Greg Wyshynski

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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?

  • Taylor Hall welcomes Connor McDavid with hilarious self-trolling of Oilers

    SUNRISE, Fla. – Connor McDavid was drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, coming into the NHL as one of the most highly-touted rookies in decades. 

    He joins an Oilers team that … well, has had its struggles lately. Like not making the playoffs since losing in the Stanley Cup Final in 2006. Like having young stars like Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle never having appeared in a single playoff game.

    So Hall decided to welcome McDavid to the team with a winking nod to how terrible that team’s been, with the following tweet:

     Oh that's just fantastic. 

    McDavid was asked about his potential linemates in Edmonton. 

    “I got picked about two minutes ago. A lot’s been going through my mind. That’s not necessarily one of them," he said. 


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  • Puck Daddy's 2015 NHL Draft Round 1 Chatterbox!

    It's the 2015 NHL Draft, live from Sunrise, Florida! And this is the Puck Daddy Chatterbox for said event! 

    The Chatterbox offers breaking news and insider insight in one place; to have, at the end of the day, a chronological review of the NHL Draft's rumors and trades; and as a place for your friends at Puck Daddy to pop in and out during the night for quick chats.

    We've compiled Twitter feeds from some of the best hockey journalists, news-breakers and entertaining analysts for your viewing enjoyment. 

    Enjoy the Draft! And by that we mean the crowning of Connor McJesus.

    Live Blog Puck Daddy 2015 NHL Draft Chatterbox

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  • Milan Lucic traded to LA Kings, and Boston actually does well

    SUNRISE, Fla. – Milan Lucic is now a member of the Los Angeles Kings. 

    The Boston Bruins traded their hulking power forward in a June house cleaning that saw them also send RFA defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames. In return, the Bruins received the No. 13 overall pick, defenseman Colin Miller and RFA goalie Martin Jones from the Kings.

    The trade gave the Bruins the No. 13, 14 and 15 picks in Friday night’s opening round, as they acquired the 15th overall selection from Calgary for Hamilton. The obvious conclusion is that preparing to package those picks to move into the top five, potentially to No. 3 from the Arizona Coyotes, to draft Boston-born defenseman Noah Hanifin.

    Lucic’ll make $6 million this season -- although the Bruins are retaining salary$2.75 million against the cap -- and it's the last year in his deal. He scored 18 goals and 26 assists in 81 games last season, after netting 24 goals in 80 games the previous year.

    Lucic obviously brings size and snarl to

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  • Adam McQuaid signs new deal with Bruins after Hamilton trade: Report

    SUNRISE, Fla. – If this were a magician’s act, your eyes would still be firmly focused on figuring out the trick. In other words, the Boston Bruins’ quick signing of pending UFA defenseman Adam McQuaid moments after announcing the trade of 22-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames isn’t distracting anyone from the damage done. 

    Speaking of damage: Adam McQuaid.

    McQuaid has played 125 games of a possible 212 games over the last three seasons, thanks to a collection of injuries. He’s scored three goals and 14 assists in that time.

    The Bruins signed him to a 4-year deal with an average annual value of $2.75 million, according to Bob McKenzie.

    In this ultra-thin free-agent market, he’d probably have gotten more than that from someone as an unrestricted free agent. But still: He jumps from $1.4 million to $2.75 million after a contract where his value arguably depreciated.




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  • Dougie Hamilton traded to Calgary, as Boston takes another blow

    SUNRISE, Fla. – Defenseman Dougie Hamilton was traded by the Boston Bruins on Friday, hours before the NHL Draft.

    As was anticipated, the pending restricted free agent ended up in Alberta. Just not with the team we expected. 

    The Calgary Flames stepped up and acquired the 22-year-old defenseman, as the Bruins confirmed:

    Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 26, that the team has acquired the 15th, 45th and 52nd overall picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Dougie Hamilton.

    Hamilton played for three seasons with Boston from 2012 to 2015, appearing in 178 NHL games, registering 22 goals and 61 assists for 83 points with a combined plus-23 rating.  In 19 postseason games with Boston, Hamilton posted 2-8=10 totals. The 6'5", 212-pound native of Toronto, ON was drafted by Boston in the first round (9th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

    The compensation for the Bruins had Hamilton been signed to an offer sheet that paid him

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  • Connor McDavid vs. Jack Eichel: Is a hot dog a sandwich? (Puck Daddy Mini-Doc)

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The NHL Draft is scheduled for Friday night at the BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers. Going No. 1: Connor McDavid, to the Edmonton Oilers. Going No. 2 will be Jack Eichel, to the Buffalo Sabres. 

