Greg Wyshynski

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  • What’s gone wrong with the Dallas Stars?

    The Dallas Stars were picked by many (Ed. Note: Raises hand, gingerly) to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season. 

    And 19 games into the season, they’re two points away from the Western Conference basement, having lost to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, 6-4. Which Mike Heika decided was rock bottom for the season. Which doesn’t sound good, especially after they blew a lead vs. the Chicago Blackhawks in the previous loss.

    What misfortune has befallen Tyler Seguin and the boys?

    1. No Help For Seguin

    Seguin’s been awesome. If this team rallies for a playoff spot, he’ll be a Hart finalist. 

    His supporting cast … well, it’s been a bit of a one-man show.

    He’s the only Stars player with more than 20 points (24) and the only Stars player with more than 10 goals (14). The next highest goal-scorer? Jamie Benn with six, matching his start from last year (seven goals in 19 games). That said, Defending Big D sees a problem here:

    This is all circular and it's all tied together; Benn has

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  • Maple Leafs have finally broken the biggest fan (Video)

    Steve Dangle is the NHL’s most prolific video blogger, having spread his particular brand of whimsy over the Toronto Maple Leafs (and, briefly and bizarrely, the KHL) for several years.

    He’s seen the good. He’s seen the bad. OK, that’s not accurate: He’s mostly seen the bad.

    On Tuesday night, the Leafs lost on home ice to the Nashville Predators, 9-2. That's after a 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. It may have broken him. In a "I'm yelling about my team and doing Gollum impressions" way.

    Someone please check on Steve. We’re worried. 

  • Reader Art Contest! Create an NHL starter kit (Puck Daddy)

    There’s a meme winding its way through social media, and if you’re someone that recoils in disdain when you hear the word “meme,” hear us out. 

    It’s called “starter kits,” and they’re four images blended together that give you the basics for becoming something else. Wanna be a pirate? Eye-patch, pegleg, boat, parrot.

    Wanna be a Buffalo Sabres fan? Well, see the image above. You'll need love for Dominik Hasek, hate of Brett Hull, the pain of the Buffaslug and the hope of the draft lottery.

    Wanna be Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins? See the image below:

    Got it?

    What we’re asking from you, dear readers, is for your own NHL starter kits for teams, coaches, players and everything else hockey related. (Oh, we’re sure a few Gary Bettman ones will come our way.) Four images, blended together to give the basics of anything in hockey.

    Send yours to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com with the subject line STARTER KITS. We’ll begin running galleries of entries later this week.

    Prizes? Ya’ll want prizes?

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Next Hall of Fame class; Frank Seravalli on Flyers

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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 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Philadelphia Daily News writer Frank Seravalli talks about the Flyers and the Metro Division!

    * Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

    * The Class of 2015.

    * The GM meetings. 

    Question of the Day: Give us your 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class. Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @jeffmarek. Click 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 via iTunes or Feedburner.

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  • America doesn’t care about P.K. Subban, according to Sports Illustrated

    Hey, did you hear?! P.K. Subban, the charismatic star defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, made the cover of Sports Illustrated!

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    Oh, man, that’s awesome, and indicative that the NHL is surging in popularity in the U.S. and that Sports Illustrated is still the place to find outstanding takes on the totality of the sports world and not just myopic fan service for flavor-of-the-week NFL players and their teams. 

    Wait a moment …

    What’s the fine print?

    Only subscribers and newsstands in Canada will receive this issue.”

    So what’s the U.S. issue of Sports Illustrated look like?

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    Oh.

    And quite a striking headline, as well: “Jonas Gray, Because Of Course Jonas Gray.” Really takes away from the fact that the Subban story ISN'T EVEN MENTIONED ON THE COVER OF THE U.S. EDITION. 

    Look, much like with ESPN, we’ve pretty much given up all hope that Sports Illustrated would give hockey the time of day. When it does, it’s either the Olympics or perhaps the Stanley Cup Final, and even then it’s

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  • Who makes Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015, and will it be Lindros?

    The Hockey Hall of Fame is mopping up the champagne from its 2014 induction weekend, in which Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Rob Blake were immortalized as players. 

    So the attention now turns to 2015 …

    We’re going to get three new former NHL players in the Hall at a minimum next season, with two of them stone-cold locks. The rest of the field is largely unchanged from previous years; it all depends on what type of candidate the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee is looking to add.

    We’ve grouped them together here based on those candidacies; so who makes the Hall in 2015?

