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?

  • Jonathan Drouin may be Lightning’s Game 2 spark

    TAMPA – Jonathan Drouin watched Teuvo Terevainen score a critical goal in the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup Final Game 1 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 19-year-old healthy scratch couldn’t help but wonder if that could have been him.

    “He’s 20 or 21. So you definitely want to be out there. Hopefully it happens, but again it’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m just trying to play my game and make sure I’m ready,” he said. 

    Drouin says he’s ready. Coach Jon Cooper says he’ll be in warm-ups, if not necessarily in Game 2 on Saturday night.

    “He's a talented player. We've watched him grow this season. He gives us a different look when he's in the lineup. It's hard to sit here and say what you expect,” said Cooper.

    “I'm going to sit here and say, I expect every single guy on our team to have a hat trick tonight and to win, what would that be, 60-0? It doesn't work out that way. We expect our guys to produce, stick to our structure, play as hard as you can, look in the mirror at the end of

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  • How the Blackhawks made Patrick Kane get defensive

    TAMPA – Patrick Kane, by his own admission, wasn’t what you’d call a “complete player” when he entered the NHL in 2007.

    The London Knights, his junior team, has a slightly offensive emphasis for its star players: Kane had 145 points in 58 games, one of three players who had over 100 points that season.

    So while John Hines, newly hired by the New Jersey Devils as head coach, did his best to get Kane to play a two-way game while playing in the USA Hockey development system, the transition from the goal-happy Knights to the NHL wasn’t always a smooth one from a defensive aspect.

    This isn’t exactly breaking news: Goal-scoring wingers are paid to score goals on the wing. Young centers have to play a full 200 feet. Young wingers like Kane aren’t held to the same standard, but eventually, they have to become all-around players (at least in theory).

    Fact is, while Kane has been one of the NHL’s must dynamic offensive players, he’s only gotten comfortable on the defensive end within the last

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  • Daniel Briere considering retirement after 18 NHL seasons

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save on a penalty shot by Danny Briere #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers late in the third period during the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on January 2, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save on a penalty shot by Danny Briere #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers late in the third period during the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on January 2, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    Has Daniel Briere skated his last shift in the NHL?

    Alain Sanscartier of RDS and Ottawa 94.5 FM reported on Thursday that Briere will announce his retirement this summer after 18 years in the NHL, most recently with the Colorado Avalanche. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

    Sanscartier predicted that Briere would find a post-career job with the Philadelphia Flyers, with whom he played the majority of his NHL games (364).

    In an interview with La Presse, Briere would only confirm that retirement is weighing heavily on him after finishing his contract with the Avs (translated from French):

    Brière spoke to us from Philadelphia, his adopted since his time at the Flyers. This is where her three boys, ages 14, 15 and 16, attend school and play hockey. And this is where Briere lived in the year until the summer of 2013, when the Flyers acquired his contract and he ended up with the Canadian.

    Remoteness weighed heavily the last two seasons, and it is for this reason that

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  • Glen Sather out as New York Rangers general manager?

    Is Glen Sather about to give up his role as New York Rangers general manager?

    An email exchange with Larry Brooks of the NY Post indicates that the 71-year-old executive is undecided about returning for a 16th season as the Blueshirts’ GM, and may instead simply serve as the team’s president. 

    From the Post:

    Sather, who has a “lifetime contract” with Garden CEO Jim Dolan, has held the dual position of club president-GM since June 2000. It is believed the 71-year-old, a finalist for the NHL’s GM of the Year Award, is contemplating whether to step up exclusively into the presidency.

    Assistant GM Jeff Gorton, who has held that role for the last four years while handling an increasing amount of the day-to-day operations within the hockey department, would be the clear-cut front-runner to succeed Sather if he indeed steps down/up.

    Brooks reports that Sather rejected requests from the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs to interview Gorton for their general manager vacancies this

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  • Cedric Paquette ready to continue ‘pissing off’ Jonathan Toews

    TAMPA – Cedric Paquette’s task against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final is rather well-defined: Get Jonathan Toews off his game, by any means necessary. 

    “Just a little slash there, talking to him a little bit, just chirping. All the things you can do to piss him off,” he said on Friday, the eve of Game 2 of the Final in Tampa.

    It wasn’t until after Game 1 that he realized chirping Toews could be a multi-lingual exercise. “I didn't know he was talking French. I saw him at the Fresh Kitchen yesterday, he talked to me in French. I was surprised a little bit. I'm gonna talk in French now,” he said, smiling.

    “I don’t like to do that too much. But against a guy like that you want to mess him up a little bit.”

