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?

  • Brett Hull compares Team USA to Titanic, laments ‘old boys’ management

    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 22: Ryan Kesler #17 of Team USA waits in the player tunnel during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 against Team Czech Republic at Air Canada Centre on September 22, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)
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    Brett Hull was a sensational choice for ESPN as an analyst, as his passion for Team USA brought gravitas to his off-the-cuff comments. Plus, his lingering bitterness over the program’s management came in handy when they crashed and burned at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Hull appeared on TSN 1050 in Canada on Wednesday, and explained what he believed went wrong (transcript via Chris Nichols):

    “The philosophy was picked, and they picked it to beat Canada,” continued Hull. “You can’t blame them. That was their theory. That’s what they wanted to do. They did it and it was terribly wrong. It went terribly wrong like the Titanic. But they made their bed. They picked those guys.

    “But I still think they could have put a better system in, or – I don’t know if you guys noticed, or thought the same thing I did, but they seemed like a very unhappy group. When you’re unhappy in a tournament like this, you have no legs. You have no energy. I don’t know if you guys noticed that, but they

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  • Wit and wisdom of Mike Babcock, World Cup edition

    OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Head coach Mike Babcock talks to media during a press conference after practice in preparation for the World Cup of Hockey at Canadian Tire Centre on September 12, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)
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    TORONTO – Mike Babcock, head coach of Team Canada and the Toronto Maple Leafs, is a delight in a press conference, managing to be insightful one moment and then cantankerous the next and then insightfully cantankerous after that.

    Like, for example, these three answers during his media availability on the eve of Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey final, with Canada leading Team Europe 1-0 in their best-of-three. Babcock talked about his success as a coach in the NHL and internationally, and how he approaches Thursday night’s game.

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    Enjoy!

    Q. What defines you as a coach? What’s your secret?

    BABCOCK: “It’s called ‘good players.’ I finished dead last in the National Hockey League last year, over an 82-game period. Worst coach in hockey. So let’s not get carried away here. It’s been a good month.”

    Q. How has your work as a professional coach prepared you for this?

    BABCOCK: “If

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  • Team Europe finds Canada’s flaws, its own confidence in loss

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    TORONTO – Frans Nielsen of Team Europe said playing Canada is an exercise in dashed expectations and sudden frustration.

    “You feel like you’re doing good, you’re creating chances and then just a small mistake and they score. So it’s so tough,” he said.

    Of course, this is also how every team that’s faced Team Europe described that experience, to the point where hockey power like Sweden has offensive paralysis set in while worrying about a gaffe.

    “You’re right,” said Nielsen, with a laugh, “but Canada is just so good.”

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    That they are. Canada moved to within one win of hoisting – or clenching or snuggling or whatever the hell you do with this thing – the World Cup of Hockey after their 3-1 win over Europe on Tuesday night in their best-of-three final. It was the closest game Canada had played in the tournament, and a remarkable turnaround for a Europe team that gave up 83 shot attempts in their preliminary loss to

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  • Empty seats, subdued crowd in Canada World Cup win

    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 27: Inside the arena bowl as Team Europe takes on Team Canada during Game One of the World Cup of Hockey final series at the Air Canada Centre on September 27, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)
    Inside the arena bowl as Team Europe takes on Team Canada (Getty Images)

    TORONTO – The house was rocking, as fans filled nearly every seat, raising their voices throughout the game with the knowledge that their team was playing with championship glory on the line.

    That was the scene as the Toronto Blue Jays took on the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre in front of over 44,000 fans on Tuesday night.

    Down the street at Air Canada Centre, where Team Canada was playing Team Europe in Game 1 of their best-of-three series in the World Cup of Hockey final, the atmosphere was different. The crowd was subdued, and quiet for stretches, despite having the dominant home team two wins away from an international hockey championship. The fans finally came alive in the third period when Canada did, as they defeated Europe 3-1.

    “It’s different,” said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo of Canada. “Once the game got going, the excitement was there. But you play against the Americans, you play against the

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  • Andrew Shaw already clowning in Montreal, could face suspension (Video)

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    When the Montreal Canadiens acquired Andrew Shaw from the Chicago Blackhawks and handed him a six-year contract, GM Marc Bergevin praised him as a “character guy.”

    While some might dispute that label, this is actually fairly accurate. Shaw is a guy. And he is a character. Which is why he’s already clowning as a Canadiens player, and could be suspended for it.

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    Shaw’s team was playing the Washington Capitals in an exhibition game on Tuesday night when he may have been slew-footed by Jay Beagle of the Capitals.

    In retaliation for this, he decided to take a run at Caps prospect Connor Hobbs against the end boards – hitting him straight up on the numbers, crushing him. Hobbs went down, the referee’s arm went up and Shaw immediately engaged Nathan Walker of the Capitals in a

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  • Canada gets scare, outlasts Europe in World Cup Game 1

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    TORONTO – Before Game 1 of their best-of-three World Cup of Hockey final, Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger offered a mission statement for his players.

