Greg Wyshynski

  • Like
  • Follow
Author

Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Puck Daddy. A former managing sports editor for The Connection Newspapers, he's written for Deadspin, AOL Sports and is the author of "Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History." Born and bred in New Jersey, living in Northern Virginia. Did we mention he likes booze?

  • MVSW

    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: Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press.

    • Phil Kessel vs. the media, round a billion. 

    • Some midseason award stuff. 

    • Puck Daddy's Road To The Winter Classic. 

    Question of the Day: It's GOING POSTAL! 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!

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast viaiTunes or Feedburner.

    Read More »from Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: The Phil Kessel fallout; Stephen Whyno; EPIX Winter Classic
  • Christmas morning! A time for young hockey fans all over the world to tear into wrapping paper and uncover that special new jersey for their favorite team. 

    Unless, of course, you’re Kohlsen Fisher, Die Hard Flyers fan, who ripped open a gift from his aunt and discovered … a Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins jersey. His reaction, captured by his father, was incredible:

    His aunt had purchased the sweater for Kohlsen’s cousin, but got the wrong size. So she and his father decided to re-gift it to a young Flyers fan, who responded by screaming “ewwwwww!”, shoving it away, generally treating it like a vampire would treat sunlit garlic.

    It was cruel, but it was hilarious.

    And it went viral, amassing over 550,000 views on YouTube.

    Among those viewers? The Philadelphia Flyers, who felt they had to right this wrong for a young fan. So they sent a belated gift to the Fisher house addressed to “FLYERS FAN.”

    It was a box, containing an autographed Claude Giroux jersey, a Flyers pennant, a

    Read More »from Young Flyers fan disgusted by Penguins Christmas gift gets huge surprise (Video)
  • Henrik Zetterberg had advertising on jersey last night (Video)

    Worried about the NHL putting eventually advertising on jerseys? Sure, we all are.

    But whatever the seemingly inevitable monetization of player sweaters ends up looking like, we’re guessing it’ll be less egregious than what happened to Henrik Zetterberg in Edmonton on Tuesday night.

    In the third period, Benoit Pouliot of the Oilers hit Zetterberg along the boards. The two skated around the end boards, battling for the puck. 

    When Zetterberg emerged from the scrum, he had a giant piece of advertising along the boards stuck to his sweater. He skated to the bench, were an on-ice official removed it.

    Weird to see Zetterberg carrying something on his back that isn't the Detroit Red Wings.

    It was just a giant white piece of billboard advertising, rather than, say, a Tim Horton’s logo. Which is good for the Detroit Red Wings, so as not to have any conflict with Amway.

    Just another argument for CGI replacing all advertisements on the ice.

    Oh, who are we kidding, it looks atrocious.

    MORE FROM

    Read More »from Henrik Zetterberg had advertising on jersey last night (Video)
  • EPIX Road To NHL Winter Classic Ep. 4 (Puck Daddy Review)

    (ED NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS)

    In the four Winter Classic series the NHL has produced on HBO and EPIX, you can probably count on one hand the number of players that have become breakout stars. 

    Like Ilya Bryzgalov, for example. And ... and, uh ...

    OK, maybe one finger.

    In contrast, the coaches for each series have been the real stars. Bruce Boudreau’s Blutarsky vs. Dan Bylsma’s teacher’s pet. Peter Laviolette’s simmering intensity vs. John Tortorella’s surprisingly soft edges. Mike Babcock’s white board vs. Randy Carlyle’s toaster.

    Series 4, which ended on Tuesday night, is no exception. The finale featured much of the same dynamic we’ve seen throughout: Joel Quenneville’s win-obsessed jokester, who fills the air with obscenities like rice fills the air on a wedding day; vs. Barry Trotz, the introspective, heartfelt family man who brings a kindly humor to counterbalance Quenneville’s Sam Kinison routine.

    (Quenneville was also the star of Ep. 3, which sadly we didn’t recap

    Read More »from EPIX Road To NHL Winter Classic Ep. 4 (Puck Daddy Review)
  • NHL Three Stars: Patrik Elias hits 1,000 points; Backes scores 4

    No. 1 Star: Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils

    Patrik Elias notched his 1,000th point and his 600th assist in the New Jersey Devils’ 4-1 over the Buffalo Sabres. He finished with three points.

    No. 2 Star: Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche

    Varlamov made 54 saves as the Avs blanked the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0, scoring two goals in the first 1:17 of the game. He set an NHL record for most saves in a road shutout.

    No. 3 Star: David Backes, St. Louis Blues

    Backes scored four straight goals in the Blues’ 6-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes, in a 17-minute span. With a 1-0 lead, he scored two power-play goals and an even-strength goal in the second; and then another 5-on-5 goal in the third. It’s his second career four-goal game. 

