Greg Wyshynski

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  • Penguins acquire Ron Hainsey, lose Trevor Daley for six weeks

    The Pittsburgh Penguins moved fast on Thursday morning after losing a key defenseman to knee surgery.

    Trevor Daley, who is second on the Penguins in average ice time at 20:18, will miss six weeks after arthroscopic surgery to his left knee. Daley last played just 8:34 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 21, after he was injured in the first period.

    Defenseman Ron Hainsey played 24:09 in that game. Turns out it’s his last game with the Carolina Hurricanes this season, as Hainsey is now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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    Hainsey was sent to Pittsburgh for a 2017 second-round draft pick and minor-league forward Danny Kristo, 26, who is in his fourth year in the AHL. The Charlotte Checkers will be his third AHL team this season, having played for both the Chicago Wolves and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2016-17. He’s a UFA after this season.

    So is Hainsey, 35, which is one reason the Penguins snagged

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  • Whatever happened to the Herb Brooks 'Miracle On Ice' speech kid?

    The camera films an open door inside a random suburban house. There is a collection of hats on a banister, and you can make out the edge of a table-top hockey game on the right side of the frame.

    Then you see him: Joshua Sacco, four years old. He’s got chubby cheeks and anime eyes, and he’s wearing the same kind of tan jacket and blue dress shirt that U.S. national men’s hockey team coach Herb Brooks wore on Feb. 22, 1980, the day his Olympic team defeated the Soviets in what would forever be known as the Miracle On Ice.

    He taps the air hockey table, and walks to the center of the room.

    He speaks:

    “Great moments are born from great opp-ah-toonies.”

    What follows for the next minute and 25 seconds is a precious, instant classic clip in which a four-year-old kid recreates the Herb Brooks “Miracle” speech from memory.

    And he acts the hell out of it: Yelling, pointing, never once breaking. It’s outstanding.

    The speech hit YouTube on July 3, 2009. It’s since garnered close to 5.7 million

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  • In this edition of Marek Vs. Wyshynski, the boys are talking about:

    – The boys talk to Tyler Dellow of The Athletic Toronto about a great many things, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes and how he’s not buying the Brent Burns hype.

    – Marek has already had enough of this Auston Matthews vs. Patrik Laine stuff.

    – Previewing the NHL trade deadline.

    – The playoff race.

    – News and notes from around the NHL.

    The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn’t work, try here.]



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  • Hockey at NY Toy Fair 2017: Rods, knees and stuffed Auston Matthews

    NEW YORK – Toy Fair is the annual trade show where toymakers large and small converge to show off their best sellers and innovative ideas.

    It’s like Comic-Con without actors from “Star Trek: Voyager” charging $75 for a photograph. It’s also like “Shark Tank” if “Shark Tank” was only the parts with the optimistic pitches and not the parts where Kevin O’Leary asks you to throw yourself into a volcano for inventing a line of gourmet animal crackers.

    As I wandered the aisles on the final day of the 2017 event, I had but one mission: Find hockey stuff.

    And here’s what I found…


    The weirdly lifelike dolls are available for every sport and every entertainment genre. This season, they have a Creature for Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs (above) that in no way looks like Billy Zane with a $3 hairpiece.


    These are backpacks that have large plastic helmets on the back. Some are hockey masks, but most are NCAA football helmets from schools like Ohio

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  • Blackhawks fan marries Wild fan on ice, betrays team

    Kent Johnson and Shanta Balut, a lovely couple from Moose Lake, Minnesota, were married on the ice at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday ahead of the Minnesota Wild’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

    The bride wore a white Minnesota Wild sweater with BRIDE on the back. The groom wore a black Blackhawks jersey – which we suppose counts as formal wear in comparison to their other sweaters – with GROOM and the No. 65 on the back, because nothing conveys matrimonial respect and patience more than an Andrew Shaw reference.

    But the groom also wore two other items on this blessed day: A Minnesota Wild hat, and a Minnesota Wild tie.


    Look, we all know marriage is about compromise. She gives up space in the bathroom cabinet, he agrees not to turn that third bedroom into “my unboxed action figure display area.” That sort of thing.

    But as Pete Blackburn of Fox Sports notes, there’s compromise and then there’s

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  • About that Auston Matthews rap anthem (Video)

    Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews is a sensation.

