Greg Wyshynski

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  • Getting checked through bench door is never fun (Video)

    Oh, KHL bench door guy. We saw that stick fly by your head – scary! But you stood in there, doing your sacred duty of opening the bench door for a line change.

    Maybe you thought Tim Stapleton, former Toronto Maple Leafs forward now playing for Metallurg, would clear out of the way and allow the CSKA players to change. Maybe you didn’t see Igor Makarov skating in like a bullet to hit him. You no doubt didn’t expect Andrei Stas of CSKA to basically turn Makarov into the middle of a salmon sandwich.

    (We had them in Sochi. They were delightful.)

    But, alas, your opening the door led to this chain reaction of tumbling bodies, with Stapleton and Makarov hitting the bench floor like weary travelers falling on a hotel bed; and, alas, this led to an injury for Makarov, who only played 2:27 in the third period of his team’s 3-1 win and then did not play in their 12-0 joke of a hockey game against Slovan on Wednesday.

    It’s not your fault, KHL bench door guy. These things happen.

    Unless this was

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  • Evander Kane trade analysis: Sabres follow LA Kings template, tad prematurely

    There is a place between tanking and rebuilding on the fly. We know it exists because Darcy Regier, in his final end of season press briefing as general manager, mentioned it as a possibility for the plummeting Buffalo Sabres: That unlike teams that go into the tank for five years to amass elite prospects, some teams can augment a strong nucleus by aggressively upgrading the rest of the roster at the cost of strong young players and draft picks.

    He cited the Los Angeles Kings as an inspiration for that plan, which is nice when you have Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick as your foundation and then you trade talented young players for Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.

    In case you haven’t noticed, the Buffalo Sabres don’t have that core.

    It could be argued they don’t have any core, at the moment. Not until their franchise player arrives in June, and the gaggle of talented prospects in their system fill in like planets around the Chosen Sun.

    And yet GM Tim Murray saw the same

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  • The end of the Tyler Myers in Buffalo

    There was a time when trading Tyler Myers seemed preposterous, even if logic dictated it could happen. 

    The Calder Trophy winner in 2010, he lost his way through injuries and player turnover and the weight of a franchise player contract he was given as a kid. He had 85 points in his first 162 games as a pro; he had 65 in the next 203 games.

    Still: Six-foot-eight. That skating ability. That shot. Those minutes he logged.

    They don’t make them like Tyler Myers very often. What with the price of materials for a project that big …

    But his time with the Buffalo Sabres ended on Wednesday, dealt to the Winnipeg Jets in a package, in an absolute blockbuster for Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian.

    “If you’re going to make a trade of this size, you have to give back,” said Sabres GM Tim Murray told WGR radio.

    He said he was listening to offers on Myers, but not actively shopping him. The answer for every team inquiring was the same: Prepare to ante up, because Myers wasn’t coming cheaply.

    “I never

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  • Evander Kane’s agent denies surgery conspiracy during media spin tour

    WINNIPEG, CANADA - JANUARY 18: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets leans over the bench as he looks on during second period action against the Arizona Coyotes on January 18, 2015 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)WINNIPEG, CANADA - JANUARY 18: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets leans over the bench as he looks on during second period action against the Arizona Coyotes on January 18, 2015 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Having dabbled on the dark arts of media relations earlier in my career, I can sympathize with Craig Oster, the agent for Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane.

    His task on Friday was a thankless one: Trying to convince the hockey world that all-too convenient timing was in fact coincidence, and trying to spray sunshine all over his client’s fractured relationship with his team and his teammates.

    I’ve listened to two of his interviews, on sports radio in Ottawa and Toronto, and read another, and the spin is strong with this one.

    Here’s Craig Oster, in various venues, on Evander Kane having season-ending surgery right after a locker room incident with a teammate and a healthy scratch from his coach.

    Why is Evander Kane having surgery now?

    "He's playing through a number of different ailments as well. Had a couple of different fractures he's worked through. … With that progression comes greater risk of more damage and greater risk of it not being repaired properly, if there is greater

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  • Evander Kane opts for surgery over Jets teammates, out 4-6 months

    Before he was a healthy scratch on Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, Evander Kane was ready to play. As he had played every game from Oct. 30 through Feb. 2, scoring 10 goals and 12 assists on the season in 37 games. 

    Was he playing through the pain of a shoulder injury? Yes. 

    Did it require immediate surgery, shutting him down for 4-6 months of rehab?

    It’s a question only Kane can answer, according to Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice, who announced that his 23-year-old forward was shutting it down for the season 24 hours after the salacious details of Kane’s benching were made public.

