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?

  • Dan Bylsma fired by Pittsburgh Penguins and new GM Jim Rutherford

    Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was fired on Thursday, on the day the team announced Jim Rutherford as its new general manager. 

    TVA’s Louis Jean, who reported the firing, had an indication from his sources that Bylsma was not Rutherford’s choice for head coach.

    “What ownership wants here is a complete change in direction,” Rutherford said. “We met with Dan this morning. The timing for him is good because there’s coaching vacancies. It’s not going to be long until he coaches again in the league.”

    Bylsma had a 252-117-32 record as head coach of the Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 after he replaced Michel Therrien and the Jack Adams Award in 2011. The Penguins made the playoffs in each of these six seasons, but only advanced to the conference final once after winning the Cup. Their seven-game defeat to the New York Rangers ended GM Ray Shero’s term with the team; now it’s claimed Bylsma as well. 

    It didn’t at first, however. Bylsma was retained when Shero was fired. “

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  • Stanley Cronut? NY Rangers celebrated with croissant/donut mutant pastry

    The “Cronut” has been a sensation in New York City since its debut last year, with fans of the mutant croissant/donut lining up outside Dominque Ansel Bakery in the wee hours to snag one of the coveted pastries. 

    In honor of the New York Rangers playing for the Stanley Cup against the Los Angeles Kings, Ansel announced that the exclusive “Rangers Cronut” will be available beginning Monday at his SoHo bakery.

    According to amNY, “the flavor of the coveted croissant/doughnut hybrid will be strawberry balsamic and mascarpone, the June flavor of the month, but it's the festive red, white and blue topping.”

    Along with what appears to be an edible Rangers crest.

    The Cronuts go for $5 each, but on Monday New York Rangers greats Adam Graves, Glenn Anderson and Ron Duguay will be handing them out. We anticipate Duguay will have more colors in his outfit than all the sprinkles in the store combined.

    Your move, LA.

    Photo via Instagram

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  • Jim Rutherford hired as Pittsburgh Penguins general manager

    Jim Rutherford, the former Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager, will replace Ray Shero as the GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, as first reported by TSN on Thursday.

    Rutherford stepped down as GM of the Hurricanes in April, with Ron Francis (a former Penguins star) replacing him. He’s 65 years old and spent two decades at the helm in Carolina and before that Hartford. He built one Stanley Cup champion and another conference champion, but Carolina hadn’t made the playoffs since 2009. 

    The Penguins had been interviewing a slew of candidates in the last few weeks, but a field of four emerged as finalists: Rutherford, NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, interim GM Jason Botterill and Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois.

    Why Rutherford? He’s a proven commodity, for one, while the others haven’t had the big chair before. And if there’s anything about Carolina’s teams for which Penguins fans might cast an envious eye, it’s that they have the pain-in-the-backside

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  • Stanley Cup Final Game 1 scores big ratings for NBC

     LOS ANGELES – At its peak, 5.7 million viewers were glued to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night on NBC.

    The network reported that an average of 4.777 million viewers watched the 3-2 overtime win for the Kings, making it the second-most watched Final Game 1 on the network, second only to the triple-overtime opener in 2013 between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins (6.358 million viewers).

    The game scored a 10.1 rating in New York, the highest ever for NBC or NBCSN in the city. (Amazing, considering so many people watched the game at Bryant Park, right bitter Penguins fans?) Los Angeles drew a 7.1 metered market rating, ranking as L.A.’s third-best ever behind Games 5 and 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, which were both elimination games.

    NBC won the night for viewers ages 18-34. Oh hi, advertisers, welcome to hockey…

    Here are the top 10 markets: 

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    So, uh, save to say Chicago checked out of the Stanley

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  • LOS ANGELES – There’s this defenseman in the Stanley Cup Final. He’s 24 years old and a former first-round draft pick. He plays huge chunks of minutes for his team, and it’s not a stretch to call him the best player on the ice at any position in some of the playoff games in which he’s appeared. 

    His name is Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers, although you might not have heard it mentioned as often as the other guy who fits the description above, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings.

    Doughty is getting the kind of attention befitting of an elite player who shines on the biggest stage. (And, let’s face it, one that doesn’t necessarily get the shine from national media during the regular season due to geography.) There are valentines being written about him. Every player gets asked about him. And all the coverage gets validated when he scores immaculate goals like the one he tallied in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Doughty has 17 points in 22 playoff games to lead all defensemen.

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  • NY Islanders trade for Dan Boyle, but will he sign?

