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?

  • Puck Soup Podcast: NHL free agent cookout!

    (WARNING: STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE AND HUMOR. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.)

    PUCK SOUP is the new hockey podcast on the Nerdist network for Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast about movies, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup.”

    In Episode 14, Wysh and Lozo review the winners, the losers, the Montreal Canadiens, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Milan Lucic of NHL free agency. Plus, the new lockout is almost here; Margot Robbie turns us down; becoming hot-take guys; Dustin Brown has a sad; Sean Avery is garbage but Greg has a weird story about him; Hollywood is recycling too much; ranking the top 8 foods to eat at a summer BBQ; and listener mail!

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    As a public service, we present the Episode 14 syllabus:

    2:00 – Lozo is devastated by Margot Robbie and also her Vanity

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  • Tyson Barrie and his murky future with the Avalanche

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    Tyson Barrie probably isn’t going to be a member of the Colorado Avalanche. The question is whether that uniform change happens two years from now or by the time you get to the end of this post.

    Barrie filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday, which means the Avalanche will choose the duration of his next contract. Assuming it’s two years, that means he’ll have one more year of RFA status after that.

    The question is whether they want him. Which is a nutty question, when you consider how good he is for the Avalanche and how much better he could be away from that system – read Carolyn Wilke’s piece on Today’s Slapshot for more. (For another look at Barrie and his possession numbers, check out PPP here.)

    There’s been some citation that Patrick Roy sees Barrie as a No. 5 defenseman, although the only reference I could find was Terry Frei talking about Barrie:

    Tyson Barrie likely will go to arbitration, seeking a deal in line more with his offensive numbers than with his overall value.

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  • Canadian fans OK with NHL jersey ads vs. other sports

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    After the Philadelphia 76ers became the first team in the “Big Four” professional sports to sell advertisements on jerseys, it became just a matter of time before the NHL opened that revenue stream, too. After all, they’ve said for years that they were just waiting for another league to take the leap first.

    The World Cup of Hockey is the first step towards that, as VISA and SAP are reported to be the first advertisers on jerseys. But what happens when we finally cross over into ads on NHL jerseys? How will fans react?

    Well, in Canada, they’d react more positively than they would for ads on MLB jerseys.

    According to survey of 500 Canadians by S&E Sponsorship Group – Canada’s leading sponsorship agency, so grain of salt and all that – 37.1 percent of the respondents said they’re open to ads on NHL jerseys.

    From S&E:

    The results showed that 36.5% of Canadians surveyed were most open to seeing sponsor advertising appear on NHL jerseys. Due to the already heavily branded presence at NHL

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  • Six NHL teams that are curiously quiet this offseason

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    Many NHL teams made a splash in the trade market and in unrestricted free agency. And other teams … well, they didn’t, or at least haven’t yet.

    Some of these teams certainly fall into the “they’re a little too quiet” category, while others have some justification for staying on the sidelines.

    Here are six NHL teams that have been curiously quiet so far this offseason.

    Colorado Avalanche

    The Avalanche bought out Brad Stuart and traded Nick Holden. They signed Patrick Wiercioch, Fedor Tyutin and Joe Colborne. Some of these moves are nice. Some are OK. None of them really rise to the kind of defibrillator-to-the-heart that the franchise probably needs. Or to put it in Terry Frei’s terms, “the Avs made a series of arguably solidifying moves. But I thought they’d do more.”

    From Frei:

    But it comes back to this familiar point, one that was reinforced the last few days: Especially given the way the Avalanche folded down the stretch, Colorado still is staking an enormous amount of faith in

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  • Who will be Las Vegas NHL team’s first general manager?

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    Las Vegas owner and president Bill Foley has his brain-trust assembled in Montana this week to figure out the next steps for the NHL expansion team. That includes its continuing work on a name, logo and colors with the League – although we doubt “Neon Knights” will get much traction.

    That also includes finding the team’s first general manager, as Foley told the Las Vegas Review Journal that they want a short list of three to five candidates set and start scheduling interviews.

    From Steve Carp:

    “We talked to the NHL last week, and we were explained how the protocol works when it comes to contacting other teams,” Foley said. “We want to play by the rules and not make any mistakes. The NHL told us what we have to do, and we’re good with that.”

    Foley is overseeing the search. Former NHL player Murray Craven, Foley’s adviser on hockey matters since he began his quest to acquire a franchise 2½ years ago, will have input. But Foley will make the final call.

