Greg Wyshynski

  • Like
  • Follow
Author

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 drop perfect ‘Walking Dead’ joke, destroy Wings fan Steven Yeun

    The Philadelphia Flyers battle the Detroit Red Wings on RIVALRY NIGHT, and it’s a game with major playoff implications for both squads. Obviously, they need all the support they can get from their fans. 

    Hence, actor Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn on AMC’s zombie hit “The Walking Dead,” decided to tweet in support of his favorite team ahead of their showdown with the Flyers.

    This opened him up for one of the most devastating pop culture-based retorts we’ve ever witnessed:

    For the uninitiated (and SPOILERS AHEAD):

    “The Walking Dead” recently introduced a villain named Negan whose shtick includes wielding a barb-wired baseball bat named “Lucille.” The show ended its most recent season on Sunday with a (much-maligned) cliffhanger in which Negan bludgeoned one of the main cast members to death with said bat, but we didn't find out who. In the comic book that inspired the show, however, Negan’s victim of choice is, in

    Read More »from Flyers drop perfect ‘Walking Dead’ joke, destroy Wings fan Steven Yeun
  • Panthers owner says he wants Islanders, not Rangers, in Round 1

    The Florida Panthers are the Atlantic Division champions, meaning that they’ll face whichever teams ends up in the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. That will most likely be the New York Rangers or the New York Islanders, depending on which team most wants to not play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.

    [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today]

    Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu was on Sirius XM NHL Network Radio this morning to discuss the team’s division title and all the strangeness surrounding the team this season, from rats to Kevin Spacey to a lack of relocation rumors.

    During the interview, he started talking about home ice advantage in the playoffs, and what that means for the first round:

    “The great news is that we got home ice advantage for the first two rounds, because we won the division. The Rangers and the Islanders are both really strong teams. I don’t know which team I’d rather get.”

    Thus ends the clichéd portion of Cifu’s answer. We’re now

    Read More »from Panthers owner says he wants Islanders, not Rangers, in Round 1
  • Why isn’t Gerard Gallant slam-dunk coach of the year?

    Imagine there’s this hockey team. Perhaps it plays somewhere “non-traditional” by NHL standards, like Florida. 

    Now, imagine this hockey team, coming into this season, has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs twice since 1997. To put this in another context: Through three STAR WARS Special Editions, three prequels and a sequel, this hockey team has played in 11 playoff games. And won three of them. 

    Sure, it’s won a division title before, back in 2012, but it’s never broken the 100-point mark until this season. This is after an impressive 91-point season that wasn’t enough to make the playoffs a year ago.

    Now, the coach of this team would seem like the perfect candidate for coach of the years honors, what with the team going from 10th place to a division championship and having the best regular season in franchise history.

    And yet Gerard Gallant is not only not a slam-dunk for the Jack Adams, he's not even the favorite at this point.

    Witness Matthew Coller of ESPN.com on Mike Sullivan of the

    Read More »from Why isn’t Gerard Gallant slam-dunk coach of the year?
  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Avalanche done, Bruins in trouble

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

    Nice job by the Colorado Avalanche, who took advantage of a Minnesota Wild loss and … wait, check that, they totally didn’t and lost to the Nashville Predators, their fourth loss in a row in what was allegedly a playoff push.

    The Avalanche were eliminated from the postseason race, and the West wild cards are all but set: The Predators will face the Pacific Division winner, and the Wild gets the Central champ.

    Meanwhile in the East … bad things for the Bruins, man. Bad things.

    Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.

    [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today]

    All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats; tragic numbers and other figures via the

    Read More »from NHL Playoff Death Watch: Avalanche done, Bruins in trouble
  • What if MLB teams used NHL goal horns on home runs? (Video)

    If you’re a diehard puckhead, you’re likely struggling with the start of Major League Baseball season. 

    Sure, it’s fantastic to see the diamonds filled with overpriced sluggers with questionable performance enhancement history, and the stands filled with blanket-covered fans building small fires on the empty seats next to them to stay warm during April night games. But it’s nearly the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Your mind is on blaring horns and goal celebrations.

    So Zee Emm on YouTube offered a solution: a sticks-and-bats mash-up. What if you took the goal horns and goal celebration songs from hockey teams and played them after their friendly neighborhood Major League Baseball team’s home runs?

    (Please note that in some cases, the local minor league hockey team is swapped in for the NHL, like for Kansas City, Milwaukee and Houston.)

    After watching all 19 minutes (!), we can say that the Chicago Blackhawks’ deafening horn and “Chelsea Dagger” goal song are easily applied to both the Chicago

    Read More »from What if MLB teams used NHL goal horns on home runs? (Video)
  • Wild postgame brawl in IIHF game with Bulgaria vs. Turkey (Video)

    Turkey and Bulgaria are neighbors with a bit of history. On the ice, things have been known to get a little tense between them during international competition. 

