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?

  • Flyers’ Sam Gagner ‘can’t play center at NHL level’ says Coyotes GM

    SUNRISE, Fla. – Sam Gagner is now a member of the Philadelphia Flyers after the NHL Draft’s final big move on Saturday, when a team formerly owned by the National Hockey League traded for a league employee and his dead cap space. 

    Where will he play for the Flyers?

    Hopefully not at center. Because according to his former general manager, he kinda sucks at it.

    "At the end of the day we just didn't think he could play center at the National Hockey level for us," GM Don Maloney told the Coyotes website. "And (we) thought by moving his money around — we have a couple of young players that can put in his place that we can grow with and so we decided to move on."

    Gagner had 15 goals and 26 assists in 81 games for the Coyotes last season.

    Now, before this gets thrown into “DON MALONEY SAID SAM GAGNER CAN’T PLAY IN THE NHL!!!” territory, let it be known that he’s just talking about Gagner as a center, not a player. Gagner’s move to right wing last season benefitted the team and the player.

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  • San Jose Sharks GM targets ‘mystery goalies’ for trade

    SUNRISE, Fla. – There are goaltenders that are mentioned in the media by name as potential trade targets, like Cam Talbot and Robin Lehner, who both moved during the NHL Draft to Edmonton and Buffalo respectively. 

    Then there are other goalies. Ones whose names aren’t in the rumor mill. Ones that general managers mull over in conversations, but whose availability isn’t always advertised.

    “As we look at it, there are more goalies than teams,” said San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson. “And there are more people available in discussions than you guys hear about.”

    Mystery goalies!

    “There are teams that are looking to do things for cap reasons or whatever, we’re in all those conversations,” he said.

    The Sharks are looking for a netminder for next season, having traded the rights to pending free agent Antti Niemi to the Dallas Stars during the draft. “Dallas approached me, asked for his rights for a couple of days,” said Wilson. “On July 1, he’s a completely unrestricted free agent again.”

    Wait,

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  • Andong Song becomes first player from China drafted in NHL

    SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 27:  AnDong Song reacts after being selected 172nd overall by the New York Islanders during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 27: AnDong Song reacts after being selected 172nd overall by the New York Islanders during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    SUNRISE, Fla. – When Andong Song was a six-year-old boy growing up in Beijing, he kept getting sick. So his mother suggested he try playing a sport. 

    “Hockey came up as one of the options,” said Song, “and I just fell in love with it.”

    On Saturday afternoon in Sunrise, Fla., that love of hockey led to an historic moment for hockey: Song, 18, became the first player born in China to ever get drafted by an NHL team, selected in the sixth round, No. 172 overall, by the New York Islanders.

    “It feels great. Unbelievable experience. Really honored to be the first,” he said.

    Song said his agent had an inkling that the Islanders would select him, but that the tension grew as the draft dwindled to its final rounds.

    “I wasn’t really nervous until the Islanders got their fifth-round pick. After that, I was on my toes,” he said. “It’s the draft. You never know.”

    The Islanders are part-owned by the Chinese-born Charles Wang, whom Song said he's yet to meet.

    When the Islanders called his name, a

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  • Trevor Linden on crushing dreams of Eddie Lack fans, trade with Carolina

    SUNRISE, Fla. – Trevor Linden is arguably the most popular player to ever suit up for the Vancouver Canucks. But on Saturday, at the NHL Draft, he knew he was going to help make one of the most unpopular decisions in recent Canucks history:

    Trading away goalie Eddie Lack. 

    “I know Eddie was popular. He was a great person. Well-liked,” said Linden, the team’s president, and he’s right: From the Tumblrs dedicated to him to the petition to save him from a trade, few players were as beloved as Lack by their fan base.

    I mean, look at his going away message.

    Adorbz. 

    “I know this is hard for our fans. This is difficult,” said Linden.

    The trade that sent Lack to the Carolina Hurricanes netted Vancouver a third-round pick in Saturday’s draft and a seventh-rounder next year; the then drafted QMJHL defenseman Guillaume Briesbois

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  • Oilers win Cam Talbot derby, but is this right goalie for Edmonton?

    SUNRISE, Fla. – Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli had options. 

    “There are a couple of goaltenders for trade. Three or four that are in free agency. There’s a lot of them out there,” said on Friday, hours after the Oilers selected Connor McDavid with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

    “We’ve got our sights on some guys. We’ll see what happens.”

    The Oilers acquired Talbot for three picks in Saturday’s second day of the draft: Nos. 57, 79 and 184. They acquired No. 209 overall from the Rangers.

