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?

  • To find America’s most passionate hockey community, Kraft Hockeyville decided to bring on one of America’s most passionate hockey people. 

    “Get the guy with the biggest mouth who’s not afraid to talk,” said Jeremy Roenick, the former NHL great-turned-NBC commentator.

    The Kraft Hockeyville USA program is based on that same successful program in Canada, which rewards one lucky community with prize money and an NHL preseason game in their arena. The winning town will be announced on May 2, and will receive $150,000; the total money split by the winner and runners-up is $425,000.

    “They wanted it to be 10 percent of the participation they’ve had in Canada since 2006, they’re already at 20 percent and it just started,” said Roenick. “It’s been an overwhelming success.”

    Visit Kraft Hockeyville USA for more info on entering your town.

    We spoke with Roenick about the USA vs. Canada; Jack Eichel’s World Junior championship flop; helping to run an NHL team in Seattle or Vegas; his Stanley Cup

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  • NHL Three Stars: Martin Jones shuts out Leafs; Flyers rout Bolts

    No. 1 Star: Martin Jones, Los Angeles Kings

    Jones made 19 saves on 19 shots as the Kings shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0. Anze Kopitar and Marion Gaborik had the goals; Kopitar and Jeff Carter had two points.

    No. 2 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    Holtby was tasked with preserving Alex Ovechkin’s go-ahead goal in the second period. He did so by making 18 saves in the third period as the Capitals defeated Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1. Holtby made 31 saves in the game. 

    No. 3 Star: Mark Streit, Philadelphia Flyers

    The Flyers defenseman picked up a goal and two assists in their 7-3 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Honorable Mention: Steven Stamkos scored his 23rd in the loss. … Jakub Voracek had a goal and an assist. …  Alex Tanguay scored his 13th. … Claude Giroux had two assists. … Rob Zepp moved to 2-0-0 for the Flyers. 

    Did You Know? It was Ovechkin’s 74th game-winning goal, passing Peter Bondra as the Capitals’ all-time leader. 

    Dishonorable

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  • Simon Gagne won’t return to Bruins this season after father’s death

    Oct 15, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Simon Gagne (12) defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)Oct 15, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Simon Gagne (12) defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)The grief was too much for Simon Gagne to handle. 

    The veteran NHL forward announced on Monday that he’s decided not to return to the Boston Bruins and the NHL this season, after losing his father to cancer.

    Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said the Bruins have changed Gagne’s status to that of a “suspended player.”

    Gagne, 34, joined the team on a tryout contract during training camp, and then earned a 1-year deal. He played 23 games, scoring three goals and an assist.

    He left the team on Dec. 10 to return to Quebec to be with his father, who had liver cancer. He passed away on Dec. 26, 2014.

    From the Bruins:

    “At this time Simon feels that he has to be home with his family and he has the complete support of the Boston Bruins organization with this decision,” said Chiarelli. “Given Simon’s decision not to return to the team, we have to change his status to maintain a full roster. I spoke to Simon about this, and he assured me that we have his full support with this status

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  • John Scott wears T-shirt featuring John Scott scoring goal (Photo)

    There are players you love, and players you hate. There are players you love to hate, and players you hate to love. 

    Think about where John Scott of the San Jose Sharks falls on that scale for you. Now, gaze upon this image of John Scott wearing a shirt featuring John Scott scoring his only goal of the season – and third of his career – and reevaluate.

    Look at that goofball, captured by teammate Mirco Mueller on Instagram. The image on the shirt, one of a dozen created by Carroway Clothing featuring the Sharks, depicts that moment in Oct. 2014 when Scott blew past Brooks Orpik and scored, admittedly, a pretty nice goal.

    Some players get their visage on a postage stamp; John Scott gets a future dust rag.

    OK, it’s not Patrick Kane wearing a T-shirt with a drunk Patrick Kane on a Madison bar cawl, but it’s still pretty terrific.

    s/t Ann Frazier

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  • Old habits have Colorado Avalanche back in playoff race

    The Colorado Avalanche enter Washington to face the Capitals on Monday night just four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, which is pretty remarkable given it’s the Western Conference and the Avalanche were written off as early as November. 

    Truth be told, they never were that far off the pace: Five points away from the wild card on Dec. 1, for example. But they just seemed that far off the pace, because the punditry was right and the Avs’ style of hockey that proved successful last year proved unsustainable this season.

