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?

  • Flames GM on expansion draft: We know foes’ vulnerabilities (Podcast)

    Las Vegas will populate its roster with NHL players this June via an expansion draft. It’s expected to be a catalyst for a great many things this season from a player personnel perspective.

    “You’re quite aware of it, and it’s influenced a number of decisions to date,” said Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving, on the Marek Vs. Wyshynski podcast on Tuesday.

    “Maybe not as prevalent that people would pick up on right away. But it’s pushed some signings that have happened to make sure that you’re compliant as far as the number of players you have to expose, No. 1. And No. 2, as time goes along, that it certainly will be the driver in the trade market, to a certain extent.”

    Treliving said that teams are already prepared for what they need to do, and what their opponents are going to have to do to comply with expansion draft rules. To that end, he said the Flames have grouped teams into different tiers.

    “Everybody’s done as least a preliminary study, not only of your own team but of all the

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  • Over $150,000 in hockey sticks stolen in Ocean’s Eleven-style heist

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    It was dark and quiet inside Monkey Sports, a sporting goods store in Quebec, around 10 p.m. last Saturday night. That silence was interrupted by the sound of a drill, slicing open a hole in the ceiling.

    A rope fell from the hole, hitting the floor near where the store’s collection of hockey sticks resided. A man in a hooded sweatshirt followed down the rope. Rather than snag whatever he could from the store — a real smash and grab job, if you will — his theft was more calculated: He seemed to select the best sticks in the place.

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    Soon, a collection of hockey twigs was amassed by the back door of the store, where his partner waited in a van to whisk his accomplice and the stolen merchandise away.

    The total haul? According to Greg Goyer, the manager of Monkey Sports, it was estimated around $150,000.

    From CTV Montreal:

    “It’s amazing,” Goyer said. “I’m also sickened. To go undetected that way and not really have a care.”

    The thief in the

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  • How Las Vegas fans will select their NHL seats

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    One of the most frustrating things in life: Buying an airline ticket, going to that page where you select your seat and discovering that the only one left is Row 35 with the back that doesn’t recline next to the toilet.

    One of the greatest things in life: Buying an airline ticket, going to that page where you select your seat and seeing literally every option available to you: aisles, windows, exit rows, the chance to be close to that first class curtain!

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    We imagine that’s the feeling Las Vegas fans are going to feel when, on Monday, the season-ticket holders get their chance to pick their seats in the new arena, for the first season of Vegas NHL hockey.

    It’s like being the first chip to dip into the tub of hummus at a party!

    Here’s how it works. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

    Fans have been mailed a brochure and video on the process. Each season ticket-holder will be assigned an access code and a specific time to select seats. Those

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  • Phil Kessel’s media tour adventure will brighten up your life (Video)

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    Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel* is our sweet hockey prince, but even he would admit that social interaction isn’t exactly his forte.

    Which is why this clip from the Penguins, chronicling Kessel’s journey through various social media and arena operations reindeer games, might be our favorite thing of the young season.

    It’s your classic “fish out of water” story, if in fact the fish was Flounder from “The Little Mermaid” and he had the wickedest wrister in hockey.

    Watch here and enjoy:

    A few highlights:

    – Phil Kessel’s accidental insulting of the Penguins’ social media team when he’s forced to spin the “Social Media Wheel” and says “this is the worst one, fer sure.”

    – Phil breaking the fourth wall to tell us how much the cameraman is “lovin’ this.”

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  • Highest KHL salaries list leaks, with Kovalchuk and Datsyuk on top

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    The Kontinental Hockey League has earned the reputation through the years as a place where players will get paid. Sometimes that payment would literally be a paper bag full of dollar bills left near a locker. Sometimes that payment would be in oodles of “bonus money” to get around salary cap issues.

    Sportfakt, a Russian sports news site, has published a list of what it claims are the KHL’s top salaries. (Big thanks to Aivis Kalniņš for the pointer.)

    Its motivation? That Russian sports leadership has “declared the need to reduce costs on professional sport.” So it decided to look into it.

    Here’s the top 20, according to the site. The first number is U.S. dollars; the second is Rubles.

    1 – Ilya Kovalchuk SKA 5,500,000 dollars / 330 million. Rubles

    2 – Pavel Datsyuk SKA 4,500,000 dollars / 270 million. Rubles

    3 – Vyacheslav Voinov SKA 4,500,000 dollars / 270 million. Rubles

    4 – Vladimir Sobotka Vanguard 3,000,000 dollars / 180 million. Rubles

    5 – Vasily Koshechkin Metallurg Mg 2,419,000

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  • Sharks enjoy being the hunted, not getting blown up

    NEW YORK – Pete DeBoer has experienced it before. That feeling of accomplishment mixed with that feeling of unfinished business, all of which accompanies a second-place finish. That taste of glory, but not a big enough bit to satiate the hunger.