    He inspires gasps of appreciation for his goals. He inspires young players in, like, Scottsdale to pick up a stick. But most of all, he inspires … hip-hop anthems.

    Yes, like Alex Ovechkin, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux before him, Auston Matthews has served as a rap muse. RBLx, a collective from Ottawa that’s dedicated to “be the voice of the youth,” dropped a track called “Auston Matthews” that’s both a tribute to his greatness and the moment in which “Auston Matthews” becomes synonymous with being a young, rich baller on the mean Canadian streets.

    Here’s the video. WARNING: SOME ADULT LANGUAGE.

    We asked Samuel Siboko, founder of RBLx, about what the hell we just listened to:

    Q. So how does a song about Auston Matthews come about? What inspires it?

    SIBOKO: Auston was the No. 1 draft pick, so everybody was excited to finally see him play. After I witnessed him score four goals, his name was stuck in my head. A few weeks

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  • Here’s how much Vegas Golden Knights tickets cost

    The Vegas Golden Knights held an open house for potential season ticket holders on this week, and it was super fun.

    Fans could grab sheets of paper on the seats they wanted, bring them to the ticket sellers and grab their seats right then and there for the inaugural season of the NHL expansion team.

    Fans had a change to bang a gong, too, which is always fun:

    So how much are Vegas tickets going to in this first season? The Sin Bin snapped an image of the season and partial-season ticket plans:

    And here’s the partial:

    That’s a pretty penny for those seats, but that’s to be expected. The last Team Marketing Report was all the way back in Oct. 2014, and even then the average ticket price was $62.18. As you can see, Vegas’s are a little higher.

    Still, replica jerseys for every two

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  • Claude Julien trying not to overwhelm Canadiens

    NEW YORK – It’s not a voice Max Pacioretty is used to hearing yet.

    “My first four years, I had like nine different coaches as a pro,” said the Montreal Canadiens captain. “I had Michel for five years.”

    Now he has Claude Julien, who replaced Michel Therrien as head coach last week. He’s coached one game since then, and leads Montreal against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

    So there hasn’t been a lot of gameplay, but there’s been a lot of practice. And Julien has been careful not to overwhelm his new team as he implements parts of his system into their routine, especially before proof-of-concept has been established in actual games.

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    “You don’t want to overwhelm these guys with too much. So you fix a couple of things, find the compete level that you need, and hope that it becomes second nature,” said Julien.

    Pacioretty said the learning curve for him is different than some of this teammates, because he’s

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  • Patrik Laine over Auston Matthews in razor-thin Calder race

    Let’s establish a few things about the Calder Trophy race.

    The first is that it’s a two-horse race.

    Yes, defenseman Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets has been spectacularly solid, and has given them the same kind of transformative boost that Auston Matthews has given the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray is a rookie who is 21-7-3 with a .924 save percentage. He may end up being the hipster pick for the Calder, but one wonders if he has the work rate commiserate with Calder-winning goalies – not to mention the support from enough voters outside of Pittsburgh to Ken Dryden this thing.

    Yes, Mitch Marner might end winning the points race for rookies, but one look at his regular linemates and those of Matthews and you’re not handing him the Calder if he finishes a point ahead of his Maple Leafs teammate. There’s also a rather large hype gap between Marner and Matthews, as well as Marner and Laine.

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  • Make Hockey Day In America great again (or for the first time)

    How did you celebrate “Hockey Day In America,” assuming this isn’t the first you’re hearing of it?

    Did you wear your jersey to the supermarket? Paint your face? Did you plant your butt on the couch for multiple games, before inevitably flipping over to HBO or the NBA All-Star Game in the evening?

    The made-for-TV “Hockey Day In America” unspooled on Sunday, with four games that featured American teams, with American players who were identified with gusto by American Pierre McGuire. (“BA BA BABA BA [insert obscure NCAA hockey fact here] BA BA BABA BA DOC.”)

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    There were a dozen original video projects created for the day.

    There was a really well-done feature on Kelsey DiClaudio, the first woman to compete with the U.S. Development Sled Hockey Team, which also served as a celebration of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ backing of such programs. There was the continuing inspirational tales of Jack Jablonski and Josh

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