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?

  • Lightning make smart little deal with Erik Condra

    Erik Condra was an usher at Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper’s wedding. Now, he’s going to be a member of Cooper’s NHL team for the next three seasons.

    Condra left the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, and is going to cost the Tampa Bay Lightning just $1.25 million against the cap, which is outstanding.

    Condra had 23 points in 68 games last season, going from a healthy scratch early in the season to being a vital part of a line with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Curtis Lazar. Condra, 28, was a 50 percent Fenwick player last season, slightly better than average on possession for the Senators.

    He’s going to be used in a defensive role down the lineup for the Lightning, able to play either wing. (One assumes this is just a straight-up younger model replacement for Brenden Morrow.)

    Just a smart, smart play for GM Steve Yzerman. And of course a reunion with Cooper and Condra, whom he coached as a 17-year old with the Texarkana Bandits of the NAHL.


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  • Phil Kessel is a Pittsburgh Penguin

    The Pittsburgh Penguins wanted to add top-end offense talent to their roster. GM Jim Rutherford added one of the best pure goal-scorers in the NHL, if also one of the most maligned. 

    Phil Kessel is a Penguin.

    The Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs finally came to terms on a deal that sent Kessel to Pittsburgh for forward Kasperi Kapanen, defensive prospect Scott Harrington, depth forward Nick Spaling, a 2016 first-round pick and a third-rounder. Along with Kessel, defenseman Tim Erixon, forward Tyler Biggs and a second-round pick were sent to Pittsburgh so the roster numbers worked. 

    Kapanen was a first-round pick for the Penguins last season.

    The Leafs will eat $1.2 million of Kessel's $8 million cap hit through the contract. Phil Kessel for $6.8 million is a lot easier to stomach than $8 million. 

    This is a much different deal that what was rumored to be rejected by the Leafs at the draft, via Rob Rossi: 2016 1st round pick, Derrick Pouliot, Rob Scuderi and Chris Kunitz for Phil

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  • Sharks land Paul Martin for four years, Larry Robinson reunion

    The San Jose Sharks finally landed their veteran defenseman on Wednesday, and it’s someone with whom Larry Robinson is familiar. 

    Robinson, still a member of the Sharks’ braintrust, worked with Paul Martin when he was a young defenseman in the New Jersey Devils organization. Martin signed a four-year deal with the Sharks on Wednesday with a $4.85 million annual cap hit, giving them a 34-year-old lefty with a lot of experience in the regular season and playoffs.

    Martin was given some grief as a member of the Penguins, but he was never going to be worth the $5.5 million over five years the Pittsburgh Penguins handed him as an unrestricted free agent in 2010.

    He’s a player that’s good for around 25 points. He handled the puck very well, can get you upwards of 24 minutes a night and is smart in his own zone. Best of all: He can be the defensive rock in a paring, as he was with the Penguins playing with Kris Letang last season.

    Can we expect Martin to serve the same type of role with Brent

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  • Francois Beauchemin signs 3-year deal with Avalanche

    Guess we know who set the market rate for Francois Beauchemin. 

    The free-agent defenseman’s agent said that his client had a 3-year deal on the table from a suitor. That was too rich for the Anaheim Ducks’ blood, and they opted to trade for Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks rather than give Beauchemin that term.

    On Wednesday, moments after NHL free agency kicked off, the Colorado Avalanche announced that Beauchemin had inked a 3-year deal with $4.5 million annually. The contract has a no-movement claus.

    (The Ducks, meanwhile, signed Bieksa to a 2-year deal with $4 million annually that kicks in for 2016-17.)

    That’s a million-dollar jump for Beachemin, who will be 38 years old at the end of this contract.

    Beauchemin becomes the third defenseman over 32 years old on the roster next season, along with Nate Guenin (32) and Brad Staurt (35).

    It’s not a bad signing at all for Colorado, which had a pay a little more to land him.

    Beauchemin had a real resurgence with the Ducks. He had a

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  • Karri Ramo signs with Calgary Flames again for $3.8 million

    The combination of Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo was surprisingly effective for the surprising Calgary Flames who surprisingly made the playoffs in the Western Conference. 

    So Calgary decided not to fix what isn’t broken, and brought Ramo back at a $3.8 million cap hit for one season.

    Ramo, 29, had 34 starts last season and was 15-9-3 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.60 GAA. Overall, the Flames had a 2.60 team GAA, good for 17th in the league last season.

    The only curious thing about this signing: Goalie prospect Joni Ortio, who has a one-way NHL contract and will have to pass through waivers to get down the AHL. The risk, apparently, is one Calgary will take.

    Here’s Matchsticks and Gasoline’s take:

    In all likelihood, it's possible deals with other teams never came to be for Ramo and had to settle in Calgary. It's not terrible, especially with the team's progress this summer already. It may be a safer for his career, with a potential of clawing more games away from Hiller to remain a

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  • Artem Anisimov signs with Blackhawks for 5 years after Saad deal

    The Chicago Blackhawks had their hand forced by restricted free-agent forward Brandon Saad, who was asking for a salary too rich for them and was going to get an offer sheet from someone. So they traded him to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Part of the return was a player they coveted anyway.

