Greg Wyshynski

  • Patrick Kane, welcome to the Hart Trophy race

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks currently has what they call the hotness: 11 points in his last seven games, including two goals and assist in a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

    Hey, would you look at that: Kane sits second in the NHL in points at 56 (in 49 games), having closed the gap with Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers (58 points in 50 games). 

    Kane is having his best offensive season, save for the 48-game post-lockout campaign. He’s scoring at a 1.14 points per game clip, and a 0.51 goals per game average. He leads the Blackhawks in points by 14 over Jonathan Toews (42) and in goals by 10 (Toews and Brandon Saad both have 15). He’s also skating at a plus-13, and has just two penalty minutes (for all you Lady Byng watchers).

    Most of all, however, the Blackhawks are entrenched in the playoffs, which gives Kane an advantage over many of the other Art Ross candidates: Voracek, Tyler Seguin (53) and Claude Giroux (52) could all finish out of the playoffs, which kills their candidacy. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, meanwhile, share the wealth for voters.

    And if you don’t think that means something to Kane, then you don’t know Kane.

     

     

  • Julius Hudacek wears cross-country skis on ice, leads fan celebration (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Julius Hudacek of Orebro is our favorite goalie in the world.

    Who else would lead fans in a postgame celebratory Macarena? Or play leap-frog with his goaltending teammate?Or have a teammate pull him around on a sled as he delivered fans gifts after a Christmastime win? 

    Well, after Orbero’s 1-0 win over Modo this week, it was time for another #HudaShow, as the goaltender skated back out to salute the fans after a victory.

    This time wearing cross-country skis.

    And using his ski poles to lead cheers from the adoring crowd. 

    Hockey needs more Julius Hudacek. No … humanity needs more Julius Hudacek.

  • Nicole Brown of ‘Hockey Wives’ on criticism of Dustin Brown, motherhood and reality TV

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    Nicole Brown scrolled through her memory, trying to recall what would qualify as her favorite reality show.

    “I’m trying to think about what my husband tells me to shut off when we’re going to bed,” she said, laughing.

    She settled on “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” the O.G. version of that franchise and a series had a bit more humanity than its trashier offspring.

    This is what Brown wants from her co-starring role on “Hockey Wives,” the new series debuting on Canada’s W Network at 10 p.m. ET/PT on March 18. As the wife of Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown – the two have been together since they were 15 years old, and have four children – she hopes the new show brings to light the lives of wives and girlfriends of NHL players.

    They raise families. They own businesses. They leverage their husbands' and boyfriends’ stardom for charitable causes.

    “Every wife and girlfriend has their own story to tell,” Brown said. “It’s not like we’re all sitting at home waiting for our husbands or boyfriends to come home.”

    The cast for the upcoming season, including Brown:

  • My night at the bar with Tim Peel, NHL ref and object of scorn

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    “That one hurt.”

    NHL referee Tim Peel and I are at Foley’s pub in New York, which is the only logical place for a hockey summit. He’s between games, having officiated in Washington the night before and headed over to New Jersey on Friday night. He’s affable, engaging, the kind of guy who gives you a tap on the knee before hitting a punchline in that “you’re going to want to hear this one” way. 

    And he’s sitting across from a guy who’s ridden his ass like a jockey for the last two years.

    We were aware of Tim Peel well before his foibles became a department on this website. A lot of hockey fans were. The criticism of his many mishaps tracks back to 2008 on the venerable Kukla’s Korner. The advent of social media in hockey fandom led to a cottage industry of “Tim Peel Alerts” when he was scheduled to officiate the game.

    Anyway, here’s Peel, beer in hand, explaining that for all the derision, all the criticism, there was one thing that really hurt.

    But instead we were toasting shots of tequila while glancing at the Wild and Flames on the television; two hockey guys, talking hockey. 

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

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day 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 1 day 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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!