    The First-Ballot Locks

    Sergei Fedorov

    Nicklas Lidstrom

    Chris Pronger

    Yes, despite still being on the Philadelphia Flyers’ player payroll, Pronger is in fact eligible for the Hall of Fame next year. And he’s a lock, with the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup and the two Conn Smythe-worthy playoff runs and the 698 points. Arguably the most feared defenseman of his generation …

    … but not the best.

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  • Gordie Howe tribute from Keith Olbermann is just about perfect (Video)

    After he suffered a second stroke last week, Gordie Howe’s family has indicated he might not be on this mortal plane for much longer. Tributes have started to pour in, including well-wishes at Monday night’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

    Keith Olbermann of ESPN offered his own on Monday, and it was one of those outstanding monologues that Keith can still deliver when he’s not tritely sermonizing. It told Gordie stories, both personal and professional, and did well in capturing both the incredible physicality of the athlete and the warm personality of the man.

    And that bloody story off the top ... well, that's just why Gordie's a hockey god.

    In other words, it’s must-see and well worth your five minutes. Especially if you miss those old, classic SportsCenter commercials back when hockey would appear on ESPN more than Skip Bayless. Those were indeed good times, for all of humanity. 

    MORE NHL COVERAGE ON YAHOO SPORTS

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  • What hockey word did you decide to ban for 2015?

    GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Garbutt #16 of the Dallas Stars celebrates his third period goal against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on November 11, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Garbutt #16 of the Dallas Stars celebrates his third period goal against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on November 11, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Last week, we were inspired by TIME Magazine’s annual poll that “bans” a trendy word or phrase in the next year. We asked you to determine which trite, overused or clichéd hockey word or phrase you wanted struck from the lexicon in 2015. 

    Nearly 13,300 readers voted on a collection of 16 choices. The results are in …

    … and RIP, “Celly.”

    Yes, that deplorable slang term for a goal-scoring celebration is hereby banned for 2015. Apologies to John Buccigross and others that, for years, have cellied the existence of “celly.”

    Here’s the full vote, as we officially cut off the voting at midnight on Monday:

    Active Stick (612 votes) 4.61%

    Compete Level (1239 votes) 9.34%

    Celly (2221 votes) 16.75%

    Chirp (222 votes) 1.67%

    Enigmatic (490 votes) 3.69%

    Fancy Stats (555 votes) 4.18%

    Filthy(193 votes) 1.46%

    "Go Have Fun Out There" (914 votes) 6.89%

    Goon (344 votes) 2.59%

    Grit(229 votes) 1.73%

    Ice Girl (670 votes) 5.05%

    Intent To Blow (1328 votes) 10.01%

    Mild Concussion (1212

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  • World Cup of Hockey could include Euro, Young Stars All-Star teams

    The World Cup of Hockey, set to return in Sept. 2016, has a numbers issue. 

    There are enough NHL stars to populate six national teams: Canada, the U.S., Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. But it’s an eight-team tournament; do you bring in Switzerland? Germany? Slovakia? Latvia? None of them have the numbers to be total NHL rosters, without any Euro league or KHL players, and that’s the goal for this tournament: Have it controlled by the NHL and the NHLPA, and populated with its players. (Good luck with Russia, by the way.)

    The solution? To have the other two teams in the tournament be all-star teams.

    As Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reported on Monday, the NHL is considering a Ryder Cup-style European All-Star team that would be comprised of players from nations that aren’t represented in the Big Six. Anze Kopitar, Marian Hossa, Marian Gaborik, Zdeno Chara, Jaroslav Halak, Jonas Hiller, Nino Niederreitter and others would star on this squad.

    The other squad will also be an

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  • We need to talk about Phil Kessel needing to talk

    Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (81) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (81) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    It was Summer 2013, in the bowels of the Washington Capitals’ practice facility in Arlington, Virginia. Phil Kessel was one of a few dozen NHL players attending U.S. Olympic development camp, meeting his coaches and his teammates before the Sochi Games.

    He also met the media, which is something Phil Kessel doesn’t always like to do. 

    But he did on this afternoon. Not for a minute of clichéd answers and forced insight, as is his norm, but for well over 40 minutes of chatting. About hockey, sure, but more so about life: traffic in Toronto, outdoor cooking, other varied subjects. Just one guy holding court with a few writers in an empty room. No blinding lights from LEAFS TV or banks of microphones. No one crowding his stall or his style.

    This interview has sorta become my Roswell Crash for Phil Kessel’s relationship with the media, which is that I can swear I saw it happen even if there’s no overwhelming evidence that it did, and skeptics will point to mountains of counterevidence to

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