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?

  • This is not P.K. Subban, FOX Sports Midwest (Photo)

    To the credit of FOX Sports Midwest, which carried the St. Louis Blues’ game against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, P.K. Subban: 

    - Does play for the Canadiens.

    - Is one of three players you’d certainly need to know about heading into a game against Montreal.

    - Has 11 goals.

    - Has 31 assists.

    The rest of it -- and, again, this is only our opinion -- seems slightly inaccurate. 

    s/t Curt Chaplin; image by Habs Eyes On The Prize


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  • Karri Ramo absolutely robs Rangers’ J.T. Miller of goal (Video)

    Henrik Lundqvist didn’t play in Tuesday night’s game between the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers, which meant Karri Ramo had to pick up the slack for unbelievable highlight reel saves.

    In the first period, the Rangers were putting the offensive pressure on in the Flames’ zone. A deflected Ryan McDonagh shot went off the iron, rebounding directly to J.T. Miller. 

    The winger stared into a gaping net and knocked the puck towards it … and right into the outstretched glove of Ramo, robbing him of a goal.

    Seeing it live at MSG, I thought Miller flubbed the shot a bit. Which doesn’t take away from the great effort of Ramo on the play, but I imagine it’s one Miller will be replaying in his mind for a bit.

    Ramo has a .904 save percentage in 20 games this season for Calgary. 



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  • Sick goal from German league is skate kick-tastic (Video)

    Louke Oakley has both incredible offensive hockey prowess and a first-name that auto-corrects to “Louie.” 

    The 25-year-old Whitby, Ontario native plays for EV Regensburg, a German Tier 3 team, where he has 101 points in 36 games this season, which is a pretty good pace.

    One of his 49 goals was this one, scored against Blue Devils Weiden, which venerable hockey footage collector Robert Soderlind believes could be the “sickest” of the year, for what that’s worth.

    It is, indeed, pretty sick: He kicks the puck to his stick twice, the second time as he slices through the defense. Then for good measure, he shoots the puck between his legs through the goalie to score, because of course he does.

    No word if the Blue Devils reacted to the goal by taking their defenseman off the “easy” setting.

    Oakley previously played for the Wheeling Nailers, Bakersfield Condors, Evansville Icemen and South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. He did not score 101 points in any of those seasons. 


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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Jason York on NHL, Habs; underrated GMs


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    It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET/noon PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Jason York on the Montreal Canadiens

    • The Nick Leddy deal.

    • NHL Playoff races. 

    • Scoring race.

    Question of the Day: Who is the most underrated GM? Email 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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  • Blue Jackets put James Wisniewski on the trading block

    Every playoff team needs another defenseman. If that defenseman can move the puck and put up points, he could be a game-changer. 

    Hence, the Columbus Blue Jackets have decided to place James Wisniewski on the trading block.

    The Wiz signed a 6-year, $33-million contract in July 2011 with then-GM Scott Howson. Now-GM Jarmo Kekalainen asked Wisniewski to provide him with a list of 10 teams to which he would not accept a trade, as per the terms of his modified no-trade clause. That happened last week.

    He was a healthy scratch on Sunday against the New York Rangers, despite a season that’s seen him post seven goals and 20 assists in 52 games on a non-playoff team. He’s also third in Corsi-close for skaters that have more than 15 games played.

    From Puck-Rakers, which reports that Wisniewski is back in against the Sabres on Tuesday night:

    Wisniewski said Richards has not offered specifics about where his game needs to improve. "Just that I need to be better," Wisniewski said.

    He also

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  • Canadiens snag Devante Smith-Pelly from Ducks for Jiri Sekac

    Hey, look, trades that benefit both teams!

    The Anaheim Ducks shipped right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to the Montreal Canadiens for forward Jiri Sekac on Tuesday. From the Ducks: 

    Sekac, 22 (6/10/92), has appeared in 50 career NHL games with Montreal, scoring 7-9=16 points with 18 penalty minutes (PIM) this season. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 8, 2014 @ Toronto. The 6-2, 195-pound winger recorded his first career multi-point game (1-1=2), Nov. 8 vs. Minnesota and his first career two-goal game Dec. 12 vs. Los Angeles.

