Greg Wyshynski

  • NHL Three Stars: Toews leads Blackhawks; strong Shark debut

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks 

    The Hawks captain scored the game’s first two goals, including a shorthanded one, in their 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He also assisted on Marian Hossa’s third-period goal.

    No. 2 Star: Ben Smith, San Jose Sharks

    Acquired at the trade deadline, Smith stepped into the Sharks’ lineup and scored a goal and an assist in their 4-0 whitewash of the Montreal Canadiens. Smith scored in the first period and assisted on Matt Irwin’s goal in the second.

    No. 3 Star: Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers

    The winger, fresh off a contract extension, assisted on goals by Marc Staal and Chris Kreider in the Rangers’ 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

    Honorable Mention: Rick Nash scored his 38th. … Brandon Saad scored his 20th. …  Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the shutout.

    Did You Know? The Blackhawks are 21-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.


  • James Wisniewski traded to Anaheim Ducks, sorry to leave Columbus

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    James Wisniewski had been a healthy scratch for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had been asked for a list of teams to whom he’d be willing to be traded.

    He can, in fact, take a hint.

    "I kind of saw it coming,” he told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, after being traded to the Anaheim Ducks. "Having my family here for four years, having my kids here, having a home here … we have roots here. That’s going to be tough."

    The Ducks acquired Wisniewski and a third-round pick from Columbus for a second-round pick, William Karlsson and Rene Bourque, who was passed through waivers recently.

    The trade was a bit of a surprise as Wisniewski injured his left foot against the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night. Portzline reports it was a bone bruise in his left foot, but not a break.

    Karlsson, 22, was a 2011 second-round pick for the Ducks who had 2 goals in 18 games this season, spending most of it in the AHL. Bourque has been traded twice and waived twice this season, which is a heck of an achievement.

    On The Milbury Scale:


  • Jordan Leopold’s daughter asks Minnesota to ‘bring dad home’ and they do

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    The NHL Trade Deadline can sometimes feel mechanical and cold. These are names on the transaction wire, additions to rosters. What gets lost is that these are moves that interrupt lives and affect families. 

    Thanks to Jordyn Leopold, we’ve all been reminded about the human side of the trade deadline.

    Jordyn Leopold is the 11-year-old daughter of Jordan Leopold, a defenseman who played for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. In January, she wrote a letter to the Minnesota Wild front office asking the team to trade for her father, a University of Minnesota product who was born in Golden Valley, Minnesota. 

    "My dad is very lonely without his family," the letter reads. "We are living in Minnesota right now and I am lost without my dad and so is my mom, my 2 sisters and my brother. My dad is on a team with young guys and is very lonely and is not playing because the Jackets got him because they needed a D-man. I has been since November and we can not take it anymore.

    “Please, please, please ask the Jackets if you guys can get him.”

    On Monday, they did: The Minnesota Wild traded defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick for Jordyn Leopold’s dad.


  • Did Ron Wilson admit Capitals GM told him to tank season?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    Former NHL coach Ron Wilson was a panelist on TSN’s NHL Trade Deadline coverage, and dropped a bomb during a discussion of teams throwing their seasons for high draft picks: While coaching in the NHL, he was asked by a former general manager to tank. 

    Which team and general manager? Wilson left a trail of breadcrumbs that would make Hansel and Gretel blush. The clues:

    - It was a team that was a former Stanley Cup finalist. The only time Wilson made the Cup Final was with the Washington Capitals. 

    - It was a season that had several high-profile injuries that caused the team to struggle, to the point where a tank was considered.

    - The player the team drafted “didn’t play in the NHL.”

    Our guess: The 1998-99 Washington Capitals.

    The Caps made the 1998 Stanley Cup Final, losing four straight to the Detroit Red Wings. The following season, the Capitals saw significant man-games lost from Peter Bondra (limited to 66 games), Sergei Gonchar (a holdout plus an injury cost him 29 games), Adam Oates (59 games) and others. In total, the Capitals had 511 man-games lost to injury that season.

    From that point on, they went 2-11-0.

    Was Wilson proud of being asked to tank? 

  • Michal Neuvirth traded to Islanders, no longer sabotaging Sabres’ tank

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    The last time Michal Neuvirth had a game in which his save percentage was under .900 was Jan. 17, which is a heck of a feat for someone that had the Buffalo Sabres in front of him. 

    The Sabres clearly had to nip this in the bud if they were going to ensure themselves of either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel, so they traded Neuvirth to the New York Islanders for goalie Chad Johnson and a 2016 conditional third-round pick.

    But please, do NOT accuse a team that just traded its second starting goalie this season of attempting to tank.

    Neuvirth will play backup to the goalie for whom he was traded in March of last year, when he was dealt from the Washington Capitals to the Buffalo Sabres.

    It’s good insurance for the Islanders should something happen to Halak. OK, it’s better insurance than what Chad Johnson was giving them.