    And yet here we are, with the Avalanche nearing a postseason slot, because they’re playing that same style and getting bailed out by the same guy. 

    Semyon Varlamov is 4-1 in January with a 1.97 GAA and a .947 save percentage, good enough for second in the recent NHL player of the week pronouncement. Since returning from injury on Dec. 23, he’s faced 240 shots in eight games, and he’s yielded 16 goals, pitching two shutouts.

    Said Coach Patrick Roy,

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  • Who’s the leading scorer for the Tampa Bay Lightning? 

    The default setting for this answer is “Steven Stamkos” because, well, he’s Steven Stamkos.

    But as of Monday, Stamkos is five points off the pace for the Bolts’ leading point-getter.

    The leader is Tyler Johnson: center, sophomore and first-time all-star.

    He has 45 points in his first 42 games, skating to a plus-26. He plays in every situation, and anchors perhaps the best line in the NHL this season with Nikita Kucherov (17 goals, 24 points) and Ondrej Palat (9 goals, 23 points). All of this coming after he placed third for the Calder Trophy behind Palat and the winner, Nathan MacKinnon.

    We spoke with Johnson – prior to his being named to the all-star team – about his breakout season, the scoring race, coach Jon Cooper and a great many other things.

    Q. Do you ever look at the stats page and are like, ‘What do you know, I’m outscoring Stamkos?”

    JOHNSON: [Laughs] “Not really. The only reason it ever comes up is because of media. You

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Eric Stephens on Teemu, Ducks; NHL midpoint awards

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    It's a (I don't like) Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Eric Stephens of the O.C. Register on the Anaheim Ducks and the Teemu retirement-palooza.

    • Some awards for the midpoint of the NHL season.

    • The all-star teams are selected. 

    • News and views from around the NHL. 

    Question of the Day: Which player do you wish had been given an all-star slot? Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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  • Line brawl sparked near end of KHL game (Video)

    We’ve seen more chaotic line brawls, but few more peculiarly timed.

    Dinamo Riga and Torpedo were late in the third period of a one-goal game when Riga’s Kaspars Saulietis crashed the Torpedo net and gave Vladamir Malevich a stiff cross-check. That sparked all 10 skaters tangling with each other behind the net, exchanging pleasantries.

    Malevich and Saulietis were the only ones given fighting majors after the scuffle, at 57:38.

    Scary moment in that brawl, however unintentional: Malevich appeared to step on the hand of his goalie, Mikhail Biryukov, who skated away shaking it. He stayed on the bench for an extra skater, but Riga held on, 2-1.

    Can’t believe he didn’t go Full Tuukaa after that, like he did earlier this season.

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  • Stop whining about NHL All-Star Game snubs and understand their purpose

    On Saturday night, honoring the Canadian hockey news cycle, the NHL announced its All-Star Game reserves for the weekend celebration in Columbus on Jan. 24-25. Immediately, complaints about snubs were echoing through the canyons of hockey fandom. 

    There’s generally three types of complaints. There’s general befuddlement over the absences of star players, of which there are many this season; there are the localized “why not this guy instead of this guy for my team?” complaints; and then there’s the rabid “HOW CAN THIS TEAM HAVE A GUY IN THE GAME INSTEAD OF MY TEAM HAVING A THIRD GUY PICKED?!” malarkey.

    The latter argument shows a fundamental lack of understanding over what the All-Star Game has become.

    Look, there was a time when being selected as an all-star had weight and merit. It was like having a midseason award handed to you for your efforts in the first-half of the season, validating that performance with a golden ticket to join the best in the game for some post-hangover shinny.

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  • NHL 2015 All-Stars announced; who was snubbed?

    The NHL announced the rest of its 2015 all-stars on Saturday night, and none of them were Chicago Blackhawks! Of course, that’s because five Blackhawks were already voted in as starters, along with some Latvian dude. 

    Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons led all will players with 1,574,896 votes, many of them flooding the ballot box from his native Latvia. Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, and goaltender Corey Crawford were the other starters voted in for the NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 24-25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

    So who made the cut for the big weekend? Here they are; keep in mind every team needed a representative, the NHL values stardom over achievement, and someone had to make it from the Hurricanes.

    Forwards

    Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

    Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

    Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers

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