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?

  • 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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  • Top 10 NHL team rivalries as of right now

    Referee Gord Dwyer (19) watches a fight between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 20, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Referee Gord Dwyer (19) watches a fight between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 20, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    The new EPIX Road To The NHL Stadium Series put forth the idea that the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks were one of the NHL’s greatest current rivalries. 

    This got us thinking: What are the NHL’s greatest current team rivalries? Which two teams, should they meet, are mandatory viewing?

    So we bounced around some lists through the Puck Daddy and Yahoo Sports editorial offices and came up with the following countdown.

    (Apologies to NBC, but Bruins/Wild did not make the cut, despite being featured on RIVALRY NIGHT.)

    What are the top 10 biggest rivalries in the NHL currently? Agree, disagree … OK, mostly disagree in the comments!

    And here... we ... go.

    10. Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks 

    These two burgeoning dynasties have had their clashes, but also have other long-standing feuds that trump this one. There’s no question that the two most successful teams of the last five seasons play ultra-competitively against each other. This series was pretty OK.

    9. Calgary Flames

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  • Read 10-year-old fan’s heartfelt hockey answer on school quiz

    It’s been over 20 years since the Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas, which means that Pete Morrow’s daughter has only known a world with the Wild as Minnesota’s hockey team.

    Molly is 10 years old, but apparently wise beyond her years. Pete sent over this answer to a geography test she had in school recently about the American southwest. When asked to name where she’d like to visit there, she answered “Dallas.”

    “I would like to visit Dallas because I would want to ask the Dallas Stars coach, ‘Why did you take the North Stars away from Minnesota?’”

    WELL, LINDY RUFF, YOU MONSTER?! WHY DID YOU DO THIS 22 YEARS AGO WHEN YOU WERE RETIRING AS A MEMBER OF THE SAN DIEGO GULLS?! HUH?!

    She went on to say that she’s like to see the differences between Dallas and Minnesota, presumably to understand why the North Stars left. Which essentially means she wants to look at Norm Green’s bank statements from 20 years ago, I guess.

    Oh, the young hockey fan. Such wonder. Such curiosity. Such early

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  • Goalie Mikko Koskinen makes behind the back knob save in KHL (Video)

    Carter Hutton of the Nashville Predators set the bar for stick saves this season, so this stop from Mikko Koskinen might pale in comparison. But still, it’s awesome.

    Koskinen plays for SKA in the Kontinental Hockey League. In a game against Osmk on Wednesday, there was a scramble in front of his crease. Anton Kuryanov nearly had the highlight of the match with a between the legs shot that Koskinen turned aside.

    Then it was the goalie’s turn. A bouncing puck to his right snuck behind him and was headed for the net. Koskinen had the alertness to use the knob of his stick to sweep the puck out of harm’s way.

    Luckily, there were no attacking forwards there to collect the rebound or defenseman’s skate for it to hit.

    Mikko Koskinen is a 26-year-old Finnish goalie who has played in the KHL for the last two seasons. He was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders and played four games with them in 2010-11, along with parts of three seasons in the AHL and

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  • Evander Kane was scratched for dress code violation: Report

    When Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice made Evander Kane a healthy scratch for their game at the Vancouver Canucks, one assumed it was some sort of disciplinary move. After all, Kane is a Vancouver native and played junior in that fine city; to not allow him to play in that overtime loss meant he did something to cheese off his coach. 

    According to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, the team rules violation was … dress code:

    Kane’s transgression on Tuesday, as it turns out, was fairly was minor. He broke dress code, arriving at the rink for a midday team meeting in sweats, instead of a suit. By gametime, Kane wasn’t a player.

    So that’s what we’re going with. Scratched for wearing a tracksuit to the game. OK then. 

    It was the second healthy scratch for Kane under Maurice, and yet another bump in the rocky road for the player and his team.

    The next one could be what Lawless says is “a card to play” for Kane – if he elects to shut down and have surgery to correct a lingering injury.

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  • Henrik Lundqvist out for Bruins game, day-to-day with neck injury

    The New York Rangers shared good news on Wednesday afternoon, for the most part.

    Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is day-to-day with a neck injury. He’ll miss his start against the Boston Bruins, with Cam Talbot getting the nod. 

    The injury stems from that super scary puck to the neck he took in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Lundqvist seemed to be OK afterward.

    “When I get hit, obviously it’s painful, and it’s hard to breath for a couple of minutes. Very light-headed. I got a little worried the first minute or so but then they told me just to breath and slowly I started to feel better,” he said.

    “The first couple of minutes it was more for me to just see is it going to start to feel better after a while. I slowly did. I had some headaches the rest of the game, I guess that’s normal because I couldn’t breath there for a little bit. It was a reaction, I guess.”

    The following day, he tweeted “I’ll prob stick to soup today, feel pretty good though.”

    On Monday, he took a

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  • This Maple Leafs losing ballad will make you cry pain tears (Video)

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost three straight games and are a stellar 1-10-1 since firing Randy Carlyle. Which is sucks on top sucks, because somewhere out there is someone arguing that Randy Carlyle shouldn’t have been fired.

    (And … there he is.)

    It’s terrible times for Leafs fans, and nothing speaks to that like a terrible cover song that laments that terribleness.

    This is Steven Ryan (@StevenRyanMusic ob Twitter), a heck of a singer actually, giving his all on “Do Something,” which is a Leafs-centric parody of “Say Something,” the overwrought ballad by Great Big World and Christina Aguilera that should have been alternatively titled “Accompaniment For Your Montage.”

    Anyway, enjoy the occasionally amusing reference to David Clarkson and four minutes of “welp.”

    LeafsLeafs

    Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

     

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  • Run 2015 NHL Draft Simulator, keep Connor McDavid away from Oilers

    It’s deep enough into the 2014-15 season where some NHL fans have given up all hope that their teams can make a playoff push; the point where fans actually get steamed when their moribund also-rans put together little winning streaks. 

    (Memo to New Jersey Devils: BE MORE WORSER.)

    With many of us more concerned with the basement and bouncing lottery balls than first place and a Cup raise, it’s time once again to use the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery Simulator!

    Click here to use the NHL Draft Simulator!

    (It's better than the one Edmonton's had for the last few years.)

    The odds for the teams appear to be updated daily, with the Buffalo Sabres guaranteed to have no less than the second pick overall since they’re a bigger tank than Will Ferrell in “Old School.”

    We ran it once this morning, got the Edmonton Oilers as the winner of the Connor McDavid derby, sighed, looked wistfully at Taylor Halls’ playoff stats, sighed again, questioned the existence of the Hockey Gods, openly wept and then ate a

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  • Marek Vs Wyshynski Podcast: Gabe Polsky, director of "Red Army"; Going Postal

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

    It's a Wednesday day 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: Gabe Polsky, director of "Red Army." 

    • P.K. Subban is a diver.  

    • NHL Draft lottery fun. 

    • NHL Awards. 

    Question of the Day: 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!

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  • Chris Neil won’t be traded because Chris Neil doesn’t feel like it

    CALL OFF THE CHRIS NEIL DERBY YOU GUYS! 

    Truth be told, there’s apparently “a ton of interest” in the 35-year-old fourth line forward for the Ottawa Senators.

    Sure, he plays a “slightly more than Colin Greening did” average of 9:59 per game and has seven points in 33 games with 56 penalty minutes; and sure, he’s a disgustingly bad possession player at even strength. But he’s fun at parties, we've heard. 

    Anyhoo, Neil has played his entire career with the Ottawa Senators, beginning in 2001. So there’s a measure of loyalty to him and his family, which is admirable if not exactly logical from a player personnel perspective, given that he has another year on his deal at $1.9 million and the Senators need to reload.

    But Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports that we can take Chris Neil off our NHL trade deadline big boards:

    #sens not trading Chris Neil. Out of respect, asked him if he wanted to be dealt. He doesn't.

    — Don Brennan (@SunDoniB) February 4, 2015

    So there you go: Chris Neil is

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