    The friendly rivals met in an IIHF U18 Div. III world championship round robin game on March 20, a game played in Bulgaria. It was a 1-0 victory for Bulgaria over Turkey, one that saw the winners outshot in the third period. It was also a game in which Turkey, the favorite heading into it, needed at least a regulation tie in order to move up to Div. III. Instead, they were shut out, and Bulgaria went on to win the bronze medal.

    After the game, Bulgaria celebrated the win down the ice from a disappointed Turkey side.

    As the video shows … something happened.

    It’s an altercation near the penalty boxes, and the rest of Team Turkey doesn’t seem to believe what they’re seeing. This leads to a full-on postgame brawl between the teams, as the referees and level-headed players attempt to maintain order.

    IIHFIIHF

    The best part of the clip, at

    Read More »from Wild postgame brawl in IIHF game with Bulgaria vs. Turkey (Video)
  • NCAA Tournament of NHL Players: Vote Toews vs. Quick in the final!

    (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)(Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Graphic by Amber Matsumoto, Yahoo Sports

    Puck Daddy’s NCAA Tournament of NHL Players had reached the FINAL!

    Here’s how it works: We’ve taken 64 current NHL players who also played NCAA men’s ice hockey and through the pain-staking work of our Selection Committee (i.e. at least four emails) ranked them from 1-through-64, placing them in four regions. 

    The Final Four saw a razor-thin win for Jonathan Quick over Joe Pavelski on one side the bracket, where the margin was less than 100 votes; on the other side, Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks trounced Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames. 

    So here we are: Quick vs. Toews, for all the marbles. 

    Loser has to go by "Jon."

    Here's the full bracket: 

    NHL NCAA bracket title gameNHL NCAA bracket title game

    We need your votes! Cast yours in each matchup below through midnight on Tuesday night (PT). We're also taking your votes on Twitter via the Yahoo Sports NHL feed. We’ll announce the winners on the Puck Daddy Facebook page throughout the tournament.

    The criteria? In theory, it should be

    Read More »from NCAA Tournament of NHL Players: Vote Toews vs. Quick in the final!
  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Wild card gets a little more wild

    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 New York Rangers can breathe a little easier now that they’ve clinched a playoff seed, with their win over Columbus on Monday night.

    The New York Islanders? Sure, they can breathe easier as well, after their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    But they can’t completely exhale.

    Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.

    [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today]

    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.

    The Eastern Conference picture, via the NHL:

    NHLNHL

    As you can see, it would take a near-total collapse from the Islanders to finish

    Read More »from NHL Playoff Death Watch: Wild card gets a little more wild
  • It's a Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, in which we discussed: 

    - Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune tells us about Steven Stamkos's surgery, if the Tampa Bay Lightning can win without him and Anton Stralman and we go deep on the financial future of the team. 

    - The best kept embellishment secret in the NHL. 

    - Duncan Keith's suspension.

    - Patrick Roy takes a run at Matt Duchene.

    - Will Pavel Datsyuk leave for Russia?

    - WrestleMania review and old-school wrestling stories!

    - News and notes from around the NHL.

    The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    GET MAREK VS. WYSHYNSKI T-SHIRTS HERE! PROCEEDS GO TO HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER!

    Read More »from Marek Vs. Wyshynski: Steven Stamkos and Lightning's future; Patrick Roy vs. players (Podcast)
  • Getting half-naked for a Nicklas Backstrom autograph

    Jeremy Lese is a Puck Daddy reader and a lifelong Washington Capitals fan originally from Silver Spring, MD. He flew out to Phoenix last weekend with his brother to visit some friends, and decided to check out the Washington Capitals against the Arizona Coyotes. 

    [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today]

    Jeremy will take it from here:

    “When I was packing my bag, I was deciding whether to bring my red alternate Braden Holtby jersey or my white alternate Nicklas Backstrom jersey, the two most recent jerseys I've purchased. (As a side note, the alternate jerseys are sooo much better than the regular jerseys and should be made their primary jerseys!) 

    “Backstrom was hurt that night and didn't play. After the Capitals lost, my brother, my friends and I promptly left and were in the parking garage getting our car. I was looking down at my phone not paying any attention whatsoever (I'm a dummy). Suddenly, my brother and friends say, ‘Hey Jeremy, we just passed Backstrom.’

    NHLNHL

    "Well, that

    Read More »from Getting half-naked for a Nicklas Backstrom autograph

Pagination

(15,244 Stories)