    Artem Anisimov has 86 goals and 106 assists in 412 regular-season games. He was a strong supporting cast player for the New York Rangers and the Blue Jackets; as coach Todd Richards said when he was acquired in 2012: 

    “Artem is a very versatile guy, but there’s one part of his game that never changes, and that’s his attention to detail,” Richards said. “Coaches and scouts who see him on a nightly basis will tell you he’s rarely out of position, and he rarely leaves the puck in the wrong spot when he’s coming off the ice.”

    If that sounds like the kind of player Chicagi GM Stan Bowman wants on his roster, you’d be right: The Blackhawks signed Anisimov to a 5-year deal, $22.75-million contract, good for

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  • Puck Daddy's NHL 2015 Free Agent Frenzy Chatterbox!

    It's the 2015 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Chatterbox!

    The Chatterbox offers breaking news and insider insight in one place; to have, at the end of the day, a chronological review of the NHL Free Agent Frenzy's rumors and trades; and as a place for your friends at Puck Daddy to pop in and out during the day for quick chats.

    For NHL Free Agent Frenzy, we've compiled Twitter feeds from some of the best hockey journalists, news-breakers and entertaining analysts for your viewing enjoyment.

    The free-agent signing period begins at noon ET! Check out the UFA Tracker here.

    Kevin Allen of USA Today; Pierre LeBrun of ESPN; Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet; Michael Russo of the Star Tribune; Bob McKenzie of TSN; Darren Dreger of TSN; Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet; John Shannon of Sportsnet; Craig Custance of ESPN; Andy Strickland of KRTS; Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period; Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun; Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record; Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch; Chris Johnston of

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  • Coyotes moving to Las Vegas? Bettman calls report ‘garbage’

    The New York Post reported late Tuesday night that the Arizona Coyotes were being sold to billionaire Bill Foley and moved to Las Vegas for the 2016-17 season. 

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, well, refuted the report.

    "The Post was told the story was completely untrue. They ran it anyway. The story is garbage. Team is staying put,” said Bettman, via Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona.

    Anthony LeBlanc also offered a strong denial. "The article in the Post is 100 percent false. No truth to it whatsoever. I'm not an unidentified source, I'm a principal, so I think I should know."

    Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner, sounded the same tone with a statement to TSN:

    “The most ridiculous and irresponsible story I’ve ever been associated with. (The idea) has never been contemplated or discussed. Not even notionally.”

    The report comes at an interesting time for both the Coyotes and hockey in Vegas.

    The Coyotes are embroiled in yet another battle with the City of Glendale, this time over an arena

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  • Kevin Bieksa excited to be Plan B after Beauchemin prices out of Anaheim

    Anaheim Ducks' Francois Beauchemin, center, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Anaheim Ducks' Francois Beauchemin, center, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    The Anaheim Ducks wanted free-agent defenseman Francois Beauchemin back next season. General Manager Bob Murray even called him “a warrior.”

    Francois Beauchemin wanted to return, too, but on his terms. And those terms started at three years at $5 million annually, which was allegedly an offer on the table for him from another suitor.

    These were not terms Murray felt were all that favorable for the Ducks. So he started to explore a Plan B, and that led him to talks with the Vancouver Canucks involving defenseman Kevin Bieksa at last weekend’s NHL Draft.

    The Canucks, however, were in talks with the San Jose Sharks regarding Bieksa. Vancouver wanted a second-round pick in the 2015 draft; the Sharks balked. So the trade was off.

    Meanwhile, Beauchemin appeared on the way out of Anaheim.

    “After we had discussed a few things, we made them a 1- or 2-year offer and it wasn’t good enough,” said Murray. “I was told they were going to the market early his morning. He told me what he was going to

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  • David Poile defends ‘family man’ Mike Ribeiro, talks civil case

    It’s gotten to the point where listening to Nashville Predators GM David Poile flailing about trying to rationalize re-signing Mike Ribeiro is downright painful. 

    Most painful, obviously, is the way he speaks about Ribeiro’s vital place on the roster while the centerman faces a civil suit alleging that he sexually violated an 18-year-old nanny to his children a few years ago.

    If Ribeiro didn’t re-sign with Nashville, “that changes a lot,” Poile told 102.5 The Game in Nashville on Tuesday. “It’s a good fit for us, in where he plays in our line up,” he added, wondering where he could find another center of Ribeiro’s caliber.

    Equally as painful is the way he draws a line in the sand between the Mike Ribeiro that is alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman in her sleep and then forced her down when she attempted to flee, and the sober Mike Ribeiro that played for the Predators last season.

    Poile views the Predators as a halfway house for wayward players, and that’s fine. But equating

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