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?

  • Steve Ott is a rodeo clown: Report

    The St. Louis Blues are down 2-1 to the Minnesota Wild after their Game 3 shutout loss, which is shocking when you consider Steve Ott’s contribution to the Blues’ Cup quest thus far: 22 penalty minutes, zero points and two shots on goal. Oh, and 8:13 in ice time in Game 1. 

    ‘Twas a time when Ott was an effective pest and depth player for the Dallas Stars and the Buffalo Sabres. But in two seasons with the Blues, he’s had three goals and 12 assists in one hundred and one games.

    Jim Souhan is a columnist for the Star-Tribune. He’s taken notice of Ott’s, shall we say, underwhelming play in this series. And he went rip city on him after Game 3:

    Wild fans will want to treat Steve Ott as a villain. He’s not. Villains are frightening. Ott is more like junk mail — annoying but meaningless, and soon to be stuffed in the proper recycling bin.

    If the St. Louis Blues were intelligent, they would be feeding off the talent of Vladimir Tarasenko. Instead, they are feeding off the idiocy of Ott, a

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  • Are Pittsburgh Penguins in meltdown or is ice cream bowl half-full?

    Perhaps not since “have another donut, you fat pig” has a bizarre food-related non-sequitur entered the collective conscious of hockey fans. 

    After the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Game 3 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday night, kindly old GM Jim Rutherford decided to let off some steam at the expense of Rob Rossi, caustic Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist, Penguins naysayer and occasional guest on the Marek Vs. Wyshynski podcast (in full disclosure).

    It was there, in the bowels of the arena, where Rutherford delivered a dish best served cold:

    After exiting a media elevator and while walking with other reporters to the Penguins' dressing room, Rutherford addressed this columnist, a frequent critic since his hiring last June, in an obscenity-laced diatribe.

    “Thanks for your support,” Rutherford said repeatedly.

    “You're a (expletive) jerk,” Rutherford said repeatedly.

    Rutherford followed the jerk comment with a suggestion to “go sell ice cream now,” then a challenge to look him in the

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  • Wayne Gretzky says Connor McDavid is ‘best player in last 30 years’

    What does the last great franchise player for the Edmonton Oilers think of the future great franchise player for the Edmonton Oilers? 

    No, not Jason Bonsignore – Wayne Gretzky!

    “I hope he brings Edmonton a Stanley Cup and he breaks my records ... he’s got the talent and the makeup to do it. I hope he leaves a couple for me, though. I could use that,” Gretzky said of Connor McDavid, as told to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

    From the Journal:

    “He’s as good as I’ve seen in the last 30 years, the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years, the best to come along since (Mario) Lemieux and (Sidney) Crosby. He can definitely change a franchise’s fortunes,” said Gretzky, who feels Edmonton will be like a nice warm blanket for the teenager from Toronto, just as it was for Gretzky, who was born in Brantford, Ont.

    [Ed. Note: “The best player to come into the league in the last 30 years” would seem to indicate better than Crosby, no?]

    ”I think it’ll be a perfect fit for Connor

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  • Islanders issue statement as Capitals fans claim homophobic, racist abuse

    Visiting fans get abused in home arenas on a nightly basis in the NHL. There are lines that shouldn’t be crossed that are frequently obliterated by idiots at the games, their behavior abetted by apathetic arena workers who don’t feel it’s their need to protect fans where the “other” colors. 

    Thing is, in 2015, there’s finally a palpable pushback against the misogynistic, homophobic and racist taunts that make the arena a hostile environment., thanks to advent of social media. The latest example comes from the Nassau Coliseum.

    Nate “Igor” Smith is a member of NYC Caps Fans, a group that went en masse to watch Game 3 of the Washington Capitals’ series at the New York Islanders. The abuse the group suffered was chronicled on his Tumblr, Driven By Boredom:

    Unfortunately once the game started things went decidedly downhill. We were told to shut up and yelled all manor of things at us. The fans directly around us were pretty friendly but the people a few rows in front and a few rows behind

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  • How can the Minnesota Wild contain Vladimir Tarasenko?

    David Backes might have said it best about Vladimir Tarasenko, after the brilliant 23-year-old St. Louis Blues winger tallied a hat trick in their Game 2 win.

    “One inch of ice and he turns it into a great scoring chance,” He’s dynamic. He creates it all by himself,” said Backes. 

    In other words, it’s what they’ve needed since perhaps 2009 as a playoff contender. A player who can jumpstart the offense on his own, make a play when they need one, score a goal at a critical juncture of a game or a series.

    They’ve needed Vladimir Tarasenko, and now the Minnesota Wild need to stop him.

    Last postseason, he had four goals in six games. This regular season, he led the Blues with 73 points and 37 goals, which was good for fifth in the NHL.  While his line with Jori Lehtera helped carry the Blues offensively all season, he’s also now found palpable chemistry with Alex Steen, who played with Tarasenko and Lehtera in Game 2 and is expected back with them for Monday night’s Game 3 at the Wild.