    “We want to make it difficult for Canada to win the World Cup. We’d like to get in the way of that,” he said.

    Mission almost accomplished. Team Europe, made up of non-North American players who didn’t have national teams in the World Cup, gave the Canadians their most difficult game of the tournament and biggest scare, before the host nation settled down for a 3-1 win on Tuesday night in Toronto.

    Canada takes a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 of the series is on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre.

    Once again, it was Canada’s dominant top line of Brad Marchand (1 goal, 1 assist), Patrice Bergeron (1 goal, 1 assist), and Sidney Crosby (2 assists) that led the way.

    Marchand continued to make the World Cup his bar mitzvah as an offensive star, notching his fourth goal of the tournament just 12 seconds after his minor penalty for cross-checking

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  • NHL ‘negative’ on 2018 Winter Olympics, addresses Ovechkin threat

    Sidney Crosby and Team Canada celebrate their gold medal win after the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games: Men's hockey, Gold medal game against Sweden. 3rd period action. (Photo by Christopher Morris/Corbis via Getty Images)
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    TORONTO – As the 2016 World Cup of Hockey enters its final games, attention turns to that other big hockey tournament coming up in PyeongChang, South Korea.

    But the chances that the NHL is going to bring its players to the 2018 Winter Olympics are dwindling by the day, according to the League.

    “I think time is very short to make a decision, and I’m not sure there’s been a lot of progress made in the past six months, and I’m not sure there’s any prospect for progress to be made,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “So on the basis of that, I’d say that I’m more negative today than I was two weeks ago.”

    The NHL received an update from the International Ice Hockey Federation during the World Cup, and the IIHF said there’s still much work to be done in securing the financial backing the NHL is seeking from the International Olympic Committee.

    Among the issues: Travel costs, player insurance costs, better accommodations for the athletes and

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  • Wayne Gretzky’s hilarious story about incognito Hall of Fame visit

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    TORONTO – Wayne Gretzky has always been a special kind of sports legend. Not just that he’s considered the greatest hockey player of all-time, but because he’s also an unabashed hockey fanboy. His passions for the game’s history are as considerable as his talent playing it.

    But when you’re Wayne Gretzky, getting a chance to indulge in that history at a place like the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto can be difficult because, well, you’re WAYNE GRETZKY. Everyone there knows you and, if they don’t, will know you when they see you standing next to a photo of Wayne Gretzky breaking Gordie Howe’s scoring records, and being like, “Hey, that’s Wayne Gretzky!”

    So one day, Wayne Gretzky decided to go to the Hall of Fame as a regular guest, and somewhat incognito.

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    Hilarity ensued.

    Here’s Gretzky, who told this story after being announced as the official Centennial Ambassador for the NHL’s year-long 100th anniversary

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  • Artemi Panarin wants $6M per season on new deal: Report

     

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    Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin won the Calder Trophy last season and helped Patrick Kane to his Hart Trophy with outstanding play on their top line. He’s entering the last year of his entry-level contract, and he’s looking to get paid.

    Which, if you know your recent Blackhawks history, is sort of a problem.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, Panarin is seeking a six-year deal with in excess of $6 million per season. From the Tribune:

    Panarin’s agent, Tom Lynn, said last week that the sides were in discussions on a new deal for the winger, who will be a restricted free agent following the 2016-17 season.

    On Tuesday at the United Center, Bowman took a pass on commenting on any talks with Panarin’s camp. “I don’t think it’s a productive thing to kind of negotiate through the media,” Bowman said. “Obviously, Artemi is a big part of our team. We’re excited for the season he had. We’re looking forward to him building on that as well. And then the negotiations will be what they

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  • Canada’s NHL superstars swallow pride, ice time for wins

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    TORONTO – Usually, it’s a welcome sight when a team’s fourth line hits the ice against yours. It might be a high-energy, low-talent group that’ll make you hustle, or maybe an ill-fitting group of spare parts that exists to give the other nine players a breather once every few shifts.

    But when Canada’s fourth line hits the ice at the World Cup of Hockey? You’re staring at Joe Thornton, a point-per-game player for the San Jose Sharks last season who has 1,341 points in his career. You’re starting at Matt Duchene, who scored 30 goals for the Colorado Avalanche last season. You’re staring at Ryan O’Reilly, considered one of the finest two-way forwards in the NHL who had 60 points for the Buffalo Sabres last season.

    Oh, and if you happen to draw Canada’s third defensive pairing? Then you’re facing Alex Pietrangelo, the St. Louis Blues’ top defenseman, and Brent Burns, who had 75 points last season and was a Norris Trophy finalist.

    So … good luck.

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