    A native of Kladno, Czech Republic, Sekac appeared in 47 games with HC Lev Praha of the KHL last season, collecting 11-17=28 points. He also added 1-7=8 points in 21 postseason games with HC Lev Praha. He has played internationally for his home country on several occasions, including the World Junior Championship in 2012 (six games, 0-3=3 points) and World Championship in 2014 (10 games, 2-0=2 points).

    Smith-Pelly, 22 (6/14/92), has scored 14-26=40 points in 129 career NHL

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  • David Krejci out 4-6 weeks; will Boston Bruins push panic button?

    There are roughly seven weeks left in the NHL regular season. David Krejci of the Boston Bruins could be lost for six of them. 

    The Bruins announced on Monday that Krejci will miss 4-6 weeks with a partially torn MCL in his left knee, an injury he suffered in a collision with Alex Steen of the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 20.

    Krejci has 26 points in 38 games this season, skating to a plus-7. He has seven points on the power play and skates 18:06 per game, which is second among Boston forwards.

    Obviously this affects Milan Lucic’s effectiveness in a significant way. This season, his goals-per-60-minutes at even strength drops from 2.70 with Krejci (443:53 TOI) to 2.31 without him (388:54) on the ice. His Corsi-for (5v5) drops from a 52.3 to 49.8 percent.

    The Bruins are currently three points up on the Florida Panthers (both have 59 games played) and four points up on the Philadelphia Flyers (60 games). The pressure was already on GM Peter Chiarelli to make moves to solidify that wild card

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  • Ben Bishop has glow in the dark TRON goalie mask (Photos)


    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop had a challenge for designer Dave Gunnarsson: Create a goalie mask that had lightning on it. 

    Not just airbrushed bolts. Actual, luminescent lightning.

    As we’ve seen through the years, few designers answer a challenge like Dave Gunnarsson, and he created a new mask to Bishop’s specifications. You can even say it glows …

    “That is what we call a true Tampa Bay Lightning mask,” said Gunnarsson. “The design is created to be an adventure both in light as in dark.”

    The trick to the mask is something called DAVEART G.L.O.W. Tech FX, which is a special paint that gives the mask its lightning glow, “shining as it is made of neon.” It also has "all the other DAVEART Trademark Super FX´s, such as Hologram FX." 

    The "lightning" on the mask will look cool during the game, but will only glow when the lights are down in the arena -- a bit of a "hidden" feature on the mask. 

    As the mask took form, Gunnarsson took inspiration from a specific source: The classic

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  • Joffrey Lupul on deadline: ‘Isn’t situation I thought I’d be in’

    The Toronto Maple Leafs could be on the verge of a ‘scorched earth” rebuild, which would mean the purging of long-term contracts, which would mean players like Joffrey Lupul could be on his way out next week.

    Lupul’s signed through 2017-18 at a $5.25 million cap hit. In theory, he’s a great complementary top six winger; in reality, he’s a 31-year-old, injury-prone forward who’s signed through 2018. 

    But there’s a market for him. He has a modified no-trade clause that lists 14 teams. It’s expected he’ll move on Monday at the trade deadline.

    Not that he wants to move. From the Globe & Mail:

    “This isn’t the situation I thought I’d be in at all,” Lupul said of when he signed his five-year deal.

    “But I don’t think this team is as bad as we’ve shown the past couple months. I think there’s some really, really positive pieces and some young guys playing better.

    “I’ve only read that it’s going to be a complete rebuild. No one’s come in here and said that we’re completely rebuilding this team. I

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  • Does the NHL crush the creativity of its players?

    The Players’ Tribune has had a couple of terrific hockey pieces lately. On the heels of Brandon Prust’s “Why We Fight?” comes a piece on Monday from Hall of Famer Igor Larionov about the Red Army, the way they played and their influence on the NHL. 

    Or lack of influence, if you watch the current product: a coaches’ chess match interrupted by moments of offensive flourish.

    The culprit is usually determined to be the brutal and chippy “North American style,” but Larionov says that’s not necessarily the case:

    People ask me why this creative style of play is now so rare at the NHL level. The first thing that gets pointed to is the fighting and dirty play. But that’s not the heart of the problem. I’ve never been a fan of fighting, but hockey has always been a violent game. Bobby Clark [sic] purposely slashed Valeri Kharlamov and broke his ankle at the 1972 Summit Series. Those games were more brutal than anything you see today, and it didn’t stop the Soviets from playing creative hockey.


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