    These two young stars will be forever linked thanks to this draft. It's an instant rivalry. But we wanted to find out more about the likes and dislikes of McDavid and Eichel, drawing even deeper lines in the sand between them. 

    So we subjected them to Revelatory Questions of Frivolity, including what their goal song would be and whether a hot dog is a sandwich.

    (Note: The video says there are five questions. There are only four. The one we left out was super boring about the most famous name in their phones.)


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  • Robin Lehner traded to Sabres, Ottawa gets first-round pick

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Ottawa Senators had a tough decision on their hands in goal.

    They had Andrew Hammond, last season’s second-half sensation, on a new three-year deal. They had Craig Anderson, the 34-year-old veteran that can be downright dominant for stretches. And they had 23-year-old Robin Lehner, one-time goalie of the future who had suddenly become a palpable trading chip for the team. 

    GM Bryan Murray wanted two high picks for Lehner’s services. He ended up getting one: The 21st pick in Friday night’s NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres, as Lehner and center David Legwand were sent across the border to his nephew Tim Murray’s team. 

    The Ottawa Sun reported that the Sabres were the frontrunner for Lehner’s services because Tim Murray was the assistant general manager in Ottawa when the team drafted him.

    Lehner was 9-12-3 in 25 games last season before an injury cut his campaign short. He had a .905 save percentage and a 3.02 GAA. He's signed through 2016-17 with a $2.225

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  • Kevin Bieksa to the San Jose Sharks? Trade rumor has integrity

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – One of the most fascinating things about NHL trades is how former enemies can suddenly be thrown together in the same locker room.

    Which is why Kevin Bieksa waiving his no-trade clause to potentially join the San Jose Sharks is such a beautiful thing. 

    Both Elliotte Friedman and Bob McKenzie report that Bieksa and the Sharks are a match, with the Vancouver Canucks defenseman willing to waive his no-trade clause for San Jose. This, again, is fascinating, given what Bieksa said about the Sharks in 2013 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

    “There's guys on their team, two guys in particular, that are embellishing a lot of calls making it tough on the officials,” Bieksa said. “Couture, you can't go near the guy. He snaps his head back. He flails. You touch him after the whistle, and he's going to jump off the ice and throw himself into the glass. And those are hard calls for the officials to make, and now they're going against us.

    “Thornton, another so-called Canadian,

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  • Jack Eichel is absolutely terrified of snakes

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A weakness has finally been discovered in Jack Eichel’s game. 

    The expected No. 2 overall pick and future Buffalo Sabres star joined his NHL Draft brethren for a trip to the Florida Everglades on Thursday. The rookies visited the Everglades Holiday Park, where they toured some wildlife preserves, experienced nature on a boat and got up close with some rather slithery animals.

    “There was a snake petting area,” said Lawson Crouse, a left wing from Kingston.

    For most of the players, top pick Connor McDavid included, this was awesome. But Eichel had a confession.

    “Eichs told us he hates snakes," said Mitchell Marner, a center with the London Knights, "and as soon as he got there of course there’s a big snake sitting there to our right,” 

    But this was a chance to get over his fears! To do something he had never done before, in the presence of friends and peers!

    “So I said, ‘Eichs, get over here,’” said Crouse.  “And he ran. In the opposite direction. He was nowhere

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  • Kevin Bieksa, goalie on Canucks trading block at NHL Draft

    Kevin Bieksa has been a member of the Vancouver Canucks from the moment he first stepped on NHL ice in the 2005-06 season. He was drafted by them in 2001. He has played 597 games with them.

    But after this weekend, there’s a chance his time with the Canucks could be over. 

    According to Farhan Lalji of TSN, the Canucks have asked if Bieksa would consider waiving his no-trade clause if the right deal came along, and the veteran defenseman said he would. That’s not a formal waiving of the NTC, mind you – just a gentleman’s agreement, considering things could be in the works for GM Jim Benning.

    After the season, Bieksa said he hadn’t been told anything about a potential trade. Via the Vancouver Sun:

    “I haven’t heard it brought up by anybody in our organization,” he said during the news conference. “I know you guys are poking around; that’s your job. But it’s not something I really even need to respond to.” Later, in a quiet moment outside the Canucks’ dressing room, Bieksa said: “I’ve

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