Greg Wyshynski

  • Milan Lucic dreams of playing for Canucks (after LA Kings Cup run)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    Milan Lucic has yet to play his first game as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, and already his thoughts are drifting to where he’ll play next. 

    OK, that’s the pitiless summary of what Lucic said on “The Bro Jake Show” on TSN 1040 during Monday’s interview, but it captures the spirit of the thing: Lucic, a Vancouver native, was asked if he’d ever play for the Canucks and he said it’s been his dream since he was a child … and that he’s a UFA next summer.

    The question: “Do you think we’re ever going to see you here, in a Canucks jersey, ever?”

    Said Lucic:

    So there you go: Super committed to the Kings’ Cup quest, but admittedly fantasizing about having the Sedins dragging him up and down the ice for 82 games in a Vancouver Canucks jersey.

    Hey, you can’t blame a guy for wanting to play the local hero. But maybe  don’t treat the Los Angeles Kings as a rest stop that only sells championship rings, refueling on the way up the coast to B.C.?

    Just a reminder that Ryan Miller is signed with Vancouver through 2017 …

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  • Can Phil Kessel break 40 goals with Pittsburgh Penguins?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    There’s an expectation that Phil Kessel is going to reach new and exciting offensive heights with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His career best numbers were achieved in 2011-12: 37 goals and 45 assists for 82 points in 82 games. (Although he had a higher points-per-game average of 1.08 in 2012-13 and a higher goals per game average in 2008-09 with the Bruins, 0.51.)

    There’s also an expectation that Phil Kessel might not immediately find his fit with the Penguins. Coach Mike Johnston will start him with Sidney Crosby in camp, but no one would be surprised if he settled in as Evgeni Malkin’s triggerman like James Neal was before he was traded to the Nashville Predators.

    Then there’s the expectation that Steven Burtch of Sportsnet has for Kessel, which is that his game will be elevated by either Sid or Geno, because that’s what they do for wingers, but that breaking 40 goals might still be a challenge despite the upgrade in talent around him.

    From Burtch, the good news for Phil:

    However:

    What can Kessel do with that power play?

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  • Fan makes Tyler Seguin a Twitter offer he can’t refuse: In-N-Out burger

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Tyler Seguin is preparing for the Dallas Stars' season, hitting the ice and getting back into game shape. But hey, it’s still the summer – some nutritional cheating is allowed, right? 

    Lindsey Dortch is a University of North Texas student and a huge Stars fan. Obviously knowing how arduous the training process is for an NHL player, she offered up a treat for Seguin via Twitter, if he wanted it: Something from that glorious temple of takeout, In-N-Out burger.

    And like any human with a functioning cerebellum (who doesn’t have moral or health objections to sizzling red meat between two buns), Seguin said yes.

    @lindsfromda1975 double double with just ketchup. Please 😊

    So she and her friend hit up In-N-Out, snagged Seguin’s order and headed for the rink. 

    Mission accomplished, according to her Twitter:

    I didn't pass out, so that's good! @tseguinofficial pic.twitter.com/1eZOtsAn8C

    “Always fun to interact with fans using social media, but that was definitely a first!” Seguin said. “Great burger.”

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  • Pavel Medvedev scores nasty ‘lacrosse’ goal in KHL (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Oh, the lacrosse goal (i.e. “The Michigan Goal.”)

    This nasty little trick shot happens a few times every calendar year, and we never tire of them. Even if we’d like to see a few of them fail, because the success rate is slightly better than the unbeatable deke move on ‘NHL 94’.

    The latest to dabble in the dark arts of the lacrosse shot isPavel Medvedev of Urga of the Kontinental Hockey League, scoring one at 4:18 of the first period. Jeez, buddy, at least let people settle into their seats first …

    Medvedev got a nice little pick from a teammate to give him the time to lift the puck in the air and fire into the top of the net. Traktor goalie Vasily Demchenko had tracked him well and appeared to have a wrap-around defended … until Medvedev buzzed the puck past his mask.

    The play was reviewed, and it was a good goal.

    OK, a great goal.

    OK, just a nasty, nasty goal that gives goalies waking nightmares. 

    s/t reader Rich

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  • What NHL players are told about rape, domestic violence

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Two years ago, it was Semyon Varlamov, arrested after allegedly having assaulted his then-girlfriend. Prosecutors eventually dropped the domestic violence charges when they couldn’t prove them beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Then it was Slava Voynov, arrested and charged with a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse. He would plead “no contest” to domestic violence charges and get 90 days in jail, along with a prolonged suspension from the NHL. 