    This isn’t a bad return for the Rangers, per se. Talbot had one more year on his deal at $1.45 million before hitting UFA status. He was an asset that many coveted, and this was the right time to deal him. Three picks for a player that was never getting Lundqvist’s job is, again, not bad.

    The problem is that the Rangers’ original ask for Talbot was well-documented. They wanted a first for him, like the Senators received for Robin Lehner. They didn’t get it. They wanted two seconds and

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  • Eddie Lack to Carolina; Anton Khudobin to Ducks for James Wisniewski

    SUNRISE, Fla. – It was expected that the second day of the NHL Draft would yield some goaltending musical chairs, given the names available for trade and the lack of quality goalie options on the unrestricted market. 

    The first domino to fall: Eddie Lack of the Vancouver Canucks, who was shipped to the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick in this year’s draft and a seventh-rounder next year. Lack is signed through 2016 for a $1.15 million cap hit.

    Which is … disappointing for Canucks fans. First, because the return isn’t what they thought the team would get for a 27-year-old netminder with 84 games of NHL experience. Second because they liked that quirky little knucklehead so much that fans launched a petition to prevent a trade, which in the end worked as well as every other online petition ever has.

    That meant the Carolina Hurricanes had a glut of goalies, so they traded the guy with the contract they could actually move: Anton Khudobin.

    They traded the 29-year-old goalie to

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  • Puck Daddy NHL Draft Live Chatterbox, Day 2!

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

    Welcome to Day 2!

    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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  • Sabres GM defends Ryan O’Reilly reputation, will make him highest paid

    SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: Jack Eichel poses on stage after being selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: Jack Eichel poses on stage after being selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    SUNRISE, Fla. – Tim Murray had a good day. We know this because the gloriously glum general manager of the Buffalo Sabres was caught grinning rather widely when the team drafted franchise player Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 

    “I smile,” he said, surrounded by reporters. “Like, I mean, I can smile now.”

    Moments earlier, another reason to smile: The Sabres sent defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and J.T. Compher and the No. 31 pick in the draft to the Colorado Avalanche for standout forward Ryan O'Reilly and forward Jamie McGinn.

    “His hockey sense is off the charts. He makes everybody around him better. I love his work ethic on and off the ice. I love his skill level. There’s nothing I don’t like about him,” said Murray.

    Well, there’s one thing some aren’t exactly fond of O’Reilly: His contract, which carries a $6 million cap hit through this season, and the incredibly contentious relationship between the player and Avs

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  • Connor McDavid's first Edmonton Oilers hockey card (Photo)

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    Upper Deck didn't waste any time in announcing its deal with Connor McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers' first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. And it provided this, which was called his first NHL card. 

    From Upper Deck: 

    The deal allows Upper Deck to be the sole provider of Connor McDavid autographed cards, which will be inserted into Upper Deck’s NHL trading card releases. In addition, the company will have the ability to feature McDavid on product packaging. 

    Provided McDavid makes his NHL debut at the start of the 2015-16 regular season, his first licensed NHL rookie card will be available in 2015-16 NHL Upper Deck Series One, releasing in early November 2015. Upper Deck has previously produced McDavid trading cards, featuring him as an amateur with Team Canada. His first licensed NHL rookie cards are sure to draw even more attention, given the immense hype surrounding his budding career.

    So this must be his NHL Draft card, while his official rookie card will arrive in November.

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  • Why would anyone want to be Connor McDavid?

    SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: Connor McDavid looks on from his seat prior to being selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers during Round One of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: Connor McDavid looks on from his seat prior to being selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers during Round One of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

    SUNRISE, Fla. – Connor McDavid wasn’t in solitary confinement before the NHL Draft on Friday night. He wasn’t in a hermetically sealed bubble, or wrapped in plastic and Styrofoam. Although these would all be reasonable ways to protect a human investment. 

    He’s a commodity now, after his name was called by the Edmonton Oilers and he was handed a bright orange sweater with his No. 97 on the back – not the customary No. 15 the other, non-Chosen-One draft picks were handed to signify their draft year. But in the hours before the draft, he was an 18-year-old kid on a beach vacation with his family.

    “We had breakfast together. Did some jet skiing with the family.” said McDavid. “It was a little bit stormy out there. Not the safest thing to do.”

    OK, so a generational talent could have been lost at sea hours before he was selected first overall. But let the kid have his fun.

    Because from the moment his name was announced, Connor McDavid stopped being Connor McDavid and became CONNOR MCDAVID.

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