Greg Wyshynski

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

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr 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.


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

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs 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.” 





  • What Milan Lucic meant to the Boston Bruins

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs 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:


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

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs 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. 


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

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


  • 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. 


  • NHL expansion draft among mysteries for Las Vegas owner

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day 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.


  • Dustin Byfuglien signs 5-year extension, as Jets win on term

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Once it became apparent that the Winnipeg Jets were dead-set on signing defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to an extension, the only question was one of term. 

    The Jets and Byfuglien answered that question on Monday in announcing his new contract: $38 million, with a $7.6-million cap hit, over five years.


    “This was something between ourselves and Dustin’s representative that we could feel comfortable with,” said GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.

    What a win for the Jets.

    “I’ve been here five years. From where started and where we’re at now, I don’t feel like we’re that far off,” said Byfuglien, via Illegal Curve.

    Reports were that Byfuglien was asking for $55 million over eight years, which led to visions of an immobile 37-year-old Dustin Byfuglien with a $6.875 million cap dragging down the Jets like a rusty anchor. 

    From the Jets:


  • Rangers coach: Wrong on Sidney Crosby, maybe right on Simmonds ban?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    One of John Tortorella’s favorite tropes is the way Sidney Crosby is coddled. For example, theorizing how the NHL would react if the Pittsburgh Penguins’ “whining star” was injured on a controversial hit. 

    At the very least, Tortorella evokes this when his teams are playing the Penguins. In that sense, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault went beyond the full Torts, in bringing up Crosby in relation to Ryan McDonagh’s concussion, and the lack of any suspension for Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers for concussing him.

    “I had a feeling he had a concussion,” Vigneault said. “We weren’t 100 percent sure. He had some symptoms.

    First off, can we retire this Sidney Crosby-gets-preferential-treatment nonsense?

    David Steckel wasn’t suspended. Victor Hedman wasn’t suspended. Marc Staal dropped more lumber on Crosby’s head than a forklift at Home Depot and wasn’t suspended. Vigneault remembers that, right?



  • Homer History: Joe Carter's World Series winning blast

    Greg Wyshynski at Big League Stew 1 day ago


    “Every story has already been told. Once you've read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had." - Anna Quindlen, author.

    My favorite thing about baseball is that, for the most part, everything has happened before. Records aren’t records unless someone has already set them. Greatness isn’t greatness without the benefit of comparison. Every season is a variation on a theme; and what separates the moments playing in perpetuity on highlight reels or immortalized in a concrete temple in Cooperstown from ones that slip from memory is how one claims the moment for themselves.

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    But Carter’s home run is inarguably the greatest moment in Canadian baseball history, as much as it’s one of the lowest moments in Philadelphia sports history – god’s work, really.

    Then you’d get the 1993 Phillies, apparently.

    God, I hated Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams.

    Spoiler: He didn’t.