    Johnson will get a chance to play for the Sabres. "You know there's a possiblity to be traded anywhere," he told TSN. "There's opportunity there. For a guy like myself, that's what you want. You want to be a starter. It's a good situation."

    And on the Tank?

    Um. Yeah. Uh. Sure.


  • Marek Zidlicky traded to Red Wings after Dion Phaneuf falls through

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    The Detroit Red Wings had designs on Toronto Maple Leafs star defenseman Dion Phaneuf at the NHL trade deadline, but only if the Leafs were to assume at least $2 million annually for the next six years on his $49-million contract.

    Thankfully for the Red Wings, because they seriously don’t need $5 million of Dion Phaneuf on their cap for six years, the teams couldn’t make the numbers work.

    So the Red Wings turned to the New Jersey Devils and traded a conditional 2016 third-round pick for defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who had to waive his no-move for the trade. The Devils retain $1 million of his salary. 

    Zidlicky is a pending UFA with a $4 million cap hit. He’s a right-handed shot, which coach Mike Babcock coveted. He’s a veteran puck-mover who could find himself on the second pairing, supplanting either Kyle Quincey or Brendan Smith. His best asset might be as a power-play quarterback; his worst asset would be that he can make head-on-desk turnovers at times.

    The third rounder becomes a second rounder for the Devils if Detroit makes the Stanley Cup Final.

    So, checking the Milbury Scale:

  • Joffrey Lupul trashes TSN for allowing adultery joke on air

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Social media hasn’t been kind to Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul at the NHL trade deadline.

    Please recall in 2011 when Down Goes Brown used a series of tweet that welcomed Lupul to Long Island to fool the Leafs winger into believing he’d been traded to the New York Islanders. 

    This time, the joke was a little cruder. Anthony Adragna, a die-hard Leafs fan, tweeted a joke about Lupul at TSN’s “#TradeCentre” hashtag. It read: “I want the leafs to keep lupul solely based upon the fact that he banged phaneufs wife.”

    And it made it. On the air.

    For millions of viewers around North America and the world to see.

    Phaneuf's wife, of course, is actress Elisha Cuthbert, once again proving that no good can come from making sex jokes about Elisa Curthbert, right Avery?

    Lupul really wasn’t happy about this, as could be expected. So he decided to play the card every upstanding media organization hates to see played. The ultimate media chip.


  • Zbynek Michalek acquired by Blues despite his concussion

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    The St. Louis Blues needed to find a veteran defensive defenseman for the blueline. The Arizona Coyotes had one in shot-blocking specialist Zbynek Michalek. The problem was, he’s damaged goods. 

    GM Doug Armstrong was willing to take the chance. The Blues traded forward 19-year-old Maxim Letunov  for Michalek and a conditional third-round pick. Michalek hasn’t played since Feb. 14 due to an “upper body injury” that sounds like a concussion.

    According to Bob McKenzie, there's a condition on the pick on whether or not Michalek plays this season. The Coyotes also retain half of his salary, the third and last player they could trade and do so this season after the Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle trades. 

    “He’s well on the road to recovery and there is significant interest in his services,” said GM Don Maloney on his conference call on Sunday night, and there was.

    If Michalek can come back healthy, this is a strong addition for their defensive depth behind the Bouwmeester/Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk/Gunnarsson pairings.

     Here's our Puck Daddy Trade Deadline Mini-Pod on the Michalek trade!






  • Canadiens snag Jeff Petry from Oilers to add to blueline

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    Jeff Petry of the Edmonton Oilers is one of those players whose name becomes three sizes too large at the trade deadline as a defenseman with an expiring contract. Seriously, how much mind have you paid Petry before the last few weeks? Edmonton excluded. 

    But Petry’s a solid stay-at-home type, and his contract is off the books after this season. Add in the fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers have added significantly to their defenses, and the Montreal Canadiens decided to make a move for Petry.

    The Habs traded a second-round pick and a conditional fifth rounder for Petry. The fifth becomes a fourth-rounder if Montreal makes the second round; it becomes a third if they make the conference finals.

    Eyes On The Prize wondered about Petry earlier this week:

    Nice addition, bolstering a group that needed a bolster and giving Carey Price a little more help. Lord knows he’s earned it.

  • NHL Trade Deadline 2015 Chatterbox from Puck Daddy!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. EST on Monday, March 2, a.k.a. today. Does that mean Steve Yzerman and Ron Hextall can’t pull off a trade at 2 a.m. that stuns everyone as they reach for their morning coffee (or settle in for the night on the west coast)? Apparently not. 

    Many big names have moved, but some surprises no doubt remain.

    The Chatterbox offers breaking news and insider insight in one place; to have, at the end of the day, a chronological review of the NHL Trade Deadline's rumors and trades; and as a place for your friends at Puck Daddy to pop in and out during the day for quick chats.

    For NHL Trade Deadline, we've compiled Twitter feeds from some of the best hockey journalists, news-breakers and entertaining analysts for your viewing enjoyment.

    (Note: We're simply filtering the feeds into the Chatter Box. There may be some PG-13 language here and there, so be advised.)