    Here's what went down: On Tuesday, Kane showed up to a team meeting wearing in his hometown of Vancouver in a track suit, which was a violation of the team’s dress code. After the meeting, Kane either worked out or went to the trainers’ office, shedding his track suit. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, teammate Dustin Byfuglien threw Kane’s clothes into a cold tub “to send a message to his

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  • From the outside looking in, Brad Treliving knew the Calgary Flames were building something. “The played hard in every game last season,” he said, having watched them as an assistant general manager with the Phoenix Coyotes. “I wondered if that would carry over into next season.” 

    Treliving was hired in April 2014 as the Flames’ new general manager. He was the only person Brian Burke interviewed for the gig.

    Was he well-known? Well, his name was: His father Jim Treliving is co-owner of the Boston Pizza empire in Canada and an investor on “Dragon’s Den,” the show that begot “Shark Tank” in the U.S.

    But now, with the Calgary Flames currently and surprisingly in a playoff position in the Western Conference, you might be hearing more of Brad Treliving’s name as a rising star among GMs.

    “We had a little rough stretch in December, but we’ve been pretty consistent,” he said.

    We spoke with him recently about the Flames’ success, Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, his relationship with Brian

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  • NHL Three Stars: Red Wings, Blues pitch shutouts; bloody Flyers fight

    No. 1 Star:  Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings 

    Mrazek made 28 saves to protect a 1-0 lead until Darren Helm and Luke Glendening added empty netters as the Red Wings defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-0.

    No. 2 Star: Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks

    The Ducks forward opened the scoring with a short-handed goal and added a back-breaker in the second period as the Anaheim Ducks topped the Nashville Predators, 5-2, moving into first place in the NHL. Frederick Andersen made 44 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues

    The rookie goalie made 23 saves, as the Blues shut out the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0. Vladamir Taresenko scored his 27th goal. 

    Honorable Mention: Cal Clutterbuck scored a goal and had the winner in Round 7 of the shootout as the New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2. … Alex Ovechkin scored goal No. 32 in the Washington Capitals’ 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. … Brandon Piri had the game-winner as the Florida Panthers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Red Wings, Blues pitch shutouts; bloody Flyers fight

    No. 1 Star:  Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings 

    Mrazek made 28 saves to protect a 1-0 lead until Darren Helm and Luke Glendening added empty netters as the Red Wings defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-0.

    No. 2 Star: Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks

    The Ducks forward opened the scoring with a short-handed goal and added a back-breaker in the second period as the Anaheim Ducks topped the Nashville Predators, 5-2, moving into first place in the NHL. Frederick Andersen made 44 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues

    The rookie goalie made 23 saves, as the Blues shut out the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0. Vladamir Taresenko scored his 27th goal. 

    Honorable Mention: Cal Clutterbuck scored a goal and had the winner in Round 7 of the shootout as the New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2. … Alex Ovechkin scored goal No. 32 in the Washington Capitals’ 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. … Brandon Piri had the game-winner as the Florida Panthers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2.

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  • Kimmo Timonen announces comeback with Flyers: ‘I kept that hope alive’

    Last August, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen announced that he had been diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and lungs. His status for 2015-16: out for “months,” with Timonen admitting that “the chances for me playing again are slim.” 

    Months have passed. And on Friday morning, Timonen will return to the ice and skate by himself, with an eye toward a previously unlikely comeback this season.

    “I kept that hope alive,” said Timonen at a news conference. “I worked out really hard and meeting all the doctors, with [GM Ron Hextall] and the specialists. I feel really confident about skating and coming back.”

    The Flyers said the decision was mutual, and that they are confident it’s safe for him to begin a comeback.

    “There were a lot of people involved. Doctors involved. Specialists involved,” said Hextall. “We all feel the risk is minimal.”

    The blood clots are categorized as “chronic,” said Timonen, meaning they won’t ever move from his leg.

    How will he know it’s

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  • Evander Kane on IR; Byfuglien says misbehaving kids need ‘discipline’

    Jan 13, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) plays with the puck prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)Jan 13, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) plays with the puck prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

    The Winnipeg Jets announced on Thursday that Evander Kane, the star winger who whose healthy scratch revealed an unfolding drama among teammates, will be placed on injured reserve retroactive to Monday. 

    The issue, according to Sportsnet, could be a shoulder injury he’s played through this season. The real issue, of course, is that he’d choose this moment to potentially shut down for the season and go under the knife.

    To reset the scene: Kane showed up to a team meeting in Vancouver in a track suit on Tuesday, which was a violation of the team’s dress code. Renaud Levoie of TVA reported that Kane believed the meeting was at the team hotel rather than the arena, and didn’t have time to change.

    (And if you think that sounds like spin from Newport Sports, you’re probably correct.)

    After the meeting, Kane either worked out or went to the trainers’ office, shedding his track suit. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, teammate Dustin Byfuglien threw Kane’s clothes into a cold tub “to send

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