Greg Wyshynski

  • NHL responds to concussion lawsuit, says players weren’t mislead

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    The NHL finally responded to the lawsuit brought by 40 former players, seeking damages because they allege the League mishandled its response to concussions during their playing days. And the League thinks the suit should be dismissed from Minnesota District Court. 

    (In August, “a federal panel ruled that all concussion-related lawsuits brought by retired N.H.L. players would be consolidated into a single suit and heard by the United States District Court in St. Paul, Minn.”)

    Via Katie Strang of

    According to the documents filed by the NHL, the league feels it has firm legal ground to stand upon in facing such allegations.

    In the other brief, the league cites certain statutes of limitations that preclude the plaintiffs from seeking compensation and considers the claims "untimely."

    From the first suit filed, which you can read here:

  • NHL gives LA Kings cap relief after Slava Voynov domestic violence charge

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    The Los Angeles Kings have finally seen the “dysfunctional” cap situation created by Slava Voynov’s suspension cleared up. 

    From the NHL on Friday night:

    The National Hockey League announced today that the existing terms of its suspension of Los Angeles Kings’ Player Slava Voynov will be continued indefinitely.

    However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Thus, Voynov’s $4.1 million salary cap space is finally freed up. He’s still suspended without pay, as he was charged with a felony on Thursday for “corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily harm.” If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison and possible deportation. 



  • Jason Demers traded to Stars for Brenden Dillon in surprise Sharks swap

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars pulled off a trade of young defensemen that’s fascinating on several fronts, especially the fiscal one. 

    The Sharks flipped Jason Demers and a 2016 third-rounder for Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon. The former is 26 and a puck-moving defenseman; the latter is 24 and a big body. Neither one has gotten off to a good start this season, and both now have new zip codes.

    From the Stars, some summary:

    Demers, 26, has posted three assists (0-3=3) in 20 games played for San Jose this season. His 30 hits are second amongst San Jose defensemen and he has yet to be on ice for a power play goal against in 21:14 of shorthanded time. He set career highs in goals, assists and points (5-29=34) in 75 games played during the 2013-14 season.

    The six-year NHL veteran has appeared in 300 career NHL games, all with San Jose, producing 98 points (16-82=98) and a +20 plus/minus rating. In 39 playoff contests, he has produced nine points (3-6=9) and 44 shots.

    The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Dorval, Quebec was originally selected by San Jose in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.

  • Gallery: Create an NHL Starter Pack reader art contest!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    We asked, and once again you dear readers delivered...

    Our latest Reader Art Contest is the "Create An NHL Starter Pack" competition, in which we asked you to dive into the meme sweeping the Interwebz. It's a simple concept: Four images, edited together, that represent the essentials for "becoming" a given person or team. 

    Like, for example, the "Ilya Bryzgalov Starter Pack" by reader Spencer Thome: The universe, fear of bears, a giant regrettable contract and the man himself in a goofy hat.

    We'll continue taking entries through Monday, Nov. 24 at noon ET. Email over to 

    Top five entries snag something from the Puck Daddy prize closet!

    OK, enough with the logistics. How about some Starter Packs? 

    And here ... we ... go. 


    Joel Quenneville Starter Pack by Derek Harms (Mustache; Line Blender"; Sandpaper Grit"; Crotch Grabbing Ability)

    Los Angeles Kings Fan Starter Pack by John Tyndall

    Randy Carlyle Era Leafs Starter Pack by Tom Urtz, Jr.

    Mark Messier Starter Pack by Mark Miotto (The elbow took us a second.)

    Richie And Cartsy Bro-Starter Pack by Mohit 

  • Man falls asleep on ice resurfacing machine during AHL intermission (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    On Tuesday night, the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL hosted the Norfolk Admirals. As many teams do, the Checkers invite fans to ride on the ice resurfacing machine (Zamboni, the Zamboni people reminded us via email, is trademarked) to keep things trademark generic). It’s the thrill of a lifetime, a moment some fans would never forget. 

    Or a chance to take a nap.

    As captured on this short YouTube clip, a fan caught flies as the ice was resurfaced. Some fans – like Joe Hospoder, who hipped us to this story – wondered if it was a dummy or mannequin. Others probably wondered if this was narcolepsy at best or rigor mortis at worst.

    So what was it? We asked the Checkers, and they said:

    “He was just messing around. Did it the whole ride, but popped up right after.”