    Honorable Mention: Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds scored in the shootout as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 2-1. … Pickles does it again. Twenty-four hours after beating the Winnipeg Jets with a last-seconds game-winner, Marc-Edouard Vlasic beat

    Read More »from NHL Three Stars: Patrik Elias hits 1,000 points; Backes scores 4
  • Semyon Varlamov makes record-setting 54 saves to blank Blackhawks

    Before the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the Colorado Avalanche, Patrick Kane recalled the Semyon Varlamov they faced last season. 

    “He seemed to steal some games we played against him,” said Kane.

    He did it again on Tuesday night. He turned back 17 shots in the first period. He stopped 21 in the second. He made 16 more in the third. He faced 54 shots and stopped them all in a 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.

    According to Sportsnet, Varlamov set an NHL record for most saves in a regular-season shutout on the road.

    “Varly was the story of the game. He was outstanding out there,” said Coach Patrick Roy. “They put a lot of shots on net. They shoot from everywhere, drive the net.”

    Thus continues Varlamov’s mastery of the Blackhawks from last season. He went 4-0-0 with a 1.59 GAA and a .960 save percentage, giving up seven goals on 175 shots.

    Nathan MacKinnon and Max Tablot had the goals, both scored within the first 1:17 of the game, as the Blackhawks once again got off to a slow start.

    Read More »from Semyon Varlamov makes record-setting 54 saves to blank Blackhawks
  • Pekka Rinne makes insane back-of-the-leg save vs. Hurricanes (Video)

    Pekka Rinne has been outstanding this season for the Nashville Predators as arguably the NHL’s top goaltender. But now he’s just getting ridiculous.

    Against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, Rinne was well out of his crease after a poke-check attempt on Jiri Tlusty. Nathan Gerbe of the Hurricanes had an open net in front of him and fired the puck. Rinne, somehow, pushed the back of his leg out and made the stop.

    (Keep in mind a goalie isn’t exactly protected back there, so this was a risky one.)

    Oh, no big deal, just a crazy, reverse-kick save, trapping the puck under his pad …

    Like many amazing things, this one was born from something rather terrible, i.e. Mike Ribeiro’s defensive zone puckhandling.

    Seriously, was a lazy, lazy play. The Hurricanes’ Victor Rask easily forced Ribeiro into a turnover, thus forcing Rinne to make a super aggressive play in an attempt to break it up. He couldn’t, which then set up that backward leg save.

    So thanks Mike Ribeiro. Or something.

     s/t

    Read More »from Pekka Rinne makes insane back-of-the-leg save vs. Hurricanes (Video)
  • As Roberto Luongo returns to Vancouver, recalling his breaking point

    On Thursday night, Roberto Luongo makes his return to Vancouver as a member of the Florida Panthers. He spoke with the local media on Tuesday, and circled back to a familiar question: What finally pushed him to waive his no-trade clause and clear the path for a deal?

    According to Luongo, it was when coach John Tortorella decided to start Eddie Lack in the Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators on March 2, 2014.

    “There’s no hiding it. I did want to play that game. I mean, that goes without saying, and if I would have played I probably would maybe still be here. Who knows?” he said.

    This is something Luongo had mentioned after the trade; his agent, Pat Brisson, even said back in March 2014 that had Luongo played in the Heritage Classic “he would likely still be a Canuck.”

    The deal with Florida was actually two and a half years in the making, according to GM Dale Tallon. He told George Richards of the Miami Herald, “It was close, then it wasn't, then it was revitalized. We were

    Read More »from As Roberto Luongo returns to Vancouver, recalling his breaking point
  • Watch full Phil Kessel vs. Dave Feschuk throwdown (Video)

    Earlier today we brought you a clip in which Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs responded rather indignantly to a question from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star.

    He asked Kessel if he’s a difficult guy to coach. Kessel felt it was a “weird question.” Feschuk doubled-down by pushing the idea that Kessel was a reason why Randy Carlyle was fired, to which Kessel asked, “You think it’s my fault?”

    Maple Leafs PR called it a day for Kessel, and he then said Feschuk is “such an idiot” and “has always been like this.”

    The banter continued, however, as the CBC News cameras chronicled. Kessel then said no other reporter in Toronto disrespects the players in the organization like Feschuk does. Which, if you know the Toronto media, means Feschuk must have done everything but defecate on his mother's pillow in Phil’s eyes.

    As expected, this led to the usual Toronto media vs. fans kerfuffle over how reporters interact with players and players’ responsibilities and yadda yadda yadda. The last

    Read More »from Watch full Phil Kessel vs. Dave Feschuk throwdown (Video)
  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Randy Carlyle unemployment line edition

    MVSW

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a Tuesday 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: Chris Johnson of Sportsnet on the Leafs coaching change. 

    • Canada survives Russia in WJC.

    • What's next for Leafs?

    • The Phil Kessel debate. 

    • World junior.

    Question of the Day: You're a DJ. Dedicate a song to Carlyle, Nonis or the Leafs 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!

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast viaiTunes or Feedburner.

    Read More »from Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Randy Carlyle unemployment line edition

Pagination

(13,522 Stories)