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?

  • Sidney Crosby arrest report refuted by Ottawa police

    At around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, QMI News Agency dropped a neutron bomb on the sports world: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins captain and squeaky clean (off the ice, at least) face of the NHL, was arrested. 

    The report, cached here from the Ottawa Sun, read:

    Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was arrested by Ottawa Police late Tuesday while driving a rented Porsche, sources have told QMI Agency.

    Reasons of his arrest were unknown, but appear to be driving related.

    Sources say Crosby was taken to the Ottawa police headquarters on Elgin street for fingerprinting and a mugshot. It is unknown at this time why the NHL star was in Ottawa.

    Ottawa Police have been unable to be reached for comment.

    That last point was, perhaps, the most salient one. Because when contacted by actual media, Ottawa police said none of this ever happened:

    The Ottawa police duty desk told The Canadian Press: “It never happened.”

    Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau also tweeted that the police “have had no

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  • Even Zac Rinaldo is surprised the Flyers re-signed Zac Rinaldo now

    Zac Rinaldo was entering the final year of his contract with the Philadelphia Flyers and could have become a restricted free agent next summer. Perhaps sensing the confetti shower of offer sheets that would float down on him if he reached RFA status, the Flyers proactively signed Rinaldo to a 2-year extension on Tuesday. 

    From the Flyers:

    Rinaldo, 24 (6/15/1990) will be entering his fourth NHL season in 2014-15.  He appeared in 67 games for the Flyers last season, recording two goals and two assists along with 153 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Flyers with 231 hits while playing an average of 7:41 per game, giving him an average of 2.23 hits per minute of ice time.

    For some reason the Flyers decided to downplay the fact that his 153 PIMs were fifth in the League last season. I bet if Corey Perry signed a new contract, the Ducks would mention he was fifth in points, for example.

    Also, this might be the first contract signing release to use the coveted “hits per minute” stat

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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Winnipeg Jets

    (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)(Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

    (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 Jets were relocated from the friendly confines of the Southeast Division to the competitive hell of the Central Division. Winnipeg stumbled to a 19-23-5 record to start the season, which led to the dumping of Claude Noel.

    Enter Paul Maurice, back in the NHL after looking studious behind the bench in the KHL. He steadied the ship, as the Jets went 8-2-0 in his first 10 games and 18-12-5 overall under his guidance. Alas, their putrid 9-15-5 record against the Central was their undoing.

    Well, that and the craptastic .901 save percentage from Ondrej Pavelec.

    Last Season’s Definitive Highlight 

    Jake Muzzin gets Buff’d! And then got, you know, a Cup ring and stuff, but still, tooooootallly Buff'd here.

    Off-Season Transactions

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  • Blackhawks, Kings, Bruins and Penguins lead NHL betting odds

    Looking at the latest Bovada betting odds for the NHL’s 2014-15 season, a few things are clear about wagering on the division champions. 

    1. The Metro Division might be the only one that could turn you a decent profit, provided the Pittsburgh Penguins stumble post-Bylsma and the New York Rangers don’t automatically ascend to the top spot.

    2. The Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues are getting mad respect as contenders in the Atlantic and the Central, but the Bruins and Blackhawks are still top dogs. 

    3. Not only aren’t the New York Islanders ever on TV, but the odds-makers give the Edmonton Oilers a better shot at winning the Pacific than the Isles have in the Atlantic.

    4. Based on those 11/2 odds for the Colorado Avalanche, Bovada's obviously on the Corsi bandwagon too. 

    Here are the latest odds from Bovada:

    As far as longshots go, you could do worse than taking a chance on Cory Schneider and the Elderly Czechs (a.k.a. the New Jersey Devils) at 9-to-1 and the Dallas Stars at

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  • Is there a fantasy hockey player you avoid like the plague?

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    One of the great features on Yahoo’s fantasy sports is the ability to avoid certain players like the plague. If you’re in a manual draft, that means you just don’t select them; if you’re in an auto draft, that means you move them over to the Column of Shame and let the computer know it’s not allowed to add them to your roster. 

    This has been an annual rite for my fantasy football team, the French Kissing Namaths, for quite some time. I’m not going to spend four months cheering for Tom Brady, because I’m a Jets fan and not a masochist, so I don’t draft him. Ever. This year, that ban extended to Ray Rice, because [expletive] Ray Rice.

    When it comes to hockey, there’s no doubt some of that thinking creeps into my drafting, in different ways. I actually don’t mind owning a Flyer or a Ranger as a Devils fan, especially if they’re fantasy beasts: Wayne Simmonds leaps to mind. I actually try not to own many Devils, because who needs frustration on top of frustration when Ryane Clowe doesn’t

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  • Will Alex Ovechkin face Putin backlash in America?

