early in the fisticuffs, Lord took full advantage, landing blows with the ferocity of a battering ram into the Kenilworth gate. Perchance he had waited for this moment to assail Noble, a noted hufty-tufty in the EIHL. Mayhaps he just fancies a ruckus.

    Or as the commentator hath proclaimed: “There were a few pushes and few nudges, and all of a sudden Lord and Noble … let’s be honest, there aren’t many people in South Wales who like Kevin Noble!”

    Thouest harsh!


  • Mike Babcock isn’t standing for Don Cherry’s goalie poop

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    On Saturday night, venerable Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry ripped the Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltending, praising the departed James Reimer (a.k.a. a good Canadian boy!) and burying Fredrik Andersen (a.k.a. one of them Euros!), who’s been rather bad with an .879 save percentage in his first four games with the Leafs after signing a five-year deal last summer.

    “The biggest mistake they ever made!” said Cherry of Andersen, who missed most of the preseason with an injury suffered in an Olympic qualifier with Denmark and, again, is being judged on four games.

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    When Don Cherry speaks, someone has to respond to his bloviating. So Ken Campbell of The Hockey News asked Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock about Cherry’s goalie evaluation at a media availability on Tuesday, and it went as expected.


    The transcript: 

    BABCOCK: “Well, it’s five games in, isn’t it?

    CAMPBELL: “Yeah, yeah it is.”


  • Meet ‘The Fist,’ Netflix comedy’s insane hockey mascot

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    In the grand tradition of “Best In Show” and “A Mighty Wind,” Christopher Guest’s Netflix movie “Mascots” didn’t exactly set the comedy world ablaze.

    But that’s OK: Even at his worst, Guest still manages to create a few memorable moments. (Like everything Catherine O’Hara did in “For Your Consideration.”)

    Which brings us to “The Fist.”

    That’s Chris O’Dowd from “Bridesmaids” and “Girls” as Tommy ‘Zook’ Zucarello (New York Rangers’ Norwegian Hobbit Wizard reference?), who portrays The Fist, a minor league hockey mascot. The movie is about how Zook and the rest of his wacky cohorts converge on the World Mascot Association Championship, competing for something called the Gold Fluffy Award.

    Here is The Fist in action at said Awards, complete with expected NSFW site gag at the end of the routine:

    Funny stuff, if you’re on this vibe. And by that we mean “seeing a mascot that’s a giant plush fist carrying the lifeless body of an on-ice official he just pummeled, and finding humor in it.”


  • Chicago Blackhawks own the worst thing in NHL right now

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    The Calgary Flames scored two goals in regulation against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. Both were on the power play.

    Neither should have surprised you, despite Calgary previously having gone 1-for-25 on the power play, because Chicago’s penalty kill is demonstrably the worst thing in hockey right now. Yes, they managed to kill a double-minor later in the game, but we’ll just go ahead and assume Glen Gulutzan just simply forgot to tell his team they were on the power play. Seems like a Glen Gulutzan thing to do.

    Their PK is worse than the Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending situation. Yes, worse than the New York Islanders’ power play, which is at 6.7 percent. Yes, worse than the Arizona Coyotes, who have two points in five games. It’s unfathomably terrible right now.

    A quick look at the standings!

    At home, the Blackhawks have been shorthanded 18 times in five games, and have given up nine goals, the most for any team on home ice.

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    So let us count the ways. Why does the Blackhawks’ penalty kill suck right now?

    The Culprits

    The Apathy

    Specifically, he feels they need to pressure the point men more.

  • NHL Three Stars: Radulov and his goosebumps lead Canadiens to win

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago


    No. 1 Star: Alexander Radulov, Montreal Canadiens 

    The New Alexander Radulov now has five points in six games with Montreal, scoring a goal and two assists in their 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. He assisted on goals by Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher. Montreal is now 5-0-1. Said Radulov of his goal and celebration: “I don’t know how to say, I got this tickle … Yeah, goosebumps.”

    No. 2 Star: Brian Elliott, Calgary Flames

    The goalie who helped the St. Louis Blues to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs last season turned in a 31-save performance to beat them on Monday night, 3-2. That included six saves in the 3-on-3 overtime before he made a few more in the shootout.

    No. 3 Star: Kris Versteeg, Calgary Flames

    The former Blackhawk (twice!) won the shootout for the Flames in the seventh round with a little forehand-backhand-forehand action.

    Kris Versteeg with the winner in the shootout. Dat reach.

    — Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 25, 2016


  • NHL leader in ice time? Dustin Byfuglien, of course

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Boy, what a wacky first couple of weeks of the NHL season. Up is down. Left is right. The Canucks and Oilers are both in playoff spots.

    To that end: After five games, Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets is leading the NHL in average ice time at 29:20 over 149 shifts.

    That’s more than Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings (28:05) and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild (27:01) and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators (26:48), anyone of whom you’d expect to have topped this list.

    Here are Byfuglien’s five games on the season thus far. Keep in mind the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs games were actually overtime affairs.

    Now, consider this about Byfuglien, listed at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds this season:

    – In the entirety of last season, he played over 30 minutes in a game twice. He’s already done it three times in five games.

    – In the first five games of each of the last two seasons, the most Dustin Byfuglien played was 23:42. He was under 22 minutes played in nine of those 10 games.

    – Byfuglien is averaging 4:42 on the power play and 2:16 on the penalty kill.

    So what’s the deal here? Why is the U.S.S. Byfuglien being deployed with such frequency?


  • Shannon Szabados released by Peoria two games into season

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Goalie Shannon Szabados made history in the Southern Professional Hockey League two years ago when she broke the gender barrier, becoming the first woman to ever play in the minor hockey league.

    The two-time Team Canada gold medalist spent two seasons with the Columbus Cottonmouths, who decided to let her test free agency last summer. On Sept. 20, she signed a team with the Peoria Rivermen, who won the SPHL’s regular-season points title two years running. “We want her here and it’s exciting to get her. The way we play defense in Peoria, and the types of players we have, I think she’s going to look a lot better with our team in front of her. I’m anxious to get her into camp and see how it goes,” said coach Jean-Guy Trudel.

    Just over a month later, Trudel released her.

    “He wants to play wherever Shannon plays. So both are gone,” said Trudel.


  • Cubs loving Jonathan Toews outed as White Sox fan by Kris Versteeg

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Chicago Cubs are seeking their first World Series championship in 108 years. Everyone outside of Cleveland Indians fans and lovers of prolonged misery (i.e. “Cleveland Indians fans”) is pretty much pulling for the Cubs to break several curses to Fly The ‘W’ for the title.

    That includes Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, recently seen taking in Cubs games and rocking Cubs gear at appearances and singing during the seventh-inning stretch:

    Not bad …


    According to Kris Versteeg, former Chicago Blackhawks winger and current Calgary Flames player, Toews is a sock in Cubs’ clothing.

    “Toews was a White Sox fan. I know how he’s probably trying to play it off right now that he’s actually cheering,” Versteeg told reporters.

    Hell, if it’s good enough for this White Sox fan, it’s good enough for Toews:


    Where have you gone, Paul Konerko …