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?

  • Cory Conacher waived by Ottawa Senators as trade deadline anniversary present

    So, uh, it’s pretty safe to call last season’s deadline deal between the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning a “win” for Steve Yzerman.

    After scoring four goals in 59 games this season, winger Cory Conacher was placed on waivers by the Senators on Tuesday along with rent-a-defenseman Joe Corvo. According to Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa offered Corvo around last week to no avail.

    Please recall last trade deadline when Conacher, who was second in rookie scoring at the time, was traded to Ottawa with a fourth-round pick (used on Tobias Lindberg) for goalie Ben Bishop, who established himself as the starter for the Lightning this season with a 2.05 GAA and played himself onto the U.S. national team radar. It’s possible he’ll skate away with the Vezina Trophy this season.

    Conacher, meanwhile, averaged just 12:20 per game and goes RFA after this season.

    We rated the initial trade as a “two Milbury” deal via our official grading system, with the acknowledgement that Yzerman had actually made

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  • Martin Brodeur’s last start for Devils before Minnesota Wild trade?

    Martin Brodeur asking for one last start in front of New Jersey Devils fans before putting on a Minnesota Wild jersey for the rest of the season would be so typical of the waning-years Marty we’ve come to know.

    It’s an ego-feeding moment; a chance to receive the celebration of his legacy that Brodeur has so carefully protected by not overtly demanding a trade out of a dilemma the Devils created. Brodeur has never wanted to be the one to sever ties with the only franchise he’s known, to be the one that Doesn’t Retire A Devil. So, at the very least, he gets to say goodbye.

    But if reports are correct, Brodeur’s start against the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center will be his curtain call. From the NY Daily News, citing its sources:

    With Wednesday’s NHL trading deadline looming, a source told the Daily News the Devils and Minnesota have agreed upon a deal that would send the lifelong Devil and future Hall of Famer to the Wild. The deal is pending the approval of Brodeur, who has a

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  • Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz find the net in Canada's golden moment

    Chris Kunitz is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his first Olympic goal.

    SOCHI, Russia – Chris Kunitz stared down at his gold medal, standing on the Bolshoy Arena ice with 24 of the greatest hockey players in the world, all clad in red sweaters.

    “If feels heavier than it is. Pulls your neck down,” he said.

    The weight was lifted from Kunitz and linemate Sidney Crosby in Canada’s 3-0 gold medal victory over Sweden on Sunday night in Sochi. Both had played well during the tournament. Neither had a goal to show for it, as Team Canada played a series of close games that were defensively dominant but low scoring.

    As GM Steve Yzerman said, many just expect Crosby to have high point totals in every tournament. He wasn’t, but was unwavering in his approach to Canada’s system.

    “He just stuck with the game plan. He played discipline and he played smart,” said Yzerman.

    Crosby was the best player on the ice in most games, even if his goal total remained at zero. Naturally, he broke through at a very opportune time.

    The Canadians were up 1-0 when Crosby scored on a

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  • Canada wins second straight Olympic gold, dominating Sochi tournament

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    SOCHI, Russia – Hockey’s superpower is golden again.

    (L-R) Canada's Jonathan Toews, John Tavares, Sidney Crosby and Matt Duchene pose with their gold medals following their men's ice hockey gold medal victory over Sweden at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY OLYMPICS)Using unparalleled depth and an impenetrable defense, Team Canada captured its second straight Olympic gold medal in men’s ice hockey, shutting out Sweden, 3-0, on Sunday in Sochi.

    The Canadians finished 6-0-0 in the tournament. They never trailed in any of their games.

    Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz had the goals; Carey Price and the Canadian defense did the rest against an undermanned Swedish attack. Already missing stars Henrik Zetterberg and Henrik Sedin, first-line center Nicklas Backstrom missed the gold medal game due to a violation of IOC doping rules.

    His presence may not have mattered. As they did against the Americans in the semifinals, Canada’s defensemen prevented any Swedish offensive zone time. Their forward harassed their point men. It was, at times, a clinic.

    Unlike their game against the Americans, Canada gave Price goal-scoring support.

    Canada broke through first thanks to a dynamic shift from

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  • Nicklas Backstrom misses gold medal game over use of banned substance

    Sweden forward Nicklas Backstrom watches a shot that got past Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during a men's semifinal ice hockey game against Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    SOCHI, Russia – Sweden’s star center Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t allowed to play in the gold medal game against Canada after testing positive for a banned substance.

    An NHLPA source told Yahoo Sports that Backstrom violated anti-doping rules after tests showed an elevated level of pseudoephedrine, a banned substance by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Federation.

    Backstrom has taken Zyrtec-D for several years for allergies. He said he takes on pill per day.

    Backstrom was pulled from the locker room two hours before Sweden's pregame skate on Sunday, after being announced in the starting lineup. He had been tested last Wednesday.

    “I got the message two hours before the game, that there was something wrong. Then I knew when the warmups are starting that he wasn’t going to play," said Swedish Coach Par Marts.

