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?

  • Hurricanes owner values team at $420 million, wants investor ‘successor’

     (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports) (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)Peter Karmanos has owned the Carolina Hurricanes since 1994, back when they were the Hartford Whalers. Now 71 years old, he doesn’t intend to own them forever, which is surprising, because we always figured he was rich enough find a vampire and acquire immortality, like that guy on “The Strain.” 

    But Karmanos tells Rick Westhead of TSN that he’s actively looking for a new ownership partner, working with New York investment bank Allen & Co. to find someone that will commit “hundreds of millions of dollars into the team but let me control it.” Which sounds like a pretty sweet deal if you can get it.

    "What I am trying to do is set up a reasonable succession plan because I'm not one of those guys who thinks I am going to go on forever," Karmanos told TSN.

    "I'd like to have a partner again...but someone will have to pay dearly for it. (The Hurricanes are) a valuable franchise despite what some of your folk in Canada say about them. I don't see a basketball or baseball or football team

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  • As Ryan Johansen KHL talk heats up, Fedorov says no contract offer

    (Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports)(Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports)If you had Sept. 21 in the “When Do The KHL Contract Rumors Start For Ryan Johansen?” pool, congratulations.

    TSN reported on Sunday that the Columbus Blue Jackets restricted free agent was set to receive a 1-year, $5-million offer from CSKA Moscow.

    This is after agent Kurt Overhardt said Johansen has received upwards of six offers from the Russian league. No word if he also used Steven Stamkos as a point of comparison in those contract talks …

    Ah, but here’s a twist: Sergei Fedorov, the former NHL great who’s now the GM of CSKA Moscow, told Elliotte Friedman that “he did not and will not make any contract offer for the RFA to play for his club.

    Fedorov told Friedman that he had to know "if there was a commitment to play by Sept. 18. He said he did not want to be seen ‘as interfering,’ since there was no agreement.”

    This doesn’t mean the rest of the KHL mystery teams are out of the mix, of course.

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  • Buffalo Sabres tanking for Connor McDavid? Players deny, fans wouldn’t cry

    BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Sabres are all Drew Stafford has known in the NHL. 

    He was drafted by them in 2004 and has played all eight of his pro seasons with the franchise. He’s seen them contend for the Stanley Cup. He’s seen them plummet to the bottom of the League standings. He’s seen an all-star team of players leave the city for other markets, including Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek last season, signaling a rebuilding phase for Buffalo. 

    “I’m not going to guarantee we’re going to make the playoffs,” he said at Sabres training camp on Saturday, ahead of the 2014-15 season.  

    “I’m not going to guarantee we’re going to lose, either.”

    He doesn’t have to. Everyone else outside of the Sabres dressing room already assumes it: That Buffalo’s rebuild would be accelerated greatly with the acquisition of a franchise player in the 2015 NHL Draft, where two such generational talents are expected to go in the top two picks.

    That they’ll Dishonor for Connor [McDavid]. That they’ll win jack to

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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Edmonton Oilers

    (The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!) 

     

    Last Season In Emojis

    Last Season, In Summary 

    For a moment, the Oilers were a preseason darling, with some predicting that Edmonton’s young core would finally earn a playoff spot.

    Instead, the defense sucked to the tune of 270 goals against, the team’s depth was shallow and Nail Yakupov generated more headlines about a potential trade than anything he did on the ice.

    But hey, at least they earned yet another high draft choice!

    Last Season’s Definitive Highlight 

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  • Joe Sakic named Avs GM, sad ballad of Greg Sherman continues

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    Greg Sherman began the summer as the Avalanche’s general manager-in-name-only, as Joe Sakic ran the player personnel show along with coach/VP of hockey operations/egoist Patrick Roy.

    The man who used to pull the trigger on trades was demoted, internally, to being their capologist.

    Now, Sherman and his red Swingline stapler have been moved all the way to the basement of Innitech. Quietly, the Avalanche added “general manager” to the job title of Sakic and added the word “assistant” to that of Sherman.

    It’s a formality, of course, as Sakic has been running the show since his triumphant return to the team in May 2013 to, as the Avalanche say, “oversee all hockey-related decisions.”

    But as Colorado enters this season as a defending division champion with a 112-point season in Roy’s maiden voyage, Sherman’s demotion begs the question:

    How much credit should the former general manager get for this success?