    In New York’s East Village, steps away from a 24-hour Ukrainian diner that serves up pierogi as addictive as crack rock, is something a little less comforting: a memorial, adorned with the blue and gold flag of my ancestors, created in February to mourn those who died in the nation’s internal conflicts earlier this year. 

    (Yes, I’m Ukrainian. I’m only Polish for comedic effect.)

    It saddens me. It also makes me disappointed, in myself, for not giving this humanitarian crisis more attention, considering my heritage. But then again, I’m an American – we could barely give Ferguson airtime until the reporters started getting thrown out of McDonald’s.

    The information’s out there – I’d recommend these looks at the Russia/Ukraine conflict from The New Republic and Forbes – but outside of the fallout from the Malaysian airline crash, the last time Americans collectively raised their hackles over Vladimir Putin was when he ordered canine hit squads in Sochi.

    Because, just like in disaster

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  • Sick shootout move by Patrick Seifert on German ‘Hockey Day’ (Video)

    The Augsburger Panther held their “hockey day” on Saturday, in which the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s players competed for who had the hardest shot, the fastest stride and could eat the most saurerbraten in one sitting. (Honestly, we’re a little hazy on the details.) 

    Patrick Seifert is a defenseman for the Panther. We’re not sure how often he’s called upon for shootouts, but this move makes a compelling argument for his future participation.

    A little between the legs action had the goalie thinking he was about to be Hertl’d, and then Seifert brings it back to the backhand for the finish. Which is rather nasty.

    Seifert has played for the Panther since 2009 and has 18 points. So yeah, maybe he caught the netminder a little off-guard.

    Side note: Any chance this team has had an Augsburger Sex Panther Night? It's illegal in nine countries, but we're not sure about Germany. It's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good.

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  • Ryan Johansen not expected at Blue Jackets camp due to contract impasse

    The Columbus Blue Jackets open camp on Sept. 18. Their best centerman, and arguably their best offensive player, isn’t expected to be there. 

    Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch doubts that Johansen will be on the ice to start camp – a negotiating tactic from agent Kurt Overhardt as the two sides battle over a new contract for the restricted free agent.

    Here’s how he handicaps the current talks:

    The two sides can't agree on much, it seems, except this: There is nothing new to report. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

    The Blue Jackets' position: Johansen does not have arbitration rights. He does not have an offer sheet from another club to sign. He has had one productive NHL season and will be paid accordingly. Here's $3.5 million per year for two years. Blow us away and we'll talk motherlode, long-term contract in 2016.

    Johansen's position, through agent Kurt Overhardt: Johansen is 22 years old and he's one of the top centers in the NHL. He is a budding superstar, the likes of which your

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  • Posing naked with your hockey trophy is very Australian (Photo)

    The Melbourne Mustangs of the Australian Ice Hockey League captured the Goodall Cup over their archrivals the Melbourne Ice on Sunday, the first title in franchise history. 

    The celebration was expectedly raucous, the combination of championship elation and Australian birthright. There was booze, laughter, an ice bucket challenge and one of the more, ahem, stimulating postgame images we’ve seen from the Mustangs’ locker room:

    Well that redefines "Cup raise."

    We’re still waiting on Australian hockey super-fan Sasky Stewart, who had the photo, to I.D. the player, but out best guess from the roster is Michael James, not only because the face seems to fit but because this is totally a goalie thing to do. (Update: The Mustangs confirm it's James.)

    Naked escapades aside, this was a really cool moment for Aussie hockey. The Melbourne Ice have been around for 12 years and had won three championships. The Mustangs have been around for four years and made the playoffs for the first time this

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  • EA Sports under fire for sexist selfies in NHL 15

    Fun fact: The Entertainment Software Association recently revealed that more women over the age of 18 play video games than boys under the age of 18. They encompass 36 percent of all gamers in the U.S. 

    So one assumes one or two women will pick up “NHL 15” from EA Sports when it’s released next week. One assumes EA Sports would know this. So why the game-maker would do anything that might alienate these fans is sort of baffling.

    Which brings us to selfies.

    One of the big innovations of “NHL 15” is in the game’s arena detail and the actions of fans. Hell, they’ve even mastered the art of the “enemy fan,” a.k.a. that knucklehead that invades your arena and cheers for the visiting team. (i.e. “me.”)

    Did you catch the stinger, with the fans taking selfies at the game? EA Sports has even designed a faux Instagram around them.

    The one on the left has a woman at a Toronto Maple Leafs game proclaiming that offsides is such a difficult concept to wrap her feminine head around, but oh well she

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