    Mark Aubry, chief physician for IIHF, said that Backstrom wasn't attempting any doping and was using it as a cold medication. “There is no doping in this instance," he said. "He is an

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  • Canada vs. Sweden Olympic Gold Medal Live Chat!

    Team Canada players line up to shake hands with Team USA after Canada won their men's ice hockey semi-final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

    It's the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics, as Sweden and Canada battle for glory at Bolshoy Arena!

    [Canada-Sweden: the Olympic gold medal men's hockey game, live-blogged from a bar]

    Can Henrik Lundqvist backstop the deplete Swedish team to the gold? Or will Canada go back to back?

    Please join your friends from Yahoo Sports, Puck Daddy and other hockey havens for at 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT. Wysh, Chesnokov and Cotsonika are live from Sochi.

    You bring the insightful thoughts on the game. We bring the funny and the Hamburger Women. Enjoy the game!

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  • Blaming coach Dan Bylsma for USA Hockey’s Olympic embarrassment

    SOCHI, Russia – I’m fond of Dan Bylsma. A lot of us are. He’s a guy who exudes the patriotism and rectitude that we want from anyone trying to fit Herb Brooks’ suit as a gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey coach. He’s a players’ coach, on and off the ice.

    If likeability were an Olympic event, Bylsma would win gold. Alas, it’s not. Hockey is. And Bylsma’s team won a participation ribbon in Sochi, after looking like a gold medalist over the first four games of the tournament.

    Simply put, Bylsma oversaw the worst 24 hours in recent memory for American hockey. It began with a humbling 1-0 defeat to arch rival Canada on Friday night, costing the U.S. a gold or a silver; it culminated with a 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Finland, earning the Americans a fourth-place finish in the 2014 Winter Games.

    “We’re going home empty-handed with some pretty high expectations and high hopes coming into here a couple weeks ago. To leave on this note is pretty ugly,” understated captain Zach Parise.

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  • Team USA humiliated in bronze medal game, shut out by Finland

    Getty ImagesSOCHI, Russia – Many wondered what Team USA would have left in Saturday’s bronze medal game against Finland, after being humbled by arch rival Canada in the Sochi Olympic men’s hockey semifinal on the previous night.

    Nothing. They had nothing left.

    No goals. No defense, outside of a frequently abandoned Jonathan Quick keeping them in the game early. No heart. No pride to leave Sochi with a medal after falling short of gold.

    [Dan Wetzel: U.S. continues to be haunted by Canada and ghosts of hockey miracles past ]

    Performances ranged from underwhelming to putrid. Patrick Kane skated hard, but failed to convert two penalty shots and took two bad penalties. Ryan Suter, the team’s top defenseman, was victimized on two goals. Phil Kessel, their most dynamic offensive player in the tournament, didn’t have a shot on goal.

    Dan Bylsma’s team led the Olympics with 20 goals in their first four games. They didn’t score one in their final two, with medals on the line.

    They came for gold; they left

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  • SOCHI, Russia – Peter Forsberg once defeated Team Canada to give Sweden the gold medal. Twenty years later, he’d like to see it happen again in the finale of the Sochi Olympics men’s hockey tournament – only he doesn’t exactly trust that the officiating will be balanced.

    “What a [expletive] joke,” Forsberg wrote in a text message to Mats Wennerholm of Sportbladet, in reference to the all-NHL officiating crew that will oversee the game.

    Kelly Sutherland (Richmond, British Columbia) and Brad Meier (American-born, but lives in Calgary) are the refs. Linesmen Derek Amell is from Oshawa, Ont., and Greg Devorski from Guelph, Ontario.

    "Canadian officials in the finals, also the supervisor plus reserves. Comedy at the highest level,” Forsberg wrote to the paper.

    [Photos: Men's hockey bronze medal game: Team USA vs. Finland]

    There are 14 referees in the Sochi Olympics men’s hockey tournament. Seven are from the NHL and North American born; seven are officials from other leagues around the

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  • Can Team USA overcome devastating loss to earn bronze vs. Finland?

    Click the image for to see more reaction to Team USA's heartbreaking loss to Canada. (Getty Images)

    SOCHI, Russia – For both Finland and the U.S., the bronze medal would symbolize perseverance.

    The Finns overcame injuries to key offensive players before and during the tournament; giving Canada a scare in the preliminary round, eliminating Russia in the medal round and coming within one goal of Sweden in their semifinal game on Friday. The bronze, then, could be seen as an achievement from a nation that’s perpetually underestimated in the Olympic tournament.

    But for the U.S., perseverance means putting a devastatingly disappointing loss to Canada behind them and attempting to leave Sochi with a medal and their pride intact.

    [Related: Team USA haunted by ghosts of Olympics past]

    “It’s better than nothing,” said Patrick Kane, on the bronze, after the loss to Canada. “It's one of those situations where I guess we're going to try and have to get up and find some energy tomorrow to play Finland and try to bring home something instead of nothing.”

    Finland is second in the Olympic

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