    Most recently it was Patrick Kane, currently under investigation by Buffalo police after being accused by a local woman of sexually assaulting her in his home. 

    None of this is unique to hockey, and all of it seems to run counter to what we assume organized sports can, or should, accomplish with young men: Instilling discipline; preaching selflessness; establishing some semblance of morality, or at, a minimum, humanity.

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    But what, if anything, does the league tell these players about rape? About sexual assault? About domestic violence? Does the League do enough? Does it have an effective approach?

  • Cody Franson, Buffalo Sabres nearing 2-year contract deal?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    When free agency began, Cody Franson was a wide-eyed 27-year-old defenseman, full of life and optimism and thinking this summer would produce a contract offer that befit his 6-5 frame and 40-point potential.

    As of Thursday, Aug. 27, Franson was a frustrated 28-year-old, sitting by while dozens of defensemen were gobbled up on the UFA market. Oh, there were “talks” rumored with teams like the Boston Bruins. But nothing concrete.

    Then, finally, some movement: Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports that the Buffalo Sabres and Franson are in talks, and one assumes he likes what he’s hearing: Instead of another one-year stop-gap deal, Franson and the Sabres are talking about a two-year deal.

    From the News:

    Franson was a dud last season for the Nashville Predators after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs: one goal, three assists in 23 games, seeing his ice time go from 21:23 with the Leafs to 15:25 in Nashville.

    Well, in the salary cap sense. We all know Terry Pegula has enough money to buy Donald Trump. 

  • Scott Gomez gets Blues camp invite, and he’s earned it

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    The good news for Scott Gomez is that, over the years, he’s become a punchline to fewer and fewer people. 

    The loudest guffaws came when he didn’t come close to living up to his elephantine contract, and went through an epic goal-scoring drought that earned him an ironic cult following. The chuckles continued when he went from a top six forward to a professional tryout contract hanger-on, and they continued when he ended up back in New Jersey, the team he spurned to sign that aforementioned contract with the rival New York Rangers.

    But then, at 35 years old, the laughing subsided. Gomez had 34 points in 57 games last season, with 27 assists; had the Devils’ offense resembled anything close to being on an NHL level, he might have had more.

    Gomez wasn’t invited back by the Devils’ new regime – the reruns left with Lamoriello – but he wasn’t about to let his NHL career end there.

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  • Mike Richards charged with possession of controlled substance

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Mike Richards had his contract with the Los Angeles Kings terminated on June 29, with the team claiming that there was a “material breach of the requirements” of his 12-year deal, which ran through 2020. 

    What was the breach? NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire indicated there was an incident at the Canadian/U.S. border that prompted the Kings to take action. Then TMZ Sports reported that Richards had been stopped at the border and questioned about oxycodone pills in his possession on June 17.

    It’s taken nearly two months, but Richards has finally been charged by the Manitoba RCMP: Possession of Controlled Substance while entering Canada.

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  • NFL rookie says hockey made him a tackling machine

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Nick Dzubnar rushed up the middle of the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line, lunged and grabbed the leg of quarterback Drew Stanton, bringing him down to the grass. 

    Granted, his natural inclination may have been to put a shoulder into his jaw, knocking him down, forcing a turnover and then preparing to fight one of his teammates in retribution. But this was a San Diego Chargers’ preseason game. It was a field, not a rink. It was football, not hockey. Although Dzubnar believes his time playing the latter has informed his approach to the former.

    Dzubnar is an undrafted rookie linebacker from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which isn’t exactly Linebacker U. Nevertheless, he’s the school’s all-time leader in tackles, which is great considering he almost opted to play another sport.

    He caught the hockey bug before and during his time at Mission Viejo High in California. He almost considered a junior hockey career, but he followed his father’s path to Cal Poly instead.

    Still, Dzubnar said the tools hockey gave him are the foundation for the kind of football player he’s become.

  • What if NHL doesn’t expand to Quebec City, Las Vegas after all?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    It was announced recently that Quebec City and Las Vegas have entered “Phase III” of the NHL expansion process, which we assume is the talent portion. Can’t wait to see Bill Foley spinning plates while singing the national anthem … 

    The markets are now proving their viability to the NHL and its Board of Governors, and the League in turn is letting these potential owners know what’s expected of them. Complicated concepts like “don’t be a complete fraud” and “don’t sell season tickets until we tell you to.”

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    Obvious issues to add an eighth Canadian team are:

    1. Market size: Some believe that with under a million citizens, Quebec City will struggle long-term to fill that great new arena.

    That’s a lot of poutine.

    From Luke DeCock:

    Is Quebec one of them?