Greg Wyshynski

  • Alex Radulov keeping his talents in KHL next season: Report

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    When we last left Alexander Radulov, the 30-year-old former Nashville Predators sniper was leaving the Kontinental Hockey League after four seasons for the NHL. 

    The Detroit Red Wings were courting him, offering him a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $5 million, according to MLive.com. Radulov, however, had a different number in mind for his talents: TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that Radulov was actually seeking a two-year commitment for a whopping $7.5 million per season.

    That’s Jason Spezza money for a guy who hasn’t been in the NHL since 2012 and whose lasting legacy is missing curfew.

    So Radulov shopped around and, to the surprise of no one not named “Alex Radulov,” apparently couldn’t find an NHL team that met his asking price.

    According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, “Alexander Radulov could not find an NHL team willing to pay his asking price. He has signed with KHL Salavat.”

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  • The 10 most awkward 2016 NHL Draft rookie photos (Gallery)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    BUFFALO, NY – One of our favorite moments of the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo was when the Philadelphia Flyers announced they were taking “Daniel Bernhardt” when they meant “David Bernhardt” and then someone at their draft table said “my bad” afterwards. 

    Because “awkward” is a mandatory part of the draft experience. Especially when it comes to the posed rookie photos they make these poor kids take.

    Here are the 10 (or so) Most Awkward 2016 NHL Draft Rookie Photos, continuing our annual tradition:

    10. Artur Kayumov (No. 50, Chicago Blackhawks)

    That moment when you realize your team just drafted Jason Schwartzman from RUSHMORE.

    9. Rasmus Asplund (No. 33, Buffalo Sabres)

    "MAY I INTEREST YOU IN THIS STICK? IT IS MADE OF ONLY THE HIGHEST QUALITY MICRO-FIBERS. NAME YOUR PRICE, SIR, BUT I ASSURE YOU THAT MONEY SHOULD BE NO OBJECT WHEN IT COMES TO A PIECE OF THIS EXQUISITE NATURE."

    8. Jakob Chychrun (No. 16, Arizona Coyotes) 

    GM John Chayka looks on in horror as his first-round selection, David Beckham by way of David Bowie, accidentally stuck a secondary pair of tiny mutant dinosaur arms through his jersey sleeves. 

    "I see that it just did."

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  • NHL Draft 2016: Winners and losers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, NY – The 2016 NHL Draft weekend in Buffalo has come to a close. There were some surprises, some strange decisions, some glorious moments and, of course, plenty of boos for Gary Bettman. 

    Who won? Who lost?

    Here’s how we saw the weekend play out in Buffalo:

    WINNER: Brian Elliott

    The veteran goalie told the St. Louis Blues that he was done platooning with Jake Allen and wanted to be “the guy” somewhere in the final year of his contract. That somewhere is Calgary, where the Flames will give him plenty of starts and a contract extension. Great fit between Elliott’s work-ethic/character and a Flames team that didn’t need a seven-year commitment to someone like Ben Bishop.

    LOSER: Kevin Shattenkirk 

    According to his agent, the Blues defenseman expected to be traded at the draft given their conversations with the team. Instead, he remains twisting in the wind as two potential trading partners – the Coyotes and Sabres – may have moved on

    WINNER: Detroit Red Wings 

    LOSER: Jim Benning

    WINNER: Toronto Maple Leafs 

    LOSER: Montreal Canadiens

    WINNER: Falling Forward

    LOSER: Zach Sawchenko

    LOSER: Sweden

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  • Steven Stamkos sweepstakes: Buffalo Sabres are chasing ‘big fish’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, NY – NHL teams had their first chance to speak with the agents for prized free agent Steven Stamkos after the first day of the NHL Draft. (Well, legally, right Vancouver?

    So who's in the Stamkos Sweepstakes?

    The Buffalo Sabres have declared their intention to go after him if the star center doesn’t resign with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    “The next conversation I have with [Stamkos’ agents], because we’re allowed to now, is to just ask if Steven is going to be available on July 1 and would he have an interest in Buffalo,” said GM Tim Murray. “I plan to. I think I plan to.”

    Murray was more than forthright about why he felt the Sabres were in a position to “chase the big fish” this offseason. Obviously, with billionaire Terry Pegula’s financial blessing, the Sabres can offer Stamkos as much money as any other NHL suitor can. What the Sabres also offer, however, is the chance to play and live near his native Ontario while playing on a team slightly closer to contention than, say, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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  • Trevor Linden says tampering comments were ‘rather innocent’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, NY – Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning is facing punishment from the NHL over tampering charges. Several teams voiced concerns over a radio interview in which Benning openly discussed Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos while both were under contract. 

    His boss, team president Trevor Linden, acknowledges Benning may have gone too far. But ultimately, he said, the comments were harmless.