    Adrian Dater took the contrarian route this summer (you know, for once) and

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  • Tampa Bay Lightning have the coolest NHL billboard of season (Photo)

    There are only so many ways to present a hockey billboard promoting the new season. The standard formula: Famous player plus image of intensity plus some clichéd tagline that’s typically related to ice. (Example: “Kick Ice.”) 

    Which is why the Tampa Bay Lightning’s new billboard featuring Valtteri Filppula should be celebrated. Because it’s actually two billboards, on either side of the I-275.

    Via Reddit HockeyVia Reddit Hockey

    “Be The Thunder” is the tagline on the billboard to the left. 

    The one on the right, which the rocket shot of Filppula has turned into tatters, features a website for a fitness company called “Flex Fitness 20” which, of course, takes you directly to a Tampa Bay Lightning “flex ticket plan” page.

    Cute.

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    If the goal of any billboard is to be “eye-catching,” mission accomplished. Although we’ll go ahead and assume there are others that feature that Stamkos guy, who might move a few more tickets than Valtteri Filppula. No disrespect

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  • Claude Giroux out 2 weeks; Philly fans’ sigh of relief at hurricane force

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    Claude Giroux left the Philadelphia Flyers’ first day of training camp with a lower body injury, just 15 minutes into his practice session. 

    Perhaps coincidentally, Internet searches for “draft lottery rules” and “Connor McDavid” spiked around parts of Pennsylvania and South Jersey around the same time …

    As GM Ron Hextall said, “Obviously, it’s not the way you want to start.”

    But he later calmed the fears of fans, explaining that Giroux’s lower-body injury – there were reports of a groin injury and/or a hip injury – would only sideline him for two weeks of the preseason. Or pretty much all of the preseason.

    Boy, if it’s not his lower body, it’s someone else’s lower body causing Giroux problems this year, right?

    The Flyers won’t have Giroux for a key preseason opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs in London, Ont. Random Center Who Will Be Back In The AHL In October will really have to step up his game for that tilt.

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  • What’s Jaden Schwartz waiting to hear from Blues?

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    One of my favorite moments when we interviewed NHL No. 1 draft pick Aaron Ekblad on “Marek Vs. Wyshynski” was when he admitted that CapGeek.com was the hockey site he frequented the most. Hey, players are just like us: Curious about other contracts and their team’s own cap situation. 

    So one wonders if Jaden Schwartz’s Internet is down.

    Cap Geek tells us that the St. Louis Blues have $2.783 million in cap space, with 23 players currently under contract, 21 of them on one-way deals. It tells us that Schwartz is a restricted free agent who doesn’t have enough games to his credit to be eligible for an offer sheet. It tells that that Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who has similar numbers in a similar amount of games played, is making $1.15 million against the cap.

    It also tells us that the Blues have roughly 10 players due for new contracts in Summer 2015, among them goalie Jake Allen and forward Vladamir Tarasenko, who will be directly affected by whatever the Blues give

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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Minnesota Wild

    (The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!) 

    Last Season In Emojis

    Last Season, In Summary 

    The Minnesota Wild finished at 43-27-12, good for the first wild card in the Western Conference. They played an epic first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche, with four overtime games including a Game 7 OT win at Colorado. Alas, the magic couldn’t continue in Round 2, with the Chicago Blackhawks thwarting them in OT of Game 6.

    Last Season’s Definitive Highlight 

    “Is it in? YES!”

    Off-Season Transactions

    The worst kept secret in hockey was finally revealed as Thomas Vanek signed a 3-year, $19.5-million free agent deal with Minnesota. The Wild also inked center Jordan Schroder, Justin Falk, Joel Rechlicz and Stu Bickel.

    Moving on from the Wild were Matt Moulson, Dany Heatley and Clayton Stoner, among others. 

    The

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  • The Columbus Blue Jackets have had enough of this Ryan Johansen restricted free agency negotiation. 

    To the point where affable team president John Davidson called it “extortion."

    “When you see the numbers that are thrown at us, we shouldn’t even respond. That’s how bad it is. It’s embarrassing. And if the kid sits out (of training camp), he sits out. I wonder if the agent is going to pay him his money back that he’s going to lose by sitting out?” he said, via Puck-Rakers.

    And then JD, as they said in “The Godfather”, went to the mattresses.

    * He announced that the team had offered Johansen $6 million over two years and $32 million over six years (which JD correctly said is more than Jamie Benn makes) and $46 million over eight years. Which is astronomical money for a player that has one standout season to his credit.

    Consider that Matt Duchene had seasons of 55 and 67 points before signing his $3.5 million, two-year bridge contract. Johansen had 63 points in 82 games last season,

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