Greg Wyshynski

  • Podcast: Martin Brodeur on Devils number retirement, new statue, St. Louis Blues

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    NEWARK, NJ – Martin Brodeur stepped before the New Jersey Devils season-ticket holders seated inside Prudential Center on Tuesday. They serenaded him with a familiar chant.

    “MARTY!” (clap, clap) “MARTY!” (clap, clap) “MARTY!”

    He smiled. “I haven’t heard that in a while. It’s nice.”

    Brodeur was back in New Jersey as the team announced his number retirement ceremony on Feb. 9, 2016, in a home game against the Edmonton Oilers. The No. 30 will be the fourth number that hangs from the rafters in Newark, along with Scott Stevens (4), Ken Daneyko (3) and Scott Niedermayer (27).

    In addition, Brodeur will be immortalized with a statue outside the arena, like so many legends are in Montreal where Brodeur attended Canadiens game as a child.

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    “I grew up in Montreal, where a lot of guys get their jersey retired,” he said.

    “He is unfortunately employed by another NHL team, but he’s always going to be a Devil at heart,” said Devils owner Josh Harris.

    “He’s got the best seat in the house for it,” said Brodeur.


  • Maple Leafs claim Frank Corrado, as Canucks’ risk doesn’t pay off

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    The Vancouver Canucks surprised many when they dropped defensive prospect Frank Corrado on waivers, hoping to sneak the 22-year-old blueliner to the AHL. 

    No such luck: The Toronto Maple Leafs pounced on him, putting forward Richard Panik on waivers while claiming Corrado on Tuesday.

    Taken in the fifth round of the 2011 Entry Draft, he made cameo appearances with the Canucks over the last three seasons, playing 28 games in total while seeing steady time in the AHL. He’s on a one-year bridge deal before becoming a restricted free agent again, with a cap hit of just $632,500.

    Coach Mike Babcock said he broke down tape of Corrado, saying he “skates well, right-handed shot. I think he could help." 

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    Most importantly, writes Wagner, this didn’t have to happen:

    Meanwhile, Lou Lamoriello just picked up a young defenseman. He has a habit of finding good ones. 

  • NHL 2015-16 predictions: First coach fired? Most overhyped team?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    Hey, have you heard? Hockey’s back! The NHL season starts this Wednesday, and thus here is another edition of our 2015-16 NHL season preview predictions!  

    We all want to know who wins the Stanley Cup. We all want to know who captures the Hart Trophy. But there are so many other things worth predicting in the National Hockey League’s 2015-16 season that we had to tackle some appetizers before the main course.

    (Please note this is a metaphor and in no way intended to be a Phil Kessel dietary reference. We leave those to the Toronto Sun.)

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    Here are some of the trends we have our eyes on this season, and how we think they’ll play out.

    Your esteemed panel: Greg Wyshynski, NHL editor, Puck Daddy; Sean Leahy, editor, Puck Daddy; Jen Neale, editor, Puck Daddy; Josh Cooper, editor, Puck Daddy; Ryan Lambert, lead columnist, Puck Daddy; Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs, fantasy columnist, Puck Daddy; Sam McCaig, NHL editor/columnist, Yahoo Sports.

    What are your predictions for the 2015-16 NHL season?

  • Did Jimmy Kimmel guest admit cheating on ex with Tyler Johnson? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    On Monday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” they did one of those person on the street bits in which they asked pedestrians the most impressive thing they’ve ever done. 

    The good news for Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning? That apparently he’s impressive. The bad news for Tyler Johnson? That the person he apparently impressed had a boyfriend at the time, and just let the world know about it.

    “The most impressive thing I’ve ever done?” asked the woman, on camera. “I don’t know … cheat on my boyfriend, not have him find out.”

    She’s then reminded this is a national television program.

    She then reminds the audience that it’s an old boyfriend , not the one she has now. And apologizes to “Ben.”

    Without prompting, she offers up that he’s a “famous athlete.” She’s then asked his initials, and she says “T.J.” She’s asked what sport he plays, and she says, “hockey.”

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    There’s a cut in the clip, and now she’s being asked what team he plays for. She says “Florida,” followed by “Tampa Bay."


  • NHL acknowledges it has a cocaine problem among players

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    Last month, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect named Viktor Loov told a Swedish news outlet that “there is a lot of cocaine” in the NHL. 

    “There are players everywhere who do it,” he said, via Pension Plan Puppets. “If you have money you probably have easy access.” 

