Greg Wyshynski

  • Can John Torchetti freshen Yeo’s stale message, save Wild's season?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    It really all depends on who you ask. 

    Did Mike Yeo’s message get stale for the Minnesota Wild, and will firing him and hiring John Torchetti help get that message through to the players now?

    “I think it can definitely help,” said forward Thomas Vanek on Sunday. “Sometimes the message goes stale or whatever. And a new voice is a new beginning.”

    But seriously: Did Mike Yeo’s message get stale for the Minnesota Wild, and will firing him and hiring John Torchetti help get that message through to the players now?

    “I don’t think so,” said defenseman Ryan Suter. “Like I said, I have a lot of respect for Mike Yeo. I think he’s a very good coach. And it’s too bad that we get the wins we needed to turn this thing around. For him, and for ourselves.”

    You can’t fault the Wild for being confused. Their heads are spinning after losing 13 of 14 games, and after coach Mike Yeo was let go on Saturday.

    The answer to the first question is “because he had no other choice.”

    “I’m going to push them,” said Torchetti, “and push them harder.”

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  • Jeremy Roenick rides Dylan Larkin like a horse on NBC (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    In the never-ending quest to humanize NHL players and maximize its investment in on-air talent, NBC had a first-intermission segment that featured Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings and Jeremy Roenick and a green screen and our silent cries for help. 

    Here’s the 1:15 video that felt about as long as the first period:

    MUST WATCH: @Jeremy_Roenick shows off the lighter side of @NHL rookie phenom, @Dylanlarkin39! https://t.co/OaM8zt8SPv

    Look, this was probably the bees’ knees for someone.

    If you wanted insightful discourse about Larkin’s rookie season or the Calder race or really anything that didn’t involve the last people to make a “Hotline Bling” joke … well, that’s all very NBCSN. This is NBC , where the hockey talk is pitched to the most general of general audiences, despite the fact that your audience is made up of the kind of hockey fans that would be watching the Red Wings and the Boston Bruins on Valentine’s Day afternoon. So, like, the hardcores. 

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  • Brad Marchand sets Bruins record for fastest goal

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins is on a ridiculous goal-scoring tear, having scored 12 of them in his last 12 games entering Sunday afternoon’s contest at the Detroit Red Wings. 

    He didn’t waste any time making it 13-in-13.

    Marchand took a Brett Connolly faceoff win and snapped the puck past Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek just eight seconds into their game, his 28th goal of the season.

    The goal set a Boston Bruins record for fastest to start a game, breaking Mackell Fleming’s mark of nine seconds set in Feb. 1953. Holy Mackell!

    Alas, Marchand missed the NHL record for fastest goal to start a game, by a nose: Four players have scored five seconds after the opening faceoff, with Alex Mogilny the latest to net one in Dec. 1991 for the Buffalo Sabres.

    The goal matched Marchand’s career high for a season, as he had 28 in 76 games back in 2011-12. He’s only in game No. 51 this season. Hell of a year for the perennial pest.

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  • As Wild imploded, Mike Yeo couldn’t escape this firing

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Mike Yeo couldn’t survive this one. 

    In the 2013-14 season, Yeo was a “whisker away” from being fired by the Minnesota Wild after a six-game losing streak, with defenseman Ryan Suter saying the team was “as close to bottom as you can get.” But somehow, he survived. (You know things are surreal when you go from the firing line to Ilya Bryzgalov coming off the scrapheap to save your season.)

    In 2014-15, same deal: The team was in a death spiral, and the expectations were even higher. They sat six points out of the playoffs in January. Yeo was so pissed off that he slammed his stick against the boards and stormed out of practice. Then Devan Dubnyk arrives, Yeo rides him like American Pharoah and the Wild make the playoffs. Job status: Safe, somehow.

    “I’m a realist. You can’t lose every game and expect there’s not going to be changes,” he said. “I’m operating under the assumption that I’ll be the coach tomorrow.”

    And then he was fired.

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  • Winnipeg Jets outdoor game vs. Connor McDavid in October: Report

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    It’s been known for some time that the Winnipeg Jets were getting an outdoor game in the 2016-17 NHL season. 

    Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the NHL “owed” Winnipeg a gameafter plans for the Heritage Classic in Manitoba fell through. In January, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the game would likely be played at Investors Group Field – home of the CFL’s Blue Bombers – in December 2016 against an undetermined opponent.

    On Saturday, John Shannon of Sportsnet reported that the opponent will be the Edmonton Oilers, and that outdoor game will be held in October.

    This would be the earliest an outdoor game will be played during the regular season, breaking the tradition for the NHL since the Winter Classic debuted in 2008 to have that be the first outdoor game of the season.