    Paquette has only played 66 games in the NHL in two seasons with the Lightning, but he’s a major part of the team’s penalty kill and shutdown line with Ryan Callahan. In Game 1, coach Jon Cooper surprised many by throwing him against Toews and Patrick Kane right off the

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  • Victor Hedman says Andrew Shaw bite isn’t gnawing at him

    TAMPA – Victor Hedman couldn’t remember the last time another person bit him before Andrew Shaw allegedly chomped him  in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

    “I’m sure I was when I was a kid. But I haven’t really thought about it,” he said.

    On Wednesday night, Hedman got into a scrum with Shaw, the Chicago Blackhawks physical forward. Then he went to the Tampa Bay Lightning bench, lifted up his shirt to a teammate and appeared to say “he bit me.” After the game, Hedman said: "It felt like it. I have a little bruise, so maybe.”

    On the eve of Game 2 of the Final, Hedman said he’s trying not to allow Shaw’s antics to gnaw at him.

    “I’m not going to comment on that anymore. Things happen during games. I’ll leave it at that,” he said.

    But he did clearly say “he bit me” on the bench, right? “Everyone who watched that could see what I said. If you saw that, I don’t have to say anymore."

    Shaw was asked a few hours later is he, in fact, had bitten Hedman. "I'm not going to get into details. We're

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  • Watch baffled hockey players learn to be Australian (Video)

    This month, Australia is being invaded by two all-star hockey teams from the U.S. and Canada in the inaugural Ice Hockey Classic. The goal is to raise money for STOPCONCUSSIONS, a not-for-profit co-founded by Keith Primeau; and to bring some North American hockey action Down Under.

    Among those on the tour: Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), David Booth (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jerry D'Amigo (Buffalo Sabres), Zenon Konopka, Garnet Exelby and Nolan Yonkman.

    (Burns was just given some big love by Fox Sports Australia, asking if he’s the world’s most interesting man. Between the beard and the zoo animals, that’s a yes.)

    This being a cultural exchange and all, the hockey players agreed to learn a little more about Australia. Check out Zenon Konopka, Eric Neilson (he's the one with the amazing beard), Nick Lazorko and Nolan Yonkman in the video here as they attempt to bounce eat Vegemite, speak Australian and totally not know what a koala is.

    The Classic gets underway on June 5. More details are

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  • NHL competition committee backs coach’s challenge, balks at 3-on-3 OT

    The NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee is recommending that coach’s challenges for “goals that may have resulted from goalie interference or offside plays” be adopted as a new rule.  

    From the Committee’s news release:

    The video review process and all decisions on goals where goaltender interference may have occurred will be the responsibility of the Referees at ice level, in consultation with the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto; similarly, goals that may have resulted from an offside play will be reviewed and determined by the on-ice officials, in consultation with the NHL's Situation Room in Toronto. In order for a coach to make a challenge, the team must have its timeout available.

    Now, this is a little confusing, because the way the recommendation is written it appears that the review would only be intended for “goals that resulted” from these illicit acts.

    But we received clarification from the NHL on this: The Coach’s Challenge can be used for both goals that are scored and goals

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  • Stop whining about compensation for fired NHL coaches, general managers

    TAMPA – Never give Gary Bettman a reason to say ‘I told you so.’

    There’s been some controversy lately over the compensation rules redrawn in January, which give teams the right to ask for a second-round or third-round draft pick – depending on when the hire was made – if they lose a coach, general manager or president of hockey operations to another team while those people are still under contract. 

    It’s a scenario that’s played out multiple times this season, in the hiring of Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan by the Edmonton Oilers; Mike Babcock by the Toronto Maple Leafs (although that was a somewhat different circumstance); and Dan Bylsma by the Buffalo Sabres, whose confirmation of his hiring was delayed as compensation was worked out with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    It was the Bylsma situation that sparked the most outrage, considering that he was outright fired by the team almost a year ago and the Penguins still asked for a draft pick in return for his services. The Hockey News

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  • Lightning admit they lost their swagger in Blackhawks’ Game 1 rally

    TAMPA, FL - JUNE 03: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battle for the puck during Game One of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 3, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)TAMPA, FL - JUNE 03: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battle for the puck during Game One of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 3, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

    TAMPA – Losing Game 1 of a playoff series isn’t a novelty for the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

    They lost Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings in Round 1. They lost Game 1 to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final. In between, they needed two overtimes to outlast the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the conference semifinal.

    But what made their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final sting a little more than those defeats: How they lost.

    “You wake up this morning and you should be a little angry. A little pissed off. You shouldn’t have any regrets in the morning about the way you play, and I think this morning we do,” said forward Brian Boyle.

    For the first time this season, the Lightning lost a game in regulation in which they had a lead entering the third period, having previously gone 41-0-2. How did they lose? By sitting squarely on their lead instead of displaying the offensive swagger that kept the Blackhawks in their own zone earlier in the

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