    How much cocaine? Enough that the NHL has been forced to acknowledge that more than a few players are using it, and that the League might have to be more proactive in testing for it.

    Rick Westhead of TSN wrote on Monday that the NHL is in talks with the NHLPA about adding cocaine and similar narcotics “to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors.”

    From TSN:

    "The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they're going up," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told TSN in an interview. "I wouldn't say it's a crisis in any sense. What I'd say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you've hit a cycle where it's an 'in' drug again.


  • Raffi Torres gets what he’s been headhunting for: 41 games

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    There are repeat offenders, and then there’s The Irredeemable Raffi Torres. 

    The end of the NHL Department of Player Safety video announcing the San Jose Sharks winger’s 41-game suspension on Monday is such a baffling ledger of irresponsible head-hunting that it sounds like it was lifted from a Nancy Dowd screenplay.

    April 2011: Torres bravely steps into a crouched, onrushing Jordan Eberle to crack him on the skull with his elbow, earning a four-game suspension.

    December 2011: Torres steps up and into the head of Nate Prosser of the Wild for no apparent reason, getting a two-game suspension.

    April 2012: The “Citizen Kane” of Torres hits, as he goes late and high on Marian Hossa, putting the Chicago Blackhawks star on a stretcher and earning him a 25-game playoff suspension, reduced down to 21 games.

    May 2013: Torres lifts his shoulder into the head of Jarret Stoll in a Sharks/Kings playoff series, earning a suspension for the duration of Round 2.

    No, that’ll be the next time.


  • Max Talbot on waivers in surprising move by Boston Bruins

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    On Monday, NHL teams finalized their rosters by dropping dozens of players through waivers. In some cases, that meant attempting to stow away players in the AHL that just don’t have a fit on the current team. In other cases, that meant attempting to make a veteran player and his contract disappear, by demotion or waiver claim. 

    Max Talbot of the Boston Bruins is a member of that latter category.

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    Talbot, 31, was a surprise name on the waiver wire, despite having been in a training camp battle for a fourth-line spot. He’s only making $900,000 against the cap this season, since the Colorado Avalanche retained $900,000 of his $1.8 million cap hit. Every little bit counts for the Bruins, who have less than $2 million under the cap.


  • Flyers place Andrew MacDonald and his terrible contract on waivers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    In April 2014, the Philadelphia Flyers looked upon the 19 games defenseman Andrew MacDonald had played for them since he was acquired from the New York Islanders and thought, yes, this man is worthy of a 6-year, $30-million contract extension. 

    The first season of that contract? Hideous.

    He stumbled out of the gate with a knee injury, was a turnover machine, and by season’s end was a healthy scratch by former coach Craig Berube. The Flyers were a better team with MacDonald off the ice.And for a team that’s been crouched down under the salary cap for two years, his $5 million hit was an albatross.  

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  • Andrew Shaw attempts Chicago Bears field goal, launches shoe (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Chicago Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup to the Chicago Bears’ game against the Oakland Raiders to celebrate the return of Jay-sus Cutler.

    Well, that and to get honored at midfield during halftime. 

    Before the game, the Blackhawks also engaged in some football fun. Although Andrew Shaw apparently put a little too much foot into it.

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    Here is the Blackhawks’ winger doing his Robbie Gould impression, attempting a field goal at Soldier Field with Patrick Kane* as his holder. Unfortunately, you don’t get any extra points for splitting the uprights with your shoe after the ball.

    Here’s another look from the stands:

    LACES OUT, ANDREW. (So please tie them.)

    No word when he plans to attempt the 70-yard Sidney Crosby slap shot field goal.


  • Nikita Nikitin on waivers as Edmonton Oilers wise up

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Edmonton Oilers dropped defenseman Nikita Nikitin on waivers on Saturday, in a reminder that new executives can clean up old messes with a clear conscience. 

    Please recall the Oilers acquiring Nikitin’s negotiating rights from the Columbus Blue Jackets in June 2014, a move made under former general manager Craig MacTavish and his assistant GM Scott Howson, who acquired Nikitin from the St. Louis Blues in 2011 as GM of the Jackets.

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    MacTavish is gone. GM Peter Chiarelli has nothing to prove in having someone else’s $4.5-million boondoggle on the roster, so the Oilers popped him on waivers after an underwhelming preseason.

    There were talks between the Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks about a Nikitin and Bryan Bickell swap; it never amounted to anything, and both players hit waivers (Bickell’s already passed through).