    “I talked with Bill [Daly], and he recognized that they were rather innocent comments. At the time, in an effort to be candid and honest, he probably crossed the line somewhat. I think they were rather innocent. We’ll see what the league says on Monday,” said Linden, referencing NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who said at the NHL Draft on Sunday that the League will likely “announce something this week” as far as punishment.

    Linden said the relationship between Benning and Bergevin is actually agreeable.

    “They were considering it and talked about it. We’ll hear more on Monday,” he said.

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  • Sabres on Evander Kane accusations: ‘If true, we have to deal with it’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Sabres’ draft weekend opened with news that forward Evander Kane was under investigation for two criminal complaints for alleged ‘physical harassment' of two women at the Buffalo bar Bottoms Up. The news was reported by WIVB, which quoted Buffalo police as saying the investigation was in its “preliminary stages.” 

    It was the second time in the span of seven months that Kane was under investigation. In December 2015, Kane was investigated by police for an alleged 'sex offense' at a local hotel. He was later cleared of all wrongdoing by the police.

    Sabres GM Tim Murray was asked about the latest controversy involving Kane.

    Murray said the team is waiting to see how the investigation plays out.

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  • NHL expansion draft rules still hazy for young stars

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, NY – The NHL expansion draft process continues to gain some clarity, but there’s still much that’s unknown about next summer’s seeding of the Las Vegas franchise’s roster. 

    For example, we now know there will likely be a window of opportunity for the Las Vegas team to make trades before the draft, in theory around June 1, 2017.

    The purpose? To dramatically reduce the number of ‘handshake’ deals between the expansion team and the rest of the NHL, i.e. those agreements to compensate Vegas down the line for bypassing a player in the expansion draft.

    “One of the reasons we want a player transaction window in advance is that those deals are legitimate deals. Clubs are getting value for making those commitments, but those commitments will be transparent and there will be bonafide player transactions as opposed to handshakes before they’re able to do those,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

    So that’s illuminating. Less illuminating? The NHL expansion rules on young players and what constitutes “professional experience.”

    OK, so what’s a first or second-year professional?

    One thing we know, for sure: “It’s really professional experience under NHL contract,” said Daly.

    Right?

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  • Canucks GM facing tampering punishment for Stamkos, Subban talk

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, NY – Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning recently said he’d like to add P.K. Subban or Steven Stamkos to his team this summer. 

    Since both are under contract to the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning respectively, the NHL is expected to let Benning and the Vancouver Canucks know what they’re going to lose for this chatter – a load of cash at a minimum, draft picks if the damage was seen to be severe.

    NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday that there have been multiple complaints from teams after Benning told TSN 1040 that on Thursday that he had called the Canadiens to work on a trade for Subban and that he intended to call Stamkos after the NHL Draft.

    The Subban tampering violation is cut-and-dry – you can’t discuss another team’s player like that while that player is under contract. The Stamkos one is a little murkier, as the negotiating window for unrestricted free agents opened after the first night of the Draft on June 25. But Benning’s comments were made on June 23.

    “I’ve had a discussion both with Jim and with Trevor Linden. They understand where we are on this situation. We talked about announcing something early next week,” said Daly.

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  • NHL Draft pick's sobbing grandpa will melt your heart (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    BUFFALO, NY – With the 10th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Colorado Avalanche selected Tyson Jost, a center with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.

    The scene that followed was unforgettable.

    Jost embraced his grandfather, who sobbed heavily as he hugged the draftee. It had been a long journey for both of them, as Jost's grandparents made a huge change in their own lives to help their grandson live out his hockey dream. 

    In his early teens, Jost had a chance to attend the Pursuit of Excellence school in Kelowna, B.C. His mother had raised him herself, with the help of other family members. But he would have to leaver her and his home to attend the school.

    Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News explained how his grandparents stepped up to help jis hockey career:

    “My grandpa was tough on me,” he said. “But it was a good tough. You have to work for everything; nothing is handed to you in life.”

    He put up 109 points in just 33 games with Penticton, and his journey to being an NHL lottery pick was underway.

    “I'm going to remember it for a long time.”

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  • Blackhawks confident salary cap casualties aren’t calamitous

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    BUFFALO, NY – No matter where Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman went, he always felt suffocated against the ceiling. But after the first round of Friday’s NHL Draft in Buffalo, he had finally found some space to breathe. 

    “We have enough cap room now. We don’t have a salary cap problem,” he said.

    In the last week and a half, the Blackhawks purged forwards Bryan Bickell, Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw from their payroll, the latter sent to the Montreal Canadiens to kick off the draft in exchangefor two second-round picks. In the process, they opened up what is now $6 million in cap space with a few forward spots yet to fill.

    Specifically the ones that Shaw and Teravainen occupied last season.

    “We’re trying to look forward. We’re trying to make the situation as best as it is with the salary cap,” said Bowman.

    “Roles change. Opportunities are there. You have to give next year’s team a chance to forge its own identity. It may not match up exactly with last year’s team, but that’s OK.”

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