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?

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Brodeur retires, World Cup, Rich Hammond on Kings

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    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a Tuesday 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: Rich Hammond on the LA Kings. 

    • Brodeur retires. 

    • The World Cup of Hockey.

    • News and notes. 

    Question of the Day: Your thoughts on Marty Brodeur as he retires. Ask us anything! 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!

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast viaiTunes or Feedburner.

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  • Martin Brodeur finally retiring; joining Blues, not Devils, front office

    Martin Brodeur is finally calling it a career.

    The NHL’s all-time winningest goalie will announce his retirement on Thursday. Sportsnet, which broke the story, reports that he’ll join the St. Louis Blues front office.

    Yes, the Blues. Not the New Jersey Devils, where he spent 24 seasons and a team that has been fairly consistent in bringing back the franchise’s legendary players work with the organization. Which is a little awkward, considering Devils GM Lou Lamoriello’s comments about Brodeur just last September: 

    “Yes. He knows that he will be a Devil for the rest of his life. He’s said it publicly and we’ve talked about it,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed. “What Marty has done, the type of personality he is and what his experience has been, it’s really a no-brainer. He’s a Devil.”

    Hmmm…

    If this sounds a little awkward, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record said it's still in the cards for Brodeur to join the Devils: 

    Brodeur's position with Blues will be for the rest of

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  • KHL mascots have adorable all-star game brawl, battle in shootout (Video)

    You know, the NHL and the KHL have a lot in common. Alex Radulov. Shady ownership. Hatred of the IIHF.

    And, of course … MASCOTS!

    They’re a little creepy. Some of them have the dirty charms of a Times Square costumed performer, and some of them look like generic versions of other better mascots, and some of them are OMG DEMONIC SNOWMAN!!!!

    The KHL All-Star Game was last weekend, and the League’s furries were front-and-center during the event. Featured in the clip above: a mascot shootout. Which, in all honesty, should probably replace the regular-season shootout.

    How does one measure the effectiveness of a shootout move? When the goalie literally loses his head:

    In which thousands of young fans run screaming from their seats at the arena, and thousands of ice cream bars are purchased by nervous parents.

    But here’s the thing: When you try to bring demon snowmen and a moose and a bear and a puma with a butterfly face together on the same ice, you can’t expect them to all get along.

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  • Loss of Kyle Okposo will tell us a lot about NY Islanders

    John Tavares warned people not to let the New York Islanders’ 31-14-1 record at the All-Star Break obscure how much hard work it took to get there. 

    “There have been some ups and downs.  But that is part of the process, part of the journey. It's still important to remind ourselves as a team with our group to remind ourselves there is still much we haven't accomplished,” he said.

    And now, a down: Kyle Okposo, the team’s second-leading scorer, will miss up to two months with an upper body injury of an undisclosed nature.

    "We had an idea something was bothering him before the break, but when you get the news, it's tough," said coach Jack Capuano to Newsday on Monday. "Kyle was leading the team in a lot more ways than just his production on the ice. His enthusiasm on the plane, in the room, he's been terrific in that regard."

    In other words, he does everything, and does everything consistently well. He’s second among Islanders forwards in even strength and power-play ice time. He’s scored

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  • Watch 6-year-old boy slap shot loose tooth out of mouth (Video)

    Like many six-year-olds, little Alex is losing his baby teeth.

    Like any hockey player, he knows losing a Chiclet on a slap shot is a rite of passage.

    So with some parental supervision -- and kids, don't try this at home without some -- Alex combined his passion for the game with some amateur dentistry and yanked his own tooth out.

    By tying it “super tight” to a puck and then firing the disc at the goal.

    (Has Shea Weber considered this as a side job?)

    According to his father, the experiment was a success, and Alex now has an official hockey smile. And, not for nothing, an incredible hockey set-up in his basement. Things have come a long way since Sidney Crosby fired pucks at a washer/dryer. 

    Question is, does this moment put him on the road to becoming an oral surgeon or winning the shot accuracy contest at the 2030 NHL All-Star Game?

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  • Alex Ovechkin’s heartwarming reason for wanting NHL All-Star Game car

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alex Ovechkin wanted a car in Columbus this weekend. Badly. 

    He lobbied to be the last pick in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Friday, as the “Mr. Irrelevant” for each team was given a brand new Honda – a campaign hilariously chronicled on his Instagram feed, including a hand-written sign that read “I WANT TO BE LAST. I NEED A CAR.”