    “My hope is we’ll have our general

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  • NHL Free Agent Frenzy: Puck Daddy’s Winners and Losers of Day 1

    TAMPA, FL - May 20: Steven Stamkos #91and Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate the win against the New York Rangers after the overtime period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 20, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
    TAMPA, FL – May 20: Steven Stamkos #91and Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate the win against the New York Rangers after the overtime period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 20, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The NHL saw 119 players signed for $630 million on July 1, which is a lot of dough even if it doesn’t compare with the NBA, whose free agent totals rivaled the gross domestic product of Belize.

    There were winners in the NHL. There were losers, at least at first glance, in the NHL. And here they are:

    WINNER: Steve Yzerman and Jeff Vinik

    Let’s begin with the obvious: The Tampa Bay Lightning are blessed by playing in a state with a favorable tax rate, so that Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman can sign cap-friendly contracts and make oodles of cash. And in the case of Stamkos, Yzerman lucked out that his heart was still with the Lightning and

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  • Alex Radulov swears he’s a changed man for Montreal Canadiens

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    Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin hasn’t exactly earned the benefit of the doubt from his fan base this week, what with the controversial P.K. Subban trade and the heavy flirtation with franchise nemesis Milan Lucic as a free agent.

    Then it was announced on Friday that the Canadiens had signed Alex Radulov, former member of the Nashville Predators and CSKA of the KHL, to a 1-year deal worth $5.75 million.

    And eyes rolled.

    Radulov has a reputation. It’s not a good one. There was the time he broke his contract with the Predators to leave for the KHL. There was the time he hit a coach with a hockey stick. There was the time he came back to the NHL in a cameo appearance with the Predators in 2012, and then infamously broke curfew in the playoffs.

    But Bergevin claimed that he did due diligence on Radulov, not only in a face-to-face meeting but in a conversation with Radulov’s former teammate and new Canadiens defenseman Shea

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  • David Backes with emotional, frustrating farewell to St. Louis Blues

     


    Once in a while, you see a free agent leave a team and realize that the player and the team have become synonymous.

    Such is the case with David Backes and the St. Louis Blues.

    Backes was a career player for the Blues, through 727 games and 49 more in the postseason. But as his contract expired after last season, so did his time in St. Louis. Backes signed with the Boston Bruins for five years and $30 million on Friday.

    It was an emotional goodbye.

    But couldn’t the sides come together? The Blues are taking one more run at it with coach Ken Hitchcock and most of the same cast that made the Western Conference Final last season.

    Why not bring the captain back?

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    (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    Because it wasn’t a question of next season, according to GM Doug Armstrong. It was a question of the fourth or fifth

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  • Dan Hamhuis is a genius signing by Dallas Stars

    VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 18: Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on from the bench during their NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Arena February 18, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
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    The last time Dan Hamhuis hit free agency, it was a giant mess.

    Please recall how the Philadelphia Flyers acquired his negotiating rights. Then the Pittsburgh Penguins made a trade with the Flyers – which is Haley’s Comet rare – to get those rights after Hamhuis passed on the Flyers. And then he ended up signing a $27-million, six-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks after all of that was done.

    This time, it was a little bit easier: Hamhuis signed a two-year, $7.5-million deal with the Dallas Stars. That’s a $3.75 million cap hit.

    That’s a great, great deal for the Stars.

    Dallas already had a need for more veteran efficiency on the blueline, a need that was only intensified when Alex Goligoski was traded to the Arizona Coyotes. Hamhuis is the goods, and his analytics are strong as well:

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  • Eric Staal says ‘significant minutes’ drew him to Minnesota Wild

     


    Eric Staal did not have a good year.

    The Carolina Hurricanes captain had his lowest points per game average since his rookie year at 0.47, which was a byproduct of his disastrous stint with the New York Rangers in which he had six points in 20 games. He followed that with zero points in five games in the playoffs, skating to a minus-7.

    After the season, Staal faced unrestricted free agency. His primary consideration for the next step of his career: To play a large, important role. Preferably at center, his natural position, where the Rangers didn’t play him.

    “I think I can have a good bunch of years left. I can be effective offensively, more than I have been. I can be better. But I have to stay confident and know that I have the ability to be a difference-maker on an important team, in a larger role,” he said in April.

    He found such a role in Minnesota.

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    Staal agreed to a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild on Friday, with an annual cap hit of $3.5 million. It’s a far cry from

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