Greg Wyshynski

  • NHL putting ads on World Cup jerseys, which are apparently for-profit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    When the NHL and the NHLPA announced the 2016 World Cup of Hockey last weekend, it was clear that they would find new and excited ways to generate revenue from an event that could gross as much as $120 million. 

    This is because NHL players (and fans and media) are all really keen on Olympic participation, and the League knows the only way to knock dreams of gold medals out of their heads is to smack them with bags of money.

    So, to the surprise of no one except those delusional enough to believe there won’t be advertising on NHL jerseys in the near future, there will be advertising on World Cup of Hockey sweaters, according to Rick Westhead of TSN:

    The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.

    Who’s ready for Team Sweden, with the fourth crown provided by Burger King!?

    Image via Hockey Blog in Canada

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Brodeur retirement; Chuck Gormley on Caps/Pens

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

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    It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington on the Capitals vs. Penguins.

    • Brodeur retires. 

    • Spezza in Ottawa. 

    • News and notes. 

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  • Martin Brodeur, pride of New Jersey

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    They call my home state of New Jersey the “Garden State.” I always imagined it was the runner-up to the rejected original winner, “Constant State of Inferiority.”

    We’re a punch-line. We’re a weird growth on the ass of New York. We’re trash heaps and smoke stacks and odd odors that creep through your vents while traveling down I-95. We’re Snooki and The Situation and Joe Piscopo and Chris Christie and clichés about Springsteen songs and where everyone looks like Tony Soprano.

    When you’re from Jersey, you always hear about the concept of “Jersey Pride.” It’s this notion that we’re something more than the jokes that define us, something more than the being “The Garbage State.”

    It’s a difficult concept to grasp for many reasons, being that we’re a collection of self-deprecating jerks half the time. It was especially difficult growing up as a sports fan in New Jersey during the 1980s and ‘90s, because nothing that was good about Jersey sports was actually ours.

    Set records with New Jersey. Won Cups with New Jersey.

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    Scott Mackie was a Devils fan I knew back in the day, who once penned this about the experience of being one:

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  • Andrew Conboy dropped by ECHL team after 20-game suspension

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    NHL fans have been debating some suspensions recently: Dan Carcillo’s six games, Zac Rinaldo’s eight games. Some said they didn’t go far enough in sending a message to repeat offenders. 

    Meanwhile, in the ECHL, they’re dropping 20-game hammers.

    Andrew Conboy of the Elmira Jackals was suspended 20 games by the League for a cross-checking incident against Brampton. He was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for cross checking another player in the face, and a match penalty for deliberately attempting to injure an opponent.

    Conboy was a repeat offender, having been hit with a suspension last October and then having that suspension extended to four games. He was also suspended in Jan. 2014.   

    The Jackals, having seen enough, waived Conboy after his suspension.

  • NHL.com adding Corsi, Fenwick, enhanced stats next month

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    One of the knocks on advanced stats in the NHL is that they’re not treated as official numbers by the League -- we can find goals and assists on NHL.com, but not Corsi and PDO. This allows critics to treat them like some kind of crazy nerd voodoo rather than an increasingly legitimate means through which to evaluate players, teams and games. 

    Well, it appears to the nerds won.

    “Absolutely,” said NHL COO John Collins, at least weekend’s All-Star Game.

    Collins confirmed that while the League waits to standardize the new player-tracking system that will eventually quantify puck possession stats more accurately, NHL.com is adding “enhanced stats” to its collection of player and team statistics. 

    The addition is scheduled for late February.

    “You’re going to see a big change in the way we present our stats, in terms of the depth and the utility of how to do it. And that’s before the puck tracking [system],” said Collins.

    Among the 30 or so advanced stats being added to the NHL.com stats pages:

    * Corsi, which estimates puck possession by totaling shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots

    * Fenwick, which does the game minus the blocked shots

    * Average shot distance

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Darren Pang on Brodeur; NHL prospects talk

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Darren Pang on the retirement of Marty Brodeur.

    • NHL prospects talk. 

    • Carey Price and the Hart

    • The World Cup of Hockey.