    So

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Todd McLellan's end with Sharks; McDavid to Oilers

    MVSW

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

    It's a (I don't like) Monday 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: Dan Murphy of Sportsnet on the Red Wings and Bolts!

    • The Stanley Cup Playoffs! 

    • McDavid to Edmonton.

    • The quitting of Todd McLellan.

    • Hockey News and Views

    Question of the Day: Where should Todd McLellan end up? 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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  • Did NHL screw up draft lottery, Edmonton Oilers’ win?

    First thing’s first: The NHL Draft Lottery wasn’t fixed.

    The horrific looks that hung on the faces of Gary Bettman and Bill Daly told us everything, after it was revealed that the League’s next can’t-miss superstar will be crushed under an avalanche of poor management, apathy for the market and sub-zero temperatures for the next 15 years. 

    Which is to say that Edmonton was, without much debate, the last place the NHL wanted Connor McDavid.

    But just because the lottery wasn’t fixed doesn’t mean it was pulled off without a flaw, which brings us to a Reddit user’s conspiracy theory that the NHL botched its own lottery rules.

    Before we get into the “conspiracy,” such as it is, please take about nine minutes to watch the meticulous explanation of the lottery’s rules and execution of the lottery itself in this video the NHL released.

    It might be the most unintentionally hilarious thing the League’s put out since The Guardians Project, as charisma machine Gary Bettman does everything he can

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  • Glenn Healy said Canadiens traded Cameron Diaz for Dale Weise

    Glenn Healy of Sportsnet has earned one or two detractors over the years for his hockey commentary, which can sometimes reside at the corner of Crazy Lane and Cuckoo Street.

    They’re probably still laughing over Healy’s gaffe Sunday night in discussing Montreal Canadiens Game 3 hero Dale Weise, in which he envisioned a scenario where the Habs acquired him for Kimmy from “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” Said Healy: 

    “ANOTHER GREAT TRADE BY [Montreal GM Marc] BERGEVIN. HE TRADED HIM FOR CAMERON DIAZ, DEFENSEMAN, TO VANCOUVER.”

    Forgetting the odd syntax of the statement itself – Bergevin traded Weise? – Healy was obviously going for defenseman Raphael Diaz, who as far as we can tell never used any of Ben Stiller’s hair gel.

    They’re easily confused, of course: Raphael Diaz is Swiss, and Cameron Diaz once dressed like this. But other than that, they're literally Knight and Day. Confusing them on Any Given Sunday leads to Very Bad Things.

    Unrelated: Healy also said that we can expect the Calder

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  • Dale Weise scores controversial OT winner, Montreal up 3-0 on Ottawa

    Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise (22) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators with teammates Brandon Prust (8) and Alexei Emelin (74) during the third period of game 3 of first round Stanley Cup NHL playoff hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITMontreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise (22) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators with teammates Brandon Prust (8) and Alexei Emelin (74) during the third period of game 3 of first round Stanley Cup NHL playoff hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    The Ottawa Senators stood at their bench as the Montreal Canadiens celebrated down the ice. The on-ice officials clustered around the penalty boxes, in a conference.

    Perhaps, for a moment, there was hope for another miracle. Something that would take Dale Weise’s overtime winner in Game 3 off the board. Something that would prevent the Senators from going down 0-3 in this series, after having led for most of the game before Weise tied in in the third period.

    The conference ended. The referee pointed to center ice to confirm the goal at 8:47 of overtime and the 2-1 Montreal win on Saturday night. And with three straight losses, the Ottawa Senators might be finally all out of miracles.

    The discussion centered around an Ottawa bench protest that the puck hit the glove of Brandon Prust prior to Weise beating Craig Anderson for the game-winner.

    From one angle, it appeared that it had deflected off of Prust’s hand near the Ottawa bench and then back to the middle of the ice.

    Other angles

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  • Senators host fan in owner’s suite after she was harassed in Montreal

    Katie Kerrick, 19, and her sister are Montreal Canadiens fans … when they’re not playing the Ottawa Senators. But when their hometown team visits Bell Centre, they throw on their Sens gear and pull for the visiting team. 

    One such visit was Game 2 of their Atlantic Division playoff series on Friday night – a game during which she said they suffered assault and harassment from Canadiens fans, with Bell Centre employees doing nothing to help them.

    So now they're exclusively Ottawa Senators fans. 

    Here’s a sad (and all too familiar tale for women who attend games) tale Kerrick posted on Facebook:

    “I just got back from the Bell Centre, where my sister and I were cheering on our hometown team, the Ottawa Senators. Tonight's loss was particularly disappointing for us. We have been to the Bell Centre to cheer on the away team before and are used to the good-natured chirping from Habs fans...what we are not used to is being genuinely scared of being injured by grown men.

    “Throughout the whole

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