    OK, then kudos to you, sir. That's ... well, that's a unique sense of humor you got there. 

    Whew. That’s a relief. For a second, we thought we were watching “Weekend at ‘Boni’s.”



  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Aaron Portzline on Jack Johnson; Hextall rant on Flyers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

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

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

    Special Guest Star: Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch on Jack Johnson. 

    * Ron Hextall's rant on the Flyers.  

    * Top NHL defensemen.   

    Question of the Day: What was your reaction to the Jack Johnson story? Ask us anything!  Email or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to  @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day.Subscribe to the podcast via iTunesor Feedburner.

  • Adorable dog eats KHL forward Anatoly Golyshev’s passport (Photo)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Anatoly Golyshev is a 19-year-old forward with Automobilist in the KHL.

    He has a friend named Tiffany. She’s a Yorkshire terrier. And she was hungry…

    According to his team, Golishev returned to his home, throwing his keys and his passport on his nightstand before taking a snooze. 

    When he woke up, he saw that Tiffany had mistaken his Russian passport for Puppy Chow.

    The good news for Golyshev is that Automobilist is home for the next three games, so he should be able to get the passport replaced. The Mirror (U.K.) mistakenly reported that Golyshev had been “dropped for three weeks” by his team because his pup decided to play TSA agent. He had been suspended three games earlier this season for a hit to the head. Maybe that's the confusion. 

    So lesson learned, KHL players: “My dog ate my passport” won't get you out of games.

    And as for our Russian canine friends: Might want to watch your behavior. Putin has eyes everywhere, and David Backes has only so many dog beds...

  • Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy thanks to parents’ loans against contract

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Who do you trust with your money? 

    Many of us would probably list “parents” near the top of that list. Which is why the tale of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is so shocking and deplorable.

    Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported on Thursday that Johnson filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 7, claiming assets of less than $50,000 and debts of more than $10 million. Sources tell Portzline that his debts could be closer to $15 million.

    According to Cap Geek, Johnson’s made $20.9 million in his career on three NHL contracts; that money’s all but gone. His current one runs through 2018, and has him making $5 million a season; much of those future earnings have been ear-marked for repayment of loans. He’s had wages garnished from his paycheck from the Blue Jackets for last two seasons in order to settle one of three lawsuits he’s participated in.

    She went on to borrow about $15 million in Johnson’s name via ridiculously high-interest loans.

  • The unintentionally hilarious Claude Giroux injury drama timeline

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    NEW YORK – Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers played in Wednesday night’s loss at the New York Rangers. About 24 hours earlier, that seemed unlikely. Heck, about eight hours earlier, it seemed unlikely. 

    Here’s a look back at the odd journey the Flyers captain took from significant injury to starting lineup, made even odder by the media frenzy and social media inanity that surrounded it:

    Nov. 17, 6:10 p.m.  – The Flyers announce that Giroux will be “unable to attend tonight's Season Ticket Holder event. He is being evaluated by team doctors.” This does not sound good.

    Nov. 17, 9 p.m. – Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Giroux “was evaluated by team doctors tonight and he is fine.” Sighs of relief are breathed throughout Philly fandom.

    Nov. 18, 11:18 a.m. - writer Randy Miller hears from "someone" that Giroux has a lower-body injury.

    Nov. 18, 11:41 a.m. - Coach Craig Berube jokes that Giroux had a "middle-body injury." We think. 

  • NHL Three Stars: Talbot blanks Flyers; Canucks win wild one vs. Oilers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Cam Talbot, New York Rangers

    The Rangers goalie made 31 saves for a 2-0 shutout win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Talbot was at his best late in the game when the Flyers tested him, but maintained the lead.

    No. 2 Star: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    The Canucks winger set up three goals in their 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers: Two from Radim Vrbata and the game-winner from Yannick Weber, who went to the net hard to tip home a perfect Sedin feed.

    No. 3 Star: Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers

    While we don’t often give out stars for losing efforts, Mason was the best player in the game for the Flyers in their loss to the Rangers, making 32 saves, many of them stellar.

    Honorable Mention: Rick Nash scored his 13th in the Rangers’ win. Kevin Klein had the other goal. …  Jannik Hansen scored a shorthanded goal for the Canucks, while Chris Higgins notched his fourth. … Steve Pinizzotto scored his first of the season for Edmonton and assisted on Boyd Gordon’s goal. … Ryan Miller improved to 4-0-0 against Edmonton this season and has won 11 straight against the Oilers in his career.