    • News and notes. 

    Question of the Day: Ask us anything! Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

  • NHL All-Star Game ratings crash in U.S., Canada

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The disconnect between the NHL All-Star Game’s entertainment value on-site and on television grows forever wider.

    Having covered the weekend in Columbus, it was a blast. OK, the actual game wasn’t – that was pretty unwatchable. But the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft and Skills Competition delivered and were a riot to watch. 

    Having now seen the TV ratings for these events … woof .

    NBCSN in the U.S. reports that the All-Star Game on Sunday delivered 1.194 million viewers, which was a 14-percent drop from the 2012 game on NBCSN (1.317 million). The Skills Competition delivered 895,000 viewers, down 15% from the 2012 competition on NBCSN (1.104 million). The Fantasy Draft on Friday delivered 310,000 viewers, down 24% from the 2012 Fantasy Draft (408,000).

    The good news for NBC, such as it is, was that the All-Star Game was the most-watched NHL game on NBCSN since the Stanley Cup Final and the 1.194 million viewers were up 240 percent vs. the network’s regular-season average from last season 351,000.

    Again, it’s a shame, because the weekend on a whole was pretty entertaining for the NHL.

  • Can Carey Price win the Hart Trophy this season?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Our friend Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News wonders if Carey Price should win the Hart Trophy this season:

    In reality, it’s the player most valuable to his team as long as that team is good and since Montreal is a near-lock for the playoffs already, the Habs qualify. But the Canadiens have just one player among the top-60 scorers in the NHL and that’s Max Pacioretty, who ranks 34th right now with 38 points in 46 games.  

    The power play – one of the few aspects of the game Price has no effect on – is bottom-10 in the league, clicking at just 17.1 percent.

    Price has a compelling case. He’s third behind Brian Elliott (.944) and Michael Hutchinson (.942) in even-strength save percentage, coming in at .939. That’s with having faced the fourth-most shots at 5-on-5 (914). He’s 25-10-2 overall with a 2.15 GAA.

    But we all know how this Hart Trophy thing works, right?

    And to that end, Price has a compelling case.

    From a possession standpoint, they’ve been atrocious: 25th in the NHL in Corsi-percentage (48.4).

  • Charlie Coyle scores sick breakaway goal from behind the net (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Watching Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle’s goal from Tuesday night vs. the Edmonton Oilers in real time, you’re left awestruck. 

    The Oilers defenders were on him. Goalie Viktor Fasth came out to the top of the crease to challenge him. Coyle looked like he ran out of real estate before sliding into the boards. And yet … it was a goal, the game-winner in the Wild’s 2-1 victory over the Oilers.

    How’d he pull that one off? Logic would dictate that he banked it off Fasth as the goalie scrambled back to his crease. But no – Coyle actually tucked the puck in from behind the goal line after beating three Edmonton defenders on a breakaway. That’s nuts.

    Although Coyle said after the game that the goalie’s aggressive reaction surprised him, Fasth played the challenge correctly – not his fault that he followed the backhand deke to its logical conclusion.

    There may have been just a slight miscommunication with the defenders as Andrew Ference came blazing in on the backcheck, but they mostly had this played correctly. And Coyle barely got the puck around the near post before running out of time.

  • Penguins pull game program that misspelled Sidney Crosby’s name

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Seriously. You had ONE JOB. 

    At the risk of throwing a stone in a glass house – and acknowledging that our own adventures in editing can sometimes read like a junior Jumble puzzle – the editors of the official game program of the Pittsburgh Penguins made a rather egregious error on their cover on Tuesday night. 

    The Jan. 27 game between the Penguins and the Winnipeg Jets didn’t feature Sidney Crosby, who’s out with an injury. But neither did the cover of their game program … although it did feature a “Sindey Crosby,” making us curious if they’re outsourcing their copyediting to Philadelphia.

    Dejan Kovacevic of Pittsburgh Sports, who snapped the image, said that the Penguins pulled the program off arena stands. Congrats to anyone who snagged a collector’s item. It'll go well with the Crosby bobblehead they handed out as well.