    When the San Jose Sharks parted ways with veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, his agent George Bazos told the Mercury News that one option for the pending unrestricted free agent would be to have a team trade for his rights in order to sign him before July 1 “if the feeling was mutual.”

    So that’s the immediate question about the New York Islanders, who traded a conditional fifth-round pick to the Sharks for Boyle on Thursday: Is the feeling mutual?

    From the Islanders:

    The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Dan Boyle has been acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. The exchanged pick becomes a fourth-round selection if Boyle signs with the Islanders.

    Boyle, 37, led all San Jose Sharks defensemen in points (36) and goals (12) in 75 games this past season. The Ottawa, ON, native added four assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

    In 954 career regular-season NHL games with the Florida Panthers,

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  • Jonathan Quick’s final stage of playoff redemption

    LOS ANGELES – Before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was asked to break down the virtues of his counterpart Henrik Lundqvist’s game. 

    “He’s one of the best in the world, and he has been for quite a while now,” said Quick.

    Moments later, another Lundqvist question, about what makes the New York Rangers goalie so effective.

    “He’s one of the best in the world, and has been for quite a while now,” said Quick.

    As evidenced here, it’s safe not to expect any Thomas/Luongo “tire-pump” chirping in this series between Quick and Lundqvist. The Rangers goalie is the better of the two, and has been throughout the postseason, leading the NHL in save percentage (.928) while Quick lingers in the SV% ghetto (.907) along with playoff disappointments like Ryan Miller and the diminishing returns of Corey Crawford.

    But the Stanley Cup Final is hockey’s “Men In Black” neurolizer: One flash of brilliance and championship metal raised above your head, and the previous

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  • Ten reasons why NHL playoffs crush the NBA, according to Katie Nolan (Video)

    As hockey fans, we inherently know that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are better than the NBA Playoffs, because the Stanley Cup Playoffs are better than any other championship tournament in team sports and basketball is a team sport. OK, except for the last two minutes of any game, when the guy with the biggest contract is inevitably the only guy who takes the final shot.

    We’ve previously written the “68 Reasons The NHL Playoffs Are Better Than March Madness” to put hockey over college hoops. Now, Katie Nolan – formerly of Fox Sports 1’s Crowd Goes Wild  and someone who laid waste to Rick Reilly – explains 10 reasons why the NHL Playoffs are better than the NBA Playoffs:

    First off: Epic Bowzer shirt. 

    Nolan’s essential points about the NHL’s parity are spot-on: Not only do most series offer a glimmer of hope to even the largest underdog – thanks, goaltenders a.k.a. the great equalizers – but we didn’t realize that a No. 4-8 seed in the NBA playoffs had just a 2.99 percent chance of winning

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  • Conn Smythe Watch: Did Drew Doughty dethrone King Lundqvist?

    By popular demand, Puck Daddy takes its Conn Smythe Watch from the evening Three Stars to every morning of the postseason. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.

    1. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

    Doughty had a turnover that led to a goal and then a goal that led to his inclusion on many a highlight reel, as the Kings star now has 5 goals and 12 points in the playoffs to lead all defensemen. Skating 27:48 per game, he’s now the front-runner for the Conn.

    2. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    Lundqvist saw his save percentage climb to .928 in the Game 1 defeat, in which he had 40 saves. Alain Vigneault called him the reason it went to overtime.

    3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

    Kopitar was scoreless in Game 1, but still leads the playoffs with 24 points.

    4. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings

    Carter was an offensive force in Game 1, setting up Kyle Clifford’s critical goal with

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  • NY Rangers see positives despite third period domination by Kings

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, top, knocks New York Rangers center Derick Brassard to the ice during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, top, knocks New York Rangers center Derick Brassard to the ice during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    LOS ANGELES – The first New York Rangers shot of the third period came off the stick of Marty St. Louis on a two-on-one with Derek Stepan. He didn’t catch all of it, and Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was able to shrug it away. 

    A missed opportunity. It happens. What doesn’t typically happen to the Rangers, especially in this postseason: That the Kings had put 14 shots on Henrik Lundqvist in the third period before St. Louis gave the Rangers their first, 11:43 into the final frame.

    From a puck possession standpoint, it was as dominated as New York has been in the 2014 playoffs.

    “Overall a good game, except the third period there. We didn’t take the shots we needed,” said forward Carl Hagelin, after New York’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings at Staples Center in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night.

    Via Extra Skater, a snapshot of the even strength possession difference between the teams from the third period on.

    (The numbers on the left indicate the team’s

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