    Alas, he was picked second to last.

    On Sunday, he vowed to win the Most Valuable Player in the NHL All-Star Game, a wild affair that saw a new record established for goals scored in a game with 29.

    Alas, he finished with three assists, but his linemate and local fan favorite Ryan Johansen won the car.

    "I'm not disappointed,” said Ovechkin. “There's going to be a couple surprises."

    The surprise is a heartwarming one: Honda is giving Ovechkin a 2015 Accord, and Ovechkin will do what he intended to do since he arrived in Columbus with a car on his mind: Donate it to Ice Dogs, a Northern Virginia hockey program for special needs youth

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  • NHL All-Star Game scoring record set in Columbus with 29 goals

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 60th NHL All-Star Game was an offensive affair. 

    Take that any way you’d like.

    The teams captained by Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets set a new League record for most combined goals in an All-Star Game, in a 17-12 victory for Team Toews on Sunday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

    Patrick Kane’s (Foligno) goal at 13:09 of the third period was No. 27 for the night, breaking the 26-goal record set in 2001 during the North America vs. The World format.

    We don’t want to say the 29-goal night was overwhelming, but at one point the Civil War-dressed workers that fire a cannon after every home-team goal seemed to simply forget to do so. Maybe they ran out of ammo; the teams certainly didn't. 

    John Tavares of Team Toews became the sixth player in history to score four goals in the NHL All-Star Game. Tavares scored once in the first period, twice in the second and another in the

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  • Puck Daddy's 2015 NHL All-Star Game Live Chat!

    It's the 2015 NHL All-Star Game from Columbus and the Yahoo Sports crew is here to chat it up!

    Team Foligno vs. Team Toews!

    But the real intrigue is with some of the first timers at the game. 

    Twelve 2015 NHL All-Stars are under age 25. Thirty-two of the 41 players have yet to celebrate their 30th birthday. The youngest 2015 NHL All-Stars are 18-year-old Aaron Ekblad (2/7/96) and 20-year-old Filip Forsberg (8/13/94). Ekblad will be the second 18-year-old to skate in the past three NHL All-Star Games, following Jeff Skinner in 2011 in Raleigh, N.C.

    So join the Puck Daddy crew and your Yahoo Sports friends for all the action at 5 p.m. ET.

    Live Blog Puck Daddy 2015 NHL All-Star Chat

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  • Does Rick Nash deserve credit for Columbus hockey fan boom?

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – In 1997, John H. McConnell gave the city he loved a franchise in a sport he didn’t love yet.

    “I can't say I'm a fan because we never had hockey here,” said McConnell, the steel industry magnate who brokered a deal with the NHL to bring the Columbus Blue Jackets to reality.

    But that’s how you make hockey fans, right? You bring hockey to them, bring them into the arena, get them hooked on a game whose addictive qualities are a natural fit for a Midwest U.S. town with cold weather and sports obsessions. (See Buckeyes, THE Ohio State University.)

    Starting in 2003, Rick Nash was central to that recruiting mission. With due respect to Ray Whitney and Geoff Sanderson, Nash was the first star the franchise had – a hulking forward taken first overall in the NHL Draft, and a player GM Doug MacLean traded up to select.

    He accepted the role, become a part of the community both in terms of hockey and in charity, from donating money for OSU athletic scholarships to donations for

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  • Nikita Gusev scores ridiculous spinning lacrosse goal in KHL all-stars (Video)

    Nikita Gusev is a 22-year-old forward in the Kontinental Hockey League, drafted at No. 202 overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012.

    He made its all-star squad after 28 points in 45 games for Yugra. He was an entrant in their shootout skills competition this weekend and, well, he stole the show.

    Gusev put the puck between his legs and pressed his stick blade down behind him,  trailing him like a tail. He then lifted the puck back through his legs on his stick blade, spun to his right and fired a lacrosse shot into the net with his blade facing downward.

    In real time, it looked like an attack move out of Street Fighter.

    It was awesome.

    It also made us wonder where the heck the spin moves were this weekend in Columbus during the shootout events. Like, it’s banned in the NHL, but does that mean that it’s banned in the skills competition exhibition too? Because, you know, they allowed players to use little kids and blindfolds and such.

    And speaking of ridiculous goals, watch Max Domi

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