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?

  • Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished. 

    Edmonton Oilers Ryan Smyth announces his retirement from NHL hockey in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

    Preview: New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m. EDT

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    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1. Stars’ Big Night. Dallas clinches with a win over the banged-up Blues. From Dallas Stars Blog: “Phoenix lost to Nashville last night, meaning the Stars need just two more points to clinch a playoff spot. Any combination of two points in the next two games, and the Stars will have 91 points. Phoenix can get

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  • Peter DeBoer to coach Toronto Maple Leafs? Say it ain’t so, Lou

    Peter DeBoer hasn’t exactly been a successful coach in the NHL.

    He’s 204-183-69 in six seasons, with two games left for the New Jersey Devils in 2013-14. He’s been to the playoffs once, and it was a heck of a run: All the way to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final of 2012, before losing to the Los Angeles Kings in his first season as Devils coach.

    The Florida Panthers, with whom he spent his first three seasons from 2008-2011, came within a whisper of a playoff seed in his first year as coach, placing third in the Southeast.

    But the optics don’t reveal the circumstances. His Florida teams had diminishing talent levels due to economics. His New Jersey teams lost Zach Parise for Year 2 and Ilya Kovalchuk for Year 3, both non-playoff years for the Devils.

    Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has never had a team that missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons, and hence has never had a coach return after they did so. Doug Carpenter came back for a third season in 1988 back when this was a Mickey Mouse

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  • Nathan Horton will not be a playoff hero for Blue Jackets

    Nathan Horton played 35 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, scoring just four goals after offseason surgery. But where Horton really matters is in the postseason, where he has 36 points in 43 career playoff games, all with the Boston Bruins – including six game-winning goals.

    Alas, he won’t be able to that for the Jackets in the Eastern Conference playoffs this postseason.

    Columbus announced on Friday that Horton had abdominal surgery in Philadelphia, and the rehab time is six weeks.

    From Puck-Rakers:

    "It's a blow," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "The reason why it's a blow is the potential he has for us on the ice -- a goal-scorer, big and strong up and down his wing, and the other thing is, he's played in big games, he's played in big moments. One of the reasons an organization like this goes out and gets a Nathan Horton is because of his experience, the things he's been through.

    "It's those times ... on the bench during games, in the room between periods where

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  • MVSW

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    It's a (gettin' down on) Friday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor joins us to talk puck.

    • Brendan Shanahan joins the Leafs.

    • Ryan Smyth retires.

    • GAME SHOW FRIDAY!

    • The Eastern Conference bubble.

    Question of the Day: What did you think of the Brendan Shanahan hiring? Email at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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  • Maple Leafs fans’ verdict on Brendan Shanahan hiring?

    The Toronto Maple Leafs made it official on Friday: Brendan Shanahan is taking over the franchise.

    From the Leafs:

    Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment announced Friday that Hockey Hall of Fame member Brendan Shanahan has been appointed to the position of President and Alternate Governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 45-year old native of Mimico, Ontario will begin his new role immediately and will be made available to media on Monday morning. The team will reserve comment until that time.

    Shanahan joins the Maple Leafs to oversee all team operations for the 97-year old franchise after a 27-year NHL career as both a player and league executive. During his distinguished career, he earned three Stanley Cup Championships with the Detroit Red Wings as well as gold medals with Team Canada at the 1994 World Championships, the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 1991 Canada Cup. Shanahan was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on July 9, 2013.

    How are Leafs fans taking the news?

    With very, very,

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Door opens for Blue Jackets; Coyotes need help

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    The Flyers’ loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, thanks to a Steven Stamkos third-period goal, has thrown the Eastern Conference playoff picture into a little chaos.

    The Flyers are tied with Columbus and Detroit with 91 points. They all have two games remaining. They hold the tie-breaker lead (38 ROW) with the Jackets (37) and especially with the Wings (33).

    Philly closes at Pittsburgh and in Carolina. The Jackets play at Tampa and at Florida. The Wings host Carolina and close in St. Louis.

    All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their "Tragic Number" hits 0.

    Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

    Team

    Place/ Pts./ROW (Games Remaining)

    Tragic #

    % Chance 1st Wild Card

    % Chance of 2nd Wild Card B

    Philadelphia Flyers

    3rd in Metro/91/38

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  • Brendan Shanahan taking over Maple Leafs: All hail Toronto’s new sheriff

    The Toronto Maple Leafs are joining the parade – I know, ironic – of teams that have named former NHL stars to take over their hockey operations, as NHL Dept. of Player Safety boss Brendan Shanahan is expected to be named president of the Leafs hockey club, according to Damien Cox of the Toronto Star.

    No, not just hockey operations. The hockey club. Running the show.

    From Cox:

    It’s believed Shanahan will have an even more senior role that will extend beyond over-seeing general manager Dave Nonis and the hockey department. Being named president, as opposed to president of hockey operations, would mean he would be involved in other business and league matters, such as the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Leafs. He may even be groomed to become the heir apparent to [Tim] Leiweke as CEO of the entire MLSE sports conglomerate.

    Shanahan has led the Department of Player Safety since 2011. Cox speculates that either Mike Murphy or Kris King would take over supplemental discipline during the

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  • NHL faces 2nd concussion lawsuit, which claims that Gordie Howe died in 2009

    The NHL was hit with a second concussion suit on Thursday, a major class action lawsuit just filed in US District Court (Southern New York) involving nine former players: Dan LaCouture, Dan Keczmer, Jack Carlson, Richard Brennan, Brad Maxwell, Michael Peluso, Allan Rourke and Scott Bailey.

    Yes, Jack Carlson, whose brothers Steve and Jeff were two of the Hanson Brothers in the hockey classic "Slap Shot."

    This is the second concussion lawsuit the NHL has faced; the first was filed last November.

    From the complaint:

    As opposed to other elite-level ice hockey organizations, like the European ice hockey leagues and the Olympics, the NHL fostered and promoted an extremely physical game of ice hockey. Through enclosed rink designs and lax rules for fighting, the NHL vectored a culture of extreme violence and packaged the spoils to adoring fans. 

    The NHL has failed and continues to fail to warn its players of these risks and consequences of head trauma, concealing material scientific and

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  • MVSW

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    It's a Thursday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Ken Holland, GM of the 23-straight-playoff team, the Detroit Red Wings.

    • Talking about some of the NHL Awards.

    • Previewing some of the potential playoff matchups.

    • The Western Conference bubble.

    Question of the Day: Of the set matchups or he possibilities, which 1st-round playoff series are you most excited about? Email at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Feedburner.

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  • The ‘Anyone But Zdeno Chara’ Norris Trophy campaigns

    He’s slow. He’s old. He’s outdated in today’s NHL. He’s protected by the Boston Bruins’ defensive system, and elite players, rather than its backbone. It’s all size, no skill. He’s a liability, in his own end and on the power play.

    These are things frequently mentioned by the ‘Anyone But Zdeno Chara’ crowd when discussion the Norris Trophy. Many of them are shared in the comments on Dan Rosen’s post on NHL.com extolling the virtues of Chara as the 2013-14 Norris Trophy winner, which is a correct call that’s backed up by everything from fancy stats to the human eye.

    From Rosen:

    However, what makes Chara special are the things he does that can't be measured on the score sheet. He's a possession machine despite playing the majority of his shifts against the opposition's top line on a nightly basis and starting more than half of his shifts in the defensive zone. Simply put, when Chara is on the ice, the Bruins usually have the puck.

    Here’s what he’s getting at: Chara has a plus-1.7

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