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  • Dallas Stars seeking to join NHL’s elite, ready for Capitals

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    It was a statement win for the Dallas Stars. They skated into Chicago, less than a week after the Blackhawks throttled them in a 5-1 win back in the Lone Star State, and skated out with a 4-2 victory that saw them sprint out to a four-goal lead.

    Impressive? Without question, and especially without the injured Jason Spezza. But for Lindy Ruff, it’s more important that the Stars show they belong among the elite rather than occasionally toppling them.

    "Chicago has proven it year after year," Ruff said. "We still have to prove we can get there and stay there and be able to battle a top team."

    Or battle the NHL’s top team, as they will when they face the Washington Capitals on Saturday night in Dallas. The Capitals have won five straight, and will have Evgeny Kuznetsov, their dynamic young center, despite a concussion scare this week.

    Oh, January was bad,  as the Stars went 3-6-2.

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  • Petr Mrazek has crashed Braden Holtby’s Vezina party

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    At one point this season, quite recently, the Vezina Trophy race was a sprint to a coronation: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals goaltender and pupil of that Netminding Yoda Mitch Korn, had the trophy in the bag.

    He had the NHL lead in wins. As he did for goals-against average. As he did for save percentage.

    As for Feb. 12, he still holds onto one of those leads: Wins, with 35, four more than Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s 14 more wins than Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings – Holtby has started 44 games, Mrazek has 34 – but hey would you look at that: The Red Wings goalie leads the NHL in save percentage (.934) and GAA (1.94) heading into Friday night’s game hosting the Colorado Avalanche.*

    The current stats picture, via War-on-Ice, at 5-on-5:

    Here’s what they’ve done on the penalty kill:

    The Red Wings have the 19th best penalty kill in the NHL; the Capitals have the fourth. Sometimes a kill works because of the goalie. Sometimes it’s the system and the personnel in front of him.

    Which is, essentially, the same argument that can made with all goaltending stats, right?

    Well, they’ve done OK with it.

    So, that said, here’s Mrazek:

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  • Carey Price done; Habs won’t confirm for ‘marketing’ value (Report)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price hasn’t played since Nov. 25, defeating the New York Rangers and moving his team to 17-4-2. 

    They’ve gone 10-20-2 since then, tumbling from first place in the conference down to three points out of a playoff spot.

    But it is just three points. There is hope. And of course, there’s the hope that the reigning MVP and top goalie in the NHL will ride in and literally save the season.

    It’s hope that the Canadiens have helped create by being coy with Price’s status. GM Marc Bergevin said in January that Price would be out at least another month – bad news in the context of the initial prognosis, but good news in the sense that he’d be back.

    But La Presse reports on Friday that this is basically a ruse. Price is still suffering from an injury to the MCL of his right knee. They didn’t opt for surgery, but rather for rehab. It’s hasn’t worked, and the chances are “slim” that he’d be back for the end of the regular season or the playoffs.

    From Richard Labbe: 

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  • Blackhawks coach: NHL agrees ref blew coach's challenge on goal

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Joel Quenneville lost a lot on Tuesday night.

    He lost a goal from the scoreboard, as Brandon Mashinter's tally against the San Jose Sharks was overturned after a coach’s challenge, with the referees determining that Chicago Blackhawks forward Dennis Rasmussen interfered with Sharks goalie Martin Jones.

    And then he lost his cool in the postgame press conference, storming out after declaring about goalie interference standards: "It has gone to a different level. I don't know the rules anymore or something has changed. … I think everybody has an interpretation, what's a good goal, what's a bad goal. But I can't believe it."

    It was understandable that he was a little miffed, what with it being the second time in three games the Blackhawks had a goal taken down on a coach’s challenge.

    So Quenneville spoke with the NHL this week, airing some grievances. According to CSN Chicago, they agreed with the Blackhawks coach that it wasn’t the right call:

    Asked if the league agreed with the no-goal decision, Quenneville said, “Did they agree with the call? No.”

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  • NHL totally ruined the Maple Leafs’ 100th birthday, you guys

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    While there would be a no more appropriate way to honor the Toronto Maple Leafs at their centennial than with a box of broken hearts and crushed expectations, it appears the NHL’s refusal to give the Centre of the Hockey Universe all the events in 2017 has fans upset. 

    As in, we haven't seen this kind of entitled whining since our last episide of "Caillou." ("BUT MOMMY, ROSIE GOT THE ALL-STAR GAME!!!")

    This hubris tracks back to 2012, when then-GM Brian Burke revealed the team was pushing for all three of the NHL’s annual signature events.

    From Pension Plan Puppets:

    Please recall that the 2009 All-Star Game and the 2009 NHL Draft were both held in Montreal in honor of the Habs’ centennial. They did not receive an outdoor game, because Canada wasn’t allowed to have them again until the Winter Classic proved viable.

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