    The coach’s San Jose Sharks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins four months ago in the Stanley Cup Final. His previous team, the New Jersey Devils, lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final just over four years ago.

    Could he take any lessons he learned from the aftermath of the latter to inform how he handles the former?

    “I learned you don’t let Kovalchuk and Parise leave. That’s what I learned,” said DeBoer, wryly, of his playoff-less encore in New Jersey.

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    The Sharks didn’t experience that defection of talent after their Stanley Cup Final loss. Hell, they barely lost anyone at all from that Western Conference championship team, and replaced the ones that did leave quite admirably –

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  • Brent Burns on his tremendous shiner after Columbus high-stick

     

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    NEW YORK – What a vision Brent Burns is.

    Greenish-blue striped suit. Camouflage hat, with two matching camouflage backpacks. That seemingly endless ticket of hair he calls a beard. Those teeth (the remaining ones).

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    And now, a new addition: a bright red and purple bruise that keeps his left eye slightly closed, the result of a high-stick from Oliver Bjorkstrand of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

    “I felt pretty good. It felt like … I touched it and I was like [crap], it’s only going to be two minutes and I took a beating there,” said Burns, a defenseman for the San Jose Sharks.

    There was enough damage to earn Bjorkstrand a double-minor for high-sticking.

    “There was a little blood,” said Burns. “But it all stayed in. Saving it [for later in the season].”

    What does Burns see when he looks in the mirror with that injury under his eye?

    “My left cheek,” he said, drawing laughter.

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  • NHL concussion spotters yank Edmonton goalie, make presence known

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    Cam Talbot was hot garbage in the Edmonton Oilers’ 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Or as coach Todd McLellan diplomatically put it: “Cam struggled immensely.”

    So in the second period, after giving up four goals on 15 shots, Talbot was pulled in favor of backup Jonas Gustavsson.

    The Oilers goalie change helped steady the ship, as Gustavsson faced one shot on goal during 10:04 of play.

    But this collision with teammate Adam Larsson’s posterior would eventually end his night. [WATCH HERE]

    Gustavsson’s head snapped to the side violently as Larsson backed into him. He continued to play in the game, however, but was pulled later in the period as Talbot returned.

    The reason? The NHL’s concussion spotters protocol mandated it.

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    “It was a part of the night that was strange to begin with,” McLellan said. “I pulled Talbs, Gus goes in. He gets run over. They have spotters, and if they think that the individual player or the goaltender has to

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  • Ducks, Islanders seeking first wins (Free NHL Live Stream of the Day)

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    The good news for the Anaheim Ducks and the New York Islanders is that after Sunday night, one of them will have their first win of the NHL’s 2016-17 season.

    The bad news, of course, is that the other will remain winless after their game in Brooklyn, featured as the Yahoo Sports Free NHL Live Stream of the Day.

    Both teams are off to 0-2-0 starts. Both teams have scored four goals on the season, and have given up seven.

    New Ducks coach Randy Carlyle – hired after the Ducks fired Bruce Boudreau, the coach they actually hired to replaced Carlyle – hasn’t been happy with the ease with which opponents have scored against his team.

    “We can measure our game by the number of mistakes that we feel we made that are correctable,” Carlyle said. “And our team’s not playing to the level that’s required right now from our group. Simple as that.”

    For the Islanders, both John Tavares and Andrew Ladd are both seeking their first point of the season.

    You can watch the Ducks and Islanders here for free

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  •  Jacob Trouba feeling the pain after Winnipeg trade demand

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    There’s a scene in “The Dark Knight” when a Wayne Enterprises corporate lackey informs Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox that he’s figured out that Bruce Wayne is, in fact, Batman.

    “Let me get this straight,” Fox responds, “you think that your client, one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante, who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands, and your plan is to blackmail this person?”

    Whenever we see updates on Jacob Trouba’s trade demand and contract dispute with the Winnipeg Jets, we read a slight variation of that denouncement:

    “Let us get this straight … you know the Winnipeg Jets hold all the cards insofar as your NHL future goes as a restricted free agent, and that you have several years before unrestricted free agency, and every moment you spend outside the lineup hurts your earning power, and your plan is to stay away and demand a trade?”

    “Good luck…”

    Trouba remained at home during the Jets’ first two games, both showing

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