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?

  • MVSW

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    It's a (I don't like) Monday's edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: There might be a guest. Maybe. 

    • The Devils bring back Gomez, watch Brodeur tryout with Blues.

    • Adam Oates on the dangers of puck possession. 

    • The Tampa Bay Lightning. 

    Question of the Day: Any lingering thoughts or questions from the Turkey Day weekend? 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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  • Scott Gomez rejoins NJ Devils, skating with Jaromir Jagr

    In either an indictment of the New Jersey Devils' lack of confidence in their minor league depth or the slavish nostalgia of their general manager, center Scott Gomez was officially signed on Monday after practicing with the team all season. 

    The Devils have two centers, Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac, injured. They’re also missing Martin Havlat and Ryane Clowe, both of whom were obviously acquired for their stable health history. They have no extra forwards that are healthy. Now they have one in Scott Gomez, who played with the Devils from 2000-07.

    From Fire & Ice:

    Zajac suffered a lower-body injury in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to Detroit. Neither Havlat nor Zajac will travel with the team for its trip to Pittsburgh and Toronto this week, Lamoriello said.

    Zajac has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to his last game on Friday. He would be eligible to return Saturday against Washington. When I asked Lamoriello if it's possible that Zajac will be out long term, he replied, "I

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  • Artem Anisimov to miss up to 3 months, Columbus injury voodoo continues

    Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov, of Russia, dives for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 5-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov, of Russia, dives for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 5-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)At this point I think it’s safe to say that last season’s playoff appearance for the Columbus Blue Jackets was the result of some sort of bargain with Satan (not Miro, the other guy).

    The payment, it seems, is the health of nearly everyone associated with the team this season. We’re pretty much expecting the mascot’s antennae to be shot off by their cannon within the next 10 minutes ... 

    The latest injury: Center Artem Anisimov will miss 2-3 months with torn triceps.

    He has two goals and four assists in 16 games this season, playing on the power play and on the penalty kill. Last season he had 39 points in 81 games.

    Just to make sure the knife is twisted all the way into the side of the Blue Jackets, Anisimov was rumored to be part of a trade that would have brought David Perron of the Edmonton Oilers to Columbus, reuniting him with his former team president and assistant GM with the St. Louis Blues. But even the Oilers aren’t stupid enough to trade for a guy that’s on the shelf until

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  • Your perfectly executed hip check of the day (Video)

    Here at the Hip Check Preservation Society, we’re proud to curate the best blades-over-brains tilt-a-whirl hits from around the world.

    On the (head over) heels of this Jason Demers hip check from last week comes this beauty from Dynamo Moscow defenseman Andrei Mironov, who hip checked Simon Hjalmarsson of CSKA in a game over the weekend. He gets low, nails his opponent right on the hip and sends Hjalmarsson flat on his back.

    We haven't seen anyone flip like that in Russia who wasn't being interrogated by the KGB...

    We at the HCPS applaud another player attempting to keep the dying art of the perfectly executed hip check alive for another game.

  • Is it time for NJ Devils to fire Peter DeBoer?

    Peter DeBoer has coached 236 games with the Devils. That’s more than everyone except Jacques Lemaire in the Lou Lamoriello Era, dating back to 1987.

    His debut season was a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. That was an Ilya Kovalchuk ago. A Zach Parise ago. A Larry Robinson and an Adam Oates ago.

    It's DeBoer’s only appearance in the playoffs during his six years as an NHL head coach. They’ve not made the playoffs in the following two seasons. This season, the results are middling at best.

    Assigning blame when a team is stumbling and bumbling its way through the first two months of the season is never easy, and such is the case for the New Jersey Devils and their increasingly maligned coach.

    The Devils are 9-11-4. Not terrible, not great. But they’re 2-8-2 in their last 12 games, including a 4-game Western Conference swing that saw them only defeat the Edmonton Oilers, which is something you have to try really hard not to do. They returned home and blew a lead vs. Detroit before losing in a

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  • Dennis Wideman politely instructs Karri Ramo to bend over (Video)

    WARNING: NSFW VIDEO

    We’re living in an age of near-total access to the sights and sounds of the NHL, depending of course on how much the League and its broadcast partners want us to see.

    Of course, there are times when candid moments are out of their control. Like when Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has the puck behind his own net at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night, with the crowd slightly quieter than mouse flatulence.

    He needed his goalie, Karri Ramo, to bend down so he could better see the play developing.

    So he exclaimed: “Bend over Ramo … I can’t $@!%! see!”

    Ramo, by the way, is listed at 6-foot-2. One can only imagine what Lightning defensemen say to Ben Bishop from behind the net. Well, outside of Hedman.

  • NHL Three Stars: Tarasenko wins in OT; Miller shuts out another

    (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    No. 1 Star: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues 

    The game-breaking winger broke the game in overtime, as the Blues completed a rally against the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3. Tarasenko scored on a great individual effort, turning around Justin Schultz.

    No. 2 Star: Tyler Ennis, Buffalo Sabres

    It’s possible Ennis is actually a leprechaun. How else to explain the incredible luck he had in scoring a goal of the year candidate and then setting up Matt Moulson’s game-winner with a shot off the glass that ended up being a layup? The Sabres won, 2-1. 

    No. 3 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks

    Miller pitched his second straight shutout, making 31 saves in a 5-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets that was closer than the score would indicate.

    Honorable Mention:  Rick Nash scored goal No. 16, Marty St. Louis hit 1,000 career points and Cam Talbot made 26 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers. … Patrick Kane scored twice and the Chicago Blackhawks peppered Fredrik Andersen with 37 shots in

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  • Tyler Ennis scores goal of year candidate vs. Canadiens (Video)

    There’s a great moment after Tyler Ennis scored his goal of the year candidate vs. the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Habs coach Michel Therrien glances up at the replay and looks like he just sucked a bushel of lemons. Granted, this is somewhat his usual comportment, but it also spoke to the “how did he do that?” aspect of the goal.

    “That’s one of those goals you’re going to be looking at probably for the rest of the season,” Therrien’s counterpart in Buffalo Ted Nolan said. “That was one beautiful goal.”

    That it was.

    Ennis took a Zemgus Girgensons’ pass in the neutral zone and was off to the races. He blew around Alexei Emelin on right wing and cut to the net. With Emelin on him and Carey Price moving over for a save attempt, Ennis miraculously kicked the puck to himself while leaping in the air over Price. He then collected the puck on his backhand and fired the thing through Price as Ennis fell to the ice.

    This wasn’t just scoring a goal. It was defying gravity. This was

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  • Derek Dorsett accidentally rejoins Blue Jackets bench (Video)

    Derek Dorsett spent five seasons in Columbus. We’re sure he misses some of the boys.

    How nice of him, then, to pay a visit to the Blue Jackets bench on Friday night. Only we’re pretty sure it wasn’t intentional.

    In the first period of the Vancouver Canucks’ game at the Jackets, Dorsett had Brian Gibbons lined up for a big hit, only to whiff on it, going skates-over-scrotum into the Columbus bench.

    Then the fun starts, as Scott Hartnell attempted to delay Dorsett’s return to the ice by grabbing him. Dorsett, not realizing it was Hartnell that had him hooked, then gave David Savard a shot before getting back on the ice.

    Dorsett had the last laugh as Vancouver won, 5-0. 

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  • Ranking every black NHL jersey ever on Black Friday

    Black jerseys have been considered a scourge on the NHL.

    Some teams have no business wearing them. They’re used for a cash grab, or because someone in marketing saw the sales figures for the Oakland Raiders for the last 20 years and said “GIMMIE.” 

    Since it’s Black Friday – a day dedicated to commercial excess and clichéd marketing – we figured it was a perfect time to look back at the history of black sweaters in the NHL, pit them against each other and come up with a definitive ranking … as definitive as one man’s opinion can be, when that man is nursing a turkey hangover.

    Here are the Black Jerseys in NHL History: RANKED!

    Please note that all the jerseys are linked to the NHL Uniform Database, so click the names to see the sweaters. Also note that these are for jerseys that are primarily black. So that Tampa jersey with the Lightning on it? That’s a blue jersey.

    And here … we … go. (And let us know if we spaced on any. )

    38. New York Islanders (